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Ruger 10/22 old vs new
#1
I bought a used Ruger 10/22 stainless with black wood stock the other day for $90. When I got home, I looked up the serial to find out what year it was, I found out it was a 1993 model. Took her apart tonight to clean it.

Man oh man does Ruger have alot to answer for. The finish and material of the older models beats hands down the finish and material of the current models. What gives with Ruger? This is the third 10/22 to join the family, and the comparison is striking.
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#2
Automation? Pumping out has many has possible to keep up with demand? I still really like my newer model though.
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#3
That's one reason I don't have an issue paying close to new price for "old" rifles.

Rarely does production quality improve as time goes on.
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$90??? Shit. I'd buy 10/22s all day long for $90, especially the older ones.

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The newer ones with the plastic trigger assemble are better since the tolerances are better then the older metal assemblies.

If you go to some of the 10/22 gunsmiths they prefer the newer plastic assemblies.

In any case, buying one at $90 this day and age is a deal...old or new model.
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aubie515;133618 Wrote:The newer ones with the plastic trigger assemble are better since the tolerances are better then the older metal assemblies.

If you go to some of the 10/22 gunsmiths they prefer the newer plastic assemblies.

In any case, buying one at $90 this day and age is a deal...old or new model.


But does the plastic assembly stay in tolerance as well as the metal one? After a few thousand rounds?
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aubie515;133618 Wrote:The newer ones with the plastic trigger assemble are better since the tolerances are better then the older metal assemblies.

If you go to some of the 10/22 gunsmiths they prefer the newer plastic assemblies.

In any case, buying one at $90 this day and age is a deal...old or new model.

The metallic trigger assembly seems pretty well built. The receiver of the older model is hands down done much better. Ive had to sand down/file the inside of the two new 10/22 receivers, and this older one I didnt have to. Its almost as if the molds used to cast the upper receiver are close to needing replaced on the newer 10/22s.
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Spacemanvic;133654 Wrote:The metallic trigger assembly seems pretty well built. The receiver of the older model is hands down done much better. Ive had to sand down/file the inside of the two new 10/22 receivers, and this older one I didnt have to. Its almost as if the molds used to cast the upper receiver are close to needing replaced on the newer 10/22s.

what kind of issues were you having that required you to file it?
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panopticonisi;133850 Wrote:
Spacemanvic;133654 Wrote:The metallic trigger assembly seems pretty well built. The receiver of the older model is hands down done much better. Ive had to sand down/file the inside of the two new 10/22 receivers, and this older one I didnt have to. Its almost as if the molds used to cast the upper receiver are close to needing replaced on the newer 10/22s.

what kind of issues were you having that required you to file it?
This was on a brand new Compact mind you. Drawing the bolt back felt like I was dragging it along on gravel. When I removed the bolt, the underside of the receiver almost looked like lumpy cake mix with a few flashes of metal along the sharp angles of the receiver (flash is the extra material that oozes out of a mold during the casting process).
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Mine's a 1969 blue carbine with the lightest Brimstone trigger job and Kidd buffer, spring, and guide-rod. Dead-stock other than that. Shoots dime-sized groups at 25 yards all day with crap bulk ammo, and at 50 with CCI standard-velocity. (I've only been shooting it since 1976.)

Eat yer hearts out yer bastards.

It was given to me in awful shape as a 16-year-old kid, and I was required to make it pretty and functional before I was allowed to learn to shoot it.

If I acquired a 1990's model, I'd replace the trigger group with a Kidd assembly, and have done with it.
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