Saturday, June 07, 2008

New Toy

I was given the green light to add a piece to the arsenal.
I picked up a Ruger 10/22 the other day. After shooting Henry's modified 10/22, I was hooked. I pretty much decided right then, I had to have one. And at $219, it is not a totally unaffordable weapon to own. Of course, the 10/22 is literally the most modifiable gun on the planet. So the $219 gun can quickly double, or triple after some mods.
I went ahead and bought Henry's old aluminum trigger housing. The new one's have polymer trigger housing, and even though the jury's still out on the durability of polymer, I wanted a metal one. Then after much research, I decided a trigger job would be necessary. I looked into all kinds of aftermarket products and services: Volquartsen trigger assemblies, Hornet Product's pre-built trigger groups, Clark Customs trigger jobs, Chase Mountain Customs and Power Custom parts.
In the end, I opted for the Power Custom adjustable hammer/sear/trigger kit. After fiddling with the trigger group, it seemed me to be pretty easy to do a trigger job on these things. So, why pay some dude to do it, when I can do it myself? After receiving the parts from HawkTechArms, I immediately installed the pieces, which dropped-in with no extra work. The change in trigger-pull was drastic.
Next on the agenda: New barrel, and stock, followed by a scope upgrade.
I finally took it out to the range yesterday. It shoots great. With a janky 2.5x scope i ripped off one of my old softairs, I was able to make .5" groups at 25 yards. It leaves some room from improvement, but some new optics should straighten that right out.
The goal is for that gun to shoot .5 groups at 100 yards. I have no doubt the 10/22 can be capable of that.