22LR. ruger 10/22 or simple bolt action e.g anshuntz

#1
hi there looking to do a bit of pest control on the farm, sorted out license now what would yo reccomend in the 22LR field semi auto or bolty? i rarely shoot further than 100 yards.
 

ancienturion

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#2
I use a bolt action BRNO with a moderator. I find the bolt is actually quieter than semi auto and I can usually get about five bunnies before they realise it is not something they're eating.
 
#3
ok cheers mate, what rounds do you use subs? and also with a moderator what sort of bullet drop is ther with your BRNO?
 

asr1

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#4
I'd go for the ruger. Cheap, loads of parts available to improve accuracy if needed. When you are lamping at night from the top of a 4x4 you don't want to have to cycle the bolt all the time. With a semi you can just maintain the aim and keep firing.
 

Ravers

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#6
yeah i was gonna go for the 10/22 and then also get a cz 17 hmr bolt action for the longer range
Good bet, until recently I had a Ruger 10/22 and a Ruger 77/17 hmr. Both were great.

Top tip, get an after market trigger assembly for the 10/22, the stock ones are really quite shit.
 
#8
With a 10/22 cheap and very easy fix is to replace the metal bolt stop with a plastic one: substantially reduces one source of metal on metal clack
 
#9
Good bet, until recently I had a Ruger 10/22 and a Ruger 77/17 hmr. Both were great.

Top tip, get an after market trigger assembly for the 10/22, the stock ones are really quite shit.
I loved my 10/22T (target barrel) plus moderator. It seemed well balanced and comfortable. I agree totally with the trigger tip - but don't bother with the bigger after market mags.

There are one or two 'pro's' on here who scorn the Ruger (partly because of the trigger mechanism) and I'm sure they'll pop up at some point.
 

Ravers

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#10
There are one or two 'pro's' on here who scorn the Ruger (partly because of the trigger mechanism) and I'm sure they'll pop up at some point.
Yep, I'm expecting that at some point too. The fact is the Ruger is fun, cheap and easy to live with and you don't look like a member of a US swat team like you do with many other .22 autos.

I think they're great.
 
#11
#13
I've got a 10/22 and a 17 CZ.

Both are good for bunnies and I agree with what everyone has posted about the 10/22

As an aside, I took 19 rabbits with mine this afternoon and then relaxed with 100 rounds rapid "target" practice
 
#15
does anyone have the stainless barrel 10/22 heard that mixed reviews people either love it or hate it!
I had a stainless bbl 10/22, never noticed any diff from anyother 10/22.

the Ruger 10/22 is THE .22lr semi to judge all others by.

a lot of people dont like them, yes they are at the 'cheaper' end of the market, but you are getting good value for bucks IMHO.
also theres more custom bits and after market parts for the 10/22 than any other .22 semi out there, its a small bore customisers wet dream.
over the last few decades the quality of manufacture has deteriorated, they arnt as well finished now as the earlier ones, your better off buying an old as poss second-hand one and pimping it up for the same coin than buying a new one. no joke.
the triggers have allways been crap on them, the first job is to replace with a decent after market set of trips asap.

the best thing about the 10/22 is the rotary 10 shot mag. it is THE most reliable .22lr feed system for semi .22's ever designed or made, if you go for the larger 25rd stack 'banana' style mags your going to get a lot more stoppages, better to get yourself a pocket full of the Ruger 10 shot rotarys,
and its because of the rotary mag and the options to up-grade/customise why I always recommend the 10/22 to a customer whos looking for a budget semi-auto .22

now that said, have you had a goog look at a GSG-5? yeh, yeh, i know its a mp-5 wannabe, but it also is great to pimp-up and its a LOT of fun, and the mag on it is the best .22lr stack mag i have ever come across (but still not as good as the ruger rotary)

like buying a car, when getting yourself a new gat you need to test drive it to see if its what you want, not everyone likes the same things, and what appeals to others may not flick your switch at all.
 
#16
does anyone have the stainless barrel 10/22 heard that mixed reviews people either love it or hate it!
Love it - after changing the trigger. www.volquartsen.com will give you more background info on what's done.... I found Butler Creek banana mags are ok for some fun for about 5 mag changes using CCI stingers before stoppages ruin your day - but haven't found a banana mag that works well with standard lower velocity target rounds. That said the Ruger 10 round rotary mags are brilliant! I also use a Hawke SR12 scope which does the job nicely for me. Good luck with your purchase decision.
 
#17
Have a GOOD look at guntrader before getting a 10/22...

Lots of good 2nd hand .22s around and frankly you don't NEED an auto for bunnies...
 
#18
My 10/22 is a 1982 build.

The Butler Creek bananna mag with subs hangs more often than it cycles
The new purchase rotary Ruger mag won't eject from the well- needs hook/lock/look and lever it out with a screwdriver
Valmont have some 10 shot stack mags - Eagle brand?. Good price and they perform very well.

I agree you don't need a semi for bunnies but it does give you the "extra" of "fun target" work and that makes it 2 applications for 1 cost
 

ugly

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#19
If you must buy one (there are damn good savage rimfires out there) I recommend that you look around for the old sabatti 10 round mags, Fias Sabbatti made a clone of the 10/22 and I still have one, big difference was the mags were about a quarter of the Rugers price tag and just as good. In fact the sabatti could be better in most ways but fell down on its complex recoil spring and rod mess.
Its more accurate even now in stock than many rugers with hundreds spent on them.
 
#20
those are really quite hard to get hold of though and also im not too convinced by them ive fired one before but to be honest it really wasnt the best in the world
 

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