I finally got a chance to take my newly face lifted Ruger 10/22 (Project 10/22) down to the outdoor range for some serious sighting in. Previously, I got a chance to put the 200 rounds that the new trigger group requires for break in through it, but it needed some room to stretch it’s legs a bit, and to give the new glass a proper work out.
I started on the 50 yard line as the Nikon scope is set up to be sighted at 50. I was using Federal Game-Shok 38gr hollow points. These are what I plan on using for squirrel hunting, and .22 is still cheap enough to use the “good stuff” on occasion. I was happy to be on paper with my first shots. I mounted the scope so I was a bit nervous! It was printing perfectly on elevation and needed 12 “clicks” to the right to put it dead on. It was shooting nice .75″ 3 shot groups at 50 yards. The bi-pod gave me a nice solid rest and I didn’t feel the need to lock the rifle down on the Lead Sled.
By the time I was getting ready to shoot the 100 yard line the wind had picked up pretty wickedly and was gusting from left to right across the firing line. I put a few rounds down range and was happy with the 2″ groups it was putting out. Hopefully I can get out there on a calm day and give the long range potential of this scope a proper work out.
I am in love with how this project turned out. The new trigger group and bolt handle have smoothed out this action better than I even imagined. I had another 10/22 at the range with me and the difference in trigger pull and what I can only describe as “overall smoothness” is noticeable. The Nikon scope is amazing! Prior to this, this rifle wore a Wal-Mart special that was accurate enough but lacked the crystal clear view of the new scope. Future mods might include a new barrel as this one has to have something like 12,000 rounds down the pipe. I might also put one of those plastic buffers in and see if they live up to the hype.
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