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Customize the Ruger® 10/22®

Comprehensive Do-It-Yourself Guide to Upgrading America's Favorite .22

By James E. House & Kathleen A. House

"The accuracy delivered by the Kidd barrel is simply outstanding. For the seven types of ammunition tested, the overall average is only 0.52 inch, and that includes a large number of groups that were in the 0.3-0.4 inch range. When the 0.74-inch average for CCI Green Tag is deleted, the overall average drops to only 0.49 inch. There is no doubt that even this value does not represent the true potential of this fine barrel. The scope, although an excellent one, is only a 7X model, and no attempt was made to alter bedding, screw tension, etc. When used on a highly tuned rifle, we believe that the Kidd barrel would easily deliver groups in the 0.2-0.3 inch range. A custom 10/22® configured using the components described is a precision shooting device." pg 257-259.

Ruger® 10/22® with a Kidd Stainless 0.092" Barrel, Revival Industries Yukon Stock, Hornet Trigger, and Leupold 2-7X Rimfire Scope.

Type of AmmunitionSmallestLargestAverage
CCI Green Tag0.531.000.74
Eley Match0.320.770.53
Federal Ultra Match0.230.880.54
Lapua Super Club0.300.600.41
Remington/Eley Target Rifle0.370.570.51
SK Jagd Standard Plus0.370.560.46
Winchester T220.490.600.56
Wolf Match Target0.280.580.40
overall average0.52

Chart from page 258

Summary of Accuracy Testing of Customized Rifles

Group Size, In.
BarrelTriggerStockScopeBest 3*Best 1 *
Adams & Bennett Blue 0.92"JardFajen T.H.Weaver V-160.510.51
Butler Creek Blue Fluted 0.92"KiddHogue OMWaver V-160.570.47
Butler Creek Blue 0.92"HornetButler Cr. Comp.Leupold RF0.610.55
Green Mountain Aero 0.92"KiddHogue OMWeaver V-160.680.67
Green Mountain Blue 0.92"JardCabela's T.H.Weaver V-160.480.47
Jarvis Blue Std Wt.KiddMod. FactoryWeaver V-160.460.34
Jarvis S.S. Std Wt.Volq.Hogue OMScheels Pr. RF0.480.43
Kidd S.S. 0.92"HornetRev. Ind. YukonLeupold RF0.420.40
Lilja S.S. Std. Wt.Volq.Hogue OMScheels Pr. RF0.510.48
Magnum Research Carbon 0.92"HornetB & C AnschutzLeupold RF0.640.59
Majestic Arms Aluma-Lite 0.92"FactoryHogue OMWeaver V-160.540.49
Majestic Arms Aluma-Lite 0.92"JardB & C OdysseyWeaver V-160.510.49
Ranch Products S.S. Muz. Wt.HornetFactory CarbineLeupold RF0.580.52
Shaw S.S. Fluted Std. Wt.KiddMod. FactoryWeaver V-160.620.56
Shilen Blue 0.92"JardB & C OdysseyCabela's RF0.520.48
Shilen S.S. 0.92"Volq.B & C AnschutzScheels Pr. RF0.450.43
Tactical Solutions Camo 0.92"HornetMcMillanLeupold RF0.690.59
Tactical Solutions Green 0.92"HornetButler Cr. Comp.Leupold RF0.790.70
Volquartsen S.S. Muz. Wt.Volq.Hogue OMScheels Pr. RF0.540.52
Whistle Pig Fluted 0.92"HornetRev. Ind. YukonLeupold RF0.600.57
Factory CarbineFactoryFactoryBSA Air Rifle0.870.78
Factory RifleFactoryFactorySimmons RF0.730.68
Factory CompactFactoryFactoryCabela's RF0.820.81
Factory Lipsey'sFactoryFactoryScheels Pr. RF0.980.87
Factory TargetFactoryFactoryCabela's Outfitters0.560.45

*Average Size of five 5-shot groups with the three best performing types of ammunition.

**Average size of five 5-shot groups with the best performing type of ammunition.

Abbreviations: S.S.=Stainless Steel: Muz. Wt.=Muzzle Weighted; OM=OverMolded; T.H.=Thumbhole; RF=Rimfire; Pr.=Premier; B&C=Bell & Carlson; Comp.=Composite; Mod.=Modified.

Scopes used were the BSA3-12x AO Air Rifle; Cabela's 3-9X Rimfire; Cabela's Outfitter 6-20X AO; Leupold 2-7X Rimfire; Scheels Premier 4-12X Rimfire: Simmons 22 Mag 3-9X AO; and Weaver V-16 4-16X AO.

Chart from page 277

"The best performing ammunition was most often SK Jagd Standard Plus, Eley Match, Remington/Eley Target, Lapua Super Club, Wolf Match Target, or Federal Ultra Match" pg.276

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