The Ruger 10/22 is arguably the most popular rim-fire that is also very easy to modify and upgrade with what is probably the most after-market range of accessories. I have owned literally dozens of these rifles over the decades, in a wide range of different models and configurations, including the take-down (one of my favourite), Boyd’s Evolution stocks, SR-22, wooden and synthetic stock models too.
Right: If you like customoized 10/22’s, you might also like my Rossi single shot hammer action rifle, with interchangeable .22lr and .410 center-fire barrels. In the configuration to the right, it is set up for 4G video link and remote activation from anywhere where there is cell phone reception.
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I have restored, modified and silenced so many customer’s 10/22’s – that I have lost count! Just a few examples are below.
Note: Which ammunition – sub-sonic or hypers? Hyper-velocity ammunition will ALWAYS be louder than sub-sonic, because Hypers break the sonic barrier producing a sonic-crack around 5 mtrs in front of the rifle barrel – this will happen even if you have a silencer mounted. One way to over-come this is to fit a full over-barrel silencer AND port the barrel to reduce the velocity of the hyper projectile to sub-sonic speeds, preventing your rifle from ever reaching hyper-velocity again. However, due to the larger amount of ‘powder’ in the hyper-velocity cartridge – even with a ported barrel and full over-barrel silencer, your rifle will still be louder than sub-sonic ammunition because an amount of noise escapes through the bolt/chamber each time the rifle automatically reloads. Most 10/22 cycle perfectly with sub-sonic ammunition, so it makes sense to not port your barrel too aggressively and instead use sub-sonic ammunition which will be nice and quiet but also allow you to use hyper-velocity if desired.
Below: 10/22 Wasp end-mounted muzzle-brake. I started this project with specs supplied by the customer to make a short compact over-barrel silencer, but half-way through he emailed me a photo of a silencer with recessed/concave muzzle, and asked I incorporate both designs into the one unit, basically turning it into a muzzle-brake, as most of the internal suppression chambers were replaced by the recessed muzzle unit. However, it looks mint.
Below: I worked with this customer to get him the exact silencer he requested for his 10/22 project. He emailed me a drawing of what he wanted, with specs etc., and I was able to make exactly what he wanted.
Below: 10/22 over-barrel silencer with ported over-barrel shroud and side-ways venting air-stripper
Below: 10/22 restoration project.
Below: A very nice end-mounted silencer
Below: Carbon-fibre over-barrel silencer with custom portings both ends
Below: SR 10/22 carbon-fibre silencer mounted on my own SR22
Below: SR-22 with Ruger Red muzzle -portings
Below: End-mounted silencer