The Ruger 10/22 is a great gun for target practice. It is inexpensive but of high quality, and the ammunition it fires, .22 long rifle (.22LR), is just a few cents per cartridge. My review of the Ruger 10/22 is below.
The Ruger 10/22 is a semiautomatic rifle chambered for the .22 long rifle (.22LR) cartridge. It comes with a 10 round rotary magazine which sits completely inside the rifle, just forward of the trigger and underneath the action. Aftermarket 50 round magazines are available for about $20, although the factory magazines tend to be more durable and reliable. There is a massive after market for this gun, with everything from target barrels, scope mounts, replacement stocks, trigger groups, etc. available online. A base model 10/22 will run about $200 online or $300 in your local store, but unlike most guns in this price range, the quality is excellent.
The Ruger 10/22 is built like other Ruger firearms, meaning that the quality is excellent. Don’t let the low price throw you off, this a good rifle. I have put at least 10,000 rounds through my Ruger 10/22 in the approximately one year I have owned it, and not experienced any problems. Since I dismantle it for transportation to and from the range, I have thoroughly tested the durability of the screws and other parts, and all have held up very well. Short of using this gun as a hammer, to drive nail into cement, I don’t see it breaking any time soon.
Of the approximately 10,000 rounds which have gone through my 10/22, exactly 1 has failed to fire, and 1 other has failed to properly feed. In both cases it appeared to be caused by problems with the ammunition (both rounds came out of the same box), rather than a problem with the 10/22.
Unlike most other cartridges these days, the .22LR is a rimfire cartridge, meaning that the primer is placed around the rim of the cartridge, rather than being placed in the center. That is not terribly important; what matter is the amazingly low price of the .22 LR ammunition, which can be as low as $0.03 per cartridge, for high quality ammunition. That means you can spend an hour shooting the Ruger 10/22 for about $10. Compare that with the $0.85 to $3.50 it can cost for each shotgun shell I fire from my Reminton 870, and you’ll see why I find this .22 LR is so fun (and cheap) to shoot. My Ruger 10/22is pretty tolerant when it comes to the ammunition I use, which is mainly the .22LR CCI Stinger. I also fire a good deal of Winchester’s .22LR high velocity copper coated round nose ammunition.
The Ruger 10/22 has a huge aftermarket, with every every imaginable accessory available. These include barrels, stocks, magazines, triggers, magazine release levers, scope mounts, laser sights, muzzle compensator, sound suppressors, flash suppressors, bullpup conversion kits, etc. They are all available online, and at amazingly low prices.
The reason I bought the Ruger 10/22 is because I was told that it was a fun gun. That proved to be truer than I could have imagined. It is fun to shoot due to the nearly non-existent recoil, low noise, cheap ammo, and abundant, inexpensive accessories. I currently have a scope on my Ruger 10/22 but I have used the included rifle sights and a laser too. Customizing, changing, and re-customizing this gun can be a hobby in and of itself.
Self/Home Defense Use
The one area that the Ruger 10/22 is not well suited for is that of home or self defense. While the Ruger 10/22 is still a firearm that must be handled with the utmost care, the .22LR bullets that it fires are not adequate for self/home defense. If you are looking for a self defense firearm, this article may help. Enjoy the Ruger 10/22 as a great target practice gun, or a good way to become more familiar and comfortable with guns, rather than as a home defense tool.