Ruger 10/22 Standard Carbine Rifle Review

Ruger 10/22 Standard Carbine Rifle Review By Josejuan This and several other reviews are based in the 22lr caliber and plenty of samples from manufacturers all around. We call it The 22lr […]

Ruger 10/22 Standard Carbine Rifle Review

By Josejuan

This and several other reviews are based in the 22lr caliber and plenty of samples from manufacturers all around. We call it The 22lr Project (link)
Ruger 10/22 Standard Carbine Rifle Review - 2 carbinesThis one is the first version of the Ruger brand that we will discuss the standard Ruger 10/22 Carbine.

The Ruger 10/22

Considered one of the most popular and iconic rifles, this rifle has many versions. Today Ruger has a dozen different models (Brownell’s link) offered through special suppliers and dealers all over the US and internationally.  We have been provided several models to test. This one is the standard wooden model with the blued 18″ barrel. You can find it at Cabela’s for $260 (link).

Here are the specs:

Ruger 10/22 Standard Carbine Rifle Review - jj shootingBRAND:         Ruger
# OF MAGS: 1
MODEL:        10/22 Carbine SKU: 25617002
SAFETY:        Cross Bolt Safety
TYPE:  Rifle:  Semi-Auto
SIGHTS: Front: Gold Bead Rear: Folding Leaf
CALIBER:      22LR
BARREL:        18.5
FINISH:          Matte Black
ACTION:         Semi-Automatic
WEIGHT:        5 lbs
STOCK:            Hardwood
CAPACITY:     10+1
Features:          Scope Base Adapter, Detachable Rotary Magazine
FEATURES:    Rifling: 1-16 RH
CHAMBER:      22lr
RECEIVER:      Matte Black, Drilled & Tapped
Msrp:                   $309


Some extra options you might consider are barrel threading, barrel lengths 16″ or up to 20″, and stainless or blued steel (more options = more $$).

So, the Standard 10/22 is the plain jane wood stock with the blued 18″ barrel.
This rifle regardless of being plain, is a great performing rifle. I have had the pleasure of shooting it through the years during squirrel hunts, birding, hunting raccoons, and plenty of target shooting. This rifle has seen it share of cans , bottles, paper, and metal targets. Of which lately the metal targets really have stuck a tune with it. So much has to be said about the ping or ringing of the metal when it is struck by the little 22 bullet.
The proprietary 10 round rotary magazine informs the name of the rifle: 10 bullets of the 22 caliber = 10/22.

The performance:

This rifle is an awesome trail companion, easy to maneuver and not heavy to carry. Shooting with iron sights and or through a scope it performs great. Bagging small game is not a problem. It truly is a matter of good shooting technique and steady aim. The rifle as it is sold does have limitations so see the shooting results from the targets. I set the paper at 40 yards and used 5 kinds of ammo.

Ruger 10/22 Standard Carbine review

Do not be mislead by the placement. I kept the rifle steady on the same aimpoint and let the bullets group regardless of where they landed. The intent is to check performance not my ability to hit the bullseye. For that i would have to re zero the scope after each ammo change. The trigger pull is one of the main downsides of the rifle. The weight averages around 7.5 to 8 lbs. which is very safe, but detrimental to accuracy, especially shooting without a rest.

Ruger 10/22 Standard Carbine reviewOverall:

Considering that this rifle’s primary use is scouting and small game hunting, its performance matches its intended purpose. The weight and ease to handle makes it a great small game trekking rifle. The 40 yard results even with the worst case 2.83sq.inches of a group. Considering the size of a squirrel, rabbit, crow or rat, at 40 yards it will still result in a hit. Of course, a responsible hunter would select the ammo with the 1/2sq.inch. grouping which would stretch the possible distance at which one can be confident of a humane kill. If the use is for learning and target practice this Ruger 10/22 will not disappoint anyone.
I do have to say that because the rifle is held by one only bolt at the the point where the barrel and action meet, this does limit some of the rifle’s accuracy possibilities. The single point hold is offsetted by using the front holding ring at the front of the stock. The standard carabine does not have free floated barrel, characteristic of many accuracy rifles, but it does secure the stock and barreled action firmly.

In the next instalments I will discuss three other Ruger 10/22 versions, then we will continue with products to customize the 10/22, comparable rifles by other companies, also some other bolt action rifles all within the rimfire grouping.
Stay tuned.

Get your Ruger 10/22 at Brownell’s or Cabela’s.

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About Ruger

Ruger FirearmsSturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of rugged, reliable firearms for the commercial sporting market. The only full-line manufacturer of American-made firearms, Ruger offers consumers over 400 variations of more than 30 product lines, from the ubiquitous 10/22® and Mini-14®, to the new and exciting Ruger American Pistol, Ruger Precision Rifle, SR-556 Takedown®, AR-556®, LC9s®, 9E® and Ruger American Rifle®.

About JJ

JJ - Senior Firearms Review Specialist & Project Coordinator A long time friend of, and frequent behind-the-scenes instigator…I mean contributor, JJ joined the Gear Report team in 2014 in a more formal capacity. Expect to see JJ’s ongoing contributions to reviews, while he coordinates with manufacturers and retailers to review their products. If you want to see what it takes to make the cut here at Gear Report, look no further than JJ. Part inventor, part outdoorsman, JJ brings a wealth of experience to the Gear Report team, as well as some fancy book learning. A Structural Designer by day, JJ spends his nights and weekends on a massively broad range of outdoor and active interests. Whether making hunting knives, bamboo frame canoes, hunting platforms or various other creations, or hunting, fishing, paddling, boating, teaching martial arts, or re-engineering ammunition reloading equipment, JJ is always up to something interesting. Usually several somethings. A native of Guatemala, JJ brings a valuable different perspective to Gear Report. We will see if we can get him to add some Spanish language content to the site, as the need for fair, trusted information on outdoor gear is not limited to English speaking readers.