Ruger 10/22 Target Hammer Forged Bull Barrel Review

Ruger 10/22 Target Hammer Forged Bull Barrel Review By Josejuan This and several other reviews are based in the 22lr caliber and plenty of samples from manufacturers all around. We call […]

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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 offers different models through special suppliers and dealers all over the nation and internationally. We have been provided several variations to test.

Ruger 10/22 Target Hammer Forged Bull Barrel rifle

This is the second version of the Ruger 10/22 series of rifles that we will discuss.
The Ruger 10/22 is considered one of the most popular and iconic rifles in the US and has many versions (Brownell’s link). I would catalogue this model as the Cadillac of the Ruger 10/22s.  This is the Ruger 10/22 Target rifle.

You can also find 10/22s at Cabela’s (link).

Ruger 10/22 Target Hammer Forged Bull Barrel Review -zoom on topRuger 10/22 Target Hammer Forged Bull Barrel Specs:

BRAND:               Ruger
# OF MAGS:      1
MODEL:              10/22 Target
SAFETY:             Cross Bolt Safety
TYPE:   Rifle:    Semi-Auto
SIGHTS:             No Sights
CALIBER:         22LR
BARREL:          20 Heavy Barrel, Target Crown, Spiral Finish
FINISH:           Matte Black
OVERALL LENGTH: 38.5
ACTION:          Semi-Automatic
WEIGHT:         7.5 lbs
STOCK:             Brown Laminate
CAPACITY:     10+1
FEATURES:    Scope Base Adapter, Detachable Rotary Magazine
FEATURES:    Rifling: 1-16 RH, Target Trigger
BUTT PLATE:     Flat Rubber Butt Pad
RECEIVER:      Matte Black
Msrp:                   $580

The first 10/22 reviewed was the Standard Carbine (review link): the plain Jane that has been in the market for 50+ years. By comparison the Ruger 10/22 Target Hammer Forged Bull Barrel is all decked-out and geared for competition and accuracy.

Ruger 10/22 Target Hammer Forged Bull Barrel description:

jj_10-22_bull_barrel-15This rifle is the heaviest 10/22 sampled so far. I would not consider it as a trail scouting rifle. Its extra weight does provide a sturdy mass to reduce the minimal felt recoil from the 22lr.

  • There are no iron sights. So, a scope is the only way to address targets. The Ruger 10/22 Target Hammer Forged Bull Barrel rifle is provided with a scope base and that is about it for extras.
  • The barrel is the most prominent item of the target 10/22. It is a hammer forged bull barrel with an external spiraling effect that is astonishing.  On the top of the barrel you will find clear Ruger engraving of its manufacturing process “hammer forged”, at the bottom there are company information and the caliber label. The barrel is free floated.
  • The Ruger 10/22 Target Hammer Forged Bull Barrel rifle does not have the extra ring at the front of the stock that most 10/22 models have.
  • The stock is laminated to add strength with better linear stability than regular wood and provide better support for the heavier action and barrel.
  • The trigger is a smoother lighter trigger that breaks clean. The trigger pull weight is set around 5lbs. Almost 3 lbs lighter than the standard and takedown versions.

Does the Ruger 10/22 Target Hammer Forged Bull Barrel shoot well?

The results from our test can be seen in the picture.

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Handling the rifle and shooting it off hand is one thing. To verify that the rifle is truly accurate I secured the Ruger 10/22 Target Hammer Forged Bull Barrel rifle to our Hyskore dual damper shooting rest (review link). I used the same 5 types of ammo as in the prior tests. I collected 10 rounds of each sample, loaded the magazine and the results top those from the standard 10/22 and the 10/22 Takedown versions. Three of the bullet groups are inside a 1/2sq.inch size.
There is one bullet in a group that i labeled as a “flier?”, it was apparent that something happened with that bullet. The other 9 hits are all clumped together in a tight group. I did not expect all the groups to be under 1/2 inch mainly because of ammo manufacturing tolerances. However, I got good groupings from all of them. This is proving to be a great target 10/22 rifle that I suspect would perform well in a match. Knowing how much some competitors spend on their rigs, I would have to believe that this rifle would be outperformed by some of the truly high-end custom target rifles.

Ruger 10/22 Target Hammer Forged Bull Barrel final thoughts:

The Ruger 10/22 Target Hammer Forged Bull Barrel rifle is a good solid rifle. Its stability and accuracy would increase the chances of bagging small game or performing well in competition. The price is still low for a beginning competition setup. The laminate stock adds to the linear stability so it will resist warping and will properly support the barreled action while keeping the classic wood touch. The trigger is a great improvement from the standard almost 8lb pull weight. Because of weight it is not the best choice for scouting, but it will do its duty as such if one puts up with the extra load. It is advisable to use this rifle with a shooting stick or front support to be able to stretch its reach when hunting.

For accuracy it is of high importance to match the ammo to the rifle. As everyone can see from the target above some types of ammo yield better results.

The item I do not particularly like is the extra engravings on the barrel, I relate it to the flashy “turbo” decals that are placed on cars.  I am of the simpler “let performance speak for itself” ideology. That’s it on the dislike department. As it is I recommend the Ruger 10/22 Target Hammer Forged Bull Barrel rifle.

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

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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

A long time friend of Gear-Report.com, 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.