Down to the final stretch in our project, “Updating an old 10-22”. First, we disassemble the action completely for refinishing. There is no short-cut here you have to take it all the way apart or the finished product will not be worth the effort. Our gun was in good shape mechanically but was rough in terms of the exterior finish.
The trigger guard was not much better:
The parts were all thoroughly cleaned and bead blasted. Then cleaned again to insure the removal of all oil contamination. We used Teflon/Moly Coating from Brownells for this project. It is a strong baked on finish that provides a durable finish that has a degree of lubricity built in. The How To for Teflon/Moly is beyond the scope of this article. If you want to learn the full process Brownells offers a video on DVD for about $10 that teaches the entire process.
Below is the finish receiver. We used a matte finish and it looks brand new again.
When we started to reassemble the gun we installed a Tactical Solutions shock buffer to increase the life of the gun. The factory action has a steel pin in this upper rear position to spread the load of the bolt hitting the back of the action when it cycles. There are probably numerous other makers of such buffers, there is probably no big advantage to one over the other. This one of selected on price and I liked the hard rubber material it is made of. It should provide a long useful life.
Then it was time for a trigger job. When I reassembled the trigger housing I replaced the springs using a Wolff spring kit for the 10-22. So I had a new extra power trigger return spring, light sear spring, and an extra power hammer spring. The utilization of this spring kit makes it easier to do a good trigger job on the existing factory parts.
The basics of the trigger job are this: I stoned the hammer where the sear engages to smooth the contact surfaces and to reduce the sear engagement a small amount. The sear was stoned to make all the contact surfaces crisp and clean. The engagement is slightly positive to insure safe/reliable operation.
Like the finish work mentioned earlier the “How To” of a full trigger job is beyond the scope of this piece. But the above gives you some idea of what is involved. We ended up with a 3.5 lb. trigger pull using NRA weights to test.
Allchin Gun Parts makes a really cool scope mount for the C-More sight system. At left is the sight all mounted up on the Allchin Scope Mount. Note that it gets the sight as close to the gun as possible. It’s a sleek and simple design that uses the factory scope mount holes and screws. Makes for a very fast open eye sighting system.
Thats the whole package finished up and ready to hit the range. We’ll post a target as soon as I can sneak away for a little shooting. If you look back over all five parts of this “How To” you will see that this is a project that most gun lovers could do for themselves. There are literally hundreds of aftermarket parts, stocks, sights, you name it; for the Ruger 10-22, a rifle you can truly make your own with a unique selection of parts to upgrade this reliable shooter.