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I have an older 10/22 and other then new trigger parts it is completely stock. Function with bultler creek high capacity magazines is perfect. I bought the gun used some years ago and I like everything about it except for the fact the gun is inaccurate.
I see people putting heavy after market barrels on such guns and when I fired one such gun it shot extremely tight groups.
Is there anyway to improve my older stock ruger, without adding a new barrel, can be made to be more accurate. I understand that bedding of the receiver and barrel may help. The gun is loose inside of the stock. Greatly appreciate any suggestions.
 

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Check your barrel retainer screws to be sure they have not worked loose. If not check the barrel band see if its touching the barrel, if it is you can dremel out the inside a bit to avoid it touching the barrel. Other than that bedding is the only option I can think of.

When you look down the barrel with a light, is the rifling still good, free of scratchs or pitting? A shot out barrel may be the problem too if its an old rifle.

You can get a factory barrel fairly cheap on gunbroker, alot of people sell new barrels and stocks after they buy a new 10/22 and immediately switch out the barrel and stock.
 

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I would check to make sure the barrel is staying snug like bhale suggested, then I would check the chamber for any obvious defect then I would check the bore, then I would check the crown. The crown or face of the barrel where the bullet exits is important, if it gets dinged up or distorted you can have it refaced or replace the barrel. The crown is easy to mess up because it is exposed and even running a cleaning rod through there can were it, so can powder residue or corrosive primers.
The upside is that there is a vast number of options for you if you want to rebarrel it and you can do it your self. People even sell newish take off barrels all the time, you can get a new OEM barrel from someone who replaced theirs with an after market pretty dang cheap. You can also send it back to ruger and they will fix for a reasonable sum, they are good like that, People tend to rave about their customer service.
 

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A friend and I took his new, factory bull-barreled 10/22 to the range one day to see how much more accurate it was than my bone-stock 10/22. Answer: Not a bit. That's my experience. YMMV
 

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I'm not a gunsmith but I do have a 10/22 that will put a group in one hole at 25 yards, most of what I know (and did to mine) came out of posts on Rimfire Central. Couple items effect the accuracy of a stock 10/22. The stock barrel chamber is cut very loose (even on the so called target barrels) so it will run with any 22 ammo and the bolt head spacing can run all over the place.

The chamber issue can be fixed by a gunsmith, basically you cut a little off the rear end of the barrel and cut a new chamber. Some guy on the Rimfire central forum offered this mod but not sure if he is still doing it. This is why most go with aftermarket barrels which makes it a bolt on fix. You can check/set the head spacing with a good set of calipers, specs can be found on the internet.

With the exception of an aftermarket extractor I did all the action (trigger) work and set the head spacing myself from info I found on the net. I also went with an aftermarket barrel rather than rechambering the stock one.

One thing you can do that doesn't even require taking the gun apart is to try a bunch of different ammo and see what the gun likes. Some guns are simply more accurate with a particular brand or type of ammo.
 

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RFC has a lot of info on improving the accuracy of your gun. A few of the sponsors there can also rework your barrel, bolt and trigger too. There's also info on how to DIY.
 

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RFC has a lot of info on improving the accuracy of your gun. A few of the sponsors there can also rework your barrel, bolt and trigger too. There's also info on how to DIY.
CJ5 can you tell me what RFC is. I am new here do not know all of the acronyms yet.

Thanks to everyone else that has given advice.
 
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