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Three Tips To Keep Your Ruger 10/22 Running Like A Top

Nothing stirs the heart like a Ruger rifle firing as if it is fresh off the store rack. The way the entire barrel length feels steady and the kick from the bold handle isn’t erratic after you pull the trigger and the firing pin hits. As a proud user of two of these rifles, and friend of many others who use them also, I’ve come to learn a couple tricks to keep them running well, especially during extended use or in rough weather.

This is a follow-up to the feature on Ruger 10/22 rifles from one of our earlier posts. We focused on the features of the Ruger rifle in the last article. Now let’s talk about how to keep your long rifle firing like a charm.

3 Tips To Keep Your Ruger American Rifle Firing Like It’s New

1. Ammunition Makes A Difference For Your Ruger American Rifle

.22 Ammunition is known for running a bit dirty, creating more gunk in the action than centerfire ammunition types, as a rule. This problem can be multiplied when using a suppressor, which can also increase fouling in the barrel. Of course, this is something you don’t want to happen to your tactical solutions.

I’ve run many brands of ammunition through my 10/22s. Ammo that has an exposed lead bullet is usually cheaper, but fouling is accelerated. Many brands that work perfectly well for just a bit of shooting in a repeating rifle, or for extended use in a single-shot rifle, begin to have failures to eject when the 10/22 action has become dirty and hot. That isn’t ideal for your Ruger precision rifle.

There’s one brand of ammunition that my friends and have had great success with our little Rugers. It’s CCI’s 22 Mini-Mag load. At around 18 cents per round, it’s not the cheapest 22 ammo, but not the most expensive either.

2. For Your Remington Ruger, Magazines Make a Difference

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For the longest time, the only Ruger magazine for the 10/22 was the standard 10-round rotary magazine. It’s a brilliant, functional design, but sometimes it’s nice to have more than ten rounds. Some years ago, Butler Creek company stepped up to the plate with 15- and 25-round, banana-shaped mags. They’re easy to seat and release, but operation can be sporadic. In my experience, at least one failure to feed will occur for every 25-round magazine full. It’s great for malfunction clearance practice or something to clear the Ruger barrel but a little frustrating for timed events or hunting.

While writing this article, I found other non-factory rotary magazines by companies like Champion and ProMag. I cannot comment on those as I’ve never used them.

At last, Ruger started making its own extended magazines. They look just like the Butler Creek ones, but these really work. Extended mags are a nice add-on to your rifle purchase; expect to spend anywhere from $15 for an inexpensive knock-off to $50 for Ruger branded mags. Now you have more choices for your Ruger semi-auto rifle as there is now more Ruger stocks in the market.

3. Keep Action Cleaner And Lube Handy

If dusty conditions, lots of shooting, or both occur, carbon and gun oil will make a gooey mess inside your 10/22’s bolt action. The bolt won’t travel as fast as it’s designed to when grime builds up, and that causes failures in the feeding/extraction process. Taking a 10/22 apart for cleaning isn’t that hard, but it’s also not a field-friendly exercise. What to do?

Enter Rem Action Cleaner by Remington. This inexpensive aerosol product comes with a “straw” for the nozzle so you don’t get cleaner all over your stock and yourself. With the magazine out and chamber clear, give the action a couple shots of this fast-acting spray solvent. It’s good to be ready with a rag or paper towel, as black liquid will drip out, proving the product is doing its job. Once clean, give the bolt a little help from a good lubricant like Frog Lube, which is non-toxic and smells great to boot. Voila, your rifle is back in action and ready for more.

4. Love For The Ruger American 10/22 Rifle

Gun publications often refer to standout firearms as “venerable,” a word usually reserved for models that aren’t in production anymore. Buying a 10/22 gives you the chance to own a venerable gun with features that are as modern—or not—as you desire. They’re a great rifle for a small price in comparison to other legendary platforms. Treat yours well, and it will last for generations.

Here’s a video from funbro1 talking about how to disassemble your 10/22 rifle from the trigger assembly, bolt handle, muzzle brake, barrel length, to your Ruger receiver:

What do you think about the tips for keeping your Ruger precision rifle firing better? Do you have your own set of practices? Do you also want the same tips for the American Ruger Rimfire models, Ruger semi-automatic rifle models, or any other gun type like pistols and shotguns? Comment down below.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on November 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

Feature image By James Case from Philadelphia, Mississippi, U.S.A. (Ruger 10/22) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons