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    Ruger 10/22 Collectors Series 2nd edition mods

    I bought a new Ruger 10/22 Collector's Series 2nd Edition from Bruce at Hunter's Essentials. It was the first time dealing with Bruce and I have to say he was great to deal with.
    The rifle I bought is this one http://www.ruger.com/products/1022Ca...ets/21125.html

    It comes with Mini 14 style peep sights with a nice rail, sling studs preinstalled and a Ruger modular stock which uses the same pieces to adjust length of pull and cheek height as the Ruger American series. In the box there is also a nice steel Ruger sign for the wall, a $25 gift certificate for shopruger.com, a 20% off coupon for shopruger.com and a reprint of an old Ruger 10/22 ad.

    I bought this rifle for my nephew to use for Appleseed in September. It is his 12th birthday in July and he has been dying to go shooting with me and he loves history. Since he lives in CT and their laws are worse than NY's with buying a rifle, I figured I would give him everything he needs for Appleseed and shooting for his birthday and take him to Appleseed. A thread about the gift is here https://www.longislandgunclub.com/fo...ew-s-12th-bday. I will hold on to the rifle and he can use it when he comes here.

    I wanted to do some mods to the rifle that I like doing to all the 10/22s I have had. I will start with 2 of the most basic and add to this thread/post with new info as I make the mods before the shoot in September.

    But first here are some photos of the rifle and nice Ruger 10/22 case which I also got from Bruce.


    The bolt has Collectors Series engraved on the side




    The first two mods are to modify the bolt release to make it an automatic bolt release and to swap out the stock extractor with a Volquartsen Exact Edge extractor.

    Bolt Release Mod
    The bolt release mod is an easy mod that anyone can do at home with just a simple small file or a Dremel.
    Take out the bolt release from the trigger group. See youtube for videos.
    It will look like this


    What you need to do is file the point off the middle of the heart shape until it looks like this


    Notice that it is not filed into a straight line, it is slightly bowed out. It can then be put back in the trigger group and the rifle reassembled and tested. Rather than having to mess with the bolt release to get it to release, just pull the bolt back and let it go and the bolt should release now.
    I did this at my desk using these two cheap needle files from Harbor Freight (This is the set they are from http://www.harborfreight.com/12-piec...-set-4614.html)

    Volquartsen Exact Edge extractor
    Take the bolt out of the gun, there are plenty of vids on Youtube.
    Pull back on the extractor plunger with a small hook or screwdriver. The extractor should fall out when there is no spring pressure on it. You can then remove the spring and plunger from the bolt. Swap the stock spring with the VQ one onto the plunger and place them back in the bolt. Then using the new VQ extractor push the plunger in and push the extractor against the bolt. It should snap into place.

    This is a picture comparing the original spring and extractor on the left to the VQ on the right with the plunger in the middle.


    These are the tools I used for all of this besides the files in the Bolt Release details.
    Ben

    #2
    Extended magazine release is a nice mod also

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      #3
      Originally posted by LazyLab View Post
      Extended magazine release is a nice mod also
      The newer 10/22s already have the extended release, the old ones used to be flush with the bottom of the action. Some of the aftermarket ones seemy to make the mags drop free more easily.
      Ben

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      • LazyLab
        LazyLab commented
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        I had the type in your picture and changed it out to a Valquartsen I believe, it almost wraps around the trigger guard.

      #4
      Nice job Ben!
      Pat ------> NRA Endowment Member

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        #5
        Is that a NDS rear sight? Nice work btw!
        Last edited by Surfer21; 06-18-2016, 07:26 PM.

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          #6
          BX trigger is a great budget friendly upgrade. $55 from grabagun.com add some extra mags or mag release to optimize the $6 shipping .
          https://grabagun.com/ruger-25.html

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            #7
            Originally posted by Surfer21 View Post
            Is that a NDS rear sight? Nice work btw!
            No this is the factory sight from Ruger for this model. It is basically the same sights that the Mini 14 comes with.


            Originally posted by Dchilde View Post
            BX trigger is a great budget friendly upgrade. $55 from grabagun.com add some extra mags or mag release to optimize the $6 shipping .
            https://grabagun.com/ruger-25.html
            I am going to do my own trigger job and radius the rear of the bolt. I will post these changes in a few weeks when I get to them.
            Ben

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              #8
              I know you'll do a nice job but use caution. I witnessed a 10/22 trigger job disqualify a young lady on her first stage of her first match because after trying to pull the trigger with the safety on, she pushed the saftey off and the gun fired. He was a member of that other fourm I'm not sure if he made the switch.

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                #9
                Originally posted by Dchilde View Post
                I know you'll do a nice job but use caution. I witnessed a 10/22 trigger job disqualify a young lady on her first stage of her first match because after trying to pull the trigger with the safety on, she pushed the saftey off and the gun fired. He was a member of that other fourm I'm not sure if he made the switch.
                I get it, this will not be the first one I have done and it will be done in enough time that I will be able to test it plenty.
                Ben

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                  #10
                  Nice work.
                  friday night I was in the same mind. I ordered up a new stock (magpul x22), new bolt release and a 'under the trigger guard' mag release. This should make my next Appleseed a little less cumbersome.
                  didn't go for the extractor. Any particular reason why you wanted the change the extractor?
                  NRA LIFE | SAF | GOA | UTAH / NH / FL / PA / NY CCW | APPLESEED RIFLEMAN | RSO | FREEPORT R&R | NSCA | NYSRPA

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                    #11
                    Originally posted by SteveT View Post
                    Nice work.
                    friday night I was in the same mind. I ordered up a new stock (magpul x22), new bolt release and a 'under the trigger guard' mag release. This should make my next Appleseed a little less cumbersome.
                    didn't go for the extractor. Any particular reason why you wanted the change the extractor?
                    I changed the extractor on my first 10/22 because I heard that it resolved issues with some brand/make ammo FTF and FTE issues. I was able to shoot pretty much anything in that rifle so I have added one to each 10/22 I have had after that. It is cheep and easy to change so I figure why not.
                    Ben

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                    • TTSkipper
                      TTSkipper commented
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                      I have put about 1000 rounds of M22 and probably twice that of Golden Bullets out of my Takedown without any issues with the extractor installed. I will be using Mini Mags for Appleseed. I think the only ammo I have had issues with was either Winchester or Federal, it was cheap ammo and some of the heads were loose and it would FTF but no ejection issues.

                    • ChiefSailer
                      ChiefSailer commented
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                      With your new extractor installed you've had no issues. correct? I still have my original extractor installed.

                    • TTSkipper
                      TTSkipper commented
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                      Correct no issues with the VQ extractor. The ammo I use on 95% of my trips to the range is Golden Bullets.

                    #12
                    Here is a pretty good video on the replacement procedure for the extractor
                    Ben

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                      #13
                      Thx. It should arrive today.
                      NRA LIFE | SAF | GOA | UTAH / NH / FL / PA / NY CCW | APPLESEED RIFLEMAN | RSO | FREEPORT R&R | NSCA | NYSRPA

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                        #14
                        That's going to be one happy kid.
                        "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction" R.R.

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