I’m brainstorming with this blog post so give me some of your advice if you have any on what to put on my Ruger 10/22 rifle. This is a standard 10/22 and not a tricked out barrel or trigger. I purchased all of my 22lr for new shooters to learn on and didn’t want to get too fancy with optics in the beginning. After picking up a Marlin Model 980 bolt action and having the rear sight replaced with an adjustable elevation like the standard 10/22, I haven’t had the urge to buy another optic for this gun. Many bolt actions are capable of shooting quarter size groups at 100yds with the right kind of ammo, but even though my bolt action has that capability, I still wanted it for novice introduction to firearms.
My ruger 10/22 was a training gun, but after recently doing some aggressive testing between the two, there was no comparison in accuracy. The bolt action was shooting dime size groups at 50ft and the Ruger was shooting 2 inch groups with the same ammo. I’m thinking about picking up a rifle scope for this gun that is either a fixed power or a red dot. I have a Butler Creek 25 round magazine that I have yet to test out, but it could be a good close quarters combat training tool for wiping out soda cans and other carbonated reactive targets. I had an Eotech 552 on a Ruger Mini 14 and had fun with it, but went back to a 3-9x40mm scope because it just seemed more practical.