I have $1,200 - Help me build a tack-driving 10/22,,,

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I just completed a very satisfactory sale of two Colt handguns,,,
The proceeds are to be used in creating a 10/22 rifle,,,
It will be for a gift to my very best friend.

I've never done this before so I'll need quite a bit of assistance,,,
I did order a book on building 10/22's from scratch,,,
It should be here on Wednesday.

So far all I've done is to surf the web and try to get a feel for the cost of the parts,,,
I am one of those people who believe that aesthetics are important,,,
So the rifle must be beautiful as well as shoot tight groups.

I think I can do it with the $1,200 that I have budgeted,,,
But if I've decided anything in my initial surfing,,,
I'll not go cheap on quality components.

If it's a choice between form over functionality,,,
I'll buy quality action components,,,
And go cheap on a stock.

I had an idea what a receiver with bolt, trigger, and barrel would cost,,,
But I underestimated the prices of those nice wood stocks,,,
Fortunately those molded stocks are very affordable.

Also it's fortunate I have a few scopes that will be more than adequate,,,
I mean a decent one could easily eat half of my budget.

Anyways it's all just speculation at this point in time,,,
I'll read the book and come up with a plan,,,
Then modify the plan several times,,,
Then build the sucker.

Aarond

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Take a look at Kidd rifles and check out the ABRA website to see what is winning their matches.
 

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Take a look at Kidd rifles,,,

I've done just that,,,
Looked at KIDD rifles I mean,,,
I've never checked to see what rifles the winning shooters use.

I'm certain that KIDD could sell me a tack drivin'/bug bustin'/lights out shootin' rifle,,,
But then I wouldn't get the experience of building the dang thing myself.

I'm not trying to brag here,,,
But I could purchase (without hurting myself),,,
Any of the top of the line precision rimfire rifles out there.

This initial build is meant to be a labor of love,,,
It wouldn't mean the same if I simply purchased a rifle.

Although I have been thinking about one aspect,,,
I'm leaning toward the "budget build" I have priced out.

This is my first attempt at this,,,
Maybe it would be better to practice building,,,
On Brownell's components rather than the pricier KIDD parts.

If I build a decent shooter, more the satisfaction,,,
But if I do build a less than precision rifle,,,
I'll just peddle it off whole or in parts.

Then make the decision whether to try the build again,,,
With new knowledge and better components,,,
Or break down and purchase a gift rifle.

In any event nothing will happen,,,
Until I've devoured the contents of my 10/22 book.

It should be here tomorrow.

Aarond

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I've done just that,,,
Looked at KIDD rifles I mean,,,
I've never checked to see what rifles the winning shooters use.

I'm certain that KIDD could sell me a tack drivin'/bug bustin'/lights out shootin' rifle,,,
But then I wouldn't get the experience of building the dang thing myself.

I'm not trying to brag here,,,
But I could purchase (without hurting myself),,,
Any of the top of the line precision rimfire rifles out there.

This initial build is meant to be a labor of love,,,
It wouldn't mean the same if I simply purchased a rifle.

Although I have been thinking about one aspect,,,
I'm leaning toward the "budget build" I have priced out.

This is my first attempt at this,,,
Maybe it would be better to practice building,,,
On Brownell's components rather than the pricier KIDD parts.

If I build a decent shooter, more the satisfaction,,,
But if I do build a less than precision rifle,,,
I'll just peddle it off whole or in parts.

Then make the decision whether to try the build again,,,
With new knowledge and better components,,,
Or break down and purchase a gift rifle.

In any event nothing will happen,,,
Until I've devoured the contents of my 10/22 book.

It should be here tomorrow.

Aarond

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Sounds like a fun project, when I thought about Kidd i remembered that he also sold parts so that was my rear reason for suggesting him. I shoot bolt action benchrest but I know those folks shooting ABRA matches with automatics turn in some great numbers! Enjoy the build...
 

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I shoot bolt action benchrest but I know those folks shooting ABRA matches with automatics turn in some great numbers!
I had to Google ABRA,,,
I am very ignorant of the different shooting matches out there.

Myself, I'm into a nice slow shooting bolt-action,,,
When I attended an Appleseed event,,,
I found I liked prone shooting.

So my CZ-457 Varmint has a nice bi-pod on it,,,
This semi-auto thing is very new to me,,,
Although I own and shoot CZ-512's.

I live in Stillwater, and am a member of the Stillwater Rifle/Pistol Club,,,
They do a couple of different .22 matches a month there,,,
But while I go to watch, I don't compete in them.

I just like to put out some paper Silhouette targets,,,
And try to shoot a perfect 4-target round,,,
I've come close but never 40 hits.

Thanks for posting my friend,,,
I learned a new thing today.

Aarond

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How would a person do this?

I would think that some judicious use of a drill would work,,,
Take off the butt plate and honeycomb some holes?


This post just made it dawn on me,,,
Why most of those Barracuda style stocks are skeletonized.

It's the weight of that plywood.

I have a rifle with a Boyd's AT-1 stock,,,
The rifle is very heavy but the stock is where most of the weight is.

Hhmmm,,,
Learn something every day.

Aarond

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That's why I farmed that particular job out. Could I have done it myself? Sure. Would it have lookes as good when I was done? Probably not. Would the possibility of screwing it up and wrecking the stock have been higher? Definitely.

I'd say having a drill press and some good fixtures would be the bar for DIY on stock lightening?
 

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Dang!

My build book was supposed to arrive today,,,
So I drug myself to my post office before it closed at noon.

No joy,,,
Amazon tracking fibbed to me.

Aarond

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This is a bit of a drift from this thread,,,
But I thought it might interest some of you.

I absolutely lust over the FN P-90 carbine,,,
I first saw them used on the TV show, Stargate: Atlantis.

Many years back H&H had a full auto for rent,,,
For several years for my birthday gift,,,
I rented one and shot 200 rounds.

I have no need for one,,,
And certainly won't spend the money to feed it,,,
But the thrill of holding/shooting that gem hasn't faded.

So here I am surfing for different 10/22 stocks,,,
And I come across this little beauty.

High Tower Armory 90/22 (Black)​

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Click here please,,,

At my age I'm not going to rush out and buy one,,,
But if I had seen this just 10 years ago,,,
It would probably be worn out now.

Just thought I would share this,,,
In case someone else is a P90 junkie.

Aarond

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The book by Hernandez came in today,,,
I've already skimmed the contents.

One thing I like is there are lists of links to the component manufacturers,,,
Several of which I hadn't noticed in my Google searches,,,
So for an OCD guy like me that's a good thing.

The book seems to be very "general" in it's information,,,
But it does contain a lot of the answers to my many questions.

I'm going to devour every word that's in it,,,
Before I order even one component.

Just for the heck of it,,,
I also ordered the book by Mr. & Mrs. House.

Books are cheap enough to purchase,,,
One can't have too may reference sources,,,
I learn much better from books than internet videos.

Aarond

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Thanks for the tip my friend,,,
But I do want the experience of building one myself.

Aarond

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I have a Magnum Research carbon fiber wrapped barrel on mine and it will consistently put 10 shots in one hole just slightly larger than a 22 bullet at 50 yards. The trigger has been lightened by a friend using parts from a company that specializes in parts for 20/22's and it sports a Leupold 6-18 scope. I have yet to see anything that will out shoot it. The barrel has had 50 rounds designed to lap the bore. Shooting the ammo is a pain in the butt as it sticks some when chambering but well worth the results. The ammo is available from Midway USA. The ammo is the brain child of a champion shooter from Dallas. It is in a Hogue rubber over coated stock. I have been able to shoot the side of a paper match into at 50 yards with this rifle.
 

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