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Help me choose my next upgrade

Discussion in 'Rimfire' started by toddnjoyce, Jan 18, 2019.

Choose my next upgrade

Poll closed Jan 25, 2019.
  1. Optics because sexy glass is cool

    9.5%
  2. Barrel and more

    42.9%
  3. Go bolt or go home

    47.6%
  1. ZX9RCAM

    ZX9RCAM Over the Rainbow bridge... TGT Supporter

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    Yeah, I'm not one to ask anyway.
    I probably haven't taken any of my rifles to shoot more than a handful of times in the last 30+ years.
     


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  2. easy rider

    easy rider Allotropic Transformer TGT Supporter

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    That's why I warn people that go to the TGT meets, that it can be quite addictive shooting others cool guns.
     
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  3. TxStetson

    TxStetson Usually Here TGT Supporter Lifetime Member

    Come on man. Everybody’s doing it.
     
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  4. toddnjoyce

    toddnjoyce Well-Known

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    Today’s work was to swap the VQ auto bolt release to the BX trigger, install the BQ extended mag release, install the mod’d BX, and clean her up.

    Before

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    Prep
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    Trigger groups ready for surgery, original on the right.

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    Post op, mod’d BX on the left

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    Back in one piece, clean, and ready for load testing on Tuesday.

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  5. toddnjoyce

    toddnjoyce Well-Known

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    It's 47.5% barrel, 47.5% new gun, 2.5% optics, so I've been doing some research. Kidd gets the barrel money, archangel gets the stock money, I'll re-use the receiver, BX25 trigger, and scope for now.

    If platform wins out, it's a toss up so far. Reviewed the CZ455 American Combo, comes with both a .22LR and 17HMR barrel. Both seem to be acceptably accurate. Then, there's the CZ457 in a couple of variants; a straight up target, a multi-caliber, and a 'precision trainer' which just has a MacMillan stock. Not a whole lot of info on the 457, as it hit the streets in 18Q4. Looked at the Magnun Research and Tikka T1x, too. Not a lot to be found on those platforms, except the T1X can be dropped into a T3x chassis, maybe.

    Keep up the votes; y'all are spending my money so make it count.
     
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  6. Army 1911

    Army 1911 TGT Addict

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    Biathlon
     
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  7. TexMex247

    TexMex247 Well-Known TGT Supporter

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    Well, I'm not sure if I'm the best or worst person to answer here. I voted barrel and more and have gone down this road about 10 times over the years with 10/22s. I started with a pre 06' rifle years ago that had the old school aluminum trigger group. After 700 dollars or so of total investment, I ended up with a rifle that did pretty well in this rimfire competition we had here years ago... https://www.texasguntalk.com/posts/606930/
    After building out that one, the snowball grew bigger. I put together a few ultralites with Kidd and Zimmerman barrels, Several HB rifles, Kidd, Er shaw, Ruger Hammered, etc as well as some compact carbines with a good spectrum of optics. In the end, I did conclude that the barrel will make the most difference.

    Today I have about a dozen 10/22s and they are all equally fun to shoot but the most accurate have had trigger work, barrels upgraded and headspaced bolts. Since you already have the trigger, a quality barrel is the next best step IMO. Also, the Mueller APV may be one of the best values for a precision rimfire rifle out there. I do have to agree with a few other posters here that maybe that original rifle is best kept as is, like a classic truck. I have a feeling that won't be the only 10/22 you ever own.
     
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  8. toddnjoyce

    toddnjoyce Well-Known

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    Plain Jane, as she sits, can be reverted back to factory stock in about 10mins. I’ve been careful to keep all the original bits/pieces.

    If barrel wins, I’ll end up with another receiver by then end of the year for the new barrel.

    The challenge with Plane Jane is she’s a carbine with the barrel band. That means there’s limited choices for an in-stock barrel upgrade.

    I appreciate your thoughts and input.
     
  9. easy rider

    easy rider Allotropic Transformer TGT Supporter

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    Yeah, you'll get better accuracy with a free floated barrel.
     
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  10. Texas Heat

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    I'd start with the RPR and get some glass and couple cheap bolt/mag upgrades. It's done at that point. I doubt I'll ever be overqualified to shoot that configuration. The only 10/22 I'd go further on is a takedown model as not many manufacturers offer that configuration. I have a brand new never fired carbine I'll probably put up for sale to fund my RPR.
     


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