10/22 Tweakery

Taking a closer look at the features built into the new gun, there’s Ruger’s pace-setting BX-Trigger system. The BX-Trigger is not new this year but it takes any old 10/22 model and moves it into an entirely higher performance plane.

Owner-adjustable from 2.5-3 lbs., it’s light, crisp with minimal overtravel, a positive reset and, yes, it’s a drop-in module fitting all existing 10/22s and 22 Charger pistol models. As an accessory, it’s available directly from Ruger for $89.95 at www.ruger.com — and it’s worth every penny.

The receiver itself has received a makeover. No longer is the Picatinny rail a Ruger bolt-on accessory. The new, optics-ready Picatinny rail is now cast and machined integrally with the receiver for utter rigidity. Moreover, the rail is 30 MOA, giving the shooter increased long-range elevation adjustments with their optics. This is important in the typical tactical rimfire match where steel targets are often placed out beyond 100 yards.

The custom receiver action has also been tweaked a bit to increase better stock bedding with the addition of a secondary, rear bedding lug visible at the rear of the receiver. The fluted bull barrel is fully free-floated in the stock and features an enhanced match quality chamber.

Since competitive events often call for rapid magazine changes and reloads, the custom shop has added an extended, ambidextrous magazine release to the BX-Trigger assembly. The release wraps around the front of the trigger guard and can be operated rapidly with the trigger hand. When the release is pulled down, those 10-round Ruger magazines just shoot out. With no magazine hang-ups, it’s a neat design giving the competitor yet another slight edge.