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I am about to purchase a Ruger 10/22. However, I am debating over the all weather stock and stainless steel barrell, or the all black matte barrell and stock. what do you think I should choose? Thank You!

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from micropterus wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Well if you are going to go with a black stock either way (i prefer wood) then I would definitely go with the stainless barrel. The bright stainless and the black stock looks pretty good together I think, not to mention that stainless is much easier to maintain.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Stainless, for the same reasons.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I live in an area of Oregon that gives us three seasons of rain and drizzle, and a summer which we call the "construction season". Stainless makes a great deal of sense in this area of the country. When I lived in southern California, rain or high humidity was not a consideration. For the sake of all-weather, all-season versatility, I seem to have gravitated toward stainless steel and weather-resistant coatings since I've lived here, and I've never considered it a poor choice.

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from ishawooa wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Generally this is merely a matter of preference insofar as esthetics and ease of maintenance. Be aware that stainless steel does require upkeep although minimal compared to some other finishes. A 10/22 is often used as a plinker or for hunting small game so I don't attach as much importance to them as to my large game rifles. I do have a couple that contain about the same amount of dollars in aftermarket accessories as some nice Remington M-700's retail value. That said mine are blue simply because my kid liked the appearance and I am used to that hue. I would suggest stainless unless you just like the looks of blue, not a big deal either way.

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from NYhunter wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I would get it in the all weather stock , I do a lot of bad weather hunting.

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from brw7979 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I recently bought another 10/22 thats an all weather type but its solid realtree camo. The stock, reciever, and barrel. The stock has a built in laser sight with a button on the stock and it works great. It cost a little more than the regular one's but for the price I think its well worth it.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I've never cared for stainless in a hunting rifle unless it is with a mild bead blast finish. I prefer the matte black bbl. and synthetic stock for a rough and tumble rifle. My Rem. 597 22 Mag. has this finish and I think that it's great. This is an excellent shooting rifle by the way.

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from Hunter Savage wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

i really think it is up t you . or do you let your mom dress you still

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I suspect pennst8hunter was looking for feedback in terms of practicality. If any of us had commented, "The blue finished 10/22s function much more reliably than the stainless" (which is not true; the 10/22 functions reliably whatever the metal or the finish of its aluminum receiver), I assume he'd factor that information into his choice. We're here to share information.

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from BigBboy25 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Stainless steel doesn't heat up as quickly as blued steele, but it doesn't cool off as quickly as blued steel either. Blued Steel rusts easier. Wood stocks can warp and bend with temperature change where as upper end synthetic stocks like McMillian will not. Wood scratches and makes the wood look poor, synthetic stocks are already ugly, who cares about a few scratches in them. It's all up to you, these are just a few thoughts to consider.

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from IanS wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

It's up to you but if you think you want a stainless barrel and a silver scope you might have trouble matching them up. The scope, mounts and your barrel will all be different shades. If you get a blued barrel you can get a matte black scope and black mounts and it will look awsome.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

Agreed with ishawooa and + 1 for you sir!!!

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from ishawooa wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Generally this is merely a matter of preference insofar as esthetics and ease of maintenance. Be aware that stainless steel does require upkeep although minimal compared to some other finishes. A 10/22 is often used as a plinker or for hunting small game so I don't attach as much importance to them as to my large game rifles. I do have a couple that contain about the same amount of dollars in aftermarket accessories as some nice Remington M-700's retail value. That said mine are blue simply because my kid liked the appearance and I am used to that hue. I would suggest stainless unless you just like the looks of blue, not a big deal either way.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I live in an area of Oregon that gives us three seasons of rain and drizzle, and a summer which we call the "construction season". Stainless makes a great deal of sense in this area of the country. When I lived in southern California, rain or high humidity was not a consideration. For the sake of all-weather, all-season versatility, I seem to have gravitated toward stainless steel and weather-resistant coatings since I've lived here, and I've never considered it a poor choice.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I suspect pennst8hunter was looking for feedback in terms of practicality. If any of us had commented, "The blue finished 10/22s function much more reliably than the stainless" (which is not true; the 10/22 functions reliably whatever the metal or the finish of its aluminum receiver), I assume he'd factor that information into his choice. We're here to share information.

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from NYhunter wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I would get it in the all weather stock , I do a lot of bad weather hunting.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I've never cared for stainless in a hunting rifle unless it is with a mild bead blast finish. I prefer the matte black bbl. and synthetic stock for a rough and tumble rifle. My Rem. 597 22 Mag. has this finish and I think that it's great. This is an excellent shooting rifle by the way.

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from micropterus wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Well if you are going to go with a black stock either way (i prefer wood) then I would definitely go with the stainless barrel. The bright stainless and the black stock looks pretty good together I think, not to mention that stainless is much easier to maintain.

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from brw7979 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I recently bought another 10/22 thats an all weather type but its solid realtree camo. The stock, reciever, and barrel. The stock has a built in laser sight with a button on the stock and it works great. It cost a little more than the regular one's but for the price I think its well worth it.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Stainless, for the same reasons.

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from BigBboy25 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Stainless steel doesn't heat up as quickly as blued steele, but it doesn't cool off as quickly as blued steel either. Blued Steel rusts easier. Wood stocks can warp and bend with temperature change where as upper end synthetic stocks like McMillian will not. Wood scratches and makes the wood look poor, synthetic stocks are already ugly, who cares about a few scratches in them. It's all up to you, these are just a few thoughts to consider.

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from IanS wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

It's up to you but if you think you want a stainless barrel and a silver scope you might have trouble matching them up. The scope, mounts and your barrel will all be different shades. If you get a blued barrel you can get a matte black scope and black mounts and it will look awsome.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

Agreed with ishawooa and + 1 for you sir!!!

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from Hunter Savage wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

i really think it is up t you . or do you let your mom dress you still

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