Gunfight Friday: Rimfire Rifle Edition
Even two semiautomatic .22 rimfire rifles can present an apples-and-oranges comparison. Today we have Tim Platt’s Ruger 10/22, a work...
Even two semiautomatic .22 rimfire rifles can present an apples-and-oranges comparison. Today we have Tim Platt’s Ruger 10/22, a work in progress but still a tack-driver, paired up against Scott Siever’s Remington Nylon 66. The Nylon 66, with a stock and many parts made from DuPont plastics (DuPont owned Remington at the time) was made from 1959 to 1990. It was lightweight at only about four pounds and very durable. The Ruger 10/22 needs no introduction. Since 1964, it has been an affordable classic. Like many 10/22s, Tim Platt’s is receiving the Tin Woodman treatment, with its original pieces being replaced with aftermarket parts one by one until someday Platt might have a rifle made entirely of aftermarket parts.
Scott Seivers’s Remington Nylon 66
This is a Bicentennial edition of the Nylon 66. It was my grandpa’s and my grandma gave it to me before he died. I guess that’s probably the reason I like it so much. I’ve mostly used it for shooting ground squirrels and rabbits. It’s very light and really accurate with iron sites. I kind of like the tube feed magazine in the stock. It’s one of those guns that I’ll always keep.
Tim Platt’s Ruger 10/22
This is a Ruger 10/22 Deluxe Sporter edition with the original walnut stock routed out to fit the .920-inch target barrel. It has an F.J. Feddersen barrel and a David Tubb target hammer. It will shoot same-hole groups at 80 yards with junk Remington bulk golden bullets. This weekend we watched The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, so we started shooting a rope and got to where we could hit it while it was swinging at around 80 yards. Since then, the Zeiss 4.5-14×44 scope has arrived. It’s incredible and it has parallax adjustments, which I have never had before. As soon as the Volquartsen trigger comes I will post it with a 100 yard group.
Tim Platt, I should point out, has sent me three different pictures of this rifle as he adds more extras to it, so what you’re seeing is only its current iteration. Next week it will probably look entirely different. Seivers’s rifle, on the other hand, is something of a minor classic with its Bicentennial engraving and its Mohawk Brown plastic parts, and he has left it just the way his grandfather kept it. Vote, and keep the gun pictures coming to firstname.lastname@example.org.