Ruger 10-22 BX Trigger job

in The Pew6 months ago

Completed a Trigger Job on my Ruger 10-22 today. I have to admit calling it a "job" would be tremendous overkill. This had to have been the easiest trigger replacement I've ever done.

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The Ruger BX-Trigger "kit" came inside a unique plastic wrap that allows you to cock and pull the trigger before purchase. It has a protective plastic piece in place to keep it from messing up the firing pin while dry firing. Would be really cool in local gun store, but I had just ordered mine on the net after doing some research on posts, stats, and reviews.
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This wasn't the most expensive custom trigger, in fact it was one of the least expensive, but still very close in performance to the volquartsen and other customs that go for over Two and a half Benjamin's. Mine was only about six ten spots shipped.

Installation was super easy. This is a "drop-in" unit that doesn't require messing around with a bunch of tiny springs, levers, and such. I just had to remove one screw that holds the stock to the barrel, then drift out two pins that hold the trigger unit in place, pull the old one out, put the new one in and then replace the two pins and barrel/stock screw. That's it! I didn't time it, but I'm pretty sure it was under 5 minutes, start to finish.
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Most stock Ruger triggers are pretty stiff, supposedly around 6 lbs. of pull or more required. My rifle was purchased as a competition model, that included a bull barrel and better trigger that broke between 4lbs. 5 ounces and 4 lbs. 15 oz. when I tested it.

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The new trigger broke at a much cleaner range between 2 lbs. 1 oz to 2 lbs. 5 oz. when tested multiple times. It has very little overtravel and just feels better. The extra bonus is that it also included an extended magazine release with the drop-in kit that took no extra fiddling!

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This has got to be one of the best bargains out there. Maybe not quite as good as a custom Volquartsen that supposedly gets a little under 2 lbs. but for the price diff and lack of complexity (the Volquartsen requires taking apart the trigger box and replacing springs, sears, etc.), I'd choose this again every time.

Ruger BX-Trigger = Highly recommended.

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Enjoy!
@ksteem

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The only trigger job I ever did was a Timney trigger in my RPR 6.5mmCM. Wasn't much of a job either to be honest. Lol.

I like a 2.2lb break...Any lighter and I don't feel safe. Not much difference between 1.9 and 2.2 though I guess.

Sounds like we both have similar taste. Hard to get consistent enough to measure that close unless you're using a vise and machine. If you look close, you can see one of my readings was 1 lb 14.9 oz, but I'm pretty sure I pulled it different. Others in the string were pretty consistent at 2lb 2oz - 2lb 4oz. It sure felt better. Can't wait to get out and shoot it now!

For my comp guns I use the vice thing and do it at my gunsmiths shop so he has all the good gear. My hunting and culling guns I just do by feel. All turn out almost the same generally. That's a good shooter, let us know how it goes in the field.

@galenkp Got it out to test today. Here's 5 shot groups at 50 yards. Orange squares are 3/4 inch. Just some old Winchester ammo I had lying around. I seem to remember it likes CCI better, but none on hand.

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Hey, that's not too bad at al!Is this single handed or double? I notice the groups open up a little, did you record which ones were shot first? Maybe fatigue opened them up? All decent groups though, except maybe the bottom right which is a bit random. Looks like a good shooter. Are you happy or are you going to work for better groups? Maybe you'll get better from the CCI as I think it's a little more consistent.

Not happy yet, I think it will do better with different ammo. Yah, that bottom right strange, almost like varied velocities. This was just some cheap Winchester I had laying around that I haven't shot much, not sure how it compares to others. I'm thinking it may like the heavier 40 grain bullets too. I'll play around a bit. That's half the fun!

Yeah, not unusual to have some fliers...It's not like .22 ammo is precision-made after all. Still, mostly good groups and will probably only get better with CCI. You're right, the fun is in chasing that ideal group and ammo. I think with .22 is easy as you can buy a 50 box of all different sorts and shoot groups to see what works. It's sort of like load development is for a centrefire...But not. Looking forward to the follow up posts.

Your guns a beauty.. I got an old 10/22 That looks its age 😊

Thanks, I bought this one about 25 years ago for my son to teach him to shoot, and it's been a safe queen with only about 200 rounds through it. Now, 12 years after divorce, my two sons are finally starting to re-connect. Looking forward to officially giving it to him soon and breaking it in properly. :)

Who says you can't start over...

Nice! I can totally relate. I put a BX-Trigger in my Ruger 10/22 a couple of months ago. It was very satisfying how easy it was and I agree that it was better than the stock trigger by far! I don't have a gauge but it is definitely lighter. Probably very similar to yours.

An interesting note- I do a little reselling on the side and I sold the old stock trigger on ebay. It sold less than 24 hours after listing it for around $45 shipped. I was kind of surprised.

I need a good scope on my Ruger 10/22. The cheap Simmons 22 Mag scope on it is not very compatible with my eyes. I may also opt to just take it off and go with iron sights.