There have been over 6 million of these fantastic rifles made since it first entered production in 1964 and they have seen much use the world over for training, hunting, plinking, and even some military applications in suppressed form. I bought mine only 2 years ago and have close to 5,000 rounds through it so far and other than the occasional dud round, I have not had a single failure of any kind with this rifle. I have stuck to factory 10 round mags and they have served me very well so far. I might get a few of the BX-25s once I leave this God-forsaken state of CA. My son’s introduction to rifle shooting was done using this rifle and even at 4.5 years old, he mastered the manual of arms for the 10/22. I need to get him a smaller stocked version until he can grow into the regular sized one, but while laying prone, arm draped over the top of the stock, this kid can shoot, easily drilling a .22 swinger target at 25m. The Ruger 10/22 is a very capable rifle and with quality ammo, can be quite accurate, even out to 100m. This rifle is by far the favorite of all of mine and I have named her Maeve. She has a synthetic stock, Volquartsen auto bolt release, trigger job by yours truly, Tech-Sights, and a USGI cotton web sling. I have used this rifle at Appleseed, earning my Rifleman patch, hunted rabbits, trained my son, and most importantly, just enjoyed owning and shooting the crap out of it. I want a take down version of this too.
mmm, rabbit nuggets.
I think everyone should own at least one of these rifles, and the price point coupled with the enormous amounts of aftermarket pretty much make it a no brainer. You will not be sorry.