A neighbor kid needed a few bucks. He had a firearm he said he couldn't get to "hit".
He wanted $100. I gave him $125 because I don't like taking advantage of kids.
Want to guess the range? The shots are about 4.5" below the point-of-aim.
The range was 7 yards.
I did the math. The rifle has an injection molded, polymer stock. The front and rear sights are 18" apart. My math said the front sight needed to be 0.32" shorter or the rear sight needed to be 0.32" taller.
I measured both front and rear sight and they were identical for height and it was a "flat-top". Odd, that.
If you look at the barrel, you can see that it appears to be low relative to the bulkheads molded into the stock.
Curious to see how much the fore-end flexed, I pushed a wee-bit on the fore-arm while holding the end of the barrel. "Pop!"
No. I didn't break the weapon. The action chucked in the stock. The barrel now appears to be centered in the bulkheads but I have no confidence in the firearm.
One problem with thermoplastics is that some polymers flow under load, particularly when they are less than 25% mineral or glass fill. The problem with that level of mineral or glass fill is that it impacts the cosmetics. And one thing I can vouch for is that the neighborhood kid was all about "looking cool" and the stock does look totally bad-ass but (potentially) the joint between the stock and the action loses compression over time.
Of course, re-torquing the take-down screw to 20 inch-pounds (give or take) might temporarily fix the issue.
As long I have experts who read this blog...does anybody want to make a recommendation for a replacement stock for a Ruger 10/22? Ideally, the recommendations will cover several different price-points.