I have a 10/22 that has been around since I was a kid. It's an ok shooter. It's been abused over the years as a .22LR usually is. Aside from a small stint where it wouldn't fire (corrected with some heavy cleaning), it has been perfectly reliable with all ammo types. My daughter finally being of age to shoot .22s and rabbit hunt has gotten me interested in this old rifle again. I looked at all the various options available for a 10/22. There are literally a kabillion. Everything I saw seemed to center around bench accuracy with heavy barrels and all sorts of larger stocks. Not very handy for a field rifle. Instead, I decided to work around the existing factory barrel and receiver. First, I had to relieve some pressure on the barrel. I didn't want to to bother with bedding, although you could for just the price of a kit form Brownells. I decided the remove the barrel band which is a known killer of accuracy. Why anyone would produce a modern rifle with one is beyond me. Before you guys that will cry about weakening the stock-action, realize that Ruger has been producing fancier models without barrel bands and pretty much every after market barrel requires removal of the barrel band as well. It's perfectly ok to ditch one on a Ruger 10/22. The second part of relieving pressure was to open the barrel channel and deepen it a bit to allow the barrel to float as much as possible. Since I already needed to touch up the stock, I decided that I would go ahead and put a better finish on it. After fooling around with some Birchwood-Casey stock finish, I ended up sanding to a about 600 grit wet with stain and finished it off with some boiled linseed oil. the result was a walnut mil-spec look. While I was at it, I took out the step in the stock where the barrel band used to sit for a better look. With the factory barrel "improved" I decided to look at the various sighting systems available. The problem with the factory sights are the short sight radius and notch-type system. A longer radius results in a clearer sight picture. The notch type sight is worthless for anyone over 25 years of age which is why most modern militaries have moved to a peep type sight. The benefit is that the eye is forced to focus more through the peep bringing a clearer picture. I also wanted the sight to be field use rugged. There are many match sights available, but they are largely made of plastic parts and meant only for range use. What I found was the tech-sight: Tech-SIGHTS Precision Shooting Accessories They are made from steel and aluminum. They utilize the military sight picture that we are all used to. They came highly recommended from the folks that shoot in the Appleseed competitions: Appleseed Project Home They are available for Marlins, Rugers, and other weapons. They are easy to install with minimum tools. The results... I wish I had a pic. This Ruger will shoot dime sized groups with CCI Mini-mags are 25 yds. A zero at 25 gives a good crossover at 75 yds with only about 1-1.5" of play in the arch. I did notice as the barrel heats up, it will shoot a hair low. It's very predictable, though. This is due to the lightweight factory profile. A necessary trade off for lighter weight which is more important afield. Field results: If you want to improve the accuracy of your standard 10/22 to near match capability, it is possible with a bit of work and about $75. I think I will use one of the new coated 10/22s, tech sights, and folding stock to make a nice truck survival rifle that's packable.