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 Ruger 10-22 or Remington nylon 66
thebigfish  [Member]
8/18/2011 7:03:00 AM EST
I just recived a Rem. nylon 22 (Black and crome) in the box, like new. My question is this. I have been in the market for a Ruger 10-22, thinking this is the best semi-auto .22 LR in production. Some people have said this gun (Rem. nylon 22) is just as good. I know they don't make this .22 anymore and the value is more then that of a Ruger but, I might consider selling this and buying a Ruger 10-22 if the quality is better. Any sugestions on weather to keep this gun or sell it? Whitch is better? Or, What the value is of a Remington nylon.22 LR in Black and crome like new in the box? Thanks. By the way, First time on this sight....Very cool!
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HellifIknow  [Team Member]
8/18/2011 7:10:17 AM EST
10/22 allthe way.
Black Nylon 66 = collector item. Shooting it will reduce value as well as possible damage it.
DO NOT take it apart! There are 3000 little springs and parts in one. Don't ask me how I know. Parts are a P.I.T.A. to find too.
Sell it and get a 10/22.
Eleventymillion aftermarket goodies for the 10/22. Nylon 66 has no aftermarket stuff.
gunner01  [Life Member]
8/18/2011 7:35:50 AM EST
This!
fixer  [Member]
8/18/2011 8:13:45 AM EST
Originally Posted By thebigfish:
I have been in the market for a Ruger 10-22, thinking this is the best semi-auto .22 LR in production.


that may be true if you're talking about mass production, but the factory vrsions of the Ruger 10/22 have some rough edges that need work.

best overall in terms of production quality and accuracy would probably go to either the Kidd or Volquartsen versions of the 10/22 with a slight edge going to the Kidd for their wonderful triggers... the Volquartsen ain't bad, but the Kidd trigger has more options. for weight of pull, triger blade shape and mag release style.

there's also the Browning SA-22. higher quality than the factory Ruger, available in deluxe grades with prices to match, but not a "target grade" gun and has a fube mag in the stock.

a NIV Nylon 66 is a collector piece. it's only new until someone shoots it. there are rarer models than the black and chrome Apache.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remington_Nylon_66

i've been user grade Nylon 66 rifles going for mid $300s or more, but i've never seen one N(B for sale. it's worth whatever you can find someone willing to pay for it.

while some people are perfectly happy with a stock 10/22 there are planty of people who modify them and it's very common for everything but the reciever to get swapped out. and you don't have to start with a factory gun. all depends on what you want and what budget you can afford to throw at it.
forever4  [Team Member]
8/18/2011 10:23:55 AM EST
I know a little about these two rifles, but not a lot. I owned a Nylon 66 back when it was cool. And it was a cool rifle...to a point. Mine functioned fine but it was flexible...plastic...and they way it was made was less than perfect. They were popular as an inexpensive rifle that worked. But then I discovered the Ruger 10/22. I watched them for a few years then in the 1970's decided I would switch. sold the Nylon 66 and bought the Ruger 10/22 as it was SO MUCH BETTER!. More accurate, built better, etc. Of course now I wish I would have kept the Nylon 66....not because it was a great rifle, it wasn't, but only because now its worth something as a collector piece.

I have owned my first new 10/22 I bought since 1976. So, after 35 years its still with me, all original, still functioning perfectly. I don't know how many thousands of rounds have been through it, but its a lot! Since getting it I have several others, one from each decade including 1967, 1976, 1982, 1996, and 2009. All function perfectly. None has ever needed and extractor, or anything for that matter, to make them work properly. Sure, you can add parts but on the five or six I have there has never been a good reason to change any parts or pieces. Others will say they are "rough" or not so hot. Me, based on one of them from each decade since the 1960's, that I still have and shoot, find them to be a very serviceable and dependable rifle.

The Nylon 66 (I had the original brown one) had its day. My Ruger would shoot rings around it and after getting the Ruger the little plastic Remington seemed like a toy. But, the Nylon Remingtons are now collectable. I would not buy one to shoot. Some guy with a Ruger or Marlin or 597 Remington will embarrass you in a marksmanship contest.
oldrock  [Member]
8/21/2011 12:54:01 PM EST
so you've got your answer... take that rem to the local fun show and sell it for what you can get for it. Then take that money and get yourself a 10/22 and never look back! I have had one of my 10/22s for over 20 years and shot many thousands of rounds thru it and it still works great. I do agree the quality has gone down a bit on the new 10/22s compared to the older ones but still very good rifles with a huge inventory of parts both factory and aftermarket.
forever4  [Team Member]
8/22/2011 11:13:11 AM EST
Originally Posted By oldrock:
so you've got your answer... take that rem to the local fun show and sell it for what you can get for it. Then take that money and get yourself a 10/22 and never look back! I have had one of my 10/22s for over 20 years and shot many thousands of rounds thru it and it still works great. I do agree the quality has gone down a bit on the new 10/22s compared to the older ones but still very good rifles with a huge inventory of parts both factory and aftermarket.


Amen,

And, as has been pointed out, there are a ton of parts available so that you can customize that Ruger into anything you might want now or down the road. For $200 or so for a new rifle its hard to beat.
thebigfish  [Member]
8/30/2011 7:25:01 AM EST
Thank you all! I have sold the nylon 66 for a good penny and got a Ruger 10-22 target model. I Love it! again thanks for the help!
shack357  [Team Member]
8/30/2011 7:35:14 PM EST
A local shop just sold a black and chrome Nylon for $700-unfored, no box. Anywhere between $500 and $800 should be realistic for NIB. My advice? Keep it. Value will only go up if kept as-is. Buy a Marlin 60 if you're not a big accessorizer, and a 10/22 if you are. The Marlin will be $50+ cheaper than the 10/22 and probably be more accurate out of the box than the Ruger. The only thing the 10/22 has going for it is the mountain of accessories. They've cheapened the gun severely in recent years, while bringing the price up at the same time.
ETA-missed the post saying you sold the Nylon.
dmfl54  [Member]
8/31/2011 1:15:41 AM EST
I just sold a Nylon 66 AB and bought a 10/22 carbine in SS. I had that Nylon 66 since 1974 and was just ready for something else. The 10/22 was just what I was looking for.
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