T.D., I'm a pureist, too. I have a nice walnut stocked (as opposed to walnut stained birch), metal butt plated (as opposed to plastic), pre warning stamp bbl 10/22 that I've been holding on to just to have a nice sample of a factory issue gun. It also happens to be sitting on my bench the last few days next to a pre-94, Ramline folding stock and a BSA reddot sight I was given as a gift. I've been thinking of converting it to a tactical .22LR, "Entry Gun"!
However, I must admit, I'm having some hesitation deconstructing my pure 10/22. Still, I can always return it to the M1Carb shaped, .22LR that Bill wanted it to be (how to get an M7 bayonet lug on it? maybe the bbl clamped, M1 Carb bayo lug would best?). It is worth pointing out the the SS 10/22 actually have a silver painted, aluminum rcvr not ss. Stainless rcvrs are available from Volq.
MSH, I just love the look and feel of the factory laminated stocks! You can keep that look and feel by adding a muzzle weighted bbl from Volquartzen. A William's front 'Fire Sight' and rear William's Peep or rear 'Fire Sight" are the first mods I would suggest.
As to why more than one, my friend Glenn answered that one very politely. We go way back to when we were "all over it" @ .22world.com, a now defunct site. He has a great story about how he got his guns (including a .22) back from a gun safe from inside the wreakage/debris of 9/11. A story that I won't mutilate by retelling here.
Hey Glenn! Hoping you still see a bit of that 9y/o boy in the mirror! Best.
Now let's crap on the 10/22!
It's got a lousy trigger, a cheap factory scope mnt, can't be cleaned from the breach, awkward mag release, too short a LOP, the sights are crud (I mean crude), the chamber is sloppy and no bolt hold open on last shot! And there must be more...
That being said, the beauty of the 10/22 is you can easily buy a new bbl, replace the sights, add a bolt hold open device, upgrade the mag release, get titanium trigger group parts and put on a nice laminated, thumbhole stock from Boyds! "Just" do that and you've got a nice rifle!:nyah:
Admittedly, it does come w/one of the BEST factory mags I've seen.
Heck, I've got 3! Two for my gatlin' and a nice factory example that I was trying
to keep as a nice factory example! Next, a carbon fiber tensioned bbl and a folding 'Packer Stock' from But. Creek that breaks @ the forearm and takes down the bbl, will give a lightweight, break down .22lr that will be a perfect hiking buddy! And... one more just to turn into a "space gun"!
The question remains, "How many 10/22s do you need?".
I suggest it's more appropriate to ask, "How many do you want
?". And, more importantly, "Why keep them stock?".