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    Grandmaster doddg's Avatar

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    Looking for .22LR rifle that works for me

    I have a Ruger 10-22 Mannlicher .22L semi-automatic rifle which I've posted comments in the Rimfire thread about trying to make it work for me b/c of arthritic neck issues.
    I had to get a taller rail, taller rings cantilever style to get the scope to come back toward my eye and up so I didn't have to "scrunch" my neck to look through the scope.
    I ended up with this which was a great improvement:

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    Commence 162 pages of testing in 5 - 4 - 3 - 2...
    Last edited by Twangbanger; 10-23-2019 at 19:08.

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    I don't know how you are "sized" but I find it hard to believe you need that short of a length of pull. When I am down on a scope my nose is usually touching or very close to my thumb that wraps around the stock. On my AR my nose is very close to the charging handle.

    I would like to see a picture of you on that stock looking through the scope. That would help.

    For me, I need a longer LOP than most stocks provide but this can be rectified. It's not hard to increase the LOP. And though it's ugly, you can tape foam to the top of the stock to get a good cheek weld.

    Just some thoughts not knowing at all what you are dealing with. My point, I guess is you can probably get that 10/22 to work.
    Anything is possible

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twangbanger View Post
    Commence 162 pages of testing in 5 - 4 - 3 - 2...
    As Archie Bunker would say "Was that a shot"

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    It looks like you might want to build up the comb a bit to create a cheek weld. Some foam pipe insulation and vet wrap are all you need to raise the comb. That would give your head a consistent place to rest that aligns your eye with the scope.

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    I have been looking for a bolt action from time to time for a different flavor from the 10-22.
    I decided to buy a lever-action Henry Golden Boy from a member here that I've bought from before.
    I also knew the original owner of the Henry.
    This owner put a nice scope on it and other improvements and posted great range pics with it.
    I thought it would fit the bill for a different flavor from my semi-auto.
    I took it to the range today, but it didn't work for me on so many levels.
    No fault of the rifle, but my neck is the limiting factor.
    My neck was aching after 1 tube of rounds trying to get my neck to line up my eye to be able to see through the scope.
    I also found out I found the lever-action was quite distracting when trying to keep a bead, but that could have just been the distraction of the neck.
    A bolt-action could do the same, and it would always be that way unless I bought the high rail and cantilever style of rings for attaining the greatest height and the capacity to bring the scope back toward my neck.
    I am a little discouraged thinking that I'll not ever find a fit.
    The Ruger 10-22 took swapping out 3 rails to find the correct one & I got lucky that someone sold me the cantilever style of rings that had a lift/height to them.
    Even that was not perfect, but it was an improvement, less painful at least.
    I'll not be able to keep the Henry since it just doesn't work for me b/c I don't want to "reinvent the wheel," like I had to do with the Ruger 10-22.
    I was told to buy a rifle w/o optics and then just add what I needed, but I didn't listen: lesson learned.

    The Henry was sighted by previous owner for 50 yards/150 feet.
    I didn't want to touch the sight and wanted to leave it sighted in for 50 yards since the range pics he had were perfection, so I had to learn to shoot low for the 75 feet I was using, which I couldn't use the crosshairs, which hurt my attempt at accuracy, plus I had a hard time seeing through the scope (b/c of the neck).
    I was only at 75 feet.
    Last edited by doddg; 10-25-2019 at 21:35.

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    You have an unconventional problem with your limited mobility. Since you can't change that, you are going to have to go with an unconventional solution.

    You could look for a custom adjustable stock to bring the scope to your eye, instead of your eye to the scope? The below pic demonstrates this - though to the extreme of cost.

    You could try something really goofy like shooting left handed, if you have more mobility to that side or try shooting with your non-dominate eye. I am sure we will give you a bunch of crap if we see you shooting like that but, again, if you have a mobility issue, you are going to have to get creative to solve it.

    Don't blame is Turbo's fault.

    In my opinion, the M-1 Rifle is the greatest battle implement ever devised. - Lieutenant General George S. Patton, Jr.

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    I'm not sure if this would work for you or even be in the right direction but if you mounted an extended eye relief scope in a more forward position on the Henry and removed the leather riser from the stock you might be able to keep your head more erect.

    Edit: The leather riser may need to stay on for what I have in mind. I trying to find a way that you don't have to place your head forward and tilt it upright to get within the few inches required by a "normal"scope.

    A question for those that know...are there EER scopes made that don't have to be as far away as a pistol scope? Maybe a "ranger" or shotgun scope???

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    Grandmaster doddg's Avatar

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    Appreciate the input.
    What worked better for my Ruger 10/22 was bringing lifting up the scope (higher) with a higher rail, and rings (cantilever style, lifting scope higher), and using a rail that allowed placement of scope back toward my eye/head (as well as higher).
    This helps in me not having to "scrunch" my neck forward and down.
    This pic shows the combination that worked on the Ruger 10/22, unfortunately I don't have a "before" pic, with the other rail & rings.

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    Have you tried a Long Relief Scope so that you don't have to "scrunch your neck forward and down"? Like a Scout Scope? In other words you'd be installing the scope further up the rifle and not placing your eye directly on the scope. I have a Long Relief Scout Scope on my Rossi Lever Action because it has a top shell ejection. Not sure if that would help your neck situation but you might consider it.

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