The Ruger 10/22 is arguably one of the best semi-automatics ever made, period. Highly modifiable, robust and practical, it’s a trusted component of many survivalist arsenals, as well as a solid piece of go-to gear for even the most avid hunters. A big part of accurizing your Ruger 10/22 involves scopes and optics in general. For those new to the Rugger 10/22, or new to gunning in general, all of this might be a mighty big headscratcher. But once you know the basics, you will be able to make the ultimate best decisions for you and your Ruger 10/22’s specific needs.
Scope bases: The basics and why you may want to upgrade
Many Ruger 10/22 owners use their firearm exactly how it came from the factory with little to no modifications, but as I mentioned early, the Ruger 10/22 is a highly modifiable firearm, which means it has potential to be easily modified to suit your specific needs.
For many—and hunters especially—getting the right scope for your needs is a big part of making your Ruger 10/22 your own. And getting the right scope starts with the base.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with using the base that comes from the factory, but the more specific and demanding your needs are, the more features you’re going to need in your base, and therefore, you’re going to want to look at an aftermarket option.
The Weaver Multi-Slot Base System – 430T for Ruger 10/22 is a great option because it’s specifically and purpose-designed to work with hunting scopes, making it an obviously fine choice for the huntsmen of the gunner world. It’s a high-quality aluminum multi-slot base that won’t add any significant weight to your firearm, and also features eye-strain relief capabilities, which is another hunter-friendly feature you won’t get with just any old base.
Basically, utility and purpose-designed characteristics is the ultimate reason to upgrade your scope base, but you may also choose to do so to ensure compatibility with the Ruger 10/22 scope of your choice.
What you need to know about choosing Ruger 10/22 scopes
You should always make sure that your Ruger 10/22 scope and the base you choose for it are fully compatible. That should be a given, but if you’re new to gunning, it’s an important thing to keep in mind—especially if this is your first time modding a firearm.
Hunters should always look for Ruger 10/22 scopes that improve shooting accuracy. You may say to yourself, “I’m a young man with young eyes and I’m a perfect shot.” But accurizing your firearm is also a matter of safety, and perfect shots tend to only be perfect in perfect conditions. In low light or fog, you’re going to want a Ruger 10/22 scope that improves visibility so you don’t accidentally shoot a fellow huntsman. And remember: We’re hunters—not monsters. As a hunter, it’s your ethical duty not to cause any unnecessary pain and suffering to your kill. Getting a clean shot isn’t just about your ego, it’s also about respecting the God-given bounty you have received.