Ruger 10/22 Anything about the Ruger 10/22 family of rifles.

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Old 05-03-2012, 17:47   #1
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removing trigger assembly

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Ive had a 10/22 for just over a year, and last night decided to take it apart per rugers direstions and give it a good cleaning. When I got the trigger assembly out all seemed well. Just needed to tap those 3 pins out and they would almost fall out by themselves, right? Wrong. The pin that fell right out was the one that holds the mag release. The 3 pins I wanted out wouldnt come out, I was afraid to bang them too hard. I had a hell of a time getting the mag release pin back in, and it is in now, but seems to "bind" a bit. I was so damned pissed I just put the gun back together. Took it to the range today and it works, but it seems the bolt catch/release little stupid lever that is also held by the mag release pin didnt work real great (I have always hated that stupid lever thing bolt release mag release whatever it is, it works like **** IMO). Anyway, have any of you guys had trouble getting those 3 pins out? I called ruger and they said sometimes you have to use a punch and hit em pretty hard. You guys ever have this problem? I suspect next time I will tape those other pins I dont want coming out.

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the pins on my 10/22 usually fall out after I take the assembly out of the stock.
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You only take out two pins to remove the trigger group, and like Kevin said mine also fall out when I remove the action from the stock.
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Yes, I was expecting what you guys said to be the same with mine. Th point is they are not coming out easily. The only one that fell right out was the mag release pin. Not what I expected and caused a big effing problem. Now to top it off I sliced the hell out of my finger trying to cut a piece of tape to hold that dam pin in. Now I will go back and try to get the correct pins out. ARggh
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Bigger punch, bigger hammer, a drop of a penetrating oil and try working them from each side. They will come out.
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Always use the right tools for the job. In this case a good punch set. A good strike should get the pins moving. Tape, as mentioned can be used to retain them if necessary (use scissors to cut a piece rather than tear up your finger on the dispenser) I've never had the cross pins so tight a tap didn't move them enough to pull them out.
That release lever...not a real issue once you get used to exactly how to manipulate it. Kept it on a few of my builds where an extended one would've been out of place.
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Wear gloves and safety glasses when applying the tape, and of course, use childproof scissors
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Mine stick too...punch and hammer...works every time.
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yeah I had the right punches and such, but it was a bitch getting them out. Then I used a metal hammer instead of rubber mallet to hit pins and they came out, still had to bang them pretty good though. Got the mag release back in ok, and no major problems anymore. The bolt stop pin (bigger one was super hard to get out too, had to use alot of force, even with metal hammer. Next thing I am going to do is carve up the bolt release piece, cutting the heart shape into a oval (Im sure you guys know the mod I am talking about), so It will not be a contortionist act trying to hold the bolt back or rlease it forward. Thanks for all of your help
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Thanks for asking the question. I have a 10/22 that's due for a cleaning and was looking through the instruction manual too. I'll have to make sure I have all the right tools ahead of time in case I run into the same problem with the 2 receiver pins.
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Originally Posted by jibs View Post
yeah I had the right punches and such, but it was a bitch getting them out. Then I used a metal hammer instead of rubber mallet to hit pins and they came out, still had to bang them pretty good though.
HaHa, who uses a rubbber mallet on a punch to knock a pin out? Thats pretty funny right there.
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Does anyone know when Ruger started using plastic trigger groups in the 10-22 ?
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I have 4 10/22s and the take-out pins that hold in the trigger assembly are a little different in all of them. Sometimes I use a little plastic dowel and a light tap with the rubber mallet to get one out. Most times they will push right out. On one of my rifles today in fact I put a little Hoppes 9 on a take-out pin and that seemed to loosen it up a little bit. Every rifle is a little different but if you are patient and careful it will be no big deal.
The two small pins hold the trigger group into the bolt/action assembly. The bigger of the 3 pins actually holds the charging handle, bolt, and bolt spring in place. Do not remove this pin unless you want to remove the bolt. Replacing the bolt and charging handle and spring is somewhat challenging until you get the hang of it. Normally this is not required; you can clean this part of the rifle adequately without removing the bolt. I remove the bolt maybe every 4 or 5 cleanings and frankly I usually decide that it was not necessary to do so. The one exception was when I used Winchester Golden Garbage ammo. It was filthy and I stripped everything down. Fed Blue Box no need to remove the bolt.
If you want to remove the bolt and charging handle, there are You Tube videos that show how to do it. I found these to be helpful. Unfortunately I do not appear to have saved the URL.
Hope this helped.
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Originally Posted by Jeff F View Post
HaHa, who uses a rubbber mallet on a punch to knock a pin out? Thats pretty funny right there.
I do it, so glad to amuse you. Two of my 10/22s require a bit of encouragement for the two drift pins to come out. Two of them the pins just drop out with no encouragement. All of them shoot great.

That third pin (the thick one) retains the charging handle and bolt assembly. This does not need to be removed unless you intend to remove this assembly, which does not need to be done for every cleaning. I do it once in a while. It took me awhile to get the hang of reassembling this part of the rifle.
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I have a 1968 10/22, just use a small punch and tap easy, they should come out fairly easy....
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Originally Posted by Tetonike View Post
I have a 1968 10/22, just use a small punch and tap easy, they should come out fairly easy....
Ahhh, did you even read the rest of the responses? Notice the dates on them? Problem solved months ago.
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Old 11-20-2012, 19:21   #17
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Atually, that third large "pin" (buffer pin) does not hold the spring, handle, or bolt in place. It is just in the way to remove the bolt. The bolt has to trvel just a little bit farther back to be removed. Hmmmmmm.....maybe it does "hold" the stuff in place.
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