Finger Groove Sporter 10-22

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Finger Groove Sporter 10-22

Post by JAYDAWG » Sat May 23, 2020 1:10 pm

The latest addition to the family.
The receiver is a four digit meaning 1964 production and the sporter was not shipped until Dec 1965 and having a beginning serial # of 43908 according to Workman's book.
He believed that lower numbered guns were from some owners wishing to upgrade their carbine by buying a sporter stock from the factory thus explaining any SP stocks with a serial number lower than 43908. I sent for a letter anyway :roll:

QUESTION.... Does anyone have a catalog or price list showing the sporter stock by it's self available from the factory?
Workman states the SP gun was $10 more than the carbine.

Anyways, a few pics. The stock is much lighter than other 10-22's I have from the same era.

All thoughts and comments are expected!!

Cheers,
JAY
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Re: Finger Groove Sporter 10-22

Post by 67stingray » Sat May 23, 2020 2:06 pm

Great find Jay, beautiful addition to your stable. The Fingergroove Sporter is mine and probably most of our the favorite stock for the 10/22. Nice fiddleback character on the stock. Here's a pic from a 1967 Catalog that shows the prices at $10 more for the Sporter and $20 more for the International. I doubt that the individual stocks were offered, I imagine you would have to know somebody to get one. The problem being is dating the stocks, you could have something special or possibly the stock was added later. I would get a letter from Ruger on it.
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Re: Finger Groove Sporter 10-22

Post by gunman42782 » Sat May 23, 2020 4:40 pm

Nice!
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Re: Finger Groove Sporter 10-22

Post by Charlie1022 » Sun May 24, 2020 9:58 am

Nice find Jay! Be interesting to see what the factory records indicate how it left the factory. That stock is much lighter in color that anything I have seen before. Have you pulled the actions to check for any special markings in the stock? That is why we keep looking to find something new or different.
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Re: Finger Groove Sporter 10-22

Post by JAYDAWG » Sun May 24, 2020 11:15 am

Benett,
Thanks! That is cool to see.
I wanted letters on a couple other guns, so I added this one to the list. I just sent the request in last week, so it might be a while.

Charlie,
It sure looks like a Ruger/ S.E. Overton stock to me with the pistol grip cap and front and rear sling swivels matching the book and my other finger groove sporter.
Of course I took it apart :shock: :lol:
The hammer, sear & disconnect have been replaced giving it a nice 3lb trigger, but other than that it's all period correct.
A couple more pics.

Cheers,
JAY
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Re: Finger Groove Sporter 10-22

Post by Watertender » Sun May 24, 2020 10:53 pm

JAYDAWG that is a thing of beauty. The 10/22 is probably the best 22 rifle made. I put one together with an Altamont straight grip stock, 16 inch compact barrel and BX trigger that is a joy to handle.
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Re: Finger Groove Sporter 10-22

Post by JAYDAWG » Mon May 25, 2020 6:55 pm

Thanks WT.....
I was startin' to worry. You had not posted on my threads in awhile, BUT I checked the obituaries........
and didn't see your name!!!!!

That altamont stock you have is one of my favorites. My birthday is coming up.... 8-)
Or, since you are the only one I know who is older than Charlie, maybe you should just
leave it to me in your will :lol:

Take care my friend,
AND......
CHEERS,
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Re: Finger Groove Sporter 10-22

Post by Hawkeye28 » Tue May 26, 2020 12:34 pm

The FG stocked 10 22 should never have been taken out of the catalog, IMHO. I recall purchasing one in 1965. It's stock was very light in color, and to me, was far more appealing than the rather mundane standard carbine. Yours is a beauty!

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