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10/22 Loose Pins

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InquiringMind:
I bought a 10/22 carbine new a couple years ago, and I've put maybe 1000 rounds through it since.

Last time I was at the range I noticed this clunking sound when I rotated the rifle about its long axis (e.g. turned it upside down). Everything functioned fine: smooth action, no jams, typical accuracy.

When I got it home and cleaned it, I realized that the pins were quite loose. The clunking sound could be attributed to the pins sliding back and forth and contacting the inside of the stock.

I'm still relatively inexperienced with firearms, so I have a few questions:
(1) Is this common? Have you experienced this with the 10/22 or other firearms?
(2) Is it a problem? Will it affect functionality, life, or safety?
(3) If so, how can I fix this? Do I need to bring it to a gunsmith?

Thanks, all!

Smurf Hunter:
My 10/22 is circa 2009

When I remove the stock, the pins holding the trigger group in the action will slide out.
This is not an issue while shooting, as the stock holds the pins in place.

I do two things
1) apply some thick grease to the pins before inserting.  This mitigates the rattle
2) place some tape over the pins.  PVC/masking/scotch all work.  I only do this so pins don't go flying when I disassemble


Totally safe and functional, just annoying.  There are aftermarket pins for sale if this really bothers you.
Also, if you do end up tinkering with replacement pins, I might suggest a replacement bolt buffer.  Instead of metal there are various hard plastic/polymer materials that are slicker thicker and quieter when the bolt hits after firing.

Carl:
Smurf said it all,don't worry about the rattle ,the bolt flies back and forth also because it is free floating.

d3nni5:
The pins in my trigger group are loose too.   This is by design i think.    The recoil buffer is a widely replaced part with aftermarket replacements.   Folks prefer a nylon part to a metal part.   I've never changed mine out personally.  I did however change my bolt release, another common "fix" over the standard parts.

InquiringMind:
Interesting. Thanks for all the feedback.


--- Quote from: Smurf Hunter on March 18, 2016, 08:36:11 AM ---This is not an issue while shooting, as the stock holds the pins in place.
...
1) apply some thick grease to the pins before inserting.  This mitigates the rattle
2) place some tape over the pins.  PVC/masking/scotch all work.  I only do this so pins don't go flying when I disassemble

--- End quote ---
I'll give this a try. Good to know the loose pins shouldn't have any real negative consequences, but the clunking back and forth is definitely annoying. Can't hunt with semi-auto in my state, but I imagine this sound would scare off game.

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