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Last Post 01 Jan 1900 12:00 AM by  Anonymous
10/22 50th anniversary model question
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stringbuzz
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07 May 2012 04:03 PM
    Hello all,
    This is my first post as I just joined today.
    I was referred here by Ruger since they were not able to answer some of my questions.

    I own what I am starting to believe is a rare 10/22 50th anniversary model.
    It was manufactured in March of 1999 as a special order for one of their distributors and it was never in a catalog.

    About the rifle, it is all stainless with a laminate stock and a custom matching silver looking scope bearing the
    Ruger insignias on the adjustment caps.
    It has never been fired and I still have the original box.

    I am trying to determine whether or not I should sell this (since I obviously do not use it) or if I should continue to hang on to it.
    I can not find any records in any books, and all of my online searches have come up empty.
    Ruger would not tell me how many of these they made.

    Please help me to understand what I have, approximate value, and whether this is a true collectors item worth keeping.
    Thanks in advance.
    Buzz
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    RugerHound
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    09 May 2012 01:20 AM
    Hey Buzz,

    A serial number & photos would help identify the rifle you have... Most everything that shipped in 1999 was sent in a 50th anniversary box if that's what's got you thinking it's an anniversary model. (Ruger's 50th birthday was 1999!) There are some uncatalogued rifles out there for sure... I'm out of town on business and don't have my reference with me, but I'm sure someone else on here will know what you have if you can give us a little more information to go on!
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    flattop44
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    09 May 2012 04:50 AM
    Also please give us the Model and catalog number and anything else that describes the rifle on the end of the box. That will help tell us what you have.
    Thanks, Bill
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    ruger66
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    09 May 2012 11:53 PM
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    All 10/22 were shipped in the 50th year box for a couple of year. I think yours is probably a distributor special. There was no 50th 10/22 that I know of. If we can get your model number we can give you some info on your gun.
    Vaughn
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    stringbuzz
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    10 May 2012 12:04 AM
    Thanks much for the speedy response.
    Hopefully the pictures will help a little.
    I had forgotten that it came with sling.

    Thanks again!
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    ruger66
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    10 May 2012 01:01 AM
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    According to RENE there was over 90000 of this model produced over a period of years. More they likely the scope and rings were added by the distributor.
    Vaughn
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    RugerHound
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    10 May 2012 01:30 AM
    I believe Vaughn is correct about the 'goodies' being added by the distributor. Note the non-Ruger stickers covering the model on the label... This is frequently done when distributors modify an as-shipped package. It certainly doesn't make this a 'bad' rifle! (There ain't no such a thing as a 'bad' 10-22!)
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    stringbuzz
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    10 May 2012 02:46 AM
    Well, 90000 is certainly far from rare! I say its time to take her out and blow the dust off.
    I just found it odd that I could not find any mention or pictures of this configuration.

    Gentlemen thank you very much for your time and the information you freely shared!
    Pete I have to agree, there ain't any bad ones!

    This does bring up an interesting question though.
    Is there ever a time when a distributor modified firearm would significantly increase the value?
    If so what would be the factors involved?

    Thanks again!
    Buzz (opener of canned worms)
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    ruger66
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    11 May 2012 03:24 PM
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    I can't think of a single instinct that has been true. Most Ruger collectors only are interested in factory or authorized factory work or items.
    Vaughn
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    RugerHound
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    12 May 2012 02:18 AM
    It's certainly possible that someone out there collects special editions & distributor special guns, but as has been said, the majority of the Ruger collectors are looking for ""As-Shipped"" configurations as opposed to those modified after Ruger releases them.
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    stringbuzz
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    29 May 2012 05:56 PM
    Thanks again for the great info!!
    Sorry it took so long to get back...had to find my password.
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