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Ruger 10/22 Air Rifle: Part 4

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

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Ruger 10/22 Air Rifle
Ruger 10/22.

This report covers:

  • The test
  • Sight-in
  • H&N Baracuda Green
  • Sights are challenging
  • Crosman Premier Lights
  • Sig Match Ballistic Alloy
  • JSB Exact RS
  • RWS SuperMag
  • RWS R10 Match Pistol
  • Qiang Yuan Training
  • H&N Match Green
  • Discussion
  • Summary

Today we start our look at the accuracy of the new Ruger 10/22 Air Rifle from Umarex. This was an interesting test, to say the least!

The test

I’m only concerned with one thing today — the potential accuracy of as many pellets as possible. So, I shot 5-shot groups from 10 meters using the open sights on the rifle. I shot with the rifle rested directly on the sandbag and I cocked the bolt for every shot to make the trigger as light as possible. Let’s get started.


The rifle was shooting high and left when I started sighting in. I could lower the rear sight okay but there is no easy way to adjust it right and left. So all my groups are to the left of the bull today. After sight-in the sights were never touched again.

H&N Baracuda Green

The first pellet I shot for a group was the H&N Baracuda Green dome. Five of them went into 0.52-inches at 10 meters. That’s not terrible, but it’s also not great.

Ruger 10/22 Baracuda Green group
The 10/22 put 5 H&N Baracuda Green domes in 0.52-inches at 10 meters.

Sights are challenging

The open sights on the 10/22 are challenging for me. The front is a bead and the rear notch has to be so low that the entire rear sight frame looks like a huge notch to me. So there are some aiming errors in today’s test. Fortunately, Umarex sent me a red dot to test the rifle with and I will get to it next time. But what that tells me is that any pellets that group well today are REALLY accurate in this rifle!

Crosman Premier Lights

Next up were some Crosman Premier Lights. These 7.9-grain domes did a little better than the Baracuda Greens. Five of them went into a group that measures 0.489-inches between centers. Maybe I was just learning how the sights work, but this is a better group.

Ruger 10/22 Premier Light group
Five Crosman Premier Lights went into 0.489-inches at 10 meters. I see some potential here.

Sig Match Ballistic Alloy

The third pellet I tried was the Sig Match Ballistic Alloy target pellet. You know that I like to test these as often as possible. This time it paid off with a 5-shot group that measures 0.346-inches between centers. It’s the smallest group of the test!

Ruger 10/22 Sig Match group
Five Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets went into 0.346-inches at 10 meters.

Undoubtedly I am getting better with my sighting, but that’s not the principal reason why this group of Sig pellets is tight. Look at what happened next.

JSB Exact RS

The next pellet to be tested was the JSB Exact RS dome. Five of them went into 0.878-inches at 10 meters. After shooting that tight group with Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets, I think I can rule out this pellet for the Ruger.

Ruger 10/22 JSB RS group
Five JSB Exact RS pellets went into this open 0.878-inch group at 10 meters. Not a pellet to trust in this rifle.

RWS SuperMag

The fifth pellet I tested was the heavy RWS SuperMag. It’s a 9.3-grain wadcutter that can be quite accurate in some airguns. In the 10/22 it was a teaser. Five pellets went into 0.734-inches at 10 meters. That’s not good, but 4 of the pellets are in just 0.41 inches. I think that’s good enough to try the pellet at a farther distance.

Ruger 10/22 RWS SuperMag group
The 10/22 put five RWS SuperMags into 0.734-inches at 10 meters, with 4 of them in just 0.41-inches.

RWS R10 Match Pistol

The sixth pellet I tried was the RWS R10 Match Pistol target pellet. The Ruger put 5 of them in 0.532-inches at 10 meters. There is a smaller cluster of three pellets but I’m not sure that it constitutes enough credibility to give them another test.

Ruger 10/22 RWS R10 Pistol group
Five RWS Match Pistol pellets went into a 0.532-inch group at 10 meters.

Qiang Yuan Training

The seventh pellet I tested was the Chinese Qiang Yuan Training pellet. This one sometimes gives surprisingly good results. This time 5 pellets went into what looks like 3 holes whose centers are 0.472-inches apart. Not bad, but there are several pellets that did better, so I won’t pursue this one any further.

Ruger 10/22 Chinese training group
Five Qiang Yuan Training pellets went into a 0.472-inch group at 10 meters.

H&N Match Green

The last pellet I tested was the H&N Match Green that I have begun testing. I know from their performance in other tests that these are not the same as the Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets, though many people think they are. Five of them went into 0.954-inches at 10 meters. That is the largest group of this test. The Sig pellet gave the smallest group — more proof these two aren’t the same.

Ruger 10/22 H&N Match Green group
Five H&N Match Green pellets went into a 0.954-inch group at 10 meters — the largest group of the test.



I now have a couple pellets that are worth testing in the Ruger at 25 yards, once the dot sight is on and sighted-in. And I also know that the rear sight on the rifle leaves me wanting something. That would be adjustability. I would at least plan on getting a peep for this rifle if I were you, but a dot sight is probably much better.

The trigger pull isn’t light when the bolt is cocked, but it is crisp. That’s the way to shoot this rifle if you’re going for accuracy.


The Ruger 10/22 is testing well so far. I see no reason why that won’t continue at 25 yards. If you are considering this rifle I hope I’ve given you what you need to decide.

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Tom Gaylord (B.B. Pelletier)
Tom Gaylord, also known as B.B. Pelletier, provides expert insights to airgunners all over the world on behalf of Pyramyd AIR. He has earned the title The Godfather of Airguns™ for his contributions to the industry, spending many years with AirForce Airguns and starting magazines dedicated to the sport such as Airgun Illustrated.

12 thoughts on “Ruger 10/22 Air Rifle: Part 4”

    • Cmz128,

      I looked at the sight, but I am not certain if that is possible. I didn’t want to break the sight if it wasn’t. I knew I was going to mount a dot sight, so I just ran the test without trying ton drift the rear sight.

      Before the next test with the dot sight I will investigate it.


    • For those not seeing the purpose of this rifle , here it is. A shoot anywhere plinker that does what a 22 lr does out to 25 yds. If you want more range , use the Ruger 10/22 in 22 lr. As a10/22 owner, this is a must have. Here is my wife with her 10/22, she will like it too!

  1. B.B.,

    I have never owned anything but lead pellets, but those Sig Sauer Match Ballistic Alloy pellets keep grouping tight with almost every air gun you shoot them with. They are incredible. They are also incredibly expensive compared to other .177 light weight wadcutter pellets. I just figured out that with April 2019 pricing, including a free shipping order and 4 for the price of three, they come to 5.24 cents apiece, which might approach actual .22 rimfire prices. Still, empirical data is the ultimate persuader, and I will have to include some in my next Pyramyd AIR order.


  2. B.B.,

    I can’t imagine why I like to look at rifles (and pistols). They are not only tools but many are works of art (well, that is my subjective experience). Yes, I also like to shoot. I can’t remember if I mentioned shooting Jerry’s Daystate recently. While I was shooting it I told the group I felt like a cat with some good catnip, and I meant it. Thanks, again for all you do to present us with the results of your efforts.

    I have just been told that a friend has a B3. I have found and presented him with a lot of information. While digging up some info I ran across this that you posted previously. I don’t see a date. At any rate, I had never seen this post before and I think others may find it useful, so I present it here. It is a Table of Contents that also acts as an index.



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