Rimfire Central member BravoSierra001 has posted an excellent review (with some of the crispest detail photos I’ve ever seen) of his new Tactical Innovations Elite22S stainless steel receiver here. I haven’t seen one in the flesh yet, but I’m very impressed by the fit and finish of this part. He has matched it up with a Kidd trigger group and Kidd bolt.
I’m posting about it to show the level of machining quality and precision fit that is possible when a manufacturer wants to make the effort to produce a high quality part. Of course, such quality comes at a cost – the TI steel receiver alone lists for $284.99. If Ruger were to try this route, a 10/22 would cost $700-800 rather than the $200 street price, and it would not be the world’s most popular .22 rifle. Ruger’s outstanding engineering and expertise at investment casting makes it possible for them to make a good rifle at a mass-market price.
Of course, a big part of the price premium of this particular receiver is the material. A TI billet aluminum receiver is $154.99. The comparable Kidd receiver is $172.
One of the variations on my to-build list is a Hunter class silhouette rifle with a 28″ Green Mountain barrel, traditionally-styled wood stock, and a powerful scope. I’d also like to try using it for ABRA benchrest competition. It will be built around a finely machined receiver of this type.