Today I bought a nice 10/22 from a fellow club member. It has some interesting features including a 20″ standard taper barrel with Tech-Sights and a trigger that was tuned by Randy at Connecticut Precision Chambering (CPC as it’s known on the forums). I’ll write about those bits another day. The thing that jumped out at me today was the DIY nylon bolt buffer. Here it is shown next to a urethane buffer from another 10/22:
The green urethane buffer has been in its rifle for about five years and many thousands of rounds. I don’t know how old the white nylon one is, but notice how deformed it is, flattened on one side and wearing out between the ends. It took some heavy tapping with a punch, followed by much effort wriggling it out with pliers, to remove the nylon bolt from the receiver.
Many of us use bolt buffers to replace the steel bolt stop pin supplied by Ruger. They make the action quieter, and prevent pounding of the aluminum receiver which over time and many rounds, can loosen and oval out the holes for the stop pin.
Many people say that using DIY nylon bolts is just fine, and that it’s the perfect 25-cent solution to the bolt buffer issue. I’ve never used on in my rifles. Now that I have seen this one in my new (used) 10/22, I see no need to try one. I have a stock of Tuffer Buffer urethane buffers, and one went into this receiver today.