Ever since I bought that first 10/22, it became obvious, at least to me, that the 10/22 action and magazine were the best available (IMO).
Over the last few years, I have greatly narrowed my gun collection..giving them away to my son and grand children.
Then recently, it occurred to me that I needed a handy little .22 semi-auto rifle, so I surfed the net, especially the YouTube reviews and tests.
I discovered that the patent on the great Ruger 10/22 action has run out, and others are unabashedly using that excellent base.
I discovered that Thompson Center (now Smith & Wesson) is making an excellent .22 based on the Ruger, and with most aftermarket parts for the Ruger, fitting right into the TC design.
My gunsmith grandson reworks 10/22 actions, including reshaping the bolt. Curiously, TC has already reshaped their bolt very close to the custom reworked ones.
I picked up my new TCR22 on Friday... Here's Jerry Miculek putting a TCR22 through it's paces..note the "extras" built into the new rifle.