Ruger 10-22: Why is it so great?
OK all, trust me, I am not a troll! I have an interest in semi-auto .22 rifles, and I have owned a few and shot more, including the 10-22 (also Marlin 60,70, HR700, Nylon 66, Browning SA22, a Springfield, and a Colt Stagecoach) . I understand the 10-22 is very popular, and custom 10-22 rifles/parts make it much better. I know a match barrel is more accurate, and a match trigger easier to use, and a wide variety of accessories and options make it more versatile and individualized, etc. But these variations really create a different rifle, just having the original design and dimensions.
I am referring to the basic model you can get a Walmart, or even the factory target models: What engineering features or design make this system so good compared to the others?? Or is it just the custom rifles that are legendary? I'm serious, someone explain it to me, and give me some comparisons if you would. Much thanks.
(my apologies for the flood of responses this will probably generate)