I recently purchased a KIDD INNOVATIVE DESIGN Bull Barrel from a close friend for an incredible price. He had purchased the KIDD INNOVATIVE DESIGN 10 22 Match Bull Barrel as an upgrade for his Ruger 10/22 but unfortunately the barrel weight was more than his kids could handle. Basically they struggled through one loaded magazine and that was it. To my eyes the KIDD INNOVATIVE DESIGN 10 22 Match Bull Barrel appears unused.
Acquiring this barrel causes yet another project to go unfinished while another comes to life. My friends point about barrel weight is valid so I decided that addressing the weight might be an interesting project in itself. I have a few idea but I will not spill the beans at this time. You will just have to keep checking back.
The image of the KIDD INNOVATIVE DESIGN 10 22 Match Bull Barrel at the top of the page is from the KIDD website. I will shoot my own very soon for a little before and after comparison.
KIDD INNOVATIVE DESIGN 10 22 Match Bull Barrel Description:
We believe these are the finest barrels on the market, each one is hand lapped. Our stainless steel barrel is bored and rifled by Lothar Walther in Germany. Tony Kidd then performs all the final machining to make our match barrel a worthy KIDD product. A proprietary chamber reamer is used to ensure the cartridge and bullet feed smoothly while allowing the bullet to consistently engrave the rifling .020″. Our barrels are chambered to accept .22 ammo (not long enough for stingers) and have a 1:16 twist. The unique convex extractor slot eliminates extraction problems by ensuring the extractor is always in perfect alignment with the case rim. Why doesn’t everybody use this extractor slot? Because the tooling is very expensive and requires tolerances be held very close for proper machining. Each barrel receives an 11 degree crown and the double ring logo at the muzzle. Our 20″ bull barrel weighs 3.5 lbs, 18″ weighs 3.3 lbs, and our 16.5″ weighs 3.1lbs.
We can offer such a great price on this barrel because we don’t sell to distributors, only retail and dealer pricing is offered, therefore we don’t have to increase our price to compensate for 3 tier pricing. There are cheaper barrels out there but as with all KIDD products, “you get what you pay for.” To avoid “barrel droop,” check your clamp to make sure you only have moderate tension on the screws. We tighten them to around 10 inch pounds which is just snug enough to keep the barrel from moving forward. No more than this, as even the slightest tension moves the barrel and receiver out of alignment.
Barrel installation: Depending on your receiver, if there is paint build up in the receiver where the barrel extension is inserted, be sure to scrape that out. If the barrel is tight, use an anti-seize compound to assist in installation. It is best if you can get the barrel started, then turn it over and tap the back of the receiver with a rubber mallet. Be sure to line the extractor slot up as you are installing the barrel. Your barrel is ready to shoot, just run two magazines through it before you really start looking at group size. Do this each time you change brands of ammunition as well. Keep the chamber clean, but don’t clean the bore too much you will decrease accuracy. Depending on the ammo, clean the bore around every 500 rounds.
This past Christmas as a gift I received a Tactical Solutions Vantage 10/22 Stock in Crimson Red. While a little unexpected and unplanned for I was pleasantly surprised by this beautiful and thoughtful gift. The timing was perfect. I had been in the process of gathering parts for another 10/22 project for this site but I was not very far along in the process and the new stock allowed me to fast-track another brand new project. You see back in the fall, early September if I recall correctly I happened on to a website from a company called Kidd Innovative Design. My initial impression of the website was that Kidd Innovative Design offered premium 10/22 part’s that could be used to assemble possibly the finest 10/22’s. To say I was interested is an understatement. I then set out to research Kidd Innovative Design’s products on the various rimfire forums. By all reports there were no finer 10/22 parts. That was all I needed the bug was planted.
Kidd Innovative Design 10/22 Parts
Fast forward to January I decided to put off the other 10/22 project and order a KIDD Classic Receiver for examination purposes before taking the full plunge. Much to my surprise the receiver arrived at my FFL in a few days. It was apparent that the KIDD Classic Receiver was beautifully machined and finished inside and out. A few days later I ordered the remainder of the parts to complete the project. Three days later USPS delivered a little box of joy. Kidd Innovative Design’s attention to detail is evident in their packaging and shipping. There is absolutely no risk of of anything getting dinged or scuffed. Midway can learn a few things from these folks.
The trigger assembly, barrel and bolt are machined and finished just as well as the Classic Receiver. Every single surface and fit speaks of quality and precision. This is quality I simply do not typically see on firearms other than 1911’a that cost thousands of dollars more. To say I was impressed is an understatement.
I spent about an hour that evening assembling the 10/22 rifle seen at the top of the page. Assembly was not quite as easy as assembling an AR15 but still pretty easy. Kidd Innovative Design includes all the hex key wrenches required except for the barrel v-block.
Note: Being manufactured to tight tolerances special care needs to be taken when installing the barrel
I like to test customer service before I recommend anything. I think it’s important for folks to know up front what to expect. Kidd Innovative Design’s customer service is every bit as good as their products. Each email was responded to very quickly with thorough and helpful information. Even an offer to install the barrel into the receiver for me if I was having trouble. What more could I ask for? Superior product with matching support. Kudo’s to Kidd Innovative Design.
Only one question remains. For the next project do I go with a fluted barrel and a two stage trigger?
Over the next few weeks I will get a suppressor and optics mounted and if the weather co-operates some range time. I will throw together a dedicated page to this product in my typical style of part by part explanation with pictures.
After being completely thrilled with how our first 10/22 project turned out I decided it was time to start a new project that is 180 degrees different than our BENCHREST TACKDRIVER. This time around I am targeting size, weight and noise.
It took a while for the Nikon scope to become available but now I have it and this project is complete. I will update the Clark Custom Guns Ruger 10/22 project pagevery soon. Click the picture above to view the image full size.
I ordered the HARRIS BIPOD HBRMS 6″-9″ on Sunday and it arrived on Wednesday. You cant beat that for service. I also ordered the #6 sling stud adapter at the the same time I placed the bipod order. This adapter allows you to install the sling stud in the Bell&Carlson stock T-Slot channel.
I has one reservation going in and that was whether or not the 6″-9″ was the correct working range for the bipod. I can now say it was in fact the correct choice. Ill get some pictures this weekend of the 10 22 with the bipod in place.
Finally got to take some pictures of the CLARK CUSTOM RUGER 10/22 BARRELED ACTION. The pictures are mostly of the receiver to show some of the details. The BELL & CARLSON ODYSSEY 10/22 STOCK should arrive Monday so progress will continue shortly.