One of the reasons for the popularity of the Ruger 10 / 22 and AR-15 is the commonality between them. The feature is modularity, and in the land of rugged individualism, the ability to customize one’s gun greatly appeals to consumers.
While there are not quite as many 10 / 22 stocks as there are for ARs, there are still a number of options to choose from. A Ruger 10 / 22 stock can make your weapon more ergonomic, less cumbersome, or even give it a facelift.
How can I upgrade an A10/22 stock?
With its versatility and many practical applications, the Ruger 10 / 22 is a very useful rifle. While serving as many people’s first gun as youths, they remain fun plinkers for all ages. Whether shooting cans on the farm or participating in NRL22 competitions, hunting small game or doing pest control, the 10 / 22 serves America well.
It may be sufficient for many owners of 10/22 rifles to use a factory Ruger rifle, but there are many possibilities for improvements that could benefit certain shooters.
In addition, there are stocks with cheek combs that add precision for use with scopes. Besides providing adjustment, some guns allow the shooter to find the perfect fit. Some 10/22 stocks can be folded and reduced in weight if you intend to carry your rifle around your ranch or on a hunt.
In addition to durability and ergonomics, the materials used in the stocks can also make a difference in certain settings while causing them to fall short in others. You must determine what exactly you want your 10 / 22 stock to accomplish before you upgrade it.
No matter what your reasons are, giving your Ruger a fresh look is still a legitimate pursuit with a variety of options.
Stock replacement for an A 10 / 22
ARs share another similarity with Ruger 10 / 22s in the way most components can be replaced easily.
In this case, master gunsmithing is not required. To remove the rifle’s takedown screw, first remove the factory barrel band, followed by the takedown screw on the underside. One should be able to remove the barreled action from the original stock after doing this.
Essentially the same process applies when installing a new 10 / 22 stock in reverse, but specifics may vary depending on the stock. Depending on the model, you might need to replace the barrel band as well as the takedown screw, but for others it will not be necessary. For more details, there are instructions online, but you shouldn’t be intimidated by replacing a stock with a 10/22.
Another aspect to keep in mind before browsing and selecting the aftermarket 10 / 22 stock for you is compatibility.
The Rugers website lists over 50 models, not including the .22 caliber. Charger pistols or discontinued variants. As a result of differences between these models, especially regarding barrel profiles, aftermarket stocks may not be compatible with your Ruger (though many models include inserts that allow them to be compatible with multiple barrel profiles).