One factor that makes the Ruger 10/22 rifle so popular is the rifle’s ease of customizing. For example there are tons of 1022 stocks that can be used as replacement stocks. Most aftermarket parts install with little to no minor fitting and shooters can cosmetically change their rifle to look like everything from the little rim fire carbine that it was designed as to an MG34, Thompson SMG, AR15 or even a futuristic Star Wars type blaster.
Not all of the modifications are cosmetic, some help tap into the rifle’s greater accuracy potential or make them more reliable such as aftermarket triggers, extractors, match grade barrels and target grade stocks. Other modifications are improved sling mounting options, or the ability to use a scope, or mount a flashlight or laser to the Ruger 10/22.
Best 10/22 Mods - Quick List
Here are our 10 best Ruger 10/22 upgrades and mods:
- 10/22 Truglo Rifle Sight Set - Red/Green
- UTG .22 Tactical Low Profile Rail Mount (#22)
- Volquartsen Custom Automatic Bolt Release
- UTG Tactical OP Bipod – SWAT/Combat Profile Adjustable Height
- Ruger 10/22 22Lr Target Trigger by Volquartsen
You can find the complete list along with a description below!
10 Best Upgrades for Your Ruger 10/22
The 10 best mods for your 1022 can be found below. Enjoy!
One of the best upgrades for a standard Ruger 10/22 rifle is improving the sights. Most shooters opt for a new scope, but for the shooter who is on a budget or simply prefers using iron sights to glass, a new set of sights like the red and green set from Truglo are the way to do it.
Truglo uses fiber optic tubes in a variety of colors to gather available light in order to make the sights glow brightly during the day. These sights are slightly oversized for a precise fitting unique to the shooter’s rifle. Once installed, the rear sight is completely adjustable for windage and elevation.
One of the downsides to the Ruger 10/22 rifle as it comes from the factory is the substandard scope mount which is shipped with many of the rifles.
It is aluminum and made by Ruger, but it is intended for use with 22 rings intended for a groove type of mount and not the Weaver or Picatinny style that the factory mount resembles. UTG addresses this by manufacturing a true Picatinny mount that installs into the pre-drilled holes on the rifle’s receiver.
This next accessory is one of those parts that the shooter does not realize how valuable it is until after he installs it on his rifle.
The Custom automatic Bolt Release from Volquartsen allows the shooter to release the bolt on his Ruger 10/22 rifle by pulling the bolt slightly rearward, as opposed to pushing up on the bolt lock. Installation is simple and does not require the need of a gun smith.
Installing a bipod used to be relatively easy when they simply clamped to an existing sling swivel stud. The best part was if the rifle had no stud, a trip to the local sporting goods store could yield two for less than $7.
Unfortunately as more rifles came with standard Picatinny rails installed on their forends, the majority of bipod manufacturers followed suit, meaning to install an older style bipod meant buying a $30 adapter. UTG solved that problem with their Tactical Op Bi-pod as it accommodates either system in this compact bipod that folds, adjusts from 6” to 8” and uses posi-lock wheels. I'd also suggest checking out our full buyers guide on the best 10/22 bipods.
A complete trigger job on a Ruger 10/22 rifle is a thing of beauty and Volquartsen’s Target Trigger gets the shooter more than halfway there.
The Target Trigger eliminates the over travel and issues with trigger creep found on the factory trigger. It does nothing to affect the weight of the trigger, but represents an excellent first step and halfway point to getting there.
The sling is one of the simplest and easiest accessories to install on a rifle and it is the most important aftermarket accessory for a real field shooter or hunter, in order to be able to carry the rifle for any length of time, hands free.
This nylon model from Ruger includes a shoulder pad and was specifically made for the Ruger 10/22.
An improved extractor from Volquartsen is often the ticket to allow a Ruger 10/22 cycle with various brands of ammunition. Volquartsen’s extractor will alternately work on a Ruger MKIII target pistol in addition to the Ruger 10/22.
We had mixed emotions about this next accessory as the factory barrel band is usually the first thing we throw away after the bubble wrap on a Ruger 10/22. Some of us do not like anything making contact with our barrels.
It is a carryover from competitive long range rifle shooting, but probably has little bearing on the accuracy of a Ruger 10/22. So if a shooter wants to install a sling, laser, flashlight, bipod or combination of the above without constantly drilling and tapping the stock, they could do much worse than Pro Mag’s tactical barrel band. Completely machined of Military aircraft grade aluminum, this barrel is a drop in fit and easily allows the mounting of various accessories.
9. Magpul Ruger 10/22 SR/22 Magazine Caps Dust Covers 4 Pack
Ruger’s initial 10-shot rotary magazine for the Ruger 10/22 rifle was a remarkable innovation of its time and the improved BX-25 magazine finally brought reliability to an increased capacity magazine for the 10/22. Mag Pal makes a cover that protects the magazines from dirt and debris as well as the lips of the magazine.
The Ruger 10/22 rifle gives the shooter a multitude of options when it comes to customization. These 10 accessories represent some of the best and most needed accessories to wring the most enjoyment out of your shooting experiences.
10. Ruger 10/22 Adapter 1/2X28 with free thread protector
If a shooter is looking to install a silencer on his Ruger 10/22 and does not have a threaded barrel, or the means to afford one, this adapter from Lethal-Eye is the way to go and the price is worth it.
The adapter slides over the muzzle of a standard Ruger 10/22, wraps around the sight and is held in place via two set screws. The adapter includes a free thread protector to prevent the threads from damage when not using a silencer. It is not the ideal way to add a silencer to a Ruger 10/22 but it seems like an effective solution for the budget minded shooter.