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The Ruger 1022 is without a doubt the most popular rim fire rifle in America. Over 5 million of Ruger’s “adult carbines” have been sold in its 50 years of production. Designed as a rim fire rifle for adults as opposed to a typical youth rifle, the Ruger 1022 takes its looks and styling from the venerable US M1 Carbine used during World War II.
The Ruger 1022 became famous for its revolutionary rotary magazine which ensured reliable feeding. Although it is a great gun right out of the factory, a sweet looking tactical stock will make your 1022 even better. That is what we will be talking about in this post, the best aftermarket stocks for your Ruger 1022 rifle.
10/22 Stock Comparison Chart
Below you will see the top nine ruger 10/22 stocks currently on the market. They are all placed within an easy to read comparison chart that makes it very easy to find the perfect stock for your needs.
Ruger 10/22 Aftermarket Stock Reviews
We took a look at the various aftermarket stocks intended for the Ruger 1022 rifle and came up with the following top five replacement stocks. These next 5 buttstocks are a great alternative to the factory stock that comes with your rifle.
This stock by Hogue is more popular with those who view the Ruger 1022 rifle as a truck or bug out gun that gets tossed around a lot or takes an extra amount of abuse as opposed to a standard Ruger 1022. The external rubber coating on the stock, which is the same component that Hogue uses on their handgun grips, protects the rifle from might otherwise result in unsightly dings, dents, blemishes or scratches.
The external rubber coating on the stock, which is the same component that Hogue uses on their handgun grips, protects the rifle from might otherwise result in unsightly dings, dents, blemishes or scratches. The Hogue stock includes swing swivels and can accommodate the standard factory barrel. This particular buttstock will not work with a heavier target barrel.
Tactical Solutions offers this lightweight ambidextrous laminated wood target stock, which features a factory pillar bedding system. The factory cheek rest allows the shooter to obtain a perfect cheek weld when shooting the rifle with a scope mounted and the wide forearm allows for the mounting of a bipod and a generous surface area to hold the rifle when shooting off hand.
The pistol grip and forend are textured via laser engraving, allowing for a perfect grip on the rifle every single time. This is probably the priciest stock we looked at, but it was also the best looking and the only one that was made of real wood.
The only downside to this buttstock would be that the cheek rest makes the stock’s profile a little too high for use with factory iron sights, but is hands down the perfect choice for using a rifle scope.
For a pistol grip type stock on a Ruger 10/22, it is hard to beat the ATI Fiber force stock. Constructed of high grade polymer, this stock echoes the lines and ergonomics of the classic Soviet Dragunov SVD Sniper Rifle.
The hand guard and forend are ventilated for cooling and impart a more martial look to the rifle. The ATI stock features a fixed cheek rest and has sling swivels installed to make the rifle more easily portable.
Value wise, it is hard to beat the price on this Ruger 10/22 ATI stock as it retails for little over $50.
Glacier Ridge’s Magnum 10/22 MLSATCP thumbhole stock is another value priced stock that delivers top of the line performance.
Billed as a thumbhole stock it is more like the previously mentioned pistol grip stock in that the shooter does not have to deal with a miniscule cut out for a thumb, but rather a full sized pistol grip that is connected to the toe of the stock.
The barrel channel will accommodate the thickest and heaviest of Ruger 10/22 target barrels and allow them to free float for the utmost in accuracy. It has a lower cheek rest than most other thumbole stocks of this type, but that could be seen as a benefit for iron sighted shooters not using a rifle scope
Sometimes the rubber Ruger 1022 overmolded Hogue stock is not for everyone, particularly if you are shooting a heavy barrel Ruger 10/22. Luckily, Hogue offers their 10/22 buttstock in a traditional nylon configuration as well.
Like the rubber overmolded stock, the nylon version includes a set of Hogue sling swivel studs installed and will accommodate the standard factory profile barrel in addition to the larger diameter aftermarket target barrels.
Like the Rubber Overmolded ruger stock by Hogue, this has a more traditional rifle buttstock profile without a thumbhole grip or pistol grip.
The Benefits of Aftermarket Stocks
Although many shooters and hunters use them in their standard configuration, the design lends itself well to customization and the first part that most shooters replace is the factory birch or nylon buttstock.
Machined to exact tolerances by Ruger’s factory, these rifles very rarely require extensive hand fitting to install new stocks the way most other rifles do.
This is a good thing, because good rifle stocks needs to be consistent. The trigger/barrel may be the heart and soul of a good rifle, but the buttstock is what gives a rifle its strength.
Installation of an aftermarket stock couldn’t get any easier. The shooter simply removes the barrelband and action screw and takes the barreled action out of the old stock. At this point the shooter can choose to have the rifle’s action bedded into the new buttstock or simply drop it in, tighten the screw and optionally install the barrel band.
Bedding refers to using a fiberglass bedding compound to ensure that the rifle’s action stays true and consistent within the body of the buttstock. Some shooters take it a step further by bedding the barrel in addition to the action, but it is not recommended.
As a bullet travels down the bore of the rifle, the barrel vibrates much like a tuning fork. Bedding the barrel to the stock upsets this natural harmonic. Most shooters prefer to free float the barrel by ensuring that no component of the stock makes any contact with it. On a 22 rim fire rifle such as the Ruger 1022 this can best be tested by seeing if a one dollar bill will fit between the barrel and the stock as far back as the action. This is the same reason why many shooters do not keep the barrel band installed on their rifles.
The 1022 rifle is an awesome rifle but sometimes the stocks that come from the manufacturer doesn’t cut it and you need an aftermarket buttstock for your needs. That is where I am hoping this article was helpful for you. We listed some of the top ruger 1022 aftermarket stock options for you. If you would like to add a custom barrel to your 1022 then you can check out our page on that as well.
Thank you for reading and hopefully this article was useful in your search for a new buttstock!