Got a Ruger 10/22 and want to make it shoot (and look) better?
Since it’s one of the most popular rifles out there…there’s so many options and ways to get overwhelmed.
But don’t worry, we’ll guide you through all the best upgrades from stocks to internals and even cosmetic.
By the end you’ll know exactly how to modify your 10/22 to meet your exact needs and budget.
My first gun (and favorite rimfire rifle)…after I shot it the first time…I knew I was hooked.
It’s gone through a couple iterations as my needs and tastes have changed.
Here was the first mod. Go easy on my rattlecan paintjob!
Almost all my friends have one and we’ve all got the modding bug…so we know what works and what doesn’t.
Without further ado…all the best upgrades you can do to your Ruger 10/22.
The biggie in determining the overall feel and look of your rifle. I used the standard synthetic one for a couple outings before I wanted to go with something different.
But here are some that build upon the standard look, while others take it to more tactical, competitive, and even bullpup configurations.
Tapco Intrafuse Stock
This one leans toward the tactical look and is AR-15-esque with the pistol grip and adjustable buttstock. I like how it enables use of Picatinny rails and a regular + angled buttstock.
Another favorite of people who want to keep it simple. The overmolded stock feels great in the hand with just the right amount of rubberized grip.
The Tactical Solutions Stock is the go-to for precision shooting with its thumbhole stock. A lot pricier ($190) but worth every penny.
This super-cool bullpup stock comes to you from High Tower Armory ($270). Expensive but now you get a sweet .22LR P90 clone.
My previous personal favorite, Magpul’s X-22 Hunter ($120) has a great grip angle and overall feel. It comes with adjustable inserts to match your length of pull. Plus multiple sling mounting options. And finally…it will fit regular or bull pup barrels.
And what’s my current favorite stock? It’s the R10/22 M4 Foldable Stock ($160) from the Israeli company FAB Defense. It folds down so you meet the 26″ overall length laws for CA with the stock barrel. Please be sure to check your local laws for length.
There’s plenty of rails up front, the stock collapses and extends, and some spacers to fit both bull and normal barrels.
I figure if it’s good enough for the IDF’s less lethal weapon of choice, it’s good enough for me to plink and sometimes shoot Steel Challenge. Stay tuned for a more in-depth review as I run it more.
If you want better accuracy…you better change the stock trigger. Having a trigger with a lower pull weight…plus one that breaks like a glass rod is almost guaranteed to up your precision game. Here’s two of the best:
Ruger BX Trigger
Straight from the source.
The BX Trigger ($75) is Ruger’s upgraded trigger. Normally I’m pretty *meh* about factory upgraded triggers…but the BX is great. It lives up to its 2.5-3.0 lb trigger pull. The break is clean and has minimal over-travel.
It’s what I have in my upgraded 10/22 since it’s the best bang-for-the-buck in my opinion.
If you’ve been reading up on 10/22 upgrades…Volquartsen has to have come up. They make some great stuff that’s worth the high price tag if you’re looking at the best. If you are…here is their upgraded trigger ($225).
Light trigger pull, glass rod break, and adjustable for minimal overtravel.
Plus it comes with auto bolt release and an extended magazine release (two other upgrades we recommend).
The sights that come stock on a 10/22 are ok for plinking…but what about when you want to get serious with groups/precision or speed?
What I first installed on my 10/22. The GI style Techsights ($75) allow much more precise shots and also windage adjustment. Plus you don’t need to install third-party scope mounts.
If you want to get the fastest sight acquisition…you’ve got to go red dot. I cover a variety of red dot sights for the AR-15 in this Ultimate Guide which will work great with the 10/22.
My vote goes to the Holosun ($140) for the AR-15 and general robustness. Plus it enables you to mount it low on the rail (next section).
But you can’t go wrong with the TRS-25 ($70) for the best economy red dot. Remember…the .22LR has almost no recoil so you don’t need the most robust things out there.
Planning to reach out and touch something? Get yourself an affordable and super highly-rated rimfire scope like the Simmons 3-9x ($40). Be sure your mount will work with the provided dove-tail attachments.
Make sure whatever optic you go with…you get the right rails to go along with it.
Titanium Takedown Knob
This titanium takedown knob ($25) saves you a LOT of time since you can use hand power to enable a quick takedown.
Like how Volquartsen holds the ground for big upgrades…Tandemkross rocks for the accessories.
Just make sure you’re using the correct models for it. It holds on my Magpul stock but isn’t super tight.
Extended Mag Release
If you’re taking your time plinking at the range…you probably won’t need this. But if you want some speedier reloads…especially during competitions…I’d take a look at getting an Extended Mag Release ($35).
I love it since you can either push OR pull to release the mag.
If you only need it one direction, you can check out this one.
I also like having an extended charging handle ($25). Again…makes it much easier to manipulate the bolt during competitions. Plus it looks super cool being skeletonized.
And if you’re a lefty…or share your rifle with a lefty. This combo charging handle + Picatinny scope base ($80) might be for you.
I have it installed and my left-handed buddy raved about it. It’s a little more difficult to pull than having the extended charging handle…but much easier than having to change hands or going underneath.
Since the recoil is so minimal…there’s not a true need for a muzzle brake ($35) when compared to larger calibers. But it still helps with rapid firing and engagement of multiple targets.
I don’t have one installed since my barrel is unthreaded…but I’ve tried my buddy’s and it does help when you’re double-tapping.
10/22 Internal Upgrades
These are the internal upgrades that will add some much needed capabilities to your 10/22. It’s kind of odd that these weren’t added from the factory in the first place…especially given how much they help!
So the 10/22 bolt release…it’s pretty annoying especially for newbies. The Guardian Bolt Release ($10) affordably solves this problem. Now all you have to do is pull the bolt backwards when it is locked…and it will spring forward upon release.
Sometimes your 10/22 fails to extract correctly and you jam up? Getting an extended extractor ($10) will fix it right now.
Bolt Tune Up Kit (Extractor + Firing Pin)
This Volquartsen tune up kit ($34) adds the extended extractor plus firing pin which will help improve ignitions if you aren’t using the best rimfire ammo.
Because of the way rimfire ammo’s primer is all around the bottom…sometimes you need a better geometry firing pin…which you’ll get right here.
When you’re dead serious about making your 10/22 the most accurate rifle it can be…you upgrade the barrel. I personally haven’t reached this point yet…but the most accurate 10/22’s I’ve seen have…
Heavy contour barrels ($100) that are available in stainless steel, 18″, and even fluted varieties.
Volquartsen Carbon Fiber
Daaang, these carbon fiber barrels ($270) are ultralight with match chambers and some already have built in compensators.
10/22 Magazine Upgrades
The 10-rounders are fine…but 25-rounders are a lot more fun!
Triple Mag Coupler
There’s also a Tandemkross double clear version ($10) too.
The go-to is Butler Creek’s 25-Round ($14) for extended capacity and extended fun.
I cover a little on this in my Best Places to Buy Ammo Online, but I’ve found my 10/22 to be a little finicky with ammo…especially before I did some of the upgrades I listed above.
But…CCI varieties have always been the best.
So there you have it…all the best Ruger 10/22 upgrades to make yours the best it can be. This versatile and venerable firearm can be modified to an extreme degree, and is a great choice for those who want to tinker and toy with a new gun, or get into some light-to-moderate gun smithing.
Did you find anything on this list useful? Is there anything that might find a home on your 10/22? Anything I missed? Let me hear about it in the comments below.