Best 10/22 Upgrades [2017]: Stocks, Triggers, & More

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.

Fully Upgraded 10/22 with Magpul Stock and Tandemkross Upgrades
Fully Upgraded 10/22 with Magpul Stock and Tandemkross Upgrades

By the end you’ll know exactly how to modify your 10/22 to meet your exact needs and budget.

The 10/22

My first gun (and favorite rimfire rifle)…after I shot it the first time…I knew I was hooked.

Ruger 10/22 Synthetic
Ruger 10/22 Synthetic

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!

10/22 Tapco Intrafuse Stock
10/22 Tapco Intrafuse Stock

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.

10/22 Stocks

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.

Plus it’s easy on the bank account at $80.  Make sure you choose the correct one based on your barrel: RegularBull Barrel, or Takedown.

Tapco Intrafuse Stock
Tapco Intrafuse Stock

Hogue Overmolded

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.

Even more affordable ($60) at than the Intrafuse above…the Hogue comes in Regular and Takedown varieties.

Hogue Overmolded 10/22 Stock
Hogue Overmolded 10/22 Stock

Tactical Solutions

The Tactical Solutions Stock is the go-to for precision shooting with its thumbhole stock.  A lot pricier ($190) but worth every penny.

Tactical Solutions Stock
Tactical Solutions Stock

Hightower

This super-cool bullpup stock comes to you from High Tower Armory ($270).  Expensive but now you get a sweet .22LR P90 clone.

Hightower Bullpup Stock
Hightower Bullpup Stock

Magpul

My 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.

Fully Upgraded 10/22
Fully Upgraded 10/22

10/22 Triggers

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.

BX Trigger
BX Trigger

Volquartsen

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).

Volquartsen Trigger
Volquartsen Trigger

10/22 Sights

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?

Techsights

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.

Tech Sights for Ruger 10/22
Tech Sights for Ruger 10/22

Red Dot

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).

10/22 Side with Tandemkross Mods and Holosun
10/22 Side with Tandemkross Mods and Holosun

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.

Simmons Scope

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.

Simmons Rimfire Scope
Simmons Rimfire Scope

10/22 Accessories

Rails

Make sure whatever optic you go with…you get the right rails to go along with it.

The three biggies are…Picatinny, Weaver, & Dovetail.

10/22 Picatinny Rail
10/22 Picatinny Rail

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.

10/22 Underneath View with Extended Mag Release & Takedown Knob
10/22 Underneath View with Extended Mag Release & Takedown Knob

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.

10/22 Side with Tandemkross Mods and Holosun
10/22 Side with Tandemkross Mods and Holosun

Charging Handle

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.

Skeletonized Charging Handle
Skeletonized Charging Handle

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.

10/22 Top View with Scopebase & Double Charging Handles
10/22 Top View with Scopebase & Double Charging Handles

Muzzle Brake

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.

Tandemkross Muzzle Brake
Tandemkross Muzzle Brake

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!

Bolt Release

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.

Guardian Bolt Release
Guardian Bolt Release

Extended Extractor

Sometimes your 10/22 fails to extract correctly and you jam up?  Getting an extended extractor ($10) will fix it right now.

Extended 1022 Extractor
Extended 1022 Extractor

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.

10/22 Tune Up Kit
10/22 Tune Up Kit

10/22 Barrels

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…

E.R. Shaw

Heavy contour barrels ($100) that are available in stainless steel, 18″, and even fluted varieties.

ER Shaw Barrel
ER Shaw Barrel

Volquartsen Carbon Fiber

Daaang, these carbon fiber barrels ($270) are ultralight with match chambers and some already have built in compensators.

Carbon Fiber Barrels
Carbon Fiber Barrels

10/22 Magazine Upgrades

The 10-rounders are fine…but 25-rounders are a lot more fun!

Triple Mag Coupler

If you can’t buy higher capacity mags…but still want to rock and roll.  The Triple Mag Coupler ($10) is the answer.  This “coupled” with a Tandemkross extended mag release and you’re GTG.

Triple Mag
Triple Mag

There’s also a Tandemkross double clear version ($10) too.

25 Rounders

The go-to is Butler Creek’s 25-Round ($14) for extended capacity and extended fun.

Butler Creek 25 Round
Butler Creek 25 Round

10/22 Ammo

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.

CCI Minimags
CCI Minimags

Conclusion

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.

6 Comments

  1. Great article! I had no idea you could upgrade a 10/22 like that. It will be a good project for my son and I. Well done! Thanks!

  2. Great cheap upgrade is a Brimstone trigger job. Mail your current trigger in for a Tier 1, 2, or 3 upgrade. They do amazing work.

  3. Also Feddersen barrels are a great quality upgrade for a bull barrel. I love the 10/22 and have a blast modifying the 3 I have.

  4. Why no mention of the Promag Archangel stocks? I am using two different models on two of my 10/22’s and love them – fitment – looks etc…

  5. There are sooooo many models. Which do you recommend? Any thoughts on Standard vs. Takedown for starters?

    Help, I want to start customizing now and willl have endless decisions to make. But now, trying to decide on the basic to get.

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