The Ruger 10/22 is likely the second most popular rifle in the U. S. after the AR-15. Depending on the source, the production numbers vary; but all agree that at least seven million rifles have been produced.
There is a huge aftermarket for 10/22 upgrades. I will not be delving into the deep end of the pool with aftermarket receivers or some of the other exotica.
However, with some very simple upgrades, your 10/22 can shoot better, look sharper and be more reliable.
1. Archangel Ruger Precision Stock
For many, the factory stock is anything but a comfortable fit. An upgrade to the Archangel Ruger Precision Stock provides many ergonomic improvements.
The cheek rest is adjustable, so any height optic is easily matched. It has an adjustable length of pull to accommodate the short or tall shooters among us.
The forend has an integrated Picatinny rail for ease of bipod mounting. This stock system comes in a variety of colors from desert tan to a deep red and even purple, if you want.
Although the color choice doesn’t really affect performance, the rest of the stock’s features help to improve your soda can or squirrel sniping performance.
2. Magpul Hunter X-22 10/22 Stock
There are many advantages to the Archangel stock, but the primary disadvantage is all the adjustments can easily be knocked out of synch.
Additionally, for those who want clean lines and a stock upgrade, the Magpul Hunter X-22 offers many of the same customized adjustment without needing to worry about them getting fiddled with.
It is compatible with all barrels up to the factory bull-barrel diameter of 0.920” and accepts any M-Lok accessory mounts. This makes bipod mounting very simple.
The Magpul Hunter X-22 also comes in a couple of colors, ranging from stealth gray to pink.
3. Timber Creek Extended Magazine Release EMR and EMR XL
One of the annoying things about shooting a 10/22, is the recessed magazine release requires a change of grip to actuate. The EMR and EMR XL fix this.
For me, this was a bit obtrusive. I am sure I would get used to it with a bit more use. The EMR works well for me, and did not have me taking extra care while prone or carrying the gun.
4. Tactical Solutions V-Block
The stock barrel system is made of aluminum. The mounting hardware and the barrel are made of steel. Over time, the aluminum will wear or deform from over-tightening the mounting screws.
These issues create wiggle, which reduces accuracy. This drop-in replacement V-block is stainless steel and fixes those issues once and for all.
5. Volquartsen Carbon-Fiber Barrel
If you are putting on a better stock and ensuring the barrel is mounted down properly with a stainless steel V-block, it might make sense to look at a better barrel.
These are very accurate, come threaded with a compensator included and have all the accuracy advantages of a bull barrel.
The carbon-fiber shroud is stiffer than the competitor’s aluminum over Chromoly bore, but they are a bit heavier. The 18.5” barrel comes in at two pounds.
One other slight disadvantage, with continuous fire, the carbon fiber is very poor at dissipating heat.
6. Tactical Solutions X-Ring Performance Barrel
The Tactical Solutions X-Ring Performance barrel is an aluminum-shrouded barrel over a Chromoly bore. It is factory threaded and weighs in at half the weight of the Volquartsen.
It is a 16.5” barrel weighing in at just under 13 ounces. It comes in a variety of anodized colors. In order to keep the weight down, the barrel is swirl-fluted.
To some degree, this reduces rigidity compared to a full-diameter barrel, but it does point faster for sports needing quick target acquisition.
7. ProMag 10/22 Recoil Buffer
I know, you are thinking recoil on a .22, in rifle form. What kind of wimp needs a recoil buffer? The fact of the matter here is, this item is not designed to decrease the recoil felt in your shoulder.
It is meant to reduce the metal on metal contact caused by the recoil impulse. Your 10/22 is the rifle you will likely shoot the most.
If due to nothing else, the ammo costs ½ to 1/5 that of any centerfire rifle you own. I know it is not uncommon for mine to see 250-750 rounds in a day. This inexpensive item will help the bolt and recoil pin last.
8. Timney Trigger Ruger Calvin Elite 10/22 – 1.5-2 Pounds
The Timney Galvin Elite is one of the most precise triggers available for the Ruger 10/22. If you are not doing precision/benchrest work, the pull weight might be a bit too light.
If you are, the consistency of the trigger pull is amazing. Unlike the factory trigger, the take-up is minimal and the break is crisp, and most importantly, consistent.
It is a true drop-in trigger housing and the trigger shoe height is adjustable to your desired location.
9. Timney Ruger 10/22 Trigger – 2¾ Pounds
I am very comfortable with a light trigger, but some may not want the lightness of the Calvin Elite trigger. Timney also has a drop-in trigger with a similar lack of creep and a very consistent break, but with a heavier pull weight.
This trigger is factory set to 2¾ pounds for a bit more resistance, and is more comfortable for most people who are not shooting in a benchrest environment.
Often times, when most other things have been worked out for accuracy, large gains can still be had by improving trigger consistency.
10. Ruger BX Trigger
The Ruger BX Trigger is another great option for a replacement trigger.
This trigger is compatible with the Ruger 10/22 rifle or the 22 Charger and features a light, crisp 2.5- to 3-pound trigger pull, with minimal overtravel to help prevent pulling your aim off target.
Rugged, reliable and safe, this improved genuine Ruger factory trigger meets or exceeds industry standards for drop testing, comes in a completely self-contained module and is easy to install.
11. Tandemkross Receiver Cross Pins Upgrade
For those who are continually tinkering with their 10/22, it is rare to not have the receiver pins drop out. Sometimes you find them, sometimes you don’t.
These inexpensive upgrade pins fix that problem. With a ball detent, they stay put unless you want them to come out and push them with a punch.
12. Midwest Industries Ruger 10/22 Scope Mount
Most of us want an optic on our rifles. This mount makes fitting any scope simple. My choice is usually a 1×6 or 3×9 variable zoom, but many red dots have Picatinny mounting options as well.
What are the upgrades you have made to your 10/22 and how did they turn out? Let us know in the comments section below!