It is easy to understand why the Ruger 10-22 is one of the most popular .22 caliber semi-automatic rifles in the United States. The 10-22 is affordable (you can find them for under $200 some places), dependable and, best of all, it is fully customizable. The options are seemingly endless.
In the video above, you can watch me turn my “out of the box” 10-22 into almost a completely different rifle in a matter of minutes. Upon doing some research and brainstorming, I decided that I wanted a .920″ diameter bull barrel, a scope, a two stage trigger, a new ruger 1022 stock, and a bi-pod. This would allow me to achieve greater accuracy but still have the ability to carry it around in the woods for some highly accurate squirrel hunting.
The only components I am still currently using from the original 10-22 rifle are the bolt and receiver. Some people have asked me why I didn’t just purchase a stripped 10-22 rifle receiver, considering how many modifications I planned to make. I have a few reasons. For starters, Ruger does not currently sell stripped 10-22 receivers. Any stripped 10-22 receiver I’ve found in the current market is often the same price—or more—than a complete 10-22 rifle. So, I figured that if I could get a complete 10-22 rifle for the same price as a stripped receiver, why not just keep the unused components to sell or hold onto for extra parts?
Here is the list of upgraded items that I used on my Ruger 10-22 build:
After installing all of these components and upgrades, I was quite impressed with the results that I saw on the target. You can see these results for yourself in my 10-22 rifle zeroing video. I should also mention that I am not the only one that can shoot my 10-22 so well.
Tell me, how would you customize or upgrade a Ruger 10-22?