Upgrades for a Ruger 10/22

Updated February 21, 2017

A Ruger 10/22 is a small-calibre rifle that is commonly used for target shooting. It is a popular rifle for novice shooters, in part because of its low purchase price and its inexpensive cost of ammunition. Because this rifle is so prevalent among gun owners, there are a multitude of aftermarket upgrades available.


Manufacturers such as Tasco, Bushnell, Mueller and Hawke all produce scopes compatible with the Ruger 10/22. Depending on the age and model of your 10/22, you may have to add a rail mount before mounting the scope on the rifle. Once the rail mount is installed, you can install a scope that will help improve your accuracy at the range.


You'll spend more time shooting your Ruger 10/22 and less time reloading it if you upgrade your rifle magazine. There are several different styles of magazines for the 10/22, including curved banana clips, double-stack magazines and even drum magazines. Banana clips can often accommodate up to 30 rounds, while double-stack mags are twice as wide as traditional magazines in order to fit double the number of rounds. Drum-style magazines, common on many submachine guns, can hold up to 50 rounds.


A key aesthetic upgrade you may wish to consider is a stock replacement. Replacing your rifle's stock is mainly done for cosmetic reasons rather than reasons relating to the weapon's performance, and there are many different upgrade options available; these include thumbhole stocks, military-style pistol grip stocks, folding stocks, composite and synthetic stocks and stocks made of a variety of types and finishes of wood. Buying a M1 Carbine replica stock will allow you to transform your Ruger 10/22 to look strikingly similar to the M1 used by the American military in the Second World War.


Another upgrade for your Ruger 10/22 is a barrel replacement, which can be done for greater performance or simply for looks. Gun shops and online retailers sell replacement barrels from a variety of manufacturers made of different materials, finished in different colours and with varying tapers and internal twists. Screw-on muzzle-stabilising brakes can be mounted to threaded-end barrels. If you choose to fire subsonic rounds, you can buy barrels specifically designed for subsonic shooting.

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