The 6 Best Ruger 10/22 Stocks

In 1964, Sturm, Ruger, and Co. made the Ruger 10/22. This rimfire semi-automatic rifle has been a staple for hunters ever since.

But if you’ve had yours for a long time, you may have started to notice the stock has worn down over repeated firings. Or maybe you’re just looking for a modern upgrade to the trusty weapon. Switching out the stock can be an affordable way to give your rifle new life.

Whatever your reason, it’s worth it to get one of the best Ruger 10/22 stocks from our top 6 list. Read on for more information and a review of the stocks to help you find the right one for you.

ProductOur RatingScenario
MAGPUL HUNTER X-22 STOCK4.8/5Best Overall
HOGUE RUBBER OVERMOLDED STOCK4.6/5Budget Friendly
HIGH TOWER ARMORY BULLPUP4.5/5Editors Pick
STRIKEFORCE STOCK ADJUSTABLE4.0/5Alternative #1
TAPCO TAKEDOWN STOCK4.0/5Alternative #2
TACTICAL THUMBHOLE STOCK4.8/5Alternative #3

WHY REPLACE THE STOCK?

Replacing your gun stock may not be something you’ve ever thought about, but it’s a common and great thing for your Ruger. There are many reasons you may want to consider it. Check out these common reasons below.

It looks great! – Over time, your Ruger’s stock may get worn. The finish loses its shine, and it may even get chipped. Getting a new, fresh-looking stock can make your gun look like new.

Better Handling – As you upgrade your stock, you can be pickier in how the stock fits your body. When the stock rests better and more comfortably against your shoulder, you can draw faster.

Holds Zero – With a secure stock made of strong material with modern engineering, the stock absorbs the recoil from the gunshot keeping the rest of the firearm better on target. With a good stock, the longevity of the entire Ruger is higher.

More durable – Trading out a worn stock for a new one can keep the new one around longer. As soon as a stock starts to show signs of breaking, it becomes unsafe to use the gun. You should replace it with another from our list, and it’ll last a while.

Better Stability – The combination of all the above reasons results in more stability for your weapon. The tight shoulder fit helps keep the gun steady which improves accuracy and precision. With new, durable material, the gun’s recoil doesn’t throw you off as much when you fire.

FEATURES OF RIFLE STOCKS

Now that you’re convinced that you want a new stock for your Ruger 10/22 the question arises: “What do you look for in a rifle stock?” We go through some important features you may want to be aware of as you look through our reviews below.

GUN STOCK MATERIAL

One of the most important parts of stocks to think about is the material it’s made of. The material can make a big difference in all of these other features. Think about what you need as we go through the pros and cons of each material.

Wood – Wood is the standard for stocks. It’s durable, looks great, and absorbs recoil pretty well. The downside of wood is that it reflects light making it harder to hunt, dents and scratches easier, and is more vulnerable to weather and moisture. A big concern with wood stocks is how the part that touches the hot barrel can warp if the barrel gets too hot.

Synthetic – Synthetic stocks are becoming more popular. They are very durable, resistant to weather and moisture, and more affordable.

It used to be that these stocks couldn’t look as good as the wood stocks, but that’s getting better. Stocks can also be camouflaged or give the rifle a tactical look. 

Hybrid – Some stocks use a combination of wood and synthetic material. The wood provides the look and the synthetic additions add extra durability and comfort at key locations. These cost the most, but provide a useful combination of the features.

Related Reading: Rifle Stock Material Choices

STOCK STYLE

There are many stock styles to pick from. The differences are a hotly debated topic between gun enthusiasts, and without sparking a debate, it’s ultimately up to what’s comfortable for you.

Here’s a quick list of some different rifle stocks available:

  • Gary Goudy Classic Rifle Stock        
  • MOD.54 Winchester-Original Issue Style
  • Oberndorf Classic      
  • Mannlicher Rifle Stocks
  • Freischütz Classic     
  • Rollover Sporter
  • British Stalker  Thumbhole Sporter
  • British Express Rifle Classic  
  • Original Issue Military
  • G & H High Comb Classic     
  • .22 Cal Stocks
  • G & H Classic-Open Sight     
  • Poor Man’s Kimber

We’ll be sure to call out the stock styles in our breakdowns below. Feel free to refer back to the article right here for some insights and visuals on what you want.

Related Reading: Stock Styles

STOCK LOOK

The look of the stock is important. It’s not just about having one that looks “cool,” but a stock’s look can have a practical impact on your use of the rifle.

Wood can have a beautiful grain look with warbles and waves that attract the eye. But if it has a gloss finish, it can reflect the light which can alert the animals you’re hunting. Some wood stocks now come in a matte finish which is not as attractive, but it’s less likely to alert the animals.

Synthetic stocks don’t have the natural look that many people prefer in their rifles, but the color and finish don’t alert anyone of your surroundings. Synthetic rifles can also come in camouflage to make your hunting setup even more optimal.

We’ll make sure to point out any style options and how they may affect your Ruger’s use when we do the breakdowns below.

DURABILITY

While synthetic is more durable than wood usually, not every stock is the same. All the stocks on our list are tough and good for a long time, but they may not be all made equal.

If you’re concerned about durability, look for when we discuss the products. Pay special close attention to the report on users’ experience to see if it shows something that you like.

EXTRAS

Some rifle stocks like those we picked for the Ruger 10/22 may come with some extra design features. These extras aren’t crucial for getting a good stock, but you might be interested if you’re looking for something a little extra:

  • Adjustable
  • Bedding in the forend
  • Thumbhole
  • Raised cheek rest
  • Left-handed cheek pieces
  • Checkering on stock near trigger for grip
  • Engravings

PRICE

As you think about the above features and what you’re looking for, don’t forget to keep your budget in consideration. Some stocks come with a lot of great design elements but cost quite a bit.

If price is a concern for you, you can always find a good one at a lower price. Our list has a variety of price points for the stocks to help each person find the right Ruger 10/22 stock for them.

REVIEW OF THE BEST RUGER 10/22 STOCKS

best ruger 10/22 stocks

Here we break down the best Ruger 10/22 stocks into their design elements and important features. We also cover the user experience and what customers report from the products.

MAGPUL HUNTER X-22 STOCK FOR RUGER 10/22 BLACK

Magpul’s Hunter X-22 stock is a medium-priced one designed to fit the Ruger 10/22. It’s a full-featured stock which means it can be used for the entire body of the gun.

This stock is a drop-in design that matches all Ruger 10/22 LRs. This means that the stock can be used instantly with any matching receiver with no gunsmithing or adjustments needed. Magpul made this really easy to switch out stocks with your old one.

The stock is reinforced synthetic polymer which usually means it’s more durable and resistant to weather elements. The black color is nothing to look at, but it does look very practical. You can also get the X-22 in flat dark earth, olive drab green, gray, and pink.

When Magpul designed this stock, they also kept versatility in mind. This stock has many adjustments available on the part to match the wide variety of shooters. Check out some features you can change:

  • Length of pull
  • Comb height
  • Multiple sling mounting options
  • Non-slip butt pad
  • M-lok slots for accessories
  • Reversible barrel tray
  • Cheek raiser kits

Here’s what the user experience boils down to:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Adjusts to fit any size shooter
  • Comfortable against the shoulder
  • Durable and strong material
  • Easy to install

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Grip may be a little uncomfortable

HOGUE RUBBER OVERMOLDED STOCK FOR RUGER 10/22

Hogue made this stock to be a balance of comfort and affordability. For the price, you may not get a lot of extras, but you still get a stock you can easily use with your Ruger 10/22.

The unique element of this stock is its material. With a frame of fiberglass with structural reinforcement, the stock is based on a tough but affordable material. Then the stock is then “overmolded” with Hogue’s special rubber compound that adds recoil absorption, comfort, and grip.

Though the rubber and fiberglass do much to make the stock durable, it’s not much to look at although the cobblestone texture does add some style to the otherwise plain stock. But you don’t need good looks to be really practical at this price.

It features a sleek straight comb to rest your cheek, palm swells for more ergonomic and steady handling, and a varminter style forend. Hogue made the rubber overmolded stock to fit standard barrel Ruger 10/22s. Even though the company claims it’s a drop-in model, they warn that you still may need to have a gunsmith do some minor adjusting to make the stock fit perfectly.

Customers reported the following experience:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Solid stock
  • Easy to install
  • Improves accuracy of the rifle
  • Affordable upgrade to cheap plastic stocks
  • Comfortable to shoot with

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • May come with manufacturer’s defects
  • Doesn’t fit more than the standard barrel Ruger 10/22 without significant adjustments

HIGH TOWER ARMORY RUGER 10/22 STOCK BULLPUP

The High Tower Armory bullpup stock costs more than other stocks on our list, but it’s special and durable design may make it worth it for you. This stock is built to fit Ruger 10/22s with an 18” barrel. Rugers outside this may require some extra gunsmithing to fit.

The high-quality polymer construction resists weather damage and lasts a long time. The durability is also evident in the aluminum for the optics rail and bedding block. Using aluminum can be a cause for concern because it usually means cheaper and more breakable parts, but when made with quality the aluminum can be stronger than the standard steel.

The bullpup design of the stock reduces the overall length of the weapon and improves accuracy. High tower shortens the overall firearm with this stock right up to the legally-allowable point to give you the best firepower they can.

Warning! If your barrel is shorter than 18”, you can’t use this stock. Because High Tower cuts it as short as they can, if you put this on a shorter barrel you will be less than the legally allowed length and be in violation of Federal law.

Coupled with this are many available kits and upgrades to make this stock perfect for you and your needs.

The user experience is condensed to these recaps:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Durable and tough material
  • Fits the Ruger well
  • Ergonomic and holds well against your shoulder
  • Easy to install
  • Improves accuracy

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Higher cost
  • Adds a lot of weight to the rifle

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY RUGER 10/22 STRIKEFORCE STOCK ADJUSTABLE

Advanced Technology made this medium-priced stock with a lot of features that make it one of the most adjustable products on the market. For all the design elements added, it’s hard to believe the price is as low as it is.

The stock is made from DuPont Extreme Temperature Glass Reinforced Polymer. While polymer is known to be more durable in general, the glass reinforcement adds a layer of heat resistance to the stock.

One of the biggest concerns with stocks and barrels is how the heat from firing can warp the stock if it contacts the barrel. This material attempts to avoid that problem.

The foldable butt stock can be adjusted to 6 different positions to help you find the right firing position no matter what. It comes with 5 Picatinny rails for different mounting options that can be covered when not in use.

The cheek rest is also adjustable and removable. The grip is designed to feel as comfortable as a pistol.

See what customers report below:

Positive Recap for This Product

  • Easy to install
  • Affordable pricing for all the features offered
  • Lots of adjustments
  • Lightweight

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Design may be a little hard to use

TAPCO WEAPONS ACCESSORIES RUGER 10/22 TAKEDOWN STOCK

This takedown stock from TAPCO doesn’t offer a ton of different features, but it does exactly what it is meant to at a very affordable price. Everything is for one purpose, and that’s to be the best looking tactical stock you can find for cheaper than the standard.

It’s made from nylon and military grade composites, so the stock has good durability. The added glass in the material helps avoid damage from warping due to the heat of firing.

The six position and foldable buttstock gives you some leeway in how you choose to use your rifle. With a SAW style pistol grip, the stock is comfortable to hold.

There are upper and lower Picatinny rails for mounting, and the lower one comes with a cover. The stock is designed only for the Ruger 10/22 Takedown, so if you don’t have that you need to look elsewhere.

TAPCO meant to turn the rifle into a modern, tactical-styled one with this simple upgrade. The black color and design do exactly that. The company also made it easy to install, so that anyone could do it.

Did they succeed? Let’s see what users have to say:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Easy to install
  • Very affordable
  • Nice tactical look

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • Only fits the Takedown rifle
  • May come with factory defects or missing pieces

TACTICAL SOLUTIONS RUGER 10/22 STOCK THUMBHOLE

Tactical Solutions Thumbhole Stock is the only good one on our list, and it’s also one of the more expensive. But when the stock is settled, it is a steady, durable, and great-looking product.

One of the biggest concerns with wood stocks is that lose their accuracy over time because of the heat from firing warping the wood of the stock. Tactical Solutions worked around this by adding a pillar bedding system.

The pillar bedding system provides protection between the stock and the barrel. It’s also non-compression so neither of the parts has extra pressure placed on them.

With an ergonomic design, the stock is comfortable and helps with accuracy. The comb and forend shape provide a strong line to the sights of the gun.

The thumbhole design is great as it provides greater control over the rifle with your hands. Normally, most people consider thumbhole stocks right-hand focused, but TS made the stock ambidextrous.

As with most wood stocks, the look is one of the main appeals. There’s something about a well-finished wood with nice grain that appeals to all people.

Tactical Solutions wins the award for the attractive stock, hands down. It comes in three great finishes (Forest, Crimson, and Slate) for the more expensive cost. With this stock, you have a lifetime warranty.

Here’s what users have to say:

Positives Recap for This Product

  • Drop in stock is easy to use
  • Cheek rest is comfortable
  • Fits perfectly
  • Looks amazing
  • Pillar bedding gives the stock a longer life

Negatives Recap for This Product

  • No consistent complaints were found for this product

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are there recoilless stocks? – Not the way you’re thinking. Recoilless firearms are used in the older days of the military. They don’t have a butt stock at all; the gases from the recoil are allowed to escape completely out the butt-end of the weapon.

If you’re looking for a stock that helps with recoil, the most important thing to consider is the material the stock is made from. Higher-quality synthetic polymer absorbs the impact better. Wood can also do a good job with the addition of special bedding systems.

Should I consider bedding the stock permanently? – People wonder about this for a logical reason: a stock permanently adhered will give more stability to the gun, right?

Yes, but mostly no. Doing it yourself through mechanical means can severely damage your gun and make it unsafe to fire. Attaching the stock chemically or with epoxy may not damage the rifle, but if your stock cracks, you have to replace the whole firearm.

Why do military rifles have longer for endsfor ends for their stocks? – In military situations, you may need to fire repeatedly. This makes the barrel heat up a lot. A longer for end protects your hands and helps disburse the heat.

When it comes to hunting, that’s not a problem to worry about. A few shots at a time won’t make your gun get that hot. Despite what you may think, longer for ends do not mean better accuracy.

CONCLUSION

We hope you enjoyed reading about the best Ruger 10/22 stocks. The iconic and practical .22 rifle can get worn over time, and the original stock may not last or be what you’re looking for.

These manufacturers all did a nice job making stocks for the Ruger that you can easily use. Which one is the ultimate choice? It’s up to you.

I recommend the Tactical Solutions Thumbhole Stock if you can swing the higher price. The wood looks great, the pillar bedding system makes it more durable, and the thumbhole shape provides control for right and left-handers.

If you’re looking for a polymer stock that’s more affordable, I recommend the Advance Technology Strikeforce Stock. It costs less but still gives a lot of adjustability and durability.

Have fun, and keep on shooting!

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