MLR22 Walnut Stock from Magnum Research

MLR22BW-L

I’ve started gaining interest in install wood and/or laminate stocks for some of my rifles.  I really screwed up and replaced the original stock on my Mosin with a cheap composite and I’ve been unhappy since (and I broke the original stock during the swap).  So now when I see a nice wood stock, I definitely have a new appreciation.

Magnum Research has recently upgraded their Magnum Lite .22LR and .22WMR semi-auto rifles with a new Barracuda American Black Walnut gun stock. The new stock replaces the previously installed heavier laminate stocks which included Barracuda Pepper, Nutmeg and Forest Camo colors.

The new rifles will be equipped with the Magnum Lite® revolutionary patented graphite bull barrel, exclusive to Magnum Research. The patented uni-directional graphite fibers, parallel to the bore axis, result in a barrel with 6x the stiffness of the equivalent weight of steel. The lighter barrel weight (from 13-16 oz. depending on barrel length) is easier to handle and will dissipate heat up to 43% faster than steel. The result is extremely accurate rimfire performance in both .22LR and .22WMR.

Specifications/Features:

  • Weight: MLR22BW: 69.3 ounces, MLR22WMBW: 71.2 ounces
  • Barrel Length:  MLR22BW: 17 inches, MLR22WMBW: 19 inches
  • Length:  MLR22BW: 35.5 inches, MLR22WMBW: 37.5 inches
  • 100% made in the USA.
  • lightweight thumbhole design
  • comb height “designed for comfort”
  • height that accommodates optics
  • a semi-palm swell of both sides of the pistol grip
  • molded-to-fit rubber butt plate
  • MSRP for the MLR22BW is $824.00 and the MLR22WMBW is $941.00.

I have to say, I *really* like the way this rifle looks.  Does anyone have experience with Magnum Research’s Magnum Lite series with their previous stocks?  If so, do you think this walnut replacement is a benefit?



Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


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  • Bal256

    After the bright idea of nicknaming a bunch of their pistols baby eagle to cash in on desert eagle name, everything new they put out makes them sound like a snake oil salesman to me. How stiff of a bull barrel do you need to 22lr?

    • marathag

      At least the diameter of an old truck axle. Never know when you might need to use it as a crowbar

  • David N Johnson

    I bought one of the MLR1722’s for my wife. It has the Hogue overmolded stock, and she loves it. It weighs 4 1/4 without the scope, and the weight is centered toward the back because of the light barrel. Last weekend at an Appleseed shoot, she was putting 5 shots into one hole, slung up, in prone. It shoots at least, maybe more accurately than my 10/22 Target model, but the weight difference is incredible. The only downside to the model is a feature, or a bug, depending on your preferences. It has a tight chamber, which helps its accuracy. At about 70 to 80 rounds you need to shoot bore cleaner through it and pull a snake through the barrel. Let it go dirty,and you will have feeding problems. Other shooters with Rugers at last weekend’s event had the same problem when they shot the second day without cleaning their bore. Now that we know how to schedule cleanings, it is not a problem. The choice in stocks? Weight was the the biggest factor for my wife, who has joint problems. We are happy with the Hogue, but the walnut is sure pretty!

  • Swarf

    I don’t know if you’ve solved your Mosin problem yet, Tom, but Boyd’s Gunstocks has a laminate stock for $100.

    Better yet (to my taste), they have a hardwood Prairie Hunter style stock on sale right now for $65!