Customizing a factory Ruger 10/22 stock

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Manford Trens has published photos of the process he went through to turn his factory Ruger 10/22 stock into a beautiful lightweight and ergonomic and stock.

I am inspired!

[ Many thanks to Cameron for emailing me the link. ]

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Scott in Boise Scott in Boise on Mar 16, 2010

    Wow! I've got to say... a little "Yankee Ingenuity" and some skill goes a long way with making more with less! Great Job! I bet it's light as a feather and perfectly balanced with the factory barrel.
    There are so many things that the stock 10/22 will do stock (straight out of the box) that people don't give it credit for... they talk about customizing the triggers (Great idea if you can afford it, and it does make for a better weapon), they talk about spending a lot of dough on a thumbhole stock... (that's great too... it all helps with eye candy and makes for some really wicked looking firearms)... but pound for pound... bone stock... The Ruger 10/22 will easily break 1 inch groups at 50 yards (which is pretty much the actual effective range for a .22Long Rifle anyways...) and that's bone stock truth! No custom triggers, No custom stocks, No Custom barrels, No custom barrel mounted scope mounts. Bone Stock! I am sure that there are a lot of purists out there that really appreciate that job you have done with the factory stock. A lot of people that think your stock re-working lends to the honor and true spirit of the Ruger 10/22 vision. It pays homage to a tried and true design that has been here for over thirty years and will surely be here another 30 years. It makes me proud, as I know it does with everyone out there that was raised on a 10/22 and a steady diet of .22 Long rifle ammunition.

  • Manford Trens Manford Trens on Apr 08, 2010

    That was a fun project! I just snagged a birch take-off stock today for $20 at my local gunshop, and I am going to do another DIY modification project soon, though I am thinking it will be more in the vein of a target-style stock rather than a light weight. Thanks to all for the positive feedback and encouragement!

    • J.R. J.R. on Jun 06, 2013

      @Manford Trens Can you do that with a Ruger 10/22 black synthetic stock? I have a paint scheme that would look great with what I'm thinking.. and your wood stock looks Ideal!