Back in April of 2015, the Magpul Hunter X-22 Stock for the 10/22 was introduced to the shooting community and shooters loved what it had to offer. The stock had the potential to be a very good option for just about any 10/22 build.
Thankfully Brownells sent us a flat dark earth Hunter X-22 to test almost two years after the stock was introduced. Sometimes products fall between the cracks, and we don’t get around to reviewing them until some time has passed. As unfortunate as that is, we are getting around to checking the stock out now.
The Magpul Hunter X-22 stock has some pretty nice features that are normally reserved from very high-end custom stocks as well as a couple features that make the Hunter X-22 compatible with just about every variation that people can dream up.
First up you get an awesome spacer system that allows you to set the rifle up for a full grown adult or shorten it significantly if the rifle is intended for a child. The length of pull can be adjusted from 12.44″ all the way out to 13.75″ depending on the length of the shooter’s arms. Magpul also includes a nice rubber butt pad that provides some good grip.
Removing a single screw from the rear of the stock releases the butt pad assembly and allows you to add or remove spacers in order to get that perfect fit. You also get the option of removing the comb piece and replacing it with one that offers more rise for an additional charge.
While the spacer system might be a nice feature, it is a bit common. The Hunter X-22 also has a removable and reversible tray that accommodates either the standard taper barrel found on a carbine 10/22 or a .920″ diameter bull barrel like the TacSol threaded barrel that I have fitted to my nicer 10-22. The reversible tray really shows Magpul’s ingenuity and is a pretty brilliant feature. I test fitted my bull barrel in the stock as well as my son’s standard carbine, both fit in the stock with enough room for the barrel to float without a gap large enough to park an RV in.
As you might expect, the Hunter X-22 has MLOK slots on three sides, anything else from Magpul would have been a disappointment.
The Hunter X-22 also has two nicely textured panels on the pistol grip that provide a ton of grip without being overly aggressive.
I was also curious to see how not only a stock trigger fit into the stock, but also an aftermarket Volquartsen TG2000 trigger as well. I have had trouble getting the Volquartsen part in some after market stocks in the past, but it slid into place without a single issue (as long as the safety is centered).
The stock installed on my rifle looks quite nice if I do say so. I am not big on polymer stocks like the Houge because of the amount of flex in the forend that can lead to unwanted barrel contact in some cases. The Hunter X-22 is rigid enough to not contact the barrel even when pressed on but light enough at 2 pounds 6 ounces to keep the weight down on my lighter weight build. The stock is even a few ounces lighter than the Houge that many guys go with when building a lightweight 10/22 for walking around.
With the stock installed I attached a Harris BRM bipod to the Hunter X-22 and headed out to the range to ensure that the rifle was still properly zeroed. Ten shots later at 50 yards and I had what appeared to be a nice half inch 10 shot group that was one of the best .22 lr groups that I have ever shot.
It looks like the Magpul Hunter X-22 stock for the Ruger 10/22 has become my go to stock over the old Fajen laminate stock I normally prefer. The construction feels high-quality and rigid, and the stock includes some nice MLOK attachment points for bipods, sling mounts, and even that light/laser combo that you might want to add to it.
You can find the Magpul Hunter X-22 stock at Brownells.