KRG Bravo 10/22 Chassis – A good fit For the 10/22
New for 2020 was an expansion of KRG Bravo stocks for rimfire rifles, including the CZ457 and the Ruger 10/22. I previously set up my Tikka T1X in a KRG Bravo stock, and it has been superb in every way. Therefore, I jumped at the opportunity to try out the new Bravo stock for the Ruger 10/22.
Basic details Per KRG:
Introducing the 10/22 Bravo Chassis. Designed to fit your favorite Ruger 10/22 for that dream build you’ve always wanted. Featuring the same great ergos as the standard Bravo but with a slightly shorter minimal LOP (~11″) for shooters of all sizes. For those of you over thinkers out there, don’t worry, the cheek piece position is still the same as our standard Bravo. The 10/22 Bravo ships standard with a .75″ spacer, so for anything over a 11.25-12″ LOP you will need to add the 10/22 LOP Extension Kit.
The Bravo is one of the most comfortable stocks available but that’s just the beginning.The full length stiff aluminum backbone will not allow the forend to flex on you but does allow design modularity with loads of accessories like our popular Spigot Mount and ARCA Rail system.
The ergonomic adjustments are just what you need to fit your frame so you can pull off the difficult shots. Comes standard with tool-less cheek height and a spacer LOP system.
*Compatible with factory Ruger 10/22 as well a 10/22 receivers from Brownells, Tactical Solutions, Volquartsen, and KIDD “Classic Slip-Fit” (with or without rear tang screw). We will add to the list of compatible 3rd party receivers as we ensure compatibility. PLEASE NOTE: SOME FITTING MAY BE REQUIRED.
*Not compatible with take-down models or receivers with a rear tang that has a bottom mounting action screw (ex: Ruger 10/22 Competition).
*Utilizes factory 10/22 mags
*New (02/2021) Revision 03 Spigot Minimalist will fit the 10/22 Bravo Chassis with a bull barrel.
The Engineers at KRG have always been excellent about extremely detailed specs, for a deep dive into those, you should check out their site.
Unboxing, constructing, and first impressions
The KRG 10/22 Bravo Chassis can be had in black, FDE, red or grey, and has an MSRP of $249.99. At first blush, that may seem expensive, but it’s comparable to Boyd’s At-One stock and has a lot more features and modularity than the At-One. Out of the box, the Bravo Chassis comes set up with the shortest LOP at 11″, and weighs 2lbs, 6.8oz. The base Bravo does come with LOP spacers to adjust to 12″, but KRG was generous to send me the optional LOP kit, with which one can extend the LOP all the way out to 14″.
Installation was simple enough. One needs to remove a small gasket from the action bedding screw, and then put your barreled action into the chassis, tighten the screw mating your action to the chassis, and you’re done. If you have a rear-tang screw KIDD receiver, there is a screw to the rear of the action to accommodate that. It’s a nice touch, as quite a few aftermarket 10/22 stocks don’t allow for this feature. Given that there are many different receivers and trigger guards out there, KRG allows for a good degree of adjustability if one’s barrel sits too low. There are provided shims, and you can reverse the bedding blocks to angle the receiver as you see fit. The chassis is a two-part design, with an inner skeleton and an outer shell. When attaching things such as a lo-profile spigot mount, one can separate the two to allow for easier installation.
The base receiver of my 10/22 is a few decades old plain vanilla type, but the trigger I’ve had on it for a while is the old Jard with the rear safety and I had a TacSol SB-X barrel on it. The rear safety of the Jard does not play well with most aftermarket stocks with any kind of a pistol grip profile, and was slightly blocked by the material on the KRG Bravo chassis. Not wanting to damage a brand new stock, I grabbed a Powder River Precision trigger I had available, and it worked just fine with the stock. The SB-X barrel was likewise too wide at the shroud to fit in the chassis channel (which does accommodate for bull barrels), so I swapped it out for a TacSol X-ring open sight barrel.
First Shots and open sights
I found a nice thing about the KRG 10/22 Bravo chassis was that one can still use open sights if one takes the adjustable cheekpiece out. Shooting with no scope and open sights, it made for a nice, compact, lightweight package. With Lapua Polar Biathlon ammunition, I was able to shoot .5″ groups at 25y with the open sights, which is good enough for general plinking work.
No part or portion of the stock seized up or broke, even in very cold temperatures (roughly 5 degrees F with freezing fog). The stock also worked just fine with all 10/22 magazines. I had only one 80’s vintage 10 round magazine not want to drop free, and that was because it didn’t play nicely with the aftermarket trigger.
Speaking of removable pieces, one can remove a section forward of the toe of the stock in order to have a “butthook” configuration. One can also attach a monopod rail forward of the toe of the stock as well, via two mounting holes.
On a relatively windless morning, I took the opportunity to test the Bravo Chassis in a scoped scenario. I attached a scope base and Swarovski Z8i to the little 10/22. While it made for a top-heavy rifle when combined with the lightweight chassis, it was extremely fun to stretch the legs of the 10/22. The adjustable cheek piece and LOP also made it super easy to fit the rifle properly for me and 3 other shooters, in order to have the correct body and head position on the gun and the scope.
This comfort level allowed me to get some extremely good groups (.25″ w 5 shots and .49″ w 25 shots) at 50y and decent accuracy for a .22 (1.2″) at 100y. I was also able to hit steel consistently at 200, 300, and even 425y. (That’s the advantage of an SFP reticle with stadia, the less magnification, the greater the range available on the stadia).
The KRG 10/22 Bravo chassis is a fun and functional part of the vast aftermarket for the Ruger 10/22 rifle. It’s at a very reasonable price point for all of the features it offers. With numerous accessories available to attach to the ARCA rail and M-LOK slots, the ability to handle up to .92″ diameter bull barrels, and accept almost all 10/22 receiver footprints and aftermarket triggers, it has a high level of customizability. I would highly recommend KRG’s 10/22 Bravo chassis to anyone looking to customize their 10/22.
Thanks again to Kinetic Research Group for the opportunity!
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