Magpul, Titan (in the classic mythological sense) of all things polymer, has recently released its new stock for the Ruger 10/22: the Hunter X22. The new stock is designed as a drop-in product requiring no gunsmithing at all. This means, of course, the user can install it themselves. The only tool needed is a flat-tip screwdriver, and in about five minutes the Magpul X22 is ready to go!
You Can Customize, Adjust, and Accessorize the Magpul X22
The stock mirrors the styling of Magpul’s shotgun buttstocks and offers the shooter the ability to customize it to his/her needs. A series of buttstock spacers allow for length-of-pull adjustment and is capped with a non-slip rubber butt pad. The comb of the stock is also adjustable, so one can achieve ideal cheek weld and head placement for use with different optics.
The Magpul X22 is adaptable for different barrel profiles as well, by removing or installing the drop in spacer which runs the length of the forearm. This spacer is secured to the polymer stock via three machine screws and is sized for the factory-standard barrel. With it flipped over, you can install your favorite bull barrel.
The Stock has several sling mounting points, and most notably MLOK slots on the front. A row of three MLOK slots at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock on the forearm offers easy attachment of various accessories, such as bipods. The company plans to offer the stock in its usual assortment of colors. However, black (as always) is shipping first.
Magpul X22 — On the Range
Some friends and I tried the stock out on the factory standard 10/22 and a Kidd custom receiver with a Volquartsen carbon fiber bull barrel. Shooting the rifle in the factory pencil barrel configuration was fine and produced good results. But the combo just didn’t look right, so we moved on to the tricked-out configuration that most we’ll likely use this stock for.
The wider bull-type barrel passed the $1 bill “free float” test, so we got to burning powder. Shooting from the prone with the assistance of an Atlas bipod, we were pleased with our groups at both 25 and 50 yards. Remember that the accuracy of your rifle is only as good as the ammunition you are putting through it. So, if you aren’t pleased with your own results using this (or any) new stock, try a couple of different loads before blowing up anyone’s email.
Overall, the Magpul X22 stock is a pretty good upgrade for an accuracy-driven 10/22 build. The cheek weld is comfortable, regardless of which spacer is used. People who intend to use this stock for growing youths will appreciate the adjustable length of pull. For that matter, people of many different sized frames will, too. With this stock, the rifle balances well and feels more like a rifle than a BB gun (as is the case with the light factory stock). The distinctly angled grip is comfortable, placing the hand in a way that promotes proper trigger finger placement. Manufactured in the best country ever, this U.S.A.-made stock will likely please everyone but the old-timey, wood stock lovers out there. You can check it out on the Magpul website.
Magpul X22 Specs
Drop-in design compatible with all factory Ruger 10/22 .22 LR receivers
Reinforced polymer construction for strength and durability
60-degree grip angle from bore axis
Adjustable LOP from 12.5”-14.5” with 0.50” Spacers
Non-slip rubber butt-pad
Optional Cheek Riser Kits to raise cheek height 0.25”, 0.50”, or 0.75”
Reversible barrel tray accepts all factory barrels as well as aftermarket up to 0.920”
Compatible with all capacities of factory Ruger 10/22 magazines
M-LOK™ slots on forend sides and bottom for a wide variety of accessory and sling mounting options
Two dimpled drill points to install optional standard swivel studs (#10-32 x 3/8” long dome stud)
Push-button QD swivel compatibility in rear with optional Sling Mount Kits
Left and Right rear 1-1/4” Footman’s Loops