Boyds Gunstocks Ruger 10/22 Hardwood Stock Upgrade Review

Boyds’ Gunstocks Ruger 10/22 Hardwood Stock Upgrade Review Boyds Hardwood Gunstocks is a hardwood specialist and one of the leading aftermarket manufacturer of replacement stocks for an incredible list of […]

Boyds’ Gunstocks Ruger 10/22 Hardwood Stock Upgrade Review

Boyds Hardwood Gunstocks is a hardwood specialist and one of the leading aftermarket manufacturer of replacement stocks for an incredible list of actions and models in the shooting industry. They have laminated and solid hardwood options as well as versions of wood to choose. Their inventory of laminated stocks have a wide range of color options and combinations. If there is something that you have dreamed and is not available, they might be open to evaluating your wish and maybe make it happen (yes, this will cost you extra) but you do have the option. Boyds has provided us stocks to customize two of our Ruger 10-22 rifles. The two versions sent in for this review are the Blaster Left Handed in Pepper color and the SS Evolution in SKY.

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Boyds descriptions

Blaster Left Handed for RUGER 10/22 RIFLE

  • Barrel Dimensions .920″
  • Over All Length of Part: 29 1/2
  • Comes with Boyds’ 1/2″ Rubber Recoil Pad
  • Designed for owner installation

SS Evolution for RUGER 10/22 RIFLE

  • Barrel Dimensions 13/16″
  • Over All Length of Part: 26 3/4″
  • Comes with Boyds’ 1/2″ Rubber Recoil Pad.
  • Designed for owner installation

Warning from Boyds about the 10/22 stocks

This stock comes with brass mounting escutcheon and is designed for the Factory Ruger 10/22 Semi-Auto Action, measuring 6 3/16″ long.

First impressions

The Stocks came well wrapped in packing paper wrapping and durable boxes with the Boyds’ branding. I should say double boxing, which doubled the protection for the stocks. I would say that if the shipping company decided to play toss around with the box, it would have taken severe abuse to damage what was inside.

The wood finish is smooth and the polyurethane coat is even. There are no flaws or uncovered areas of the wood, which is great considering the amount of curvatures and surface present because of the shape of the stocks. Boyds’ recoil pad is a great addition to the 10/22, since the Ruger carbine stock does not come with one, unless you consider the metal plate one. I know that most adults would agree that 22lr doesn’t need recoil reduction, but this rubber recoil pad is in this case a non-slip griping material. This recoil pad will keep the stock properly placed against your shoulder compared to the smooth metal plate.

Assembly

We used two Ruger 10-22 rifles that have been reviewed previously, which are in our long term inventory, for this conversion. One standard Ruger 10/22 Carbine rifle and our pride and joy, the Clark Custom Guns Clark 10/22. You can follow along in the pictures of the process below. Considering that the exchange only requires a couple of Allen wrenches and a flathead screwdriver, I would give the process a 2 out of 10 on the difficulty scale.

Reminder:

Don’t forget about setting the safety half way in so it does not keep you from removing the barreled action from the host stock.

Blaster install…

SS Evolution install

What is different after installation?

Once the stocks were installed on each 10/22, I found that the rifles now have a better feel against my shoulder. The ergonomic shape and pistol grip on both of the stocks allow for a more natural and easy hold. The Blaster is one stock that truly addresses the needs of the left handed crowd. The Blaster’s cheek weld area does a great job of contacting the face with plenty material and the stocks finish will not roughen up your skin even with prolonged shooting with your face stuck against it. One negative thing about the stocks is that as a mass produced product, the grip is sized for the masses. If you happen to have Sasquatch sized grippers, expect the thumb holes or interior curvatures in the stocks to fit tighter and some filling or sanding to be needed for a better fit. If you know or expect to make modifications on the stocks, Boyds does offer finishing products and even better, you could start out with their unfinished stock option. The unfinished stock will be inletted and ready for the action, but it will be up to you to do the finish coating. Our stocks are made for the bull barrel profile, but you can find the Blaster with the channel for thinner barrels.

Ammo!

A side note, we have recently added the participation of some of the best rim-fire ammunition brands. We welcome Eley Ammunition, Lapua, and SK-ammunition to Gear-Report. Ammunition companies providing support for our reviews really helps us showcase the items we test. A big thanks to all of the ammo brands participating in the 22lr Project. 

Looking for 22lr Ammo? Try Brownells.

Make it your own!

If you have not noticed, one of the options offered by Boyds’ is engraving. As we were discussing which logo to provide for the stocks, we wondered how the small details in our round Gear-Report logo would turn out. It was a great surprise seeing the nice details in the engraving. See for yourself in the images.

Final thoughts

After upgrading our rifles and a couple of months using them, I have yet to find a negative result. the better aesthetics, color, stability, and free floating of the barrels are a great way to make a positive impacting change. I am sure that the vast color and shape options in Boyds’ catalog will satisfy almost all the takers. I have to rehash that having the option of finishing your own stock is also a nice option, as is personalizing your stock with custom engraving.

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If a new hardwood stock is in you planned upgrades for almost any rifle available, the Boyds Gunstocks company should be in your list for serious consideration.

About JJ

A long time friend of Gear-Report.com, and frequent behind-the-scenes instigator…I mean contributor, JJ joined the Gear Report team in 2014 in a more formal capacity. Expect to see JJ’s ongoing contributions to reviews, while he coordinates with manufacturers and retailers to review their products. If you want to see what it takes to make the cut here at Gear Report, look no further than JJ. Part inventor, part outdoorsman, JJ brings a wealth of experience to the Gear Report team, as well as some fancy book learning. A Structural Designer by day, JJ spends his nights and weekends on a massively broad range of outdoor and active interests. Whether making hunting knives, bamboo frame canoes, hunting platforms or various other creations, or hunting, fishing, paddling, boating, teaching martial arts, or re-engineering ammunition reloading equipment, JJ is always up to something interesting. Usually several somethings. A native of Guatemala, JJ brings a valuable different perspective to Gear Report. We will see if we can get him to add some Spanish language content to the site, as the need for fair, trusted information on outdoor gear is not limited to English speaking readers.