A Great Little Rifle: Ruger 10/22 Custom Build

When it comes to plinking rifles, few can match the customization potential of the Ruger 10/22. With a wide range of aftermarket accessories available, the 10/22 can be transformed into a unique and personalized firearm that perfectly fits the shooter's needs and preferences.

We recently had the opportunity to work with our friend Matthew (MrSpookey) to create a customized 10/22 plinker rifle that we're excited to share with you today. In this article, we'll take a closer look at the modifications that were made to this rifle, as well as the reasoning behind them. From the barrel to the stock, every detail of this customized 10/22 was carefully chosen to create a truly one-of-a-kind plinking rifle.

history of plinking rifles

Plinking rifles, with the Ruger 10/22 being a popular example, have a long and fascinating history in the United States.

The origins of plinking can be traced back to the early 1900swhen affordable .22 caliber rifles became widely available.These rifles quickly became popular among hunters, outdoorsmen, and amateur marksmen who were looking for a fun and inexpensive way to hone their shooting skills.

Over time, plinking evolved into a beloved pastime that involves informal target shooting with firearms. The term "plinking" is now often specifically associated with .22 caliber rifles, which have become a favorite among marksmen due to their affordability, low recoil, and versatility. Plinking can be done almost anywhere, from a backyard to a makeshift shooting range in the countryside.

Plinking has continued to grow in popularity throughout the 20th century, thanks in part to the advent of new firearms technology and the rise of shooting sports. In the 1960s, the National Rifle Association (NRA) began hosting plinking competitions at their annual conventions, which helped to further popularize the sport.

The Ruger 10/22 is a popular plinking rifle that was introduced in 1964 by Sturm, Ruger & Co. This rifle quickly became a favorite among marksmen for its reliability, affordability, and accuracy. It remains one of the most popular .22 caliber rifles on the market today and can be customized with a variety of accessories to fit the shooter's specific needs and preferences. Overall, plinkin

MR SPOOKY presents his build

I went with the Tactical Solution (TacSol) X Ring barrel. It's a lightweight fluted barrel that is known for great accuracy. They make some fantastic 10/22 parts in general.

 The receiver that I used is the Elite22 from Tactical Innovations INC out of Bonners Ferry, ID. It's the clear ano version that I may have Cerakoted down the line. I like it because of the integrated 1913 picitinny on top.

The trigger group is the upgraded BX trigger from Ruger. That puts the trigger pull at about three lbs or so and goes great with the match barrel. The bolt is a factory Ruger 10/22 bolt that I cannibalized from another rifle. 

I did add one of the AK style magazine releases from TacSoland that is definitely recommended 👌.

Right now I'm running a Vortex Crossfire red dot on top, but that can and likely will be swapped out for a variable power scope.

Of course, we have all that sitting inside the gorgeous Wildman chassisfrom Woox Outdoor!

It's a great little rifle. I think the chassis brings the whole build together and gives it a modern yet classic look and feel to the whole rifle. All the parts dropped right in and didn't need any alterations. The Wildman chassis is well thought out and would be a great choice for many different calibers and applications.
Matthew (MrSpookey)

In conclusion, the Ruger 10/22 is an incredibly versatile and customizable plinking rifle that has been a favorite among marksmen for decades. The modifications made to this customized 10/22 plinker rifle showcase the endless possibilities for personalization and improvement that the 10/22 platform offers.

Whether you're an experienced marksman or just starting out, a customized 10/22 can provide a unique and enjoyable shooting experience that perfectly fits your needs and preferences. We hope that this article has provided some inspiration for those looking to take their plinking rifle to the next level.

Happy shooting.

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