My first 22 that I purchased back in the 80’s was the popular Ruger 10/22. These 22LR are rugged, customizable till your heart is content and they are deadly accurate. So when I was looking to change the look of my first Ruger 10/22 I wanted to turn it back into a rifle and not a wanna be Assault Rifle. Before I could afford my first AR 15 I converted my Ruger into an Assault Ruger! I purchased a folding stock and I got a heat shield for the barrel, which came in surprisingly handy when 22LR ammunition was cheap and kids can go through a lot shooting at running rabbits. Of course I had to have a flash hider on it and a sling.
But these days I have my rifles, so there is no need to have my Ruger all dressed up and I decided to make it into a rabbit killer. Gone are the days, OK not really but I like to make you think they are, of putting down range 100 rounds chasing a rabbit around the desert leaving little puffs of dust as you miss over and over. OK, I kid on that. I have another Ruger 22 that I use for that. But in this case, I took off the folding stock and the heat guard and I added in a new stock and put a weaver rail along the top and a powerful Simmons scope on it.
Sure the Simmons 8-Point Truplex Reticle Riflescope, 3-9x50mm (Matte) isn’t the most expensive scope in the world, but guys, this is a 22 rifle! It’s perfect for shooting rabbits and yes, it will even work on higher powered rifles! But anyway, I put some 1″ rings on it and bam. Now I can reach out and touch any rabbit i like. In fact, I like these scopes so much I got the Simmons Whitetail for one of my AR 15’s which works great as well.
The stock that I replaced my old folding one with is the Hogue Rubber Over Molded Stock, with .920-Inch, in Gillie Tan and this stock is amazing. It is right, has a great texture even if you are shooting in hot and humid areas you can still maintain a nice safe grip and if your Ruger 10/22 was one that had the front barrel band, you don’t need it with this stock! The stock comes in other colors if you are interested. I found this color is great for deserts and forests, pretty much anywhere you might be shooting it.