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Build a Custom 10/22® Step by Step

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Build a Custom 10/22® Step by Step

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Do you like 22 caliber rifles?  Have you always wanted a cool-looking, colorful, tack-driving .22 rifle?  Ever thought of building one yourself?  It's easy.  This book, BUILD A CUSTOM 10/22® STEP BY STEP, takes even the beginner through step-by-step instructions on how to modify, upgrade, and customize your own 10/22.  With large color photos, Amilcar shows you exactly what you need to do, and how you need to do it.  It won't take thousands of dollars in tools either — in fact, you probably already have all the tools you need.  Decades of knowledge and experience went into the making of this book so that you can enjoy a sport that is truly fun and rewarding. Filled with references that will get you to the right places to find just what you need for your own modification, BUILD A CUSTOM 10/22® STEP BY STEP takes the guesswork out of this fun DIY project!

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Feb 15, 2019

Sobre o autor

Amilcar Hernandez has been building customized 10/22 rifles since 1973.  As a computer system engineer, Amilcar is no stranger to precision and accuracy.  Over the years, Amilcar has customized numerous Ruger 10/22s, and assisted many to build their dream rifle. He’s laid out his 45 years of 10/22 customization into a simple, step-by-step format that will allow even the interested newbie to the craft enjoy building his or her own customized 10/22.

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Build a Custom 10/22® Step by Step - Amilcar Hernandez

Build a Custom 10/22® Step by Step


Amilcar Hernandez

Build A Custom 10/22® STEP BY STEP Copyright © 2019 by Amilcar Hernandez. All Rights Reserved.

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means including information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing from the author. The only exception is by a reviewer who may quote short excerpts in a review. 

Cover designed by Amilcar Hernandez 


This book is a reference how-to-book for building a 10/22® custom rifle based on the author’s experience.

Amilcar Hernandez

Visit the author’s website: https://www.aumih.info/books/

Printed in the United States of America 

First Printing: January 2019


I want to thank the following vendors and suppliers. They have graciously provided their permission to use images of their products and services for the completion of the BUILD A CUSTOM 10/22® STEP BY STEP book. These vendors and suppliers come highly recommended by many shooting sports aficionados, and thanks to their support, this book became a reality.

Boyds Hardwood Stocks

Brimstone Gunsmithing

Clark Custom

Custom Shooting Technologies (CST)

F.J. Feddersen

Green Mountain

Gunsmither Tools



PMACA Manufacturing

Connecticut Precision Chambering (CPC)

S&P Outfitters LLC

Stocky's Gunstocks Specialist

Tactical Innovations


Victor Company USA


Whistlepig GunBarrel Co

I want to thank Ricardo my proofreader, my editor, my marketing advisor, but most importantly my friend. Ricardo’s encouragement and support made a huge difference.

I want to thank Rosa Maria Hernandez, my caring wife, for putting up with my hobbies and supporting me in my endeavors. Without her, life would be boring.



Things to Consider

Making a Decision


The Receiver

The Bolt

The Barrel

The Trigger

The Stock

Putting it Together



The Magazine

Sights and Optics




Serial Numbers



About the Author


I purchased my first 10/22® carbine in 1973. I have owned many .22-caliber rifles over the years but I am still fascinated by the 10/22®. The continued interests of this rifle lead me to create this book.

Your interest in building a custom 10/22® type rifle will have two outcomes. First, you will have the immense satisfaction of building your own rifle. You can tell your friends and family you did yourself. Second, you will get goosebumps when you take it out to the range and see the results of your efforts. The personal satisfaction is priceless.

Building a custom 10/22® type rifle is not rocket science, but it does require some knowledge to build a reliable and accurate rifle. Due to the 10/22®’s design, it is possible to build a rifle without special skills or specialized tools. This book covers the information needed to get you started. The 10/22® has the reputation of being a tough-dependable rifle. Without a doubt, it is the most customizable .22 LR rifle on the planet. Ruger® introduced their first 10/22® carbine rifle in 1964 and it sold for a whopping $54.50 at the time.

The intent of this book is to provide you with information and instructions on how to build your own personalized custom 10/22® type rifle. To clarify, I say 10/22® type rifle because you can build a complete rifle with aftermarket components. It may look and function like a Ruger® 10/22® but it is not. I have dedicated a chapter to each of the components needed to build a rifle, along with information to help you upgrade or customize your existing rifle. The step-by-step approach is simple and informative. It is impossible to list or talk about all the aftermarkets accessories; there are just too many. I decided to mention the ones I have used and the ones that are popular with many 10/22® builders. If you are handy with your hands and have a few basic tools, you can build your very own rifle.

Many people have picked up building 10/22® rifles as a hobby. Consider yourself warned because building your personal custom rifle can get addictive and expensive. Once you build one, you will most likely build one or two more. Funny the things we consider expensive. As a rule, everything in life is relative. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. What is expensive for someone is cheap to someone else and vice versa. In the end, let your budget guide you.

If you are a 10/22® aficionado, consider joining the following two forums.

www.rimfirecentral.com  this is a great forum dedicated to rimfire firearms.

www.rugerforum.net  this is an all-Ruger firearm forum.


Remember safety comes first. You and you alone are responsible for your safety. In the event, you feel uncomfortable or have exceeded your abilities; you should seek a knowledgeable professional gunsmith. Never take chances, and double-check everything.

Book Note:

Keep in mind the prices shown in this book are dated. The prices shown are a reference from late 2018 to early 2019.

Things to Consider

In the 70s and 80s, my first builds were Frankenstein carbines. I bought abused rifles, spare parts, stocks, and barrels to build rifles. Back then, there was no online shopping. Gun shops and pawnshops are where I bought the used 10/22®s and parts. If you have never built a 10/22®, you can build an inexpensive Franken-build with used spare parts as I did. I learned a lot from my first builds.

Before, you build your rifle, think about what you want to accomplish. You can build a Charger (pistol), a Takedown model, or a traditional rifle. The three major categories are the following.



Target Shooting

Besides these three categories, there are also a few subcategories in each one. There are people that have built rifles by buying used, take-off parts. There is a classified section at www.rimfirecentral.com/ where people sell everything you need to put a rifle together. With a little patience, you can eventually find all the components you need to put a rifle together from the forum members.


What is plinking? Generally, it means a rifle used for casual shooting, like spending an afternoon at the farm shooting cans, clay pigeons, or whatever. Normally any rifle can be used for plinking. Some people also call it a truck gun. A rifle kept in the truck in case a rabbit or squirrel attacks you. You can build your very own personal dedicated plinking rifle. You do not need anything fancy for plinking or for a truck gun. In fact, the plain stock Ruger® 10/22® will do just fine. For a plinking rifle, you do not need optics, an expensive stock, or an aftermarket barrel.

I considered my first Franken-build rifles custom plinkers. These rifles were put together with parts from rifles spanning ten or more years.


A hunting rifle is a few notches up from a plinking rifle. The .22 LR is a good critter caliber. I have never shot a rabbit or squirrel beyond 50-yards. In fact, 45-yards have been my extreme long-range shots. I have shot rabbits and squirrels as close as 7-yards. The shooting distance depends on the terrain and vegetation where you live, but most likely, you will not be shooting rabbits or squirrels beyond 40-yards.

These days many people like using red dot optics for critter hunting. A red dot optic or a 4x scope is more than adequate for the task; and, the factory barrel is plenty accurate for hunting. You can build a cool-looking dedicated lightweight rabbit-slayer.

Target Shooting

A target rifle can mean two things. Target rifles fall into two categories, standard/traditional or a dedicated bench rest rifle. They are very different. A standard/traditional target rifle can be an ultimate looking or tactical style. A dedicated bench rest rifle is a whole new type of rifle. They are heavy, bulky, and have long heavy barrels. Bench rifles are not something you walk around the woods with or keep in your truck. This book will not talk much about dedicated bench rifles, but there will be some things mentioned in case you have an interest.

If you want a target rifle that will produce small groups at 50-yards, you will have to spend some money. To get

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