View Full Version : 10/22 Synthetic or wood stock? pros and cons?

04-12-2011, 10:26 PM
Planning on picking one up within the next few days, I don't plan on doing too many mods, well I say that now :rolleyes:, but I would not be changing the stock for quite some time atleast, pros and cons? or is it just aesthetics, synthetic ways less im assuming, but other then that not sure the differences. thanks in advance guys

7.62 Charlie
04-12-2011, 10:58 PM
I personally like the wood stock.
I do believe the synthetic are lighter.

04-12-2011, 11:03 PM
The wood stock feels a little small to me. I plan on getting a tapco adjustable one.

04-12-2011, 11:14 PM
Oh are they different length's ? I didn't think about that , I would assume they would be the same though

04-12-2011, 11:20 PM
I'd like to know about the weight as well. I'm in the market for a 10/22

I want to get better at accuracy, but a .308 and .223 are gonna be do expensive in this economy!

7.62 Charlie
04-12-2011, 11:37 PM
It says in Ruger's magazine that they both weigh exactly 5.00 lbs.
Weight isn't really an issue with 10/22's. They are super light.
It really comes down to personal preference.

04-13-2011, 7:29 AM
i personally prefer synthetic.

they're weatherproof, and chemical resistant, for the biggest part, and are not subject to 'dings' and cracks like wood.

I'd switch all my rifles to "pistol grip" synthetic if i could.

where it's tru, the beauty of a well done wooden stock is ez on the eyes, the functionality and durability of synthetic wins my vote.

04-13-2011, 7:36 AM


04-13-2011, 6:03 PM
Personal preferance, I like the wood better. Doesnt look as "cheap."

04-13-2011, 6:16 PM
Wood. I've had mine about 6 years, never felt an urge to modify it. They're great guns, I doubt you'll be disappointed.

04-13-2011, 6:34 PM
Definitely wood. They use nice wood, and you can always put it aside and buy an aftermarket someday (who doesn't?) and still have the traditional wood stock stashed away. But wood just feels and looks better in my opinion.

04-13-2011, 6:43 PM
I believe in the classic 10/22 look:



04-13-2011, 7:21 PM
Without a doubt get a wood one. They are cheaper, and you can usually get more money for a wood stock once you decide to upgrade. Or you can sand out a bigger barrel channel for when you decide to go with a bull barrel. Plus the only stainless part is the barrel on the synthetic model, all the other parts are the same just different colors. You will be much better off with the regular blued model ;)

PS the stocks are the same size (roughly). Some people say they are too short, but the length of pull is almost the exact same on an M1 Garand.....

04-13-2011, 8:29 PM
.... I was gonna say you're beating a dead horse...:beatdeadhorse5:

It depends on the rifle... generally wood gives it a much more classy look...:euro:
Most of the KAZILLION AK47's out there have a wood stock...:iggy:

Go figure...

04-13-2011, 8:39 PM
I'm gonna say wood.
Call me an old fart, but I prefer a nice wood stock combined with a quality blued finish. It just seems "right".

That being said, I have been looking for an older used 10/22 for a few months and it seems that nobody wants to get rid of one. I am just about ready to buy a new one, birch stock, painted finish, etc.

04-13-2011, 8:55 PM
Don't know about 10/22 synthetic stocks but many inexpensive rifles with synthetic stocks have a tendency to flex during shooting causing accuracy problems. Just depends on the quality of the synthetic stock. However wood stocks rarely suffer from the flexing issue. Both have pros and cons but I would not buy a 22 rifle with a synthetic stock unless it was a CZ which have proven top quality, solid synthetic stocks on some models.

04-13-2011, 9:04 PM
imho, synthetic for aesthetic reasons only. its just a 10/22, not a long-range rifle to shoot 200, 300+ yards out. in the end, it's what you like, not others since it's your rifle.

everyone is different...be one with yourself and be happy.
GL and enjoy!

04-14-2011, 7:01 AM
It doesn't hurt to have both. Get one with a wood stock (there are aftermarket butt extensions for the wood, not the plastic) and you can always find a take-off plastic one here on CG that a member doesn't want. That way you can alternate and discover what suites you best...or vice versa - get the synthetic and pick up a used wood one. They're for sale constantly here.

04-14-2011, 7:06 AM
Now to find me a 10/22 receiver...

04-14-2011, 2:02 PM
I really love the natural feel of the matte finish on my Boyd's Evolution 10/22 laminated wood stock. I did go with synthetic on my CZ 452 and its fully decent but I did so mainly to avoid traditional natural wood colors which I personally dont care for. If Boyd's sold a crazy looking blue and black evolution stock for the CZ i would buy one in a heatbeat.