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Does anyone know where to find a good old walnut stock with metal butt plate for the 10/22 carbine? I know there are a lot of these that are taken off and discarded. I personally like the look of the carbine and would like to have a nice walnut stock and metal butt plate to replace the birch and plastic that I have now.
 

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They pop up on eBay every now and again.

Also check out RimfireCentral.com -- they have an active Classifieds section -- you just have to be quick. If something gets listed and you want it, jump on it. ;)
 

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I've been trying ebay but I don't have any sniping software and I keep losing the auction in the last 2 seconds by $1.00 and no one ever seems to list them for a buy it now price. I will check out rimfire central. Thanks.
 

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A bit more expensive, but if you're not married to the metal buttplate and barrel band, Revolution makes their Explorer stock in walnut.

USARifleStocks.com sells them for around $150... And they'll install swivel studs for you. :lol:
 

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The madness begins, Just got a new 1022 carbine with the plain birch wood stock YESTERDAY and have just purchased a new factory checkered Walnut stock off of E-Bay. Does it ever end ?:D
Nope.

I've been building 10/22s in my head for years, now that I have one, I'm trying my best to not buy everything I'd ever wanted for it. :lol:

I'm trying to stay "budget-minded" and lightweight. Basically everything but the barrel will have been reworked rather than replaced by the time I'm done. It's just too easy (and expensive...) to run a rifle through the KIDD or Volquartsen website...
 

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Just simply the nicest oem walnut stocks ever on a 1022. Tipically black walnut with beautiful grain complete with aluminum buttplate. How was the price... if you don't mind revealing?
I think they were priced very well at $75, shipped. Compared to Ebay that was about the going rate and there was no getting sniped at the last seconds of the auction. I will post some pics when I get this project finished. It is a beautifully figured piece of black walnut. Due to the way they are milled out it is even about 4 oz lighter than the original birch stock.
 

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I think they were priced very well at $75, shipped. Compared to Ebay that was about the going rate and there was no getting sniped at the last seconds of the auction. I will post some pics when I get this project finished. It is a beautifully figured piece of black walnut. Due to the way they are milled out it is even about 4 oz lighter than the original birch stock.
Look forward to seeing the finished product. The configuaration does make them lighter. I've run across some which have been hogged out in the buttstock for balance as well.
I read somewhere that back in the 60's when and if they didn't measure up to Ruger's likin'/specs they were placed on the burn pile. :wacko:
Oh the humanity!:(
 

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That's where I found mine. Stripped the stubborn 70s era finish and applied M14 style coats of boiled linseed oil until it had a matte finish. It's a great look. The aluminum butt plate is cast and I can't think of a good way to knurl it. Thinking of skate board tape if I don't come up with anything. Ideas?

 

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Finally finished the Overton stock. Also had the trigger work done by Brimstone gunsmithing. Excellent work at a very affordable price of $35.00 including return shipping. Trigger now breaks at a very crisp 2.5lbs. I also removed the rear sight blade and used the original base, ground it down to fit barrel contour and reblued. Installed Wilson peep rear sight with gold front post. Wanted to keep it retro and thought the firesight would look out of place. Free floated the barrel band so it is just there for looks and doesn't touch the barrel and refinished barrel band and butt plate with baked on furnace paint. I need to do the trigger guard but been too busy to fool with it.
Finished the stock with 6 coats of linseed oil then finally put a couple coats of Johnson Paste wax on it for just a little sheen.
 

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Ruger uses birch from Maine for their stocks. On a scale of 1-5 both birch and walnut have a hardness rating of 4. Walnut is more desirable for gun stocks because it usually has more and darker figuring in its grain. While the visible grain in birch is lighter in color it looks better if it is stained to more closely resemble walnut and when scratched a lighter color is revealed. If you are concerned about scratches and the lack of figuring in birch then find a walnut stock if you can. If you want something just a durable but at a lesser cost then birch should be your choice.
 

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Ruger uses birch from Maine for their stocks. On a scale of 1-5 both birch and walnut have a hardness rating of 4. Walnut is more desirable for gun stocks because it usually has more and darker figuring in its grain. While the visible grain in birch is lighter in color it looks better if it is stained to more closely resemble walnut and when scratched a lighter color is revealed. If you are concerned about scratches and the lack of figuring in birch then find a walnut stock if you can. If you want something just a durable but at a lesser cost then birch should be your choice.
Birch is supposedly 25% stronger than walnut. If you plan to use and/or abuse your 10/22 go Birch. If your 10/22 is mostly going to be displayed/admired, go walnut.
 

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That's what I've always heard about birch. I have also seen some pretty refinished birch stocks.
Yea, I used to have a WWII garand that came with a beat up original birch stock. After stripping off the old finish, I steam ironed out the dents, mild sanding job, and refinished with brown shoe polish. After that, a coat of satin laquer and the stock looked just like new walnut!
 

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Yea, I used to have a WWII garand that came with a beat up original birch stock. After stripping off the old finish, I steam ironed out the dents, mild sanding job, and refinished with brown shoe polish. After that, a coat of satin laquer and the stock looked just like new walnut!
Interesting I would have liked to seen it never heard of using shoe polish. Seen some pictures of nice tiger stripe birch Garand stocks on CMP forum.
I have also seen some pretty Mini 14 birch stocks & 10/22 birch stocks on Ruger forum.
 
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