Form Rifle Stocks - Ruger 10/22
- By Graham Allen
- 3 Comments
- Last updated: 21/12/2018
My first firearm was a Ruger 10/22 and I loved it straight away. It was accurate, reliable and a lot of fun to shoot and also made a great bunny basher with a suitable moderator. I later sold it (stupid me!) but I sold it to someone I shot with and he still uses it to this day. One of the reasons why they are so popular, apart from being affordable, is that there are just so many aftermarket accessories for them.
If you want to upgrade the barrel, trigger, controls etc. there’s a huge amount of companies that offer a myriad of options. One way to instantly improve any 10/22, especially if it has the functional but not exactly high-end stock. The wood and synthetic factory versions will never win any style awards, but they do the job and get the rifle into the hands of millions of shooters around the world.
I bought a Boyd’s laminate thumbhole stock many years ago, as it’s a massive improvement on the standard affair. However, it’s always nice to try something new, so I was very keen to try out one of the versions offered by Form Rifle Stocks. I recently reviewed one of the stocks for the BSA R-10 pre-charged pneumatic air rifle and found it to be an absolute work of art! So, without further ado, here’s the Ruger option, which is also available for other rifles.
Form use the finest quality hardwood laminate from Coloured Wood Products of Finland to produce their stocks and CWP use time-proven and environmentally friendly techniques to produce a material of outstanding natural beauty and uncompromising practicality.
1.5mm birch veneers are individually pressure treated with natural wood dyes; they are then layered and pressed together with hot resin to create a highly stable material. Laminated wood is far stronger than conventional, natural timber, as there’s no ‘grain’ at all, which might be a weak point in a traditional stock, this is why this type of furniture is so popular with target shooters and hunters alike, as it’s incredibly strong but will not warp when exposed to heat, cold and moisture.
First off, what a striking laminate! Like a lot of stocks like this, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and what is one shooter’s dream could be another shooter’s nightmare! I think it looks great, but Form offer a wide selection of colours should green and black not be to your liking.
Starting at the front, the tapered, hand-filling forend allows for a variety of holds and I love the way the top part is relieved, which sheds weight and ups the looks. The barrel free-floats nicely and any profile barrel will fit. My Ruger has a shortened factory tube and it looks great in the Form, especially when fitted with one of the excellent Wildcat Panther moderators. The grip and thumbhole are absolutely spot on for me and the upright stance allows for a perfect reach to the trigger and the large, almost triangular hole gives plenty of room for the hand, much more than on my Boyd. The grip is quite chunky, which I like and there’s one of form’s stylish alloy medallions set into the base. Overall length of the stock is 28-inches and it weighs 3lb 3oz.
Moving back, the lower portion of the butt is relived and would make a great gripping hook if the rifle had a bipod fitted. No studs are fitted to the butt or forend, but Form can sling studs if required for no extra charge – nice! As this design is completely ambidextrous, the cheekpiece appears on both sides of the butt and the adjuster mechanism doesn’t interfere when mounting the rifle. The pad is fixed to two, plastic-coated alloy rods, with another threaded rod in the centre, which engages with the adjuster mechanism. A triangular, sprung catch controls the movement and locks the polymer cheek pad solidly in place. Adjustment is carried out by simply pressing in on the catch and pulling the pad up into the desired position; the height can be raised by 33mm, which is plenty for anyone.
A similar alloy catch controls the movement of the soft, rubber ‘Limbsaver’ buttpad, which provides a perfect grip in the shoulder; the length can be increased by 33mm, the same as the cheekpiece. At first glance, it might look like the buttpad is only adjustable for length, but the rubber pad is attached to the alloy adjuster via four small crosshead screws; when loosened, the pad can be lowered by up to 20mm. This allows the owner to really tailor the stock to their preferred shooting position, optic choice etc.
I’ve used the stock with both low and high-powered scopes fitted to the Ruger, as well as a red dot sight and I could adjust the stock to suit any optic. The clever mechanisms that give you the custom-fit options obviously cost money to design, make and fit, so a stock like this comes in at £622.40. If you don’t want or need all the adjustability offered by this version, you can just have an adjustable cheekpiece for £478.40 or a non-adjustable version for £295.
Once again, Form have really delivered the goods, so the Churchill Mk I stock comes highly recommended. This goahead, British company have loads more gorgeous stocks available, for a huge range of rifles, so check out their website for more details.