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Old 11-27-2013, 01:03 PM
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About what year did Ruger stop producing 10/22's with walnut? Family member has a few older rifles and don't want to make the drive unless they are the right vintage.
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http://www.ruger.com/products/1022Sporter/models.html

Ruger still offers walnut stocked 10/22's...or are you asking about walnut carbine stocks?
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According to R.L. Wilson's book, 'Ruger And His Guns', on 10/22 carbine model "switch was made to birch (serial range 119-70067 to 121-50355), and finally to maple." That serial range starts in 1980 and ends in 1981. No serials or dates given for the maple (?)

That is somewhat incomplete, as the book (published 1996) does not explain any switch to the current birch stocks. It does list the K10/22-RB appearing in price lists with birch stock in 1992. That is the longer barreled "rifle" model.

As an interesting side note, stocks before 1971 were contracted to S.E. Overton Co., with checkering done at Ruger. All stocks were completely in-house from 1971.

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Some of the Birch stocks have great figuring in them too, and Birch is a lot harder that Walnut. Any 10-22 is worth the drive.
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Some of the Birch stocks have great figuring in them too, and Birch is a lot harder that Walnut. Any 10-22 is worth the drive.
yes, they can

here's old pics of one I have stashed away in the closet, patiently waiting it's turn for a special build



now you will have to go see what they look like to know for sure
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About what year did Ruger stop producing 10/22's with walnut? Family member has a few older rifles and don't want to make the drive unless they are the right vintage.
A few of the stocks produced in 1980 were Walnut. 1979 was the last full year that the Walnut Carbine stocks were made. If you don't want to make the drive to visit your family ask for some pics or serial #s. Anything below 119-60000 is Walnut unless stocks were switched. If there is any doubt if it is Walnut or not post a pic here
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yes, they can

here's old pics of one I have stashed away in the closet, patiently waiting it's turn for a special build



now you will have to go see what they look like to know for sure


THAT is a rare find and BEAUTIFUL... Chatoyance galore...
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