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March 14, 2008

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Taking Stock

Rugerbullbarrel Here’s something for fans of Ruger’s popular 10/22 semi-auto .22.  Last year S&K Gunstocks (which for years has supplied stocks for several mass market rifle manufacturers) launched its own Ultra Walnut replacement gunstocks. The Ruger 10/22 stocks sold so well that this year is adding a stock to fit 10/22s with bull barrels.  The new stock is the same as the sporter barrel model--except for a wider and deeper barrel channel to accommodate the larger-dimension target barrel.

Because newer 10/22 models have only one take-down screw, the Ultra Walnut bull barrel stock has been engineered and machined for a secure fit. Like all Ultra Walnut stocks, it is drop-in ready with no semi-inletting or gunsmithing required. It also features 18 lpi checkering patterns on the grip and forend panels.

Each Ultra Walnut rifle stock is made of two blanks of hand-selected high-grade walnut sandwiched around two carbon fiber splines with a center mahogany spacer. The carbon fiber, which is eight times the tensile strength of steel, gives the hardwood stock greater strength and durability.

The Ultra Walnut bull barrel stock is available in fancy ($300) and extra fancy grade ($400). The stocks also are available with satin or high-gloss finish. (sandkgunstocks.com)

–Slaton White