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Old May 10th, 2013, 10:42 AM   #1
 
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Is This a Ruger 10/22 Walnut Stock ?? pics of butt added

Hi All , Need your help here.. i purchased this stock and barrel off ebay ..description says its a walnut stock .. I received it today and it does not look or feel like a walnut stock to me..took off the butt plate and the wood is white, i think it is birch .. i can post a pic latter of the removed butt plate.. Thanks in advance here is the ebay link to the auction..

Also i see a what looks like a serial number stamped in the barrel channel about a half inch back from were the barrel band is .. did ruger stamp the receiver serial number in some stocks ? Number is 64766 S



click on ebay link below .. Thank You eagle20

Factory Ruger 10 22 10 22 Walnut Stock 18 1 2" Barrel Sights 10 22 Combo Band | eBay


pics of rear of stock and number stamped in barrel channel .. pics are a little dark - butt end color is white..



butt end color is white..



butt end color is white..





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The barrel band stocks were mostly walnut stained birch, if not all. IIRC, none were made of walnut.

If it's any consolation, if you plan to use the stock and barrel both, the price wasn't too bad.
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They haven't made 10/22 stocks out of Walnut in years. That is definitely birch.
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The barrel band stocks were mostly walnut stained birch, if not all. IIRC, none were made of walnut.

If it's any consolation, if you plan to use the stock and barrel both, the price wasn't too bad.
I don't think the stock pictured is walnut but hard to tell for me with those pictures. I have a barrel band walnut stock on mine bought in 1971 or 72 so they were made.
Looking at new picture its birch.

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Ruger switched from walnut to birch in 1980. Most of the "walnut" stocks I see for sale on E-bay are birch.

Generally speaking the walnut 10/22 stocks were straight grained and look like this one with fairly distinct grain:



Birch looks like birch with less contrast in the grain pattern, and they are usually lighter inside the stock where they are not normally walnut stained.
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Its birch.
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I bought a carbine in 1981, knowing it was birch. I sanded it down to remove the stain, and refinished it with clear polyurethane. With the black metal, it looked really good.

It's probably in my Ruger And His Guns book, but I didn't remember that any of the barrel band stocks were walnut.
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I don't have a picture for you, but my 1964 vintage 10/22 has real walnut. It's walnut color thru and thru.
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Ruger switched from walnut to birch in 1980. Most of the "walnut" stocks I see for sale on E-bay are birch.

Generally speaking the walnut 10/22 stocks were straight grained and look like this one with fairly distinct grain:

Birch looks like birch with less contrast in the grain pattern, and they are usually lighter inside the stock where they are not normally walnut stained.
In the early years Ruger did not make their own stocks and bought them from Overton. Overton is famous for making stocks for the M1 and M1 Carbine. I believe it is a division of International Harvester.
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Ruger 1022 carbine stocks were walnut.... first by SE Overton from 1964-1970ish as previously mentioned.
Ruger then made their own from that point until 1981ish. Because it was cheaper they went with birch and for a very short time maple until the present.
The wood pictured is not walnut. The term "walnut stock" has become a generic phrase and in many cases is often anything but walnut.
When ever I buy a stock listed as walnut I put the seller through the paces.
Sometimes it's an innocent "misrepresentation" of the material. If you paid for walnut you should get walnut...big difference in price and appearance.

Get your money back if you paid for something you didn't receive. It should NOT be a problem.
BTW you "ain't " the first or the last to have this problem.
Good luck!
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My 10-22 was bought new at a Gemco discount store in Ca. in 1972 for $49.95, and it has the original walnut stock. The only thing I did to it was I installed a Volquatson (Spelling) trigger and sear.
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My 10-22 was bought new at a Gemco discount store in Ca. in 1972 for $49.95, and it has the original walnut stock. The only thing I did to it was I installed a Volquatson (Spelling) trigger and sear.
Gemco was a great place for damn near everything back in the day.
The suggested retail on a 1022 was something like $64.95 in 1964.
You got one of the good ones for a steal.
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Gemco was a great place for damn near everything back in the day.
The suggested retail on a 1022 was something like $64.95 in 1964.
You got one of the good ones for a steal.
$54.50 when introduced in 1964 per ads and articles from back in the day.
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$54.50 when introduced in 1964 per ads and articles from back in the day.
Thanks! I found a pic of one of those old ads. Yep, $54.50! That had to be THE BEST BANG for anybody's BUCK!
I wonder what one of the "originals" would go for brand spankin' new today.
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They haven't made 10/22 stocks out of Walnut in years. That is definitely birch.
I believe that is a true statement for the carbine model. But the Sporter stock is American walnut, which is still in production. And yes, the OP pic is birch wood.
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