The Ruger 10/22 is one of the most common rimfire rifle in America. One of the reasons for its popularity is the ease of its customization. Whether if you build a rifle from a stripped receiver, or simply adjusts parts like stocks or scopes to suit your needs, this rifle is very easy to work on.
Ruger’s award winning rifle has the distinction of being the 1st semi-automatic rimfire rifle geared towards adult customers. As opposed to a beginner rifle for starters to learn the basic fundamentals of target shooting and hunting.
Traditionally, the majority of shooters usually will not try to fine tune or adjust the triggers on their own rifles. That is mostly due to the fact that they are often faced with horrific stories of having butchered their own rifles. Or they have completely screwed over their own rifles by creating some kind of problematic filing, sanding, and dremeling parts that they should not have otherwise done, or not knowing what they were doing.
However, when the work increased enough for certain gunsmiths, they will make their own. Some of them became powerhouses in the aftermarket parts industry. Fast-forward to present day, technology has caught up with the Ruger 10/22 in regards to its trigger. Many of these companies currently make drop-in kits to help improve the trigger on their Ruger 10/22s.
Just like when you are looking for other upgrades, we have come up with a few quick and simple criteria for you to look at when you are searcihng for the most suitbale trigger.
The material made is one of the important aspects when you want to consider getting a new trigger for your Ruger 10/22. It will determine how long your trigger will last, as you have to see if it absorbs the shock while shooting rounds.
The trigger material in some ways contributes to the trigger weight. The trigger weight is the least of your worries, but it still matters in a sense that it helps you determine the overall weight of your gun.
The adjustability matters wtih a sense that some triggers are difficult to work with, and does not allow you to adjust to your needs.
Some triggers installs pretty easily on your Ruger 10/22 guns. Some others do not. You may want to find one that installs pretty easily on your gun, as you do not want to give yourself a hard time, will you?
The Best Triggers For Your Ruger 10/22 Rifles
Now that we are done with the criteria part, let’s have a look at which triggers are the best for your Ruger 10/22 guns.
1. BX Trigger 10/22 Ruger
The BX Trigger 10/22 Ruger is probably the most recent product to hit the market by Ruger itself. A drop-in unit, it has very little over travel and is constructed from lightweight space age polymer.
Its module is set at the factory for a light 2.5 to 3 pound breaking point. It will fit both the rifle and the Ruger Charger pistol, which is also based on the same action as the 10/22.
Despite how it is lightweight, the BX trigger is rugged as well as reliable. According to Ruger, it meets or exceeds the standards of the firearms industry with regards to drop testing.
If it matters for anything, Ruger should make this standard in all of their rifles at the factory. However, it will undoubtedly raise the MSRP of the relatively low-priced 10/22. The fact that Ruger is making them in house may mean that it can come in certain special editions of the rifle sometime in the future. More importantly, it shows that Ruger does listen to its customers.
2. Timney Ruger 10/22 Drop-In Trigger Assembly
Timney, a gun-making company, has been making match grade triggers for many decades. They know exactly what they are doing when it comes to building almost perfect triggers. Their Ruger 10/22 design is nothing short of exceptional, so to speak.
It is said that each and every component in a Timney trigger assembly is built by hand. It is then calibrated and tested to exacting specifications. Critical components such as the hammer, the trigger, and sear are EDM cut from steel and hardened.
Its body is CNC milled from 6061-T6 billet aluminum. The factory setting is 2 pounds and breaks like glass with no slack whatsoever, it seems.
The assembly includes an easy to use replacement magazine release button and an improved bolt hold open feature.
3. Volquartsen Ruger 10/22 Trigger Guard 2000
As Ruger may have been content to sell an average semi-automatic rimfire rifle, there is another company that basically dedicated their business model to making improvements on the Ruger 10/22 platform – Volquartsen.
Volquartsen’s trigger uses CNC machined housings with all internal parts precision cut by EDM with more or less .0002” of tolerance.
This Volquartsen trigger is a bit pricier than the Ruger triggers we have previously mentioned. The Volquartsen unit makes use of a hardened stainless steel hammer in their trigger pack with properly cut notches. It’s for a precise and consisted angle.
The plunger is re-designed to depress rearward for an improved trigger pull. Couple it with reduced power springs for the hammer and sear, and your trigger will be working as good as new in no time.
This Volquartsen unit also includes an improved bolt and magazine releases as well as oversized pins for a perfect action job.
4. Power Custom Deluxe 10/22 Trigger Module
This Ruger 10/22 trigger module from Power Custom features a housing made entirely from aluminum. Its trigger has a simple drop in design so you do not have to mess around with disassembling those minor parts.
The single stage trigger has a pull weight of 2.25 pounds. That is something which it can be adjusted between the ranges of 1.75 to 3 pounds using an internal set screw.
It has a wide aluminum shoe with Garand-style safety in the internal trigger guard. It also comes along with an extended magazine release for smooth changing.
The safety and mag release have been placed close to the trigger for quick operation during competitions and in self-defense situations.
Additionally to top it off, the pre-travel and over-travel time of the trigger can also be adjusted. The aluminum housing of the trigger assembly has a removable side plate. The side plate is something which helps you with its dis-assembly – just in case you want to clean it.
The trigger is available in a couple of different models with different magazine compatibilities.
The trigger assembly from Power Custom is an all in one trigger replacement for your Ruger 10/22. Also at the same time, the trigger is easy to install. It is adjustable in every way possible.
Hence, that makes this trigger one of the easiest triggers to install on your Ruger 10/22.
5. KIDD Single Stage Trigger Unit for Ruger 10/22
This trigger is obtainable via eBay, if we have to mention so beforehand.
This KIDD trigger is a single stage trigger that has a 1.5 pound to 4 pound break. It us fully adjustable and can be tailored to your every needs and wants. Many people have also said that they are 0 creep with this trigger.
This trigger from KIDD is easy to install and will be able to be put into use right after it arrives. This is one of the top triggers currently on the market for the Ruger 10/22 rifle. It will and can be a great purchase for anyone looking for a way to easily upgrade your rifle.
6. Clark Custom Ruger 10/22 Deluxe Hammer/Trigger Kit
This “trigger pack” by Clark Custom Guns is not a trigger pack. Instead of dropping a trigger pack, it offers a drop in parts kit that requires a complete disassembly and replacement. It provides a complete replacement of your Ruger 10/22’s hammer, sear, sear spring, trigger, and disconnector.
The Clark trigger is adjustable for over travel and gives the shooter a crisp, consistent 2.75 to 3 pound trigger. All the parts are finished in a matte blue with the exception of the trigger. The trigger comes in black anodized aluminum.
However, we have to mention that the skill level to install the Clark kit is a bit higher than the other triggers we have mentioned. However, it is in no way an impossible obstacle for the average gunslinger to advanced hobbyist.
How To Install a Ruger 10/22 Trigger
It is said that the installation of a trigger inside a weapon is always the most difficult part. Even when it is on a Ruger 10/22 or any other rifles, so to speak.
You will need to have the right information and knowledge about the different parts of the trigger assembly. Also at the same time, you will need to know its function and proper placement. Installing a Ruger 10/22 trigger is not too different.
Let us break it down into smaller steps and give you an overview.
Step 1 – Once you have disassembled your rifle to obtain the trigger assembly, the first step is to remove the magazine release pin. Do this using a small punch.
Step 2 – Then remove the pin that holds the bolt lock in place. Once completed, hold the trigger down and push out the hammer spring and its pin.
Step 3 – Now you can remove the trigger. You have completely dis-assemble your trigger.
If you have a drop-in type trigger assembly for installation, you will just have to follow step 1 mentioned above.
If you cannot seem to follow the steps mentioned, check the video below for a more detailed visual instruction on how to install the trigger on your Ruger 10/22. As all the trigger reviewed here are drop-in assemblies, it will not be difficult to install them into your rifle.
More than 2 decades ago, it was almost unheard of for an average gun owner to produce a safe 2 to 3 pound trigger job for a Ruger 10/22 rifle in their home workshop. Or even in their kitchen table so to speak.
If you really wish to change certain parts of your gun, we will advise you to bring it to a proper well-trained gunsmith. A well-trained gunsmith will use water stones and files to properly fit each component by hand. The sear will then be polished painstakingly and new springs will be installed. The majority of the time, the original factory parts will be used.
As manufacturing and materials advances, it is not possible to achieve a custom trigger job on a Ruger 10/22 with the only tools being a set of punches. Those “only set of punches” can be used to remove the old pins in order to replace the trigger components.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) for your references.
Q: What is the trigger pull on a Ruger 10/22?
The BX-Trigger is a Genuine Ruger Factory Accessory, and is the perfect upgrade for all Ruger 10/22 rifles and 22 Charger pistol models. That is because of the significantly reduced pull weight of approximately 2.75 pounds.