Hogue‘s bread-and-butter product line has long-since been “OverMolded Rubber” handgun grips and rifle stocks. By bonding a soft, grippy rubber onto a hard polymer internal structure, felt recoil is greatly decreased and purchase and comfort are increased, all while typically reducing weight as compared to wood. Brand new to the OverMolded lineup is a thumbhole stock for Ruger 10/22 rifles, available for standard and bull barrels as well as for fixed and takedown models. The PWS T3 Summit Rifle review exposed mixed opinions on its laminate stock, so this seemed like a good timing to grab the new Hogue offering and give it a whirl. . .
The stock is ambidextrous with a nice cheekpiece on both sides…
…and a pistol grip with dual-sided palm swells.
It comes in a handful of colors — OD Green, Flat Dark Eark, Purple, Ghille Green, Ghille Tan, and classic Black as seen here. A pebbled texture is molded into the pistol grip area and into the sides of the forend.
Also adorning the well-sculpted forend is a sling stud, which was a glaring omission on the T3’s laminate stock.
A second sling stud resides out back. The stock also features a pronounced butt hook on the bottom rear, which can be a great help for stabilizing a rifle on a rear sandbag or via pressing on it with the web of your non-trigger hand.
Recoil with a .22 LR is a non-issue, of course, so a slim-yet-comfortable rubber butt pad caps off the back of the stock.
Fit with all parts of the receiver, the magazine, and the bolt that holds stock to receiver was flawless. Installation was completely drop-in with no tweaking required whatsoever.
This particular thumbhole stock is designed to free-float a 0.92″ 10/22 bull barrel, and free-float it mostly does…
The PWS barrel just touched a cross support about 3″ from the receiver, which I “fixed” — in quotes because it may or may not have actually mattered — by removing a few mils of material with a hand file.
On The Range
The feel of the rubber is spot-on. Soft and grippy, yet tough. It provides a uniquely solid purchase in addition to a very high level of comfort. No surprise that I like it, as, again, this has been Hogue’s specialty for decades and they clearly have the rubber formula dialed just right. The FRP structure underneath is strong and fairly stiff — although the forend can certainly be flexed a bit if you’re twisting on it or pulling it to either side — but the whole unit remains light in weight.
It shoots great and supports well from standing, off sandbags, or when using a bipod. I do enjoy a rear butt hook (don’t quote me on that) to provide additional push-pull stability for any prone or bench shooting. It’s nice to see a full-size, ~14″ length of pull, too. Really, the only complaint I can come up with is the one cross support that prevented a fully free-floated barrel. Other than that tidbit, fit, function, and feel are all excellent.
Specifications: Hogue 10/22 Tactical Thumbhole OverMolded Stock
- Models: versions available for 10/22 rifles with standard or heavy barrels, in standard or takedown flavors
- Weight: 2 lbs, 6.25 oz
- MSRP: $109.95 (as tested)
Ratings (out of five stars)
Ergonomics * * * * *
It’s well thought-out and provides lots of excellent options for support hand placement and the use of a sandbag or bipod. The cheek weld and pistol grip both feel great, as does the rubber material. For me, the length of pull is excellent. It might have made sense to do a shorter stock and ship it with some spacers, but this 13.75 to 14-or-so inch LoP will work for most adult shooters.
Function * * * *
The forend can be flexed a little bit, which I know would bother Tyler as he loads up his bipod like crazy, and that one little support piece did push on the underside of the barrel a few inches from the receiver. Otherwise it’s top notch and the fit everywhere around the receiver is excellent.
Overall * * * *
A really great, comfortable stock and definitely a good option for any 10/22. I think with only the addition of length of pull adjustment I would have given it five stars as, although it’s perfect for me, the full-size LoP is going to be a bit long for some people and there’s no way to fix that here.