The Magpul has got a lot of fans to celebrate its rightful entry into the rifle stock game. Magpul products show impressive durability, and I get satisfied with their function, without any extra demands. We wrote an article earlier in anticipation of the Magpul Hunter 700 stock. The report has aroused some interest here at AccuracyTech. My confession, I’m not planning to get one of the Hunter 700s. I’m not prepared for that since I presently don’t have a Remington barreled action and a barrel contour to fit. Nevertheless, about a year ago, my wife began to practice Precision Rifle Shooting using a Ruger 10/22. Magpul now has a Hunter 22 stock, sharing some features with the Magpul Hunter 700. I am convinced that I will be able to tell what the Hunter 700 holds by reviewing the Hunter 22!
There is a lot of similarity between the Magpul Hunter 22 and the Hunter 700. However, the Hunter 700 is different in its bedding block, and magazine bottom metal. The key features, such as the adjustability of the length of pull spacers and exchangeable cheek pieces remain the same. We upgraded my wife’s 10/22 because of the adjustability feature. As she began to feel comfortable with rifle shooting, there was a need to get a rifle that fits her perfectly. Although she could get her hands on any of my rifles, they are set up for me, and if she gets to start with a .22LR chambered rifle, she’ll become recoil/noise sensitive.
So we got the Magpul Hunter 22 and needed to install it. The process went like a breeze, I didn’t have to sweat to have the Ruger barreled action into the stock, and bolting it securely was just so easy. With the Magpul Hunter 22 comes Magpul’s new MLOK slots on the two sides, and at the bottom of the handguard right in front of the stock. I went ahead to add an MLOK rail to the bottom to allow us to mount a Harris Bipod that has the Kahntrol Solutions Podmod adapters to the front. The next thing was to set the height of the cheek piece. For this, we had to purchase the SGA cheek pieces. At first, I installed the high set, but she needed the highest in the box before her eye could access the scope properly. Having set that up, we proceeded to set her length of pull using the spacers and integral butt plate adjustment system.
Before any other thing, I think you should know something about each of these adjustable features. To get to the cheek comb pieces, you should first loosen the screw locking the butt plate in place; then you can slightly extend it. Then you will be able to install the cheek pieces or lift it up to swap out from the top of the stock. There’s a single screw that locks a thin vertical drawer in position in the butt plate. You will have to loosen this screw to add to the length of pull. To do this, loosen the screw, pull out the drawer, insert a plastic spacer, push back the drawer in position, and put back the screw to lock it back in place. The whole setup is a simple process and does not take long.
The shortcomings lie in time and ease of adjustment. It is possible to take a rifle with an adjustable stock to the range, and with just one Allen wrench or two, have the stock set up for about six people who intend to have a reasonably quick try. However, this is not the case when the Magpul Hunter series come into the picture. This is not to say that you cannot switch settings on either the Magpul Hunter 700 or the Magpul Hunter 22. The issue is that you will have to buy additional parts, such as cheek pieces or butt plate spacers. Also, you cannot go to the range without those pieces if you want to make adjustments. However, when you use other stocks, all the necessary changes can be made on the spot since they come equipped with the essential features.
There is another interesting feature – the reversible barrel channel. With the Hunter 22, you don’t have to forget about the standard thin barrel profile on your Ruger 10/22s. Also, if you have upgraded to a thicker target barrel, there is always the possibility of adjusting the channel. Just flip it over to expose a large barrel/tray that holds thicker target barrels. So upgrading her barrel to a match grade version causes no problem at all, and the standard barrel also looks correct since there’s a reversible barrel channel tray.
We should not be surprised to have the hunter series demanding for spare parts and lacking in versatility. They are not meant to contend with top shelf, superior, stocks from Manners, XLR Industries, McMillan, etc. The Magpul Hunter 700 and Magpul Hunter 22 are fulfilled for their purpose, being well-designed, durable, and having upgrades that offer more delightful stock options. There are several AAR15 manufacturers out there that now make their rifles using Magpul furniture and accessories. We expect the Remington 700s and Ruger 10/22s to give us the same soon. If you’ve been using a stock without adjustability feature, or yours is becoming a problem in hand, upgrading to the Magpul Hunter will give deliver an excellent experience at reasonable price.
The Magpul Hunter 22 stock is nothing less than what my wife needs for a rifle. Being upgradable, setting it up for a target barrel or any other possible use is quite nice. Having it for just $133 or so makes it a perfect deal. The Magpul Hunter 22 gives you a lot of bang for your buck. All we needed to transform my wives unmodified 10/22 into a rifle that has adjustable features and mounting options for rails, bipods, and other accessories was the Magpul Hunter 22. You’ll hardly get an alternative that will deliver such transformation for only a little over $100! I hope with the video; you will be able to understand how the cheek comb height and length of pull adjustments work. If you have a question or want to add anything…please place it in the comments below!