Ruger 10/22 Bolt Modification- Nylon Bolt Buffer, Bolt Stop, or Bolt Pin

 

Here is a cheap and easy modification that will enhance the performance of your Ruger 10/22. It is a Nylon bolt Buffer that replaces the standard steel one that comes with the gun. This modification will help soften the bolt as you fire and will also eliminate some of unwanted vibrations in your gun. In other words you'll shoot straighter and be less prone to mechanical problems with this modification.

 

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Main Ingretient- Nylon Bolt

 

This is just a regular old 1/4" x 3" nylon bolt. I bought it from Home Depot for $0.71 or $0.76 after tax. The only thing that you need to make sure of is that the bolt has at least 1.5" of non tread area.

 

Ruger 1022 Mod Bolt Buffer (1a)

 

10/22 Take down

 

Un-Screw the barrel-band and slide it off.

 

Ruger 1022 Mod Bolt Buffer (13)

 

Remove the take-down screw.

 

Ruger 1022 Mod Bolt Buffer (14)

 

Remove the action (Reciever and trigger assembly) from the stock.

 

Ruger 1022 Mod Bolt Buffer (15)

 

Making the Bolt Buffer or Bolt Stop

 

Take your Nylon Bolt and cut the head or top of it off.

 

Ruger 1022 Mod Bolt Buffer (1)

 

I just used a hacksaw for this but anything that can get the job done will work. Just don't be tempted to pinch cut it with something like snippers. The pinching action might fracture the bolt causing it to fail quickly after installation.

 

Ruger 1022 Mod Bolt Buffer (2)

 

Ruger 1022 Mod Bolt Buffer (3)

 

Now use some sand paper to smooth off the freshly cut part of the bolt.

 

Ruger 1022 Mod Bolt Buffer (4)

 

Ruger 1022 Mod Bolt Buffer (5)

 

Ruger 1022 Mod Bolt Buffer (6)

 

Take the steel pin or steel buffer out of the receiver.

 

Ruger 1022 Mod Bolt Buffer (6a)

 

Ruger 1022 Mod Bolt Buffer (6b)

 

remove the steel bolt buffer from the receiver. Match it up to the nylon bolt and mark a line so they are the same size.

 

Ruger 1022 Mod Bolt Buffer (7)

 

Cut the bolt. Note a clamp would have been useful. Just be careful not to damage the nylon while clamping.

 

Ruger 1022 Mod Bolt Buffer (8)

 

Again sand the freshly cut nylon smooth.

 

Ruger 1022 Mod Bolt Buffer (9)

 

 

Installing the New buffer

 

Size check. Everything looks good so now just clean the newly made nylon bolt buffer off and insert it into where you took out the steel buffer.

 

Ruger 1022 Mod Bolt Buffer (10)

 

Ruger 1022 Mod Bolt Buffer (11)

 

Make sure the nylon buffer is not loner than the receiver is wide and that the buffer is flush with the holes. 

 

Ruger 1022 Mod Bolt Buffer (12)

 

And that my friends, is it! Just put the gun back together and go hit the range, hill, or where-ever you shoot.

 

Final Thoughts

 

You should notice a difference in the feel of the gun right away. There should be a reduction in noise, and a smoother feel when firing.

 

If you're worried about how the Nylon Bolts hold up here are a couple of pictures of one that has taken 2,000 rounds or so- I put it back into the action so I can see how many more rounds it can handle.

 

Ruger 1022 Mod Bolt Buffer (16)

 

Other than a little dirty, this nylon buffer is holding up just fine. No signs of traumatic abuse yet.

 

Ruger 1022 Mod Bolt Buffer (17)

 

 

Let me know if you have any comments or questions.

Comments  

 
+1 #10 Administrator 2013-02-13 01:34
Quoting T. Gatto:
Awesome idea, I can't wait to try it!

Have you considered carefully drilling out the center and gluing a stainless steel nail, cut to size, in the middle. I have a Dremel drill press that could probably do the job would. It would probably last near forever then. :-)


Actually yes, I have contemplated this but figured it was too much work. The Nylon has lasted a couple thousand rounds and one guy told me he's put over 5,000 rounds through his rifle without any issues or signs of major fatigue. So the steel pin is probably not necessary.

If you decide to try your idea let us know how it turns out:-)

Thanks,
Mark
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0 #9 T. Gatto 2013-02-06 22:27
Awesome idea, I can't wait to try it!

Have you considered carefully drilling out the center and gluing a stainless steel nail, cut to size, in the middle. I have a Dremel drill press that could probably do the job would. It would probably last near forever then. :-)
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0 #8 Administrator 2013-01-05 18:14
Quoting Drcoffee:
Nice work Mark. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I'm a bit lazy so I put the Home Depot bolt into my cordless drill and using a saw like you did, I set it to high speed and pressed the saw blade against it beneath the hex head. Flipped it around and measured the length against the factory pin. This time I put the cut line at the edge of the chuck jaws. Then ran the drill again with the saw blade up against the jaws of the drill. Once i had it to length, Using a file, I cleaned up the edges by spinning it in the drill on both ends. Less than 5 minutes each.


Nice! I like the way you think!
Thanks for the tip,
Mark
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+1 #7 Drcoffee 2012-12-31 23:44
Nice work Mark. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I'm a bit lazy so I put the Home Depot bolt into my cordless drill and using a saw like you did, I set it to high speed and pressed the saw blade against it beneath the hex head. Flipped it around and measured the length against the factory pin. This time I put the cut line at the edge of the chuck jaws. Then ran the drill again with the saw blade up against the jaws of the drill. Once i had it to length, Using a file, I cleaned up the edges by spinning it in the drill on both ends. Less than 5 minutes each.
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0 #6 Administrator 2012-12-17 23:47
Quoting Dan Mazzio:
Did this mod it was a piece of cake don't think it took 10 minutes. Found the nylon bolts at the local hardware store for 64 cents each. I did notice a difference in noise and it may be my imagination but I swear the recoil was a bit less seemed easier to stay on target.

Thanks for your great tips.


LOL I know sometimes I wonder if when I do a mod if the improved performance is all in my head. But I really do think that this mod makes a noticeable difference. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.

-Mark
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0 #5 Administrator 2012-12-17 23:45
Quoting Bob Vermilllion:
Like all of your videos (tips). How in the world did you figure this out? I like the down-home approach of doing things. Went to Lowes and couldn't find a nylon bolt as described. As you said, Home-Depot had them (in fact bought 2 so I'll have one as a spare). Will test in next two weeks.


I figure this stuff out by scouring the internet and then applying what I've learned. I try to document all of my projects and post them here and on youtube so that others don't have to do so much research:-)

Thanks for the comment!
-Mark
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0 #4 Dan Mazzio 2012-12-17 15:50
Did this mod it was a piece of cake don't think it took 10 minutes. Found the nylon bolts at the local hardware store for 64 cents each. I did notice a difference in noise and it may be my imagination but I swear the recoil was a bit less seemed easier to stay on target.

Thanks for your great tips.
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0 #3 Bob Vermilllion 2012-12-16 20:10
Like all of your videos (tips). How in the world did you figure this out? I like the down-home approach of doing things. Went to Lowes and couldn't find a nylon bolt as described. As you said, Home-Depot had them (in fact bought 2 so I'll have one as a spare). Will test in next two weeks.
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0 #2 Administrator 2012-08-25 19:11
Quoting Richard Pistolese:
You Rock! Thanks. You just saved me $10.00 each on these nylon bolt buffers for about 6 different 10/22's. Thanks!


Let me know if you notice any difference in the way it shoots or feels. Thanks for the comment!
-Mark
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0 #1 Richard Pistolese 2012-08-25 06:28
You Rock! Thanks. You just saved me $10.00 each on these nylon bolt buffers for about 6 different 10/22's. Thanks!
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