Picture of Ruger 10/22 DIY Auto Bolt Release

This is how to remove, modify, and reinstall the stock bolt release on your Ruger 10/22 so you will no longer need to use the bolt release tab on the bottom of your rifle to release the bolt.

I'm not in any way the first person to do this but I thought I would put it here to save you the time of finding and reading other peoples forum posts etc.

If you get carried away don't worry you can get a new stock part from Ruger for about $3 or an already modified part from several companies (just Google ruger 10/22 auto bolt release) for about $10.

If you have purchased this part instead of modifying your own, this will serve as installation instructions

As always before we get started with any firearms project do your safety check (both visually and physically inspect that your weapon is unloaded) and proceed at your own risk.


  1. Mallet (may not be necessary but good to have)
  2. Spacer block for removing pins, I'm using a role of blue tape. (recommended but optional)
  3. Pin punch (you should already have this for cleaning)
  4. Small Files (A sightly rounded file and full round file (you can probably use just the dremel tool, but these will help shape and smooth the areas we grind away)
  5. Flat head screw driver.
  6. Dremel Tool with a small grinding or engraving cutter (you can use just the files if need be it will just take a lot longer)

Recently re-shot this tutorial as a video if you prefer that to the slide show.

wespatten3 months ago
I have tried this with no luck, has any one had success with this?
Wespatten, I just did this DIY last night. One key thing is the slightest curve where you file out the point. The bolt release takes very little to snag. With just a slight curve the bolt will release nice and easy. I suggest looking at a few picture close ups. It took me 3 times with small files before it ran smoothly. Hope this helps,good luck.
Ive filed it down 2 separate times and watched a bunch of vids on it, maybe 3rd times the charm! Thanks for the response !
TabLeft (author)  wespatten3 months ago

Its a pretty common mod, but you do have to completely remove the points like in the image http://www.instructables.com/file/FV2192YGGMMIUOW or it will continue to catch.

jdsqrd1 year ago
Thanks for posting this
ilpug4 years ago
that little part causes the most problems. glad someone found a fix.
5150tech4 years ago
Very cool! I've always hated that lock. The video at the end was a great touch.
I take it this probably voids Ruger's warranty?
TabLeft (author)  SonOfaVermonter4 years ago
Maybe... you could always keep a spare of the stock part if you need to send it back but it's a common enough mod that I doubt they would care.