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.

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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.
tigerbomb84 years ago
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And thousands of gunsmiths are out of work.
Thats crazy. Then I wouldnt even be able to put different grips on my pistols!
TabLeft (author)  tigerbomb84 years ago
Well I'm not sure where you are locate and I'm not suggesting that you break the law, but there are literally millions of ruger 10/22 with this part modified or purchased for it (no exaggeration). Its an uncontrolled part and it will not give your rifle any illegal capabilities, as for you statement that all gun mods are illegal that is simply not the case what is an is not legal regarding guns in the states is regulated by the ATF and if you want to know if this or is not legal you can write them. All that being said this part should be indistinguishable from a purchased part ment to do the same thing and is no different that buying a new off the shelf part or add on and installing it at home which is perfectly legal even here in California. And at the end of the day if you don't want to do it you don't have to and you can consider this "for information only".
TabLeft is 100% correct for the US. Other countries may have different laws.

Nice instructable. For better photo techniques, see my instructable on close-up photos -

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.