I've wanted a Ruger 10 22 for a while because of all the aftermarket parts and customization, but I already have two perfectly good .22s and can't justify the expense. Unfortunately for my Stevens, the only aftermarket part is more magazines. So, I've been wanting to do something to the gun, and I've seen the survival shotgun out there with the hollow stock being utilized and figured I can do something similar. I found the stock to be hollow and accessible by the removal of just two screws. One sling and a survival kit later, I now present to you the Stevens Model 62 survival .22.
*This can be done with any .22 that gives you access to a hollow stock and fitted with a sling. On this particular gun, it did require one permanent modification to the stock. It is cosmetic, not functional, and really isn't a big deal.
The purpose of this gun is to be a bugout gun. It's designed for sustaining a trip into the woods for several weeks. The idea is less about survival and rescue and more about getting food while you get out of town. It is heavy on obtaining meat and cooking it, while light on cutting tools, shelter, and water. It has the capabilities of all, but it is mainly for food. The assumption of this rifle is that I can grab my main pack which is heavy on shelter, cutting tools, and water, but light on obtaining food. The two are designed to compliment and augment each other, but, if I can only grab the bag or the rifle, I would have a little of everything. This gun has 200 rounds of .22 ammunition, which could easily last one person two months with three to four shots a day. The scope is very well sighted in and the rifle should not need to be cleaned during that time.
Step 1: Installing the Sling Mounts (part I)
The first step is to disassemble the rifle. You will have to do this to install the sling, and it just makes it easier to work with later. All you need is the composite stock, set aside the rest of the gun for later. If you need help taking apart the gun, there are YouTube videos out there.
For this first step, you'll need a washer. The inner hole needs to be big enough to thread paracord through. As you have your stock, look in the top of the fore end.
Cut/grind the washer so that it will fit into the fore end, where you want your sling to be, flush against the bottom. If your washer fits, you're good. Pull out the washer and set it aside.
Flip over the stock and drill a hole from the outside in. This is important so that the drilled hole will be in the center. Again, the hole needs to be big enough to pull paracord through. Remember that washer? Glue that to the inside of the stock, just above the hole you drilled. Make sure they line up and are the same size. Glue the washer inside with your preferred adhesive. Wait several minutes for the glue to dry before proceeding.