New Ruger BX-Trigger For 10/22

The new BX-Trigger looks identical to the most recent polymer bodied triggers--at least on the outside.

The new BX-Trigger looks identical to the most recent polymer bodied triggers–at least on the outside.

Ruger announced the new drop in BX-Trigger  for their 10/22 rifles and Charger pistols last month. They sent us a couple to test out and I must say we are impressed.

There are probably more aftermarket accessories for the venerable 10/22 than any other firearm available today. The 10/22 is 50 years old now and continues to be one of, if not the best, semi automatic rimfires made. With the new BX-Trigger, Ruger proves they’re committed to making them better.

What was wrong with the old triggers?

Wrong may be too strong of a word. The stock 10/22 trigger is what it is. There’s a bit of take-up, and then the trigger hits a wall. That wall, though, can require upwards of 8 pounds of force. While that’s not a significantly heavy pull, it can be detrimental to accuracy on a light rifle. Fans of the 10/22 have been clamoring for a lighter trigger for as long as most of us can remember. Longer than I’ve been alive. And here it is.

The two old triggers that we pulled. One is from a 70's era 10/22, the bottom one is from a more recent 10/22 Takedown.

The two old triggers that we pulled. One is from a 70’s era 10/22, the bottom one is from a more recent 10/22 Takedown.


This is a super simple process. If you can clean your 10/22, then you can install this trigger. It is as simple as removing the action from the stock and pulling two pins to get the old trigger out. To put the new one in you simply drop it in where the old one was, replace the two pins and reattach to the stock. That is it. I was able to install one in well under 5 minutes and could have gone faster if I hadn’t done it at the range when it was 25 degrees out (yes we went to the range when it was 25 degrees out. We’re that kind of stupid).


Once the BX-Trigger is in, you will want to preform a quick function and safety check. After making sure the rifle is clear, dry fire the trigger and keep it held back. While holding the trigger down rack the bolt to reset the hammer. Once that is done, let off the trigger slowly and you should hear a faint click as it resets. Pull it again to make sure the hammer falls. After that, make sure the safety works and you are good to go!

So How is it?

In short, it is great! The BX-Trigger is a huge improvement over the stock triggers on the two rifles we put them in. We used a newer Takedown model that had a stock pull of 7 pounds. The other rifle is from the 70’s and has the older style metal trigger guard and housing. There were no issues installing the new trigger in either of them. And the new trigger on both broke between 3 and 4 pounds. Of course the weight that a trigger breaks is not the only aspect of a good trigger. The new one has a bit less take up and feels crisper and cleaner.

Talking triggers is pretty subjective. But the difference is easily felt. We were reviewing a couple of Ruger Charger pistols on the same day, and had made the decision to leave the stock triggers in them for the sake of the review. And I have to say this–there’s no going back. once you’ve run one the new BX-Triggers, you won’t go back to a stock 10/22.

The MSRP is $89.95 and is available direct from Ruger or from your local dealer. My question for Ruger is this–when will these be standard issue on the 10/22? They should be. The 10/22 deserves no less.

The BX-Trigger. The grey part comes off before you install the trigger, it is there to let you dry fire.

The BX-Trigger. The grey part comes off before you install the trigger, it is there to let you dry fire. They have great packaging that will let you dry fire even before you buy.

Trigger pull of about 8 pounds on a stock 10/22 from the 1970s.

Trigger pull of close 8 pounds on a stock 10/22 from the 1970s.

With the BX-Trigger installed the break is between 3-4 pounds.

With the BX-Trigger installed the break is closer to 4 pounds.

The pull on the stock trigger in the takedown was around 7 pounds

The pull on the stock trigger in the Takedown was around 7 pounds

The BX-Trigger ready to install. Don't try to dry fire it with the cover off or parts will fly off.

The BX-Trigger ready to install. Don’t try to dry fire it with the cover off or parts will fly off.




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  • jim February 2, 2017, 7:22 am

    any plans for silver trigger assembly with the long release from ruger…would buy with standard release

  • Roy January 7, 2017, 8:11 pm

    The new Ruger trigger is junk, don’t waste your money. I have tried almost all of them out there, you would do far better taking your Ruger trigger group to a gun smith, and having them customize it for you. I ordered two of these new Ruger Triggers, and returned both of them.

  • Jim August 11, 2016, 3:30 am

    Does anybody know if the ruger bx10-22 replacement trigger will fit magnum research mri 22lr

    • Jason August 22, 2016, 2:01 pm

      Just spoke to Magnum Research, the answer is yes it will fit

  • Jim Virden May 16, 2016, 4:47 pm

    Just installed the BX trigger this weekend. What an improvement!!!
    No jerk when pulling the trigger. Got my 20 shot 50 ft. groups all within 1″ at our indoor range.
    Only problem …………. all shots were 2-1/4″ to the right of the 1″ red dot target.
    I took it apart, reinstalled the barrel, re-torqued the 2 clamp bolts with a tad more torque on the left the left bolt,
    and after reassembly they are within 3/4″. So it only required 3 clicks of windage to right it.
    Will need some fine tuning at the range. Very happy!!

  • Peter J. Oriente March 16, 2015, 9:55 pm

    I sold 10/22’s in a couple of stores and always enjoyed showing buyers how easy it was to remove the mag with one hand with thumb and index finger. Just depress with both and it plucks right out Couldn’t understand why Ruger changed to an obtrusive lever that might need two hands?

  • Brandon February 17, 2015, 9:54 am

    Turner’s Outdoorsman has 3 in stock for $74.99 plus shipping right now…..well now they have 2 in stock. 😉

  • KTM January 15, 2015, 1:34 am

    Is the BX trigger better than the Target trigger? I have the bull hammer forged barrel – target version of their rifle.

  • Riverdog January 12, 2015, 4:43 pm

    The real reason Ruger came out with the BX25 trigger is to pull the rug out from under several aftermarket suppliers of upgraded trigger parts and complete assemblies. It’s about money, people. They are trying to gain a foothold in the gazillion dollar upgrade market.

    • Richard Hughes January 13, 2015, 3:52 pm

      That’s called capitalism, my friend.

  • John January 12, 2015, 2:43 pm

    I purchased a 10/22 back in July. I liked everything about it except the trigger. Had to work hard to be very accurate with it.
    I had 20 year old Remingtons that would shoot circles around it. I purchased a Hornet Custom trigger assembly for the 10/22. Turned a $200. gun into a much better gun. If the Ruger trigger is as good as the Hornet, that is a bargain. I don’t understand why it took Ruger so long.

  • GlarryB January 12, 2015, 12:40 pm

    Definitely needed, but too bad Ruger didn’t address the awkward magazine release at the same time.

  • Chris Baker January 12, 2015, 12:12 pm

    I have a stainless 10/22 with the laminated stock. I use a 4X32 scope due to my eye deficiencies and I never have noticed any take up or other than a nice pull. In fact I don’t so much as pull the trigger as thinking “fire” and it goes off. I’ve hit running coyotes pretty well, a crow once that was about to get into my wife’s chickens and several of a neighbor’s dogs that had gotten in with her rabbits. The crow survived because his wings were folded and the bullet deflected from the feathers (he was facing me on the ground). Being decrepit myself, he was able to hope away faster than I could get closer and That’s the day I switched to CCI “Stingers”. I found them to be very good shooting from the 10/22. Shot a coyote that was looking at her goats in the rear end as he was running away and ended him. 10 steps (mine) from where he was hit and dead. The 10/22 is an awesome rifle.

  • BuckRimfire January 12, 2015, 11:45 am

    After 50 years of sales, there must be millions of 10/22s out there (Wikipedia just says “over 5 million”). A fraction of those have been upgraded with Volquartsen or other aftermarket parts, but most must still have the stock trigger. If the owners of only a few percent of those rifles decide they want a new Ruger-brand trigger, demand could be around 100,000 units. I really wouldn’t expect Ruger to let the inventory build up to tens of thousands on the shelf before starting to take orders, just to avoid taking back-orders!

    I wonder how many of these they can make in a day? (Or their supplier; is it an in-house project?)

  • Ron January 12, 2015, 9:09 am

    I ordered one of these triggers the first day they were said to be available on Got an order confirmation number followed up two days later by another email telling me the trigger was on back order. It’s really disappointing to realize that Ruger didn’t have enough inventory available to make it halfway through the first day they were on sale. It’s been almost a month now and still no trigger.

    • barry January 12, 2015, 10:16 am

      don’t worry YOU WILL GET IT and IT IS WORTH THE WAIT ! ! ! I ordered mine right away and it did take a little time to get it B U T the 10/22 I ordered that the trigger will go on still sits in the gun shop . I am handicapped and have not been able to get to the shop to pick it up . There is no question in my mind that this trigger will MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE with this sweet shooting rifle ………………………

    • Electric January 15, 2015, 9:41 pm

      I ordered the first or second day too and I am still waiting for my back ordered trigger too. My early 70’s model looks nearly new for something 42 years old, but the trigger is awful… I’d bet its pull is 10#’s. When will the new one arrive? That’s the sixty four thousand dollar question!!!! C’mon Ruger!!!

  • Bob J. January 12, 2015, 8:38 am

    Are there any plastic parts on the new trigger assembly?

  • Greg January 12, 2015, 6:39 am

    Just bought my first 10/22 a couple of weeks ago. Sweet rifle, but the trigger is definitely detrimental to accuracy. But hey, it’s a $200.00 gun, what do you expect? So now I’ll increase the cost of the gun by almost 1/2 to get a better trigger? No way uh uh, nope, well-maybe, yes I want one! Another victim of the gun upgrading scam.

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