The Ruger 10/22 has become easily one of the most successful rifles of all time. It’s reliable, affordable, and has a wealth of accessories and customization options available, making it great for those who want to tinker and upgrade.
If you’re one of those folks, chances are you might want to add a sling to your shiny new (or old and beloved) rifle, but which one?
We love the Ruger 10/22, and we love dressing ours up, so we wanted to take a look at the best slings on the market and find the ones that are worth the money.
Let’s talk about why you should care what we think, and which ones stood out in our testing.
In This Article:
Ruger 10/22 Sling Comparison
Below is my list of the best Ruger 10/22 slings for 2022. I list the best choices in terms of value, performance, design, and cost.
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Why You Should Listen To Us
The Ruger 10/22 might be my favorite firearm currently on the entire planet of Earth. This is the gun I grew up with, this is the gun I learned to shoot with, and it’s probably the gun I shoot the most to this day, at least in terms of rounds fired.
Safe to say, I have a wealth of experience with the platform.
I’ve also tested about 20 different slings for the Ruger 10/22, and from that narrowed it down to the ones that are on this list. I’ve set up, adjusted, and carried a rifle with all of these to make sure they not only fit comfortably and do the job, but will last and be worth the money long-term.
Let’s dive into the list.
Ruger 10/22 Sling Reviews
First up, we have the much-beloved Magpul MS1 two-point quick adjust sling. This is a classic two-point sling with some modern touches from one of the most well-respected names in the industry.
The sling is padded, with an internal, ripstop-covered, closed-cell foam for the padding, which makes it very comfortable to carry your rifle for long periods. You also won’t have to worry about the pad absorbing tons of water in the rain because of the closed-cell design.
The sling itself is a high-durability nylon, and its adjustable buckle slides allow you to quickly adjust things to get it set up exactly the way you want it. The only thing you have to keep in mind with this sling is that you’ll have to purchase your own sling swivel mounts for the ends if you want a sling with swivels, but otherwise it’s a very nice sling.
If you want something a little simpler, you can go with something like the Allen Company Ruger Padded 10/22 Sling, which is, as you probably gathered from the name, a sling designed specifically for the 10/22.
Allen Company has been one of the foremost names in mass-market rifle slings, and if you’ve had a look around your local sporting goods store, you’ve probably seen their work on the shelves before.
This particular sling is a 1” nylon webbing strap with an integrated shoulder pad that makes carrying even heavy hunting rifles comfortable, let alone something as light as a 10/22. Carrying a 10/22 around on something with this much padding is an absolute delight.
It does include captive sling swivel studs, so you’ll need studs to use it, but that’s not a problem for the 10/22.
- Adjustable from 36" to 47"
- Swivels for standard swivel mounts
- Great for rifles, shotguns, and even crossbows
Next up, we have the Ten Point Gear Traditional two-point sling. This is a great paracord sling that won’t break the bank, is easy to adjust (36”-47”), and it features swivels as well as the clips that you need to go ahead and connect it to your rifle.
The HK-style clips, as well as the swivel stud mount that most of you will probably be using, are both included so you can use it with whatever style of rifle you have. The only thing you may have to spring for is a simple quick-detach clip if you have one of the more AR-style 10/22s.
If you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful option that might have some real utility in the field, this is a great option.
- ADAPTABLE AND COMFORTABLE - The Padded Two-Point Hybrid Nylon Sling tightens according to your...
- WIDE SHOULDER STRAP - Wide shoulder strap is made for more comfort of the wearer so it won’t dig...
- QUALITY MATERIALS - The Viking Tactics Two Point Hybrid Sling has the wide padded mid-section for...
If you’re looking for something a little more substantial that you can maybe use on your AR as well, then the Viking Tactics V-Tac Padded Sling is a great one to go with.
This is the one I use on some PRS rifles and other heavy guns, so I can attest to its comfort, durability, and overall quality. Sure, it’s overkill for something like the Ruger 10/22, but that just means it’ll be bombproof as long as you own it.
It also means that you can easily transfer it to other rifles since you’re not a video game character and you’re not going to go around with 3-6 long guns slung at the same time. Just clip the sling into whatever rifle or shotgun you’re using, and you’re good to go.
- Made of buffalo hide leather with quality stitching. It is comfortable to use for long days of...
- Crazy Horse Brown Color: Classic look and tough gun sling; The color gives it a great vintage...
- The sling with 1 Inch wide black screws; All metal hardware, Raiseek gun sling is fitted with metal...
If you’re looking for something a little more classic, then the Raiseek Buffalo Hide Leather sling is a great option. This is another sling that I’ve used extensively outside of testing and it has proven to be an extremely well-made piece of gear, especially for the price.
It has kind of a weathered look to the dyeing and finishing, which makes it an awesome companion for a classic wood-stocked carbine or sporter model, though it looks great on just about any rifle.
It’s adjustable from 31” to 41” and has some beautiful metal hardware that you can use to capture all the extra length so you don’t have anything extra flopping around where it can make noise or catch on something.
All in all, a great sling for a classic look.
If you want that classic look but you don’t like the weathered finish of the above option, consider the Detroit Leather Shop Handmade Fixed Length Rifle Sling.
This is a 36” sling, which is maybe a touch long for the 10/22, but not overly so for a carrying strap. It is made of 1” wide buffalo leather and is completely handmade, and finished with a natural oil and beeswax combo.
To my knowledge, Detroit Leather Shop is just one guy in a shop cutting straps and punching leather by hand all day, which makes this a great option if you want something a little more premium and bespoke than the other slings out there.
This is a great leather carrying strap that will last a lifetime.
Speaking of premium handmade leather slings, if you want something adjustable, I’d recommend the Detroit Leather Shop USA Handmade Slider Buckle Rifle Sling.
Full disclosure, this is one of my favorite rifle slings, and it’s currently sitting on a Marlin 1895 in my safe as I type this. It’s handmade just like the above option, but it’s wider, more comfortable, and features some length adjustment.
This makes it perfect for the 10/22, and a great option if you’re going to be moving a leather sling around multiple rifles.
- [LIGHTWEIGHT]: The Butler Creek Featherlight slings are industry first, close cell foam inner, 45%...
- [BREATHABLE]: These slings have designed cut out slots to reduce the trapped heat and provide...
- [COMFORT and Secure]: Soft on the shoulder foam inner to provide all day wearability. The large...
Next, we have one of my favorite slings, and one I recommend to people all the time, the Butler Creek Featherlight Rifle Sling. We have four hunting rifles wearing this carrying strap-style sling in the safe right now, and I’ll be carrying them this fall.
The strap is very lightweight at just under 6oz, and the slots cut into the pad make it very breathable and grippy so you won’t be sweating under it, or worrying about it sliding off your shoulder if you’re climbing a stand or moving through thick brush.
The ends are fitted with stud swivels, the overall strap is adjustable from 22” to 36”, and the closed-cell foam is comfortable without being so thick that it gets in the way.
Lastly, we have another robust sling option that is overkill for the 10/22, but if, like us, you think “overkill is underrated” then it’s just about perfect. The Butler Creek Comfort Stretch Alaskan Magnum Sling is designed for, well, exactly what it says in the name.
Just because it can handle heavy hunting rifles and big-bore lever actions without an issue doesn’t mean it’s not a great option for the 10/22 however.
Sure, it’s more than you need, but who cares? It’s incredibly comfortable, lightweight, and uses a waterproof closed-cell neoprene for the pad so it’ll never turn into a sponge if you’re caught out in the rain.
And hey, if you do decide to go into bear country and you need a sling for that hefty shotgun or Marlin 1895, then you’ll have this one on hand for that too.
Ruger 10/22 History & Models
The Ruger 10/22 has been in production in one form or another continuously since 1964, making it one of the longest-running and most successful rifle designs in history, and probably the most successful rimfire rifle design of all time.
Today, it’s so popular and so well-supported by the aftermarket that you can build an entire 10/22 without using a single Ruger part.
It’s known for taking whatever abuse you can throw at it, and remains one of the most common firearms, especially for new shooters, and it’s available in several 10/22 product lines, each one offering a unique mix of features.
Current production lines include:
Standard Carbine: This is the 10/22 your parents or grandparents know and love. A classic wood-stocked carbine with a 10-round rotary mag. This is true old-school cool and a great place to start because you can probably get one at a pawn shop for $100.
Takedown: Next we have the newest significant change to the lineup, the Takedown version. It separates with the simple turn of a lever into two halves for easy transport, storage, and cleaning. There are numerous stock and barrel combos available within the product line as well.
Takedown Lite: Slightly lighter, shorter version of the takedown with a barrel shroud.
Target: Comes with a Green Mountain bench rest-style stock with a raised cheek comb, front and back sling swivel studs, and a heavy target-crowned barrel.
Compact: Shorter, lighter version of the standard carbine.
Tactical: Includes a Picatinny rail for mounting a short optic or a full-top rail an AR-style handguard, grip, and stock on some models.
Sporter: Hunting-focused version of the standard carbine, usually with an American Walnut or similar hardwood stock. Probably the closest to the original Ru-ger 10/22 that you’re gonna get.
Competition: If you’re thinking about doing some competition (NRL22 anyone?), serious target shooting, or you want a trainer for PRS, Ruger has you covered with the new 10/22 competition. This one has a Picatinny rail, premium trigger, and adjustable cheek riser.
Why Use a Sling With Your 10/22?
Now, the 10/22 is a lightweight, short, and overall very handy rifle so you may be wondering: do I even need a sling?
For my money, the answer is yes. Adding a good quality sling is a fantastic way to add functionality and convenience to most rifles, and it makes everything from hunting to target shooting easier. You can even use your sling as a support while shooting to help add stability.
In addition to being the perfect accessory to free your hands for other tasks, a sling allows you to do that while still keeping your rifle close at hand when you need it. Plus installation is quick and simple, even when using an adapter or screw-in set, so you’re not tackling something a few videos on YouTube or readily-available additional information from the manufacturer can’t teach you.
Types of Ruger 10/22 Slings
There are a few different types of slings out there that you should know about.
This is the type of sling you see on some military and police rifles, as well as on competition 3-Gun rifles. It features a circular strap that goes around you, and then a short lead that attaches to the rear of the rifle to allow it to hang down your front.
Two-point slings, often known as a carrying strap, are simple loops (sometimes adjustable) that you see on countless rifles, particularly hunting rifles. These are generally a little cheaper, easier to use, and what we tend to recommend for most 10/22 owners.
Three-point slings combine the two above options in an attempt to give you the best of both worlds but end up falling short of both. These slings have their place and their fans, but if you aren’t sure, avoid this one. Especially for the 10/22 where there’s no need for them.
Important Sling Considerations
You have a few choices to make once you choose which type of sling you want.
Attachment Points: To Drill or Not to Drill
First up, how are you going to attach your sling? For most 10/22 models, all you have to do is get some swivel studs (if they aren’t included), screw them into your wood stock, and then attach your sling. You may also find more options which install via barrel bands or a sling loop rather than a QD or front screw-in mount.
With the more modern stocks on some of the newer 10/22s, you may also be able to use quick-detach mounts in the butt stock and chassis.
Padded or Basic Strap
If you’re debating between a padded or basic strap, my recommendation would be: go with the padded one.
Why? Well if you already know you want the basic strap, or that’s what you prefer, you don’t need to decide. Just get that. If you know you want a comfy padded strap, get that.
But if you aren’t sure…I would say start with a padded strap. They’re more comfortable, they’re not really any more expensive, and with modern waterproof materials, the only real issue is that they can get hot in warm weather.
Even that can be dealt with if you go with a more modern ventilated padded sling.
When it comes to materials, you have two basic options: leather or nylon. Leather is a more classic material and calls to mind horse tack and gunbelts of the Old West, while nylon is a little more of a modern military look.
Both have their practical merits. Some people like the small amount of give of natural leather, and some people hate it. Some people like the lighter weight and thinner material of nylon slings, some like the heft of leather.
At the end of the day, it’s all preference. Just know that leather will stretch a bit over time, and is going to be a good bit heavier for the same style of sling.
Finally, there’s a relatively new option: paracord!
Paracord is beloved by outdoorsy folk and especially preppers because it’s cheap, incredibly strong, durable, and has a myriad of uses in a tricky situation. I’ve used paracord to rappel down a short ravine to give someone first aid in an emergency before.
A paracord sling is just like those survival-type bracelets you’ve probably seen, except of course much larger. They’re typically simple two-point, carry strap-style slings, and they give you dozens of feet of 550 paracord on hand in the event of an emergency.
And some people think they look sharp, especially younger kids. This is a great gift for a youngin’ with a rifle, especially a 10/22.
Price Ranges vs. Features
Under $20: This is where you’ll find simple nylon carry straps and some cheaper 1-point slings that are more suited to light airsoft rifles.
$20-$50: Typically the sweet spot for a rifle sling, this will get you a more durable sling made of more premium materials, and with better hardware.
$50+: This is where you start getting into handmade leather territory, of extremely high-quality military-style slings designed to handle the rigors of modern combat. Pretty much everything in this price range is great, but maybe a little overkill for just the 10/22.
How We Selected These Products
I am a hobby leatherworker, and I’ve made my own nylon carry rigs before too, so I have a pretty good idea of what makes for a quality holster or sling. I also do 90% of my shooting in the great outdoors, so I’m using various slings pretty regularly.
I always look for slings that are comfortable, easy to use, and durable. I don’t need my carry strap breaking on me because I caught my rifle on a branch, or a buckle coming loose and dropping my rifle out of a stand or down a berm somewhere.
I only chose products for this list that I would use myself, and in most cases, I’ve owned these slings for a while.
Most US Special Forces Use the Soccom M4 Combat Sling or a Vickers Sling.
A safari sling is a sling designed to carry the rifle muzzle-down, which was made popular by big game hunters.
It comes down to preference, with the 2-point sling being a bit more supportive, and the 1-point sling being quicker to bring the rifle to hand.
The Ruger 10/22’s popularity is due to its reliability, affordability, and incredible modularity.
The United States Government Issue Sling is a classic nylon carry strap that was in use for many years by United States Infantry going back to around WWII.
Yes! It is easily one of the best rimfire rifles around, possibly the very best, and is beloved by shooters all around the world for its dependable performance and modularity.