Monday, October 1, 2012

MArooned Product Review: Ruger 10/22 Takedown

Ruger caused quite a bit of a stir with the introduction of the 10/22 Takedown at the 141st Annual Meeting of the National Rifle Association in St. Louis, MO earlier this year. Since the 10/22 is, in fact, a long arm and also not in an "assault weapon" configuration, I was able to get my hands on one within a month of the convention (apparently Ruger knew the 10/22 Takedown was going to be a smash hit and made a pile of them...). I've had it since May, been shooting the ever-lovin' heck out of it, and figured it was time to post a review.

The 10/22 Takedown in its native habitat.

I suspect if you saw nothing other than the ginormous hasp and lock, you'd know I was reviewing a Ruger, but everything you see came with the rifle when I picked it up. There's a standard picatinny rail (it comes drilled and tapped for a rail) if you want to put one on; there's a sling for the pack; there's a lock, and the bag itself which is a very slick design - Not only does it carry the rifle and six 25 round magazines - with room for more - but it even doubles as a rest!

If you saw one of these at the range, you'd probably not give it a second look - it's the standard polymer stock and stainless receiver/barrel combination that Ruger has been selling for years. The 10/22 Carbine with synthetic stock and stainless barrel has the same barrel length as well as overall length, and the two are practically twins. Unless, of course, you saw the Takedown like this:

Honey, I cut the gun in half!

There's a $90 difference in MSRP between the 10/22 carbine and the 10/22 Takedown, which probably translates into ~ $70 or so off the shelf. Is it worth ~ $70 to get the Takedown? Are little green apples green? Trust me on this one - it's worth the extra money to have the functionality of the Takedown. The mechanism for taking it down is hands-down the easiest I've ever seen (and I own a few "takedown" models like the Marlin model 39A and a Winchester 1906 - the Ruger is easier by a wide margin to take apart and put back together).

I shot a couple minutes of video to show just how easy the 10/22 Takedown is to take apart and put back together:

The video's a hair over 2 minutes, and I took it apart and put it back together like three times, and the vast majority of that two minutes is me blah blah blahing... It is incredibly simple to take the 10/22 apart and put it back together.

As for shooting the 10/22 Takedown, well, it's a Ruger 10/22. I've had a 10/22 for a few years that I absolutely love shooting, and this one is indistinguishable from it on the firing line. It's just as accurate as a "regular" 10/22:

That's two magazines at 50 feet, unsupported. The Takedown is every bit as accurate as her solid state brethren, and equally reliable. I put somewhere between 900 and 1000 rounds through it with a handful of stovepipes (all of which occurred when using the Eagle 30-round magazines, curse you MA AWB!). It has never failed to fire, and only jammed once on me - and that could easily be due to the fact that I haven't even thought about cleaning it yet...

I sat down and thought long and hard about what I could possibly say bad about the Ruger 10/22 Takedown, and I honestly could not come up with a single thing. The best I could do was that I would hesitate to put the rail on it, as optics would detract from the portability. Once you start adding a scope/red dot/etc., it makes the rifle less streamlined for carrying while broken down. This is a weak point, I will admit - even with a largish scope on it, it'll still break down small and fit in the case provided.


The Ruger 10/22 Takedown is everything you would expect in a Ruger 10/22 - rock solid reliable, as accurate as the day is long, and just plain fun to shoot while not breaking the bank (I have only fed it the bulk pack Federal 36 grain copper plated rounds readily available for $20 a brick at WalMart). For a little more money than the non-Takedown version, you get a near-invulnerable rifle that can easily be carried in a backpack - and you can shoot it all day long on the cheapest of ammo.

Now, if only someone would come up with a wood stock for it... 

That is all.


Old NFO said...

Good review... And the 10/22 is becoming a ubiquitous !

zdogk9 said...

And now I have the wants, again.

Angus McThag said...

Ahem, don't you have a razor to review?

Anonymous said...

Woodstock? Hippie!

Dave H said...

I just bought another gun cabinet and at this rate it'll be full by Christmas.

Tech sights on that Breakdown might be a nice addition that won't break down its breakdownness. I like them better than the stock sights, and Appleseed recommends them because they're easy to adjust.

Geodkyt said...

Yeah, nowadays I clean my 10/22 every brick or when it starts getting "sniffly".

Of course, when it happens during a shooting session, I just jam my little finger in the ejection port, wipe the sludge off the bolt face and extractor, wipe my finger in a handy tree, and keep shooting -- I'll clean it when i get home. Rifle does just fine under those circumstances, which is one reason I love the 10/22 so much.

The fact that you can't swing a dead cat without knocking over a shelf full of aftermarket stuff for it is just a bonus.

Ross said...

You want bad things to say about the 10/22? I can think of three right off the bat:

1 - the trigger sucks. This can be cured by an aftermarket kit by the likes of Volquartsen or Power Custom.

2 - the sights suck. This can be cured by putting on a scope or a set of Tech-Sights.

3 - the bolt release sucks. This can be cured with a Dremel, a file (directions on or by purchasing an aftermarket bolt release by Volquartsen or Power Custom.

I'll leave my comments on the lack of the bolt holding open on an empty mag until after I test that modification myself. All three of my 10/22s have had the bolt release modified, the trigger lightened and smoothed up and the sights replaced by either a scope or Tech-Sights, so I know that those modifications work.

With a little work, the 10/22 really IS a gem of a rifle. I just wish Ruger would do some of them themselves - like they finally did with the extended magazine release.

instinct said...


Skip said...

I just picked up a carbine that had a bad safety out of the box.
I dropped the trigger group out and it was PLASTIC!
I had an older trigger group [METAL] in the tool box and she runs fine now.
What really pissed me off was the price was the same as a 'real' rifle I purchased ten years ago.
Obama bucks, I guess.

skidmark said...

PLEEEEEEEEEZE tell me that those advwertising billboards are stickers that the customer can peel off.

It was bad enough when they roller-engraved the Los Angeles phone book onto the barrel. Now full-color billboards? Yech!

stay safe.

Ross said...


Ruger changed the trigger group to polymer a year or two ago. They also - FINALLY - converted the magazine release to something resembling what the aftermarket has been selling for the last 10 or 20 years at the same time. As well, unfortunately, they changed the hammer out from a steel hammer to some kind of alloy and changed the hammer/sear geometry as well. The modifications that RimfireCentral worked out for the hammer do NOT work with the new version, unfortunately.

And the trigger pull in the polymer trigger group is even worse than the old alloy trigger group. There's a reason that companies like Volquartsen offer complete drop-in trigger groups!

Old Radar Tech said...

I had the opportunity to pick up the new TD 1022, a new Henry AR-7 and a used Browning SA-22, at prices I couldn't walk away from.

Tried replacing the plastic trigger in the Ruger last night, with an old Ruger aluminum trigger. No go - everything fit but the hammer would overtravel and lock back.
Well, the beauty of the platform is that everything is available elsewhere.

I've heard for years the AR7 is a jammo-matic, but Henry must be doing something right. No failures so far, and accurate enough for the purpose.

My hands-down favorite, though, is the Browning. It has obviously been around the block, while the others were new-in-box, but once again JMB knocked one out of the park.

Trost Osler said...

I have one of these beautiful rifles. I am taking it to an Appleseed shoot over the weekend.

I put the Volquartsen auto bolt release in, FANTASTIC! I love this mod!

I also put a set of Tech Sights on it, which are quite excellent.

I bought a set of Blackhawk sling swivels that have the little adapter that goes into the barrel band. I had to cut out a little space in the barrel band to make it fit, but the band is plastic so that wasn't bad. Highly recommend this mod as well if you like slings.


Anonymous said...

What would be a good aftermarket barrel for this? Would all 10/22 barrels work, or since it's takedown model- are we stuck ith stock offerings?

Along those lines, what items from volquartsen custom would be best? New extractor? Trigger mechanism? Looking at picking one of these takedowns and want some custom stuff lined up. Thanks fellas, nice reviews