Ruger 10/22-TD Takedown Model – New Gun Review

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You probably already know the classic looks of the rotary magazine Ruger 10/22, but this one has a surprise.

This 10/22-TD, for “takedown,” actually breaks down into two pieces so you can fit it in your backpack, Kayak comparment, airplane or under the front seat of your car.

This new takedown design for the 10/22 revolves around this click adjustable locking ring and set screws for the barrel.

When you take the gun completely apart and put it back together, the parts that would get loose with a takedown stay nice and tight as the gun settles itself in over the years.

The whole thing fits in its own backpack, and there is even room in there for your scope and ammo.

Depending on how much weight you carry in it, the padding of the case is reported to actually keep it afloat for a while if you dump the canoe.

The takedown mechanism is so simple that you really don’t even have to read the manual, but you still should of course. It has a tip in there about getting your gun back to zero on the scope.

Because of heavy wind I felt that the best accuracy test of this gun would be at 25 yards. This quarter inch group was with the CCI ammo that the gun clearly liked the best. In over 400 rounds I had no failures to feed and most of the ammo was in the same range as this. It is a sub-MOA gun.

I did several of these 5 target groups, until I ran out of time at the range, and for every target of five shots I took the gun apart in between. I feel like an infantryman who can take apart and put his rifle back together in his sleep, but as you can see the test revealed that this Ruger is not your average takedown. It returns to point of aim with no adjustment using the in included scope bases. With open sights it would as well.

This is a significant product for Ruger in an overall very successful year. You can get them, for now, by having your local dealer order one for you. If you want a 10/22-TD for this summer I would not wait to see if you can find one for another $20 off online. The demand for them will quickly outstrip supply.

Ruger Firearms
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by Wayne Lincourt

The Ruger 10/22 generally needs no introduction. There is no more recognizable and ubiquitous .22 rifle on the planet. Today Ruger released a new 10/22-TD, MSRP $389, which stands for “Takedown,” and it is a completely new design for the gun. It even comes with its own backpack. You probably already have questions formulating. Takedown designs can sometimes have issues with accuracy, returning to zero and long term reliability, but Ruger seems to have addressed all of these going into the design of this new gun. From what I can see so far, the 10/22-TD should be a great long term success and a reliable gun for those fortunate enough to get one.

You may have heard already that Ruger has stopped taking new orders temporarily from distributors because of record sales, but there should be plenty of them available at least for a couple weeks.

This new takedown model of the 10/22 is basically a Ruger All-Weather Model made with the takedown modifications. It has an aluminum alloy receiver, stainless steel bolt and barrel, and carbine style, black fiberglass-reinforced polyester resin stock with composite barrel band. One inch in front of the receiver the stock is “cut,” separating the forend from the rest of the stock.

Inserted into the front of the receiver is a stainless steel sub-assembly made up of a cylinder to receive the barrel, and a knurled, click adjustable ring and pinned spacer at the front to adjust how tightly the barrel fits. This is a key component in the long term reliability of the 10/22-TD because one of the biggest complaints about takedowns is that the latching mechanism wears out. By making the connection a click adjustable ring, the gun can be locked up tight no matter how much it “settles in” over time. I am buying this test gun from Ruger for this reason. I expect that all the performance I was able to measure in my test will repeat themselves in 20 years after the gun has been taken apart and put back together hundreds of times.

Starting with a disassembled gun, as it comes in its ballistic nylon carrying case, and with the bolt locked open, you simply slide the rear of the barrel into the front of the receiver, exert enough pressure to depress the spring loaded locking plunger in the forend, bringing the parts together, and twist the forend/barrel assembly clockwise (as seen from the muzzle) 45 degrees until the plunger snaps into position, locking the barrel in place. To separate, again with the bolt locked open, push the plunger locking lever in the forend forward, twist the forend/barrel assembly counter clockwise 45 degrees, and separate. It’s even easier than it sounds.

What surprised me most about the gun is how solid it is. Usually we think of .22 rifles as light and not very substantive firearms, and you would think that a takedown, essentially a backpack gun, would feel floppy and not very substantive. It doesn’t, and it is actually the opposite. The feeling is hard to describe, but the 10/22-TD has a recognizable feeling of smoothness and strength as it locks up. The design of the takedown mechanism is nothing short of elegant, and it seems to have a rugged simplicity coupled with genuine ease of use.

My test gun weighs 4 pounds 9.4 ounces with an overall length of 36.8 inches. The official weight is 4.67 pounds or 4 pounds 10.7 ounces, with an overall length of 37 inches. The balance point at the front of the receiver, where you would carry it in the field.

I did most of my shooting with an optic, but the 10/22-TD does come with pretty good open sights. The front blade sight is mounted in a dovetail, serrated on the back edge to eliminate reflections, with a gold bead to aid in sight acquisition. The rear sight is a folding notch dovetailed in place and adjustable for elevation. There is a white diamond below the notch which brings the sight up and into alignment pretty fast. Because of my aging eyes and curiosity about the gun returning to point of aim when scoped, I installed the included Weaver-style scope base adapter to which I mounted a Leupold 3-9 power scope for accuracy testing.

What most interested me was determining if the scope returned to zero each time the gun was taken down and reassembled. Takedowns are known for sketchy performance at best in this area. These test targets you see here that have five bullseyes each were pretty consistent results accross several brands of .22LR ammo. I broke the gun down between each string of five shots. The scope returned to the same zero every time, even after being taken down and reassembled fourteen times. This was informal shooting, using the included Ruger backpack as a rest (I’d forget my head sometimes if it wasn’t attached) and the winds were 5 mph gusting to 15.

The secret to getting a return to zero without a first shot flier after reassembly is to dry cycle the bolt two or three times. Pulling the bolt all the way to the rear and releasing it so that it flies forward into battery several times creates enough vibration to ensure that the barrel is properly seated. With guns you should always read the manual first, and this tip is actually in the manual.

Three different kinds of ammo were used: Remington 22 Golden 36 grain hollow points, CCI Mini Mag 36 grain round nose, and CCI Stinger 32 grain hollow points. All three use plated bullets and all performed well, although accuracy was a little better with the CCI Mini Mags.

The magazine is the standard Ruger 10/22 ten-shot rotary magazine. I put more than 400 rounds through the gun which worked flawlessly. No malfunctions of any kind, including the ammo.

Out of the box, the trigger had a pull weight of 6 pounds 4 ounces, very little take-up, almost no creep, and a little overtravel. After a day at the range, the trigger weight averaged 5 pounds 12 ounces. It should be adequate for most uses but if you prefer a lighter trigger, there are lots of trigger modifications and drop-in assemblies available in the aftermarket. The 10/22 is one of the few guns in the world for which there is a huge aftermarket. You have a ready-made supply of triggers, magazines and sights to customize your gun however you want. Most of the internal parts should work except barrels because of the special machining which locks the barrel to the receiver.

The takedown .22 is probably the most classic backpack, bug out, and survival gun. You can carry a lot of ammo for not a lot of weight, and you get a rifle length sight radius without having a rifle sticking out of your backpack. Unlike other takedown .22s intended specifically for the survival market, the Ruger has a full forend which makes the gun much more user friendly for everything else for which you’d use a .22. It’s well suited for small game hunting, target shooting, carrying stowed away in your truck, boat, airplane or backpack, or for just fun plinking.

The Ruger 10/22-TD comes with a padded backpack carrying case with external pockets for ammo and accessories. According to Ruger, the case will float for a short time with the gun in it depending on what else you may have stuffed into the various pockets. I couldn’t bring myself to throw it into the river to confirm that but if you should have the occasion to test the floating theory, please let me know.

The $389 MSRP is about half of the only other .22 takedown with a full forend, the Browning, and it might just outperform that gun head to head. I’m keeping this one so maybe we’ll test that theory down the road a piece. The good news is that Ruger held up the news of this gun until they had some in the market, and 10,000 of them are sitting in the distributor warehouses right now. Your local dealer won’t have them yet, but they can for sure get you one, but don’t be surprised if they dry up for a bit in a few weeks. Ruger just announced that they have to catch up a bit before they can take some more orders for guns, until June or so, when long after the 1,000,000th Ruger has sold in the last year. It has been a good year for our old friend Ruger Firearms, and this 10/22-TD will be part of the new records they will hit in the coming year I am sure.

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  • gr8dragon88 March 28, 2012, 11:14 pm

    I was fortunate enough to pick up 2 @$299.98 ea. today. ;-)

  • mike March 30, 2012, 8:29 am

    i got one last night

    • Mike April 2, 2012, 5:14 am

      I live in Nevada but close to California. This sounds like a gun I would like to buy. I am a Ruger 10-22 fan and I have never found anything I didn’t like about it. I was wondering how much you paid for it and where you bought it. What State and what dealer if you will. Thanks for your time.

  • chuck April 2, 2012, 5:27 am

    What an absolute shame that they did not chamber the gun for the Mach II. A bullet that leaves the old .22 in the dust.

  • Jerry April 2, 2012, 5:28 am

    This is a great improvement over the old 10/22.

    • Rich West May 2, 2012, 7:25 pm

      I wouldn’t go that far. The regular 10/22 was made in and perfected since the 60′s. This is a new design I’m sure will have issues that need addressing. The polymer TG and receiver are crap in either model.

  • Boyce Hamer April 2, 2012, 7:17 am

    Just wish mine came with a threaded barrel !

  • fstkmaro April 2, 2012, 7:51 am

    I just put one on layaway, my LGS had one in stock. After seeing the regular 10-22 at the range I wanted one, to my surprise I found this one. Feels solid and can’t wait to try it.

  • zakir April 2, 2012, 7:57 am

    how assambly gun

    • Administrator April 2, 2012, 8:24 am

      insert, turn, click

  • John V April 2, 2012, 8:36 am

    In my small gun collection I have still yet to put in a good .22. I have been hoping my grandfather would gift me with one of his, an old Marlin or Browning. It seems he can’t part with them though, and I like the idea of this little take down gun as a nice multipurpose piece. Target practice, plinking, training my kids, not to mention a compact and easy to travel with trail gun. Now to convince my wife that it belongs in my gun safe.

  • Irish-7 April 2, 2012, 8:37 am

    How does it compare with the Henry AR-7? I wonder if Ruger considered the Air Force Survival Rifle when they designed this new weapon. I already have an AR-7 and a Ruger 10/22, so I will need some convincing before I buy this take down model. Honestly, I have looked at the tactical 10/22s and black AR-7s on GunsAmerica for several weeks. If the !@#$%^& Veterans Administration would send my disability back pay, I might even buy both. Anyway, my wife and I are both “preppers”, so this new Ruger rifle definitely fits into the category of survival tools that we look for. I liked the Henry .22 so much that I bought one for my adopted daughter on her last birthday. She loves it!

    • Fred Edwards April 5, 2012, 2:49 pm

      Hey Irish-7 I concur 100% on your statement: “If the !@#$%^& Veterans Administration would send my disability back pay,…” I have been waiting 14 months for the VA to send my back pay for Exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam in 1967, 69 & 71.” How long have you been waiting? I understand the average wait on the Agent Orange disability is about 18 months.” It should take an eight-grader about 30 minutes on a computer! It’s crazy. They must be waiting for most of us to die. !’m 74 years old, retired from military in 1974. LOL Fred

      • skjohn60 December 3, 2012, 9:50 am

        Fred,
        Hang in there. I had to wait almost 3 yrs to get my disability checks to start rolling in. You have to keep bugging them. I suggest you go see a Vet. Representitive. They don’t work for the VA, they are there to help you.

        Good luck,
        Fellow Viet Nam Vet.

  • Bert Maine April 2, 2012, 8:59 am

    I bought my Ruger 10-22 in the 60s for $54. …put a Weaver 4x scope on. I still have it.

  • draconis April 2, 2012, 10:33 am

    HUmm” couple this with my ruger mk iii 22/45 , mosin nagant 7.62 x 54 and 835 mossberg i got it all covered

  • hmmm April 2, 2012, 10:53 am

    Sounds like great pack gun. What attacks me to ANY Ruger product is the absolute top end, simply fantastic, unbelievable CUSTOMER SERVICES. I have found NO other customer service with any product is even close to the Ruger folks. Had issues with my old 44 three screw, they went way out of way to no hassle fix the problems. I now buy Ruger only products as know, as do many others they stand firmly behind their products. We need to have more of such in all products. Think Ruger should open school for great customer services as it seems most companies just take the money and run, and then wonder why no repeat customers. Note, have nothing to do with Ruger, no freebies etc, just on very happy customer, of the “legendary customer services”. Seems like great pack gun, and know for sure they stand behind any product, 100%.

    • hmmm April 2, 2012, 10:54 am

      Note screwed up word, meant “Attracts”, seems I forgot to turn of auto word spell, but Ruger service is tops.

  • Richard April 2, 2012, 11:15 am

    Anyone know where these are available? GA has several listed but the are all taken!

    • Administrator April 2, 2012, 11:33 am

      Ask your local dealer to get you one. The distributors probably still have some.

    • DireWolve April 2, 2012, 1:18 pm

      Foxhole Guns & Archery still have a few Remaining IN StoCK. They are selling Fast so come Quick! $319.99 plus Tax….contact #770-297-8500. Located in Gainesville, Ga

  • CaptRon April 2, 2012, 11:59 am

    Just wondering. Seems the little Brownings I have made an improvement after years of production to moving the scope base from the receiver to the barrel. Made point of impact through the scope and bore unchanged during assembly and disassembly. Noticed the scope mount is on the receiver on these? I’m sure Ruger testing and R&D thought this through, but———. Still looks like a slick little .22 and am sure they will sell well. Maybe the price (MSRP $389) will get more in line with what I’d be willing to spend for a knock-a-round .22

    • Administrator April 2, 2012, 12:22 pm

      Yea, the Ruger is a better gun in concept and execution, and is made in America, and is half the price.

  • Tom April 2, 2012, 12:30 pm

    Thanks for the great review! I just saw the take-down model 2 days ago (on line) and was hoping to find a good review before shelling out the money for one. I was looking at the Marlin M70 Papoose for a camping/hiking gun, but then saw this and beings I already have a 10/22 with a ton of factory and aftermarket clips, plus extra internal parts, the choice is clear. Plus, it looks like Ruger put alot of thought into this before they put it into production. Irish-7 hit the nail on the head when he said this fits the bill as a survival tool. Well, off to the gun store to make my order, and thanks again for the review, and to Irish-7, Thank You for your service! Take Care!

  • Jarrod April 2, 2012, 1:02 pm

    To the fellow who asked how it compared to an AR-7, my guess would be no comparison. Every AR-7 I have had the misfortune to be around was a “POS” jammamatic. They look cool until you try to shoot them. Whereas, Of the many 10/22′s I, and all me friends own, have rarely seen a problem. I would assume this one would also be like that.

  • Bill April 2, 2012, 3:41 pm

    NOW! if Ruger would only make this in 22 win mag,, I’d buy one in a heart beat! Magazine fed version also appreciated! Thanks,

  • CHRIS CONNOLLY April 2, 2012, 3:59 pm

    some one ask about how it would compare to a ar 7…………i had an ar7 –sorry to say………..ar 7 is a really badly made gun—any of the permutations….like shooting a pengun,cheep feel,this ruger is a real gun .

  • David C. Oldham April 2, 2012, 4:53 pm

    Greeting Yall …. I am A HUGE Fan of RUGER S/A pistols I own Several of them , The Vaquero S/S 5 &1/2 in barrel 44 magnum being my # one pistol , out of all of them I own , That one Is” The Bomb ” . Too bad
    Ruger pulled that one off the line , Another Bad move on there part I think . The Newer MINI 14`s with the bigger barrels> .223 & 7.62 NATO chambered rifles are also The Bomb” There also Very Relieable no days , and Will ” hold there own against The New AR World of rifles any day now that Ruger spent some time money and Finely” strightin them out . . Built Simmiler and Real Close ” , off the M~1 Garand / M~1A , All Solid Steel Actions , I belive there MORE Relibable , than Any AR 10 or 15 platform made today . Drag any AR through the dirt or sand or throw one of them in the mud puddel …. pick it up , shake it off and wipe her down , and see if it`ll operate , and for how long without tearing it down for a good cleaning . Both my Mini 14`s will . I own two of those also in S/S 18 &1/2 barrels and just like my ole M~1 Garand” , Its relibable . Laugh if you want , but enough said .
    Now” getting too the 10~22 .22 cal. rifle , Yes there very good shooter`s and relieable gun`s . I would own @ least one it they ever bring one out with a long Tub Mag . 14 too 17 shot , on a new model of that 10~22 rifle …. Same thing with there 44 Magnum rifle . just don`t like the rotery clip , Or the Long banana lookin clip , don`t own an AK~47 for Just that reason .

  • Darrell April 2, 2012, 6:49 pm

    FREAKIN’ SWEET!

  • Feduke April 2, 2012, 8:50 pm

    I’ve had 10/22s and it’s a great little gun, rugged and reliable, but I too don’t care for the rotary magazine and I’d love to see it in .22 Mag and/or .17 cal. also.

  • Darrell in Ohio April 2, 2012, 9:31 pm

    I was wondering if it takes regular 10/22 barrels also or if there are other stock options available, or threaded barrels available as a factory option. If not, any recommendations for a smith that threads reasonably and does good work?

    I personally prefer a thumb hole stock, and the threading is mandatory.

    I have an AR-7 in pistol and rifle only because I picked them up both for cheap. Both fire fine after hitting a dozen web sites and tweaking them to perform as they are supposed to. Getting a scope on them to line back up is impossible at best as there is enough play in the assemblies, but they are nice that they pack up small.

    I prefer the P22 for a pistol, but I own quite a few regular 10/22′s, chargers, and 77/22′s; most are threaded also.

    Problem is, I have the collection of rugers, and then I have my shooter that is a 16.5″ .920″ A&B heavy target barrel, Houge over molded stock, and the addition of a trigger kit. It’s an addition cost of $180 to the cost of a 10/22 but it turns it into the best and most reliable shooting 22lr ever built. I have never found a magazine as reliable and flat bottomed as the Ruger rotary magazine.

    • Administrator April 3, 2012, 8:46 am

      No, it doesn’t take standard aftermarket barrels. I’m sure there will be new aftermarket barrels though.

  • RemMax April 2, 2012, 9:48 pm

    These take down 10/22′s definetely peak my interest, I already own 3 of the standard 10/22′s and love all 3 of them. I left my now deceased wifes rifle bone stock with a Bushnell 3x9x40 scope just the way she loved to shoot it, my spare 10/22 is set up with a holosight though my old eyes dont really see well enough to appreciate the speed of a holo sight over the magnifacation of a regular scope anymore. My own personal 10/22 however is already a Take Down Rifle with a .920 bull barrel on it.
    I accomplished this with a stock that was made by Hogue, it has a button on the end of the forarm and by pushing the button and pulling down on the hindged forend it releases the wedge that locks the barrel in place on a stock 10/22.
    I regret not buying a dozen of those stocks back when Hogue made them and they were readily avalible in both stock and bull barrel channel. In short the stock has a hinge on the forend and the barrel wedge is replaced by the linkage in the stock, it bolts to the receiver section on the 10/22 where the wedge goess with the 2 screws and at the normal stock attaching poing. I have had my stock for several years now and the only time it ever gave me any problem was after several thousand rounds I had to take time to tighten every screw on the stock around the barrel locking mechanism. I have removed and re-installed my barrels many many times over the years, I also have a .920 barell chambered in 17Aquila which is not as hot as the Mach2 round and therefore dont need all the bolt and such replaced to switch back and forth. I also have a threaded barrel for use with my suppressor and if I ever felt the return to zero was problem I can use one of the many Cantilever Barrel avalible on the market today.
    In short this new rifle sounds really neat and being a collector I will likely end up buying one jusst to add to the collection However I surely like the way my Hogue Take Down Stock works and would have really liked to see Ruger use a design more like this as it allows the use of any 10/22 barrel without modifacation.
    Who knows, maybe Hogue will start making their stocks again if these TD rifle sales start picking up and I will buy at least 2 more of those as well.
    Just something to think about.
    RemMax

    • me July 24, 2012, 4:35 pm

      Do you have a model number on that stock?

  • gr8dragon88 April 3, 2012, 2:56 am

    Turner’s Outdoorsman in Southern CA sold 700 of these rifles in less than 5 days @289.98 each.

  • rick in ok April 3, 2012, 11:56 am

    i have a browning 22 take down i am not happy with the loose barrel with it i hope ruger is a lot better. i have the 10 22 . i got the 22 45 theaded barrel love it.

  • rob April 3, 2012, 3:02 pm

    I was going to buy a henry ar 7,but now I have decided To get the new 10/22 td and a sr22 pistol from Ruger . I have already order’d the SR22p and hope to get the takedown 10/22 soon

    • E September 30, 2012, 4:41 pm

      Don’t get the sr-22 pistol. Ftf and stove pipes all day

      • Rob Alexander December 4, 2012, 12:05 am

        I got the SR22 and after the first couple of mags, it never had a malfunction – it eats Mini-Mags, Golden Bullet and AR Tactical all day and loves it…. But I did my research ahead of time and got an idea of what ammo it likes before I went shooting with it.

  • Oricol April 3, 2012, 5:18 pm

    Bill, ditto on the 22mag config. threaded barrel also. looks great for a 1st gen…..

  • Jim April 3, 2012, 9:49 pm

    I too would like to see a come back of the 22 mag. 44 or a .357 would be a istant winner. If I want to put one in a back pack I would just get a folding stock.
    Jim

  • NavyVet April 6, 2012, 2:12 pm

    NYC police notified me any 22 caliber rifle capable of having more then 5 rounds is now an assault weapon thus I placed them in a storage locker in yonkers 2 blocks from the NYC line .

    • john April 13, 2012, 8:37 pm

      time to get outa new york ? lol

    • Bill April 19, 2012, 7:36 am

      a 22 that holds more than 5 rounds is deemed an assault rifle? Time to move out of NY brother

  • RAS April 9, 2012, 7:53 am

    Love the TD 10/22. Is there a quick detachable scope mounting system that anyone could recommend? I’ve got an idea in my mind from the “movies” I’ve seen where the scope twisted and locked into position.

    • Scott June 27, 2012, 12:54 am

      I put a quick detach system on my scope mainly so I could fit everything in the carrying case. It is a GG&G Accucam base. It drops over the rail (I purchased a UTG 10/22 picatinny rail to replace the Ruger Weaver base) and a flip of the cam lever locks it FIRMLY in place. It’s not cheap ($124) but I thought it was worth it. There is a system like you describe, but it runs about $500 and must be installed by a gunsmith. I did everything myself in about twenty minutes. Hope this helps!

  • Thomas April 13, 2012, 11:45 am

    Great looking gun but is there any way to attach a sling?

    • Scott June 27, 2012, 12:57 am

      Not as it comes out of the box. I suppose you could tap some threads in the stock and add some lugs, but you would probably be limited to using the single point type sling. If you used a standard sling, you would have to unhook the front lug every time you broke the gun down.

  • Larry April 16, 2012, 12:08 am

    I just purchased mine…which means 10 days of anxiety and patience…California is a special place…unfortunately.
    But, I was able to buy mine from an AMAZINGLY nice and informative dealer: Wild Sports in Sacramento. They took the time to explain the mechanics of the gun, show me all the parts that came with it and educate me on various Ruger components that make the gun even more appealing! The ability to integrate 3 magazines into one rotary package was ingenious! I highly recommend that if you want one of these guns, that you go to your favorite gun store, bring a nice bottle of American Kentucky Whiskey, have a long chat about life and the weather….and then ask real nice if he could order you one of these puppies….

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  • KERRY April 16, 2012, 8:36 am

    This looks lie the gun I have been waiting for. I have several other TD 22s and all have one issue or another.The guns I have for comparrison are Rem mod. 12, Rem Mod 121, Rem Mod 241, Browning TD(Belgin). These are all fine guns but at times they have been a problem from just a few weconds of heart burn to “return home for another”. I also have 7 Ruger 10-22 dating from the very first issues ($40 for carbine & $60 for sportsman checkered). Keep them coming.My grand children also have been given several.
    Thank you, grabiron, kerry

  • Dave April 16, 2012, 10:22 am

    There is no comparison to the AR-7. I come across the Ruger at the gun show the other day and had been looking for something to just throw in a backpack when taking the Jeep out and this thing is great. Putting it together or breaking it down is a snap and it feels solid. The foregrip is a great addition over the AR-7 also. Can’t say enough good things for it, all I can say it “Thanks” to Ruger.

  • Steve April 16, 2012, 11:47 am

    What I want to know is how does this fair against a Henry AR-7?

    • Administrator April 16, 2012, 11:52 am

      Apples and oranges. This is more comparable to a gun twice its cost.

    • Gemeniguy May 1, 2012, 4:01 pm

      If I had to have a take-down .22, I would take the Ruger hands down over an AR-7 or a Papoose. This without even having any experience with the Ruger. The Ruger is much more ergonomic than the AR-7 and Papoose and from what I’ve read so far the Ruger does not appear to jam.

  • David Bolsinger April 16, 2012, 1:24 pm

    I would love to win this rifle. I hear they are AWESOME.

  • Tim April 16, 2012, 2:29 pm

    It sounds like a great gun. I own a standard 10/22 and I love it, several thousand rounds and going strong.
    The only thing I would like to see is multiple caliber barrels available, 17HMR would be great.
    Keep up the the good work Ruger….

    • Daniel May 26, 2012, 3:13 am

      Semi-auto 17HMR is not safe, and they have all been cancelled / recalled.

  • kelly April 18, 2012, 7:02 pm

    reminds me of my first gun a Bauer Beaver
    it was a 410/22 over and under had two triggers one to shoot with and one to break it down accurat to 300 350 yards awsome portable from the 60s early 70s

    • phil December 3, 2012, 2:19 pm

      There is no way you ever shot a 22 three hundred yards let alone 350 with that gun as I ownd one 50yards is a little more realistic

  • CHARLIE April 21, 2012, 11:36 pm

    I heard of the new Take Down Ruger 10-22 Thursday evening. I started calling dealers early Friday morning to see if anyone had any of them and I called all of the big stores in the Indianapolis area. I finally found a store that had one left out of their stock of Ruger 1022 TD’s. I told them that I was on my way and when I got there, there were only 3 people in the store. While I was in there 12 more people came into the store. I don’t know if they wanted to buy a 10-22TD or not but I purchased the only one they had left. It was stainless steel with the black phenolic stock and weighs in at a little under 5 pounds. I put a scope in it as soon as I got home and took it out for a test run to sight in my scope. It comes with a great fabric case with heavy duty zippers and plenty of compartments to put the barrel, stock, and scope into along with shells, tools and a sandwich or two. It comes with a good nylon sling with a shoulder pad on the sling. It comes with a scope mount but you have to make sure that your scope rings will fit the Ruger base. My scope rings would not fit it so I purchased a weaver that did fit my mounts fine. You can easily take the barrel off of the gun and put it back on in less than 5 seconds. Here is yet another great Ruger Product. I was looking through Rugers acessories and they have a suppressor that fits around the front sight and the barrel and reduces muzzle jump the reviews say and makes the gun look more like it means business. Ha It does make for faster second shots.

  • greg April 22, 2012, 2:03 pm

    The Ruger 10-22 is a great rifle! So, if you already have a 10-22 that is not of the “take down” model, don’t panic. “Take down” rifles and carbines have always been a “recognized” idea for pilot safety and for situations where weapons storage is at a minimum. You don’t really have that with a 10-22. They are small enough to put in a raptor type pack or “two day” bag. Take down rifles inherently suffer from inaccuracy. “Re-zeroing” a weapon that separates at the middle has always been an engineering problem. If you have a quality 22, keep it. Remember, there is no advantage to a take down rifle concerning weight. Size is the only advantage.
    Advantage is also spending some of your prepping budget on high velosity, hollow point 22 ammo!
    Whatever you do have for firearm defence……………………..TRAIN!

  • Philip April 22, 2012, 9:02 pm

    My local store had two of these, they lasted all of 24 hours before they were bought out. I got one, my partner got the other. It fits in my BOB with minimal space lost. Shoots like a dream too. Gald I got it when I did ’cause the store I bought it from can’t get anymore.

  • Archie April 23, 2012, 8:00 am

    We have ‘em in stock @ Buffalo Sporting Goods
    903-322-4298 Tue-Sat 9-5

    • Administrator April 23, 2012, 8:51 am

      Now why on earth would you post this here for the thousands of people who read the article and not post it on GA for the hundreds of thousand looking for one lol? Silly people.

  • Craig Sander April 29, 2012, 5:55 pm

    I love the new Ruger 10/22 Takedown. Check out this awesome video of of it shooting and exploding bottles http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzO9p8_OJxo

  • Wookie April 30, 2012, 1:33 pm

    I picked one up over the weekend. It is a great little rifle, and I love the accessory pack that it comes with. Even though I have a few 10/22s in my collection, this one is a “must have”. Nice job Ruger. Obviously there was a demand for, and they hit it. They are selling so fast that the local shops can’t keep them in. I got lucky, as Gunnies just got a batch of 5 that morning, and had 2 left at noon when I dropped by. It shoots great, just like the article says.

  • Gemeniguy May 1, 2012, 1:16 pm

    I had a Charter Arms AR-7 jammomatic which I got rid of in short order. A few years ago I purchased a Henry AR-7. Not as bad as the Charter Arms but I would not trust an AR-7 in a true survival situation. Unless I absolutely had to have a take-down to fit in a backpack, I wouldn’t go with any take-down, including the Ruger. I have a stainless 10-22 with an aftermarket Butler Creek synthetic straight stock. That rifle is a tack-driver with a Williams peep on it. I’m retired and living in a small hamlet in the Adirondacks and am already at my bug-to location. But if I had to bug-out I would break the 10-22 I have now into two pieces and put them in a small suitcase. I’ve done this many times on vacation trips with several different firearms. So my bug-out bag is not a backpack but a small hard cover locking suitcase. Something to consider for city and surburban dwellers.

  • Gemeniguy May 1, 2012, 7:52 pm

    I’d like to see Ruger come out with a compact in stainless and synthetic stock. Total length of barrel and action would only be 22 inches. If the forend of the stock was cut down to 22 inches, you’d still have enough forearm to grip. Loosen the single take-down screw and you now have two 22 inch sections to pack. Just be careful not to lose the two receiver and bolt stop screws. No repeatability problems when the rifle is re-assembled. That’s my idea of a Ruger 10-22 take-down. Some guy already did this with a blued Ruger compact. Took the wood stock and cut it down to the same length as the barrel and action.

  • Rich West May 2, 2012, 7:04 pm

    Change out the trigger group with a older metal version and it would be a nice portable gun. Ruger needs to STOP the plastic trigger group, trigger guard and barrel band. I went to buy a new 10/22 and after seeing it’s plastic (a money saving thing for Ruger) I passed and got super lucky to find a very well kept 1998 version for $220.00. It looked more NOS than used and I am happy with my older metal version. It even had some nice aftermarket sights and a super nice trigger job. Some guns are just fine with polymer like most modern handguns. I have a few myself, but Ruger doing what they did to the 1022 is a disgrace to the rifle itself, it makes it seem “cheap” but did not lower the price any from the metal units. On the high side, If you want metal but do not want a used rifle. There are suppliers that sell metal receivers and match trigger groups. Your other choice is to find almost if not new metal take off parts from people who have changed out their factory metal TG for a fancy adjustable unit and metal receivers can be had for not too much coin. See all trouble Ruger has caused for someone who does not want plastic? Ruger, please stop the polymer on your 10/22′s. I have many of your guns and like them very much and you had to go a screw around a make me hate the new 10/22.

    • Gemeniguy May 3, 2012, 12:34 pm

      Sounds like Ruger may be going down the same road that Winchester did with their post-1964 Model 70 fiasco. There may come a time when a used all-metal 10-22 might be worth more than a new plastic 10-22. I acquired my all-metal stainless 10-22 before Ruger came out with composite stocks. I took off the Ruger wood stock with barrel band and mounted a Butler Creek straight composite stock with no barrel band. Had a gunsmith mount a Williams FP receiver sight which required drilling and tapping the receiver. The gunsmith told me he broke two carbide drill bits when drilling through the stainless. Didn’t charge me extra for the broken drill bits, most likely because he learned a valuable lesson when working with stainless. The receiver mounted places the peep closer to the eye than the guide mounted sight which makes the rifle inherently more accurate when ergonomics are considered. I suppose if I ever purchase a new Ruger I could take off the trigger group from my all-metal stainless and put it on the plastic gun. Of course, I’d only have one usable 10-22 at a time but I suppose I could live with that.

  • Gemeniguy May 10, 2012, 12:11 pm

    I saw a Ruger 10-22 takedown at Gander Mountain in Plattsburgh, NY. Definitely a cool factor to it. There didn’t seem to be any rush there resulting in selling them out. If Ruger ever comes out with a stainless compact and abbreviated stock, I’ll seriously consider it.

  • retiredpeacekeeper May 14, 2012, 12:31 am

    This is my 3rd Ruger 10/22 since January 2012. I bought a stainless steel Carbine length for myself and the wife liked it so much, she ended up getting a blued version with the luminescent sights. I picked up a 10/22 breakdown today for $364.00 out the door. I’m VERY impressed with the breakdown version, checking it out alongside a brand new Henry Arms AR-7 (which I am going to buy tomorrow morning, not because I need to – Ibecause I want to). I also have a Ruger Mini-14 law enforcement and tactical model which were bought when introduced not too long ago. Ruger has SUPERIOR workmanship, dependability and service. Being retired military, I am pretty skilled at recognizing a reliable weapon which is worthy of keeping you alive in a pinch, as opposed to a throw away weapon of inferior substance. The Ruger 10/22, although not a combat weapon, is as good a quality weapon as you’ll find and capable of defending a person if the need arises. The recent addition of the XB-25 magazine to this venerable rifle only adds to its lethality. I recommend Ruger products. The 10/22 breakdown is a DEFINITE positive addition to a collection of fine rifles. It is well thought out, as is the accompanying sturdy carry case. Pick one up today. You will NOT regret it!

  • Philip May 24, 2012, 1:37 am

    I am definitely a long-time Ruger fan and already own three 10/22′s, one wood carbine that I bought new in the early ’80′s and two synthetic stock models that I purchased early this year for my kids to shoot. I also own a mk II and a mk III target pistol, a P89 9mm, and an M77 30/06. I have never had a problem with any of them! When the take-down came out, I had to hunt a few weeks to find one and finally bought it three weeks ago. I’ve been to the range twice with very disappointing results with the take-down. Using the 10 round mag that came with it and a couple of others from my other 10/22 rifles, it jammed every other shot no matter which ammo I tried. I have two Ruger 25 round mags and the take-down’s bolt wouldn’t even slide closed or feed the ammo into the barrel with those. Ruger is stating a 4 to 6 week turnaround in getting repairs done so I took it to my local gunsmith to check it out. I just picked it up today ($65.00 later) and the gunsmith told me that he was pretty surprised at the flaws on the rifle. He had to shave various burrs off of the bolt and bolt housing and also sand down the 25 round mags to allow the bolt to grab the shell and close completely, and he said that the tolerances were unusually tight on the rifle. I haven’t shot it since getting it back but this is a real disappointing start to owning this gun. On the other hand, I searched many take-down reviews and forums and almost everyone has had very positive experiences with their take-downs and no one has mentioned having issues similar to mine. I guess I just got the random lemon in the bunch and hopefully the gunsmith has resolved all of the bugs. I really want this one behind the seat in my truck with two loaded 25 round mags for that “just in case” situation. I’ll post again once I get the chance to test it out.Has anyone else had similar problems with their 10/22 take-down?

  • Gemeniguy May 24, 2012, 10:55 am

    I stopped into the Gander Mountain store in Plattsburgh, NY yesterday and just out of curiosity asked about sales of the 10-22 take-down. They told me they received 5 a month ago and sold 3 to date, all to canoe and kayak types. So the take-down appears to be a demographic type thing as they’re not selling like hotcakes up here. Most likely because this is already a bug-to location and no reason to conceal a firearm. But if I was heavily into canoes, kayaks or back-packing I might consider getting one. Other than that, I might get one for the cool factor. But until they reduce the 10-22 take-down to overall similar take-down lengths of the AR-7 or Papoose, it’s not cool enough for me to warrant the purchase.

  • Gemeniguy May 25, 2012, 10:28 am

    I made a wording error in some of my posts. I never obtained a firearm for the “cool factor”. I obtained it for the “curiosity” or “try-out” factor. I simply wanted to try it out and see if I liked it and if it fit my purpose. And I’ve gone through many firearms in my lifetime until I got to the ones I like. I simply sold or traded in the ones I didn’t like.

  • Ringo May 31, 2012, 8:59 am

    Just purchased a 1022 TD to go with my 1022 T (target) that I purchased in 93′. I sold my Armalite AR-7 to finance the TD. No regrets. The TDs are available at SEC in Honolulu, Hawaii for $322 if there are any in stock. They have been selling out as soon as they arrive. I don’t expect it be as accurate as my target 1022. However, I am hoping that the the scope will remain zeroed when re-assembled. Has anybody tested that yet?

  • jon June 4, 2012, 10:29 am

    If you attach the scope will the whole thing still fit into the carry bag?
    I’d hate to have to de-scope it after dialing it in each time I pack it in somewhere.

    • Scott June 10, 2012, 9:40 pm

      With a normal size scope, you will probably have to descope to fit it in the bag. I have a Nikon P-22 on mine, and attached it to an GG&G Accucam base. It allows for quick removal, and returns to zero every time.

  • tnkrstoyco June 11, 2012, 4:21 pm

    After reading through all this, it looks like I will be looking for one to add to my 10/22 collection. My first 10/22 was purchased at Wal Mart in 1973, added a leather strap and scope, total cost was $63. I have 6 different 10/22′s in various configurations including an original stainless AMT 22 Lightening on eaton folder.

    One of the best little guns ever built.

  • Dissertation Literature Review June 12, 2012, 5:57 pm

    I bought my Ruger 10-22 in the 60s for $54. …put a Weaver 4x scope on. I still have it.

  • Shane Langston June 18, 2012, 12:56 am

    Superb shooting gun. I highly recommend this bad-boy!

  • Newbie 10/22-TD Owner July 12, 2012, 7:58 pm

    LOVE my new 10/22-TD! Pre-ordered a pair of BX-25 mags and a Barska Riflescope in advance of picking it up. Can’t wait to try it out!

  • Andrew Howard September 24, 2012, 2:37 pm

    I love mine, my wife bought it for me for our anniversary and i had my first jam yesterday, it decided it didnt need an extractor anymore, got on the phone with Gil at customer service and the new parts are on the way. This was my first Ruger, and my first experience with their customer service, and I have been completely satisfied with both. The rifle is a shooter, as long as you let the bolt slam home a few times when you assemble it.

  • S Hunter December 3, 2012, 9:36 am

    I bought one of these a few months ago. I have shot it several times and its the real deal. I would like to know if someone could suggest a scope of some kind that would be short enough to fit in the bag?

  • Mark December 3, 2012, 10:44 am

    When I heard Ruger was comeing out with a 10/22 TakeDown model I bought the first one in the whole area of Mobile Ala. After takeing it to the Range and putting it thru-test after test its construction, reliablity on returning to zerro, accuracy. After 500 rounds of ammo,It stayed on Zerro(and thats takeing it apart every 25 rounds)The only Flaw I could fine is the Stock is( Hollow) and has no-way of holding a swivel for the sling! BUT mabe I can add a slip on butt pad that has a swivel connect on it OR drill a whole in the stock pour a little liquid resine and hardner into it set a long shank swivel screw and let it harden in place(this should cure that flaw)Until Ruger comes out with a replacement stock even if it adds one more pound thats ok by me.O yes 20 rounds at 25 yrds.(Nickle size grouping),20 rds. at 50 yrds.a (little over a quarter size grouping),20 rds.at 100 yrds. grouping size(little larger than a silver dollar),but Some of that could be me at 54 years of age,I’d like to think its the centerpoint scope from walmart and not me.Ruger did there Home Work No other Flaws at all. (I Love IT )!YOU WILL WANT ONE !

  • Irish-7 December 3, 2012, 12:56 pm

    Although I already owned a Ruger 10/22 with a wood stock and scope, I could not resist buying the 10/22 Takedown as well. I love the bag that it comes in, too. In fact, I made the bag a small survival kit. I also added a few BX-25 magazines and bought the adapter that attaches 3 rotary mags together. If a crisis developed suddenly, and I only had time to grab one thing and take off, it would be my Ruger 10/22 Takedown and survival kit.

  • ken December 3, 2012, 10:52 pm

    Ruger has many solid gun lines the 10/22 being one of them I own several different model guns from Ruger and after over a life time still have them. I have the original 44 Magnum rifle they made the 10/22 after its a tube fed version some what like a shotgun later they made a rotary clip model. The good thing about the 10/22 is the upgrades on the market from barrels to recievers and you can buy a .17 for them as long as you have the reciver for thenbase cartridge so the original 17 loadings have barrels you just need to pit them on and they alrready fit in the mags out there just make sure your using a .22 magnum Ruger to convert to the 17 Hmr…the mach II barrels for the 10/22 can be found here-http://www.brownells.com/rifle-parts/barrel-parts/rifle-barrels/ruger-10-22-17-mach-2-barrels-prod22311.aspx Just buy one and covert. Rugers last a life time and they are accurate guns generally but not always priced for the working man. This take down is on my list I just need to check if it has a threaded barrel model.

  • gusser December 11, 2012, 5:21 pm

    I have been awaiting the arrival of this gun for a long time. I have a ruger 10-22 in wood and really like it. I expected the same for this gun. Today i called the dealer and he received a large number of them. I immediately went down to bring one home. That was my intention. that was not the result. My friend noticed it on the gun display and we both just kind of stood there and looked at it. Somewhat surprised. It sat beside the rugar in walnut. It looked cheap. Upon picking it up and getting the feel of it, well, it just didn’t feel right. I checked it over, held it to my shoulder as if to fire, took it apart and then put it back. Yep. Guys, it is cheap. Feels cheap and looks cheap. It sat beside a standard ruger 10-22 and the difference is astounding. There may be an additional rush because it is a new gun, but if you really checked them out and didn’t have the need for a brakedown, i would bet you would not buy this gun. not only that, but it is NOT MADE IN THE USA. MADE IN JAPAN. WTF!!!!!! I am going to buy a Henry.

    • Rick January 23, 2013, 11:16 am

      Made in Japan!??? Where did you see that? Mine is made in USA.

      • Administrator January 23, 2013, 12:05 pm

        All Ruger firearms are made in the USA.

    • Ro Gal November 20, 2013, 2:17 pm

      Man, what have you been smoking or drinking? Ignorant comments like yours abound in many forums, gun forums being no exception. We nned people like you on the gun control side, that way we have all the fools in one place.

  • tonebone January 1, 2013, 5:55 pm

    I recently bought a 10/22 TD and just finished sighting it in today with a Leapers 3-9×40 [$50] and I’m amazed at the accuracy. My only complaint is the plastic stock. I hate plastic stocks [included in the category of plastic are credit cards]. Unfortunately, I’ve yet to find anyone that is making a wood version, whether solid or laminated, for the TD.

    I could certainly ‘fit’ it myself, had I bought a wood stock, but no one seems to include dimensions on the stocks they make. Curious.

    Anyway, nice little .22LR from Ruger.

  • Justingray70 January 27, 2013, 3:02 pm

    I feel ripped off, bought one Brand new, have had there Scopes on it
    There sets of rings, and it cannot be sighted in.

    • Administrator January 27, 2013, 5:04 pm

      Maybe try new glasses. Or shoot closer. The gun most likely works fine, but you might want to call Ruger.

  • robert March 14, 2013, 4:29 pm

    Is there a thumbhole stock available for the take down???

  • researching rifles January 24, 2014, 1:49 pm

    Thank you so much for this post – gotta check out this rifle

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