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.
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.
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.