Rotary / 25*
|Drilled & Tapped for
|Take Down Length
round accessory magazines available
As you can see above, Ruger wasn't kidding. The
Ruger® Take Down 10/22®
really.... well, takes down and it does so easily.
Better yet, it goes back together just as easily and continues
shooting where it left off. As Foghorn Leghorn would say, allow me
to elucidate, illustrate and possibly explicate further.
It comes with its own luggage
I've worked with a few Rugers that include similar
quality cases. A thoughtful inclusion on the part of Ruger and very
practical in design for this application. This one is a mini backpack that securely holds
each half of the taken down 10/22 in fitted interior pockets and
there is an extra interior pocket that could hold a scope or similar
product. Large exterior pockets and lots of web loops hold
magazines, ammunition and accessories. A carry strap and multiple
carry points allow the case to be carried on its own or attached to
other packs and cases.
Take Down mechanisms...
As a practical matter, the barrel assembly is
removed by releasing the locking lever and twisting the barrel
counter clockwise approximately 45°. Installing the barrel assembly
only requires inserting the barrel into the receiver at the same
angle of rotation and twisting it clockwise until it is aligned with
the receiver and the locking plunger pops into place.
There is one step that is necessary only the first time the
rifle is assembled or, perhaps, after a very large number of
assembly/disassembly cycles. Once the barrel is installed, the
adjusting knob is rotated counterclockwise until it is tight. Then
the barrel assembly is removed and the adjusting knob, which
provides adjustment tactile feedback in the form of clicks, is
rotated counterclockwise one or two additional clicks and the barrel
is reinstalled. This fine adjustment assures a tight lock up between
the barrel and receiver assemblies. The adjusting knob requires no
further attention during subsequent take down - reassemble cycles.
Above, top image is forearm rotated 45°
counterclockwise to align flat on barrel to clear the clamp. Bottom
image, barrel fully inserted and rotated to vertical alignment with
the receiver and the barrel lug engaged and secured between the
spacer and the clamp.
Still very much a Ruger 10/22
With the exception of the take down feature, this
model has the familiar 10/22 look, feel and operation. The stock
form and dimensions are essentially the same as the carbine
synthetic model, as are control locations and operation.
Ruger 10/22 Take Down receiver is drilled and
tapped for scope mounts. The Take Down model includes a combination
Weaver-type base that can be used for any number of optical,
electronic and/or mechanical sight systems. A 2-10x42mm scope with a large
50mm objective bell was installed on the Take Down using medium height Warne's rings. After
making a few adjustments in scope positioning for proper eye relief, and
to accommodate a short
neck, the barrel could still be removed with the rear sight folded
down, without disturbing the scope.
I only planned an hour of shooting, but...
I've shot a number of Ruger 10/22's and built a few
specialized versions for the shop, children and grandchildren.
Besides the utility of a good camp gun, they are typically very
accurate, very reliable and fun to shoot in friendly competition.
The same applies to the Take Down. The weather and residual snow
prevented shooting long distances, so data at fifty feet and fifty
yards was collected. Shot from a cradle with a 10x scope -
Fifty feet: 1) Federal 40 grain - 0.25", 2)
Winchester Super X 37 grain - 0.20", 3) Remington Target 40 grain -
0.18", 4) Winchester X 40 Grain - 0.28", 5) Winchester X 40 grain -
0.39" ten shots, barrel removed and reinstalled after the first five
shots following the empty gun bolt cycling recommended by Ruger.
Fifty Yards: 1) Federal 40 grain - 0.70", 2)
Winchester Super X 37 grain - 0.60", 3) Remington Target 40 grain -
0.62", 4) Winchester X 40 Grain - 0.70" ten shot group, 5)
Winchester X 40 Grain - 0.90" five shot group with a barrel remove
and install after the second shot and no empty gun cycling in
Ruger 10/22 Take Down wasn't fussy when it came
to ammo. I could juggle ammo and perhaps shrink group size by a bit,
but the gun definitely didn't need a diet of expensive target ammo
to shoot straight. Snapping the bolt closed on a empty chamber after
a barrel reinstall made a difference in a measurable and verifiable
way. However, this only seems to have an effect on the first couple of shots
after a barrel reinstall because shooting two or three shots, instead
of cycling the bolt on an empty chamber, also caused the gun to
settle down group tightly and remain that way.