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Ruger 10/22 Threaded Barrel Takedown

The Ruger 10/22 TDT is portable, accurate, reliable and easy to store.

7/9/2013

With nearly half a century of shooting history behind it, Ruger's 10/22 blowback-operated semi-auto rimfire rifle is arguably one of the most commercially successful firearms in modern American history. It’s a gun that is reasonably priced, compact, ruggedly reliable and accurate with a wide variety of .22 Long Rifle ammunition. In fact, the 10/22 is so popular it has spawned its own market for accessories, upgrades and magazines.

But no matter how spiffy a rifle might be, customers always seem to want something more. Wouldn’t it be nice if this handy little carbine could break into two parts so it could be stowed or carried in a much smaller space? In 2012, Ruger introduced the 10/22 Takedown model with a synthetic stock to fill this customer request.

But even when a gun company releases a revolutionary change in an already popular product, some shooters will look it over and want just one more feature. “Wouldn't it be even better if Ruger's Takedown rifle had a threaded muzzle for accessories like flash hiders and sound suppressors?” This year Ruger answered this just-a-little-more request with the Model 10/22-TDT, featuring a blued-steel threaded barrel. 

This version of the 10/22 arrives with the same profile features as other synthetic-stock 10/22s. The stock shape, sights and controls are all familiar. One of the nice touches with this gun is the inclusion of a 25-round BX-25 magazine instead of the traditional 10-round version. The two primary differences in this model are found at the end of the barrel and in the forearm of the stock.

The 16-inch threaded barrel is fitted with a flash hider that looks like the same one found on the SR-556 .223 rifle. The barrel and forearm separate from the receiver and shoulder stock using a takedown lever located just in front of the magazine well. To break the rifle apart for storage, remove the magazine and lock the bolt in the open position. Then, press and hold the takedown lever, twist the barrel counterclockwise and pull it free of the receiver. The rifle is reassembled in reverse order. Just in case this seems like a confusing process, Ruger places a large sticker with instructions on the stock.

The 10/22 TDT arrives from the factory separated. So in addition to the usual inspection and lubrication one usually performs for factory-fresh guns, this rifle requires a little tuning before the first trip to the range. Once the barrel is installed, tighten the connection using the knurled adjustment ring in front of the receiver until it is finger tight. Then, remove the barrel and give it one or two more clicks. When the barrel is re-installed, it should feel nice and snug. Each time the rifle is separated and reassembled, the bolt should be manually cycled a few times against the empty chamber to help reseat the barrel. If over the course of shooting, it starts to have feeding or accuracy issues, double check the barrel tightness. It won't need adjusting often, but is something of which to be aware.

Ruger goes the extra mile by providing a well-designed custom carry case for 10/22-TDT. One side of the interior features two narrow pockets to hold the two halves of the gun. On the other side is a roomy single pocket to hold ammo, optics, cleaning supplies or whatever else can fit. The lower exterior pocket features pouches for 25-round magazines, and the upper pocket is padded so it can be used as a pistol case. The included shoulder strap allows the case to be carried over the shoulder or worn like a day pack. All in all, the case completes the whole takedown concept by allowing the rifle to be easily stored and transported without an obvious long-gun profile.

Of course, the 10/22 in any configuration begs to be accessorized, so the time at the shooting range was enhanced with a few useful add-ons. This rifle arrives with a scope mount. However, in order to take advantage of both an optic and the iron sights at the same time, an NcStar model MRUHB1022 see-through scope base with matching quick-release rings was used to mount an Alpen Optics’ Kodiak 3-9x32 Wide Angle riflescope. The value-priced Kodiak provided a wide, clear sight picture that was more comfortable to look through for extended shooting sessions than some of the .22-specific scopes on the market.

New for this year, Ruger and Lasermax have teamed up to produce a laser sight for 10/22 rifles fitted with factory-style stocks. The fiberglass-reinforced nylon laser housing replaces the factory barrel band and is contoured to look like a natural extension of the forearm. The bright 635-nanometer red laser is pre-aligned at the factory for use at 25 yards, but it can be adjusted for longer distances. Two 2-inch Picatinny rail mounts allow additional accessories to be attached. This sight system is available exclusively from Ruger.

Informal target shooting out to 25 yards was just as enjoyable with the 10/22-TDT as with other versions of this rifle. Any concerns about the Takedown's ability to feed different brands of .22 Long Rifle ammunition were allayed by its reliable function with a variety of loads using a mix of factory and aftermarket magazines. No soda can, steel plate or dirt clod was safe with the Lasermax sight to enhance aiming with the iron sights. As always, the light weight and low recoil of this rifle made for a long, enjoyable shooting session both on and off the bench.

Formal accuracy testing was conducted with the rifle scoped and set into a benchrest using targets posted at 50 yards. Although the factory trigger was a little heavy, requiring 5-pounds, 8-ounces of pull to cycle, it had a short, crisp break that supported solid accuracy. Groups ranged from 1.25 inches to 2 inches in size, depending on the ammunition used. Not bad at all for an out-of-the-box .22 carbine.

The 10/22-TDT Takedown represents a real innovation in the evolution of this shooting platform. Instead of another color option or different barrel length, Ruger's designers have made it possible for the 10/22 to boldly fit where it's never been stored before. And they did it while preserving the shootability, reliability and reasonable price that have made the 10/22 platform an American mainstay at the range.

Manufacturer: Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc.; www.ruger.com
Model: 10/22-TDT Rifle (#11112)
Action: Blowback Operated Semi-Automatic
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Barrel: Blued Alloy Steel
Receiver: Matt Black Aluminum
Stock: Black Polymer
Front Sight: Gold Bead
Rear Sight: Folding Adjustable
Barrel Length: 16.62”
Overall Length: 36.75” Fully Assembled
Length of Pull: 13.5”
Weight: 4.67 lbs.
Capacity: 25-round BX-25 Magazine (Provided)
Twist: 1:16” RH
Rifle Grooves: 6
Accessories: One Magazine, Scope Base, Removable Flash Hider, Soft Carry/Storage Case with Shoulder Strap, Owner's Manual, Lock
Suggested Retail Price: $419

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24 Responses to Ruger 10/22 Threaded Barrel Takedown

Jeremy VG wrote:
May 06, 2014

The 10/22TD is an excellent rifle. Mine has been accurate and reliable through thousands of rounds, now. My only complaint is the lack of sling studs. Ruger should be ashamed of itself. This rifle is designed to be a survival-type gun and should have sling mounts installed at the factory.

Gordo D. wrote:
April 16, 2014

Thread pitch is 1/2' X 28. You can take off the muzzle brake with a size #60 torx & little effort, no heat required. You can then fit on your favorite noise suppressor & subsonic ammo for some quiet fun.

Indiana Dave wrote:
March 28, 2014

Anyone have any idea what it might cost to gear up to manufacture 22LR? You know, Find a need and fill it ...

Duane Wood wrote:
September 03, 2013

I like my 10-22 takedown far more than my 30+ year old original. It feels better in hand, has better iron sights, better trigger, better magazine release, and is more accurate - certainly worthy of a scope. It's good I have a small supply of .22 lr ammo, as I have not seen any on a dealer shelf in 6 months. It's much easier to come by centerfire pistol ammo now, and it's not marked up double or triple in price, like .22 lr.

BlalockMD wrote:
August 06, 2013

Does anyone know the TPI (threads per inch) spec of the flash hider and the direction of the threads? Thanks, M

ron smith wrote:
July 31, 2013

I must agree that ammo prices have made all shooting a luxury these days - even when I do get ammo I am torn between saving it or using it. The 22 is really the only ammo I use to plink with these days because at 10 cents a round it is more than double the usual price but at least doesn't cost a fortune to pop off a couple hundred rounds. Back on topic I have always had good experiences with Ruger 22's - a Ruger 22 with the little spiral mag and nice wood stock was in fact my first rifle. Very good rifle gave many years of excellent accurate service.

David shoemaker wrote:
July 31, 2013

I love my 10/22 very accurate and fun with all the accessories.I bought it because it was cheap for ammo and my kids all learned to shoot. I also like the fact that it is a great quality steel barrel that doesn't break in until after 40,000 rounds.I have the mini 14 , Mark II and a mark III Ruger is a best box gun money can buy.

Bruce Lancaster wrote:
July 31, 2013

My blued version did not come with the BX-25. It came with a standard 10 rounder. No big deal though - I ordered a couple of BX-25s from Ruger and they shipped them fast. My eyes aren't what they were when I was young, so I'm not overly fond of the stock sights (flipping over the rear blade so the white spot doesn't take my focus helps, but replacement was a better option), so I put a red dot on it... But, after considering the possibility of dead batteries or other malfunction I also put an aperture sight on mine from Skinner Sights. Other than that, the only thing I added was some sling swivels. I may or may not get rid of the red dot and add some see-throughs and a scope. Thank you Mr Horman for the suggestions for both of those items.

Chris D wrote:
July 31, 2013

@Pete - Right? Who can afford to shoot .22LR anymore? I've gone from shooting my favorite caliber weekly to absolutely nothing. I haven't put a single round through any of my .22LRs since November 2012. It's completely absurd. I love my 10/22s and wish I could justify one of these. Maybe when the ammo becomes realistic again.

Mike wrote:
July 30, 2013

I don't know why people would buy a 22 rifle, you can't even find shells for them here in Texas. These big ammo company's need to drop the government contracts, were building ammo to sell to the gun owners'

Cee wrote:
July 23, 2013

Rich: I have a stainless takedown, and it has held it zero after many disassemblies and reassemblies

bill wrote:
July 14, 2013

to bad retailers are not supplyed with 10/22 in florida So public is ripped off having to pay 50 to 100 dollars to have one sent to a fedfire aerms licence holder to buy one in florida

Wes wrote:
July 13, 2013

Great rifle my son and I had a blast fathers day. Now I can' t bullets to replace the ones I shot.

Rich wrote:
July 12, 2013

What I don't see mentioned explicitly in this review is whether or not the point of aim shifts when the rifle is taken down and re-assembled a couple of times. BTW, this article comes 1 week after I bought one of these :)

Terry Watanabe wrote:
July 12, 2013

Too bad that this model can't have it in California.

Darin Bell wrote:
July 12, 2013

Awesome rifle. I got mine in 1989 and it's just been a fun and reliable companion.

Shaka Zulu wrote:
July 12, 2013

If its not delayed blow-back operated doesn't a semi-auto vent enough has around the bolt to degrade noise suppression? Just saying ....

Tim Stewart wrote:
July 11, 2013

Where do you find ammo for the 10-22,None in Florida at this time.

Diocoles wrote:
July 10, 2013

Picked up the 10/22 TD and love it. Just not enough ammo.

Robb wrote:
July 10, 2013

Ruger already had a .22Mag rifle, never understood why they discontinued it..recoil? Would like to see it back though. A version with a barrel suppressor would be nice too.

Larry Gray wrote:
July 10, 2013

Bought a takedown and just added a John Masen flashhider from Midway USA. Awesome rifle.

Bruja Blanca wrote:
July 10, 2013

Handy rifle. Hopefully, they thread the barrel on the SS model one day. I like the Nikon Prostaff 4X32 for about the same price as the Alpen.

Jim Nicol wrote:
July 09, 2013

A .22mag option would be nice

Pete wrote:
July 09, 2013

Already have one 10-22, but can't afford .22 ammo anymore.