Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite Rifle Review

Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite Rifle Review The latest version of the Ruger’s famous 10/22 rifle, this new, hot-off-the-production-line Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite rifle from Ruger offers options normally only found via aftermarket […]

Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite Rifle Review

The latest version of the Ruger’s famous 10/22 rifle, this new, hot-off-the-production-line Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite rifle from Ruger offers options normally only found via aftermarket upgrades. The Lite Takedown also sports a rather different appearance.

Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite review - in bag

The .22lr Project – Ruger 10/22 Series

Ruger 10/22 Standard Carbine Rifle Review - 2 carbinesThis is the fourth version of the Ruger 10/22 series of rifles that we are reviewing in 22lr, with plenty of samples from manufacturers all around. We call it The 22lr Project (link).

The Ruger 10/22 rifle is one of the most popular and iconic rifles in the US and has many versions (Brownell’s link). Cabela’s (link) also sells various Ruger 10/22 models online with delivery to your local Cabela’s store. Here is the link to the Takedown Lite model at Cabela’s.

Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite rifle

So far in our series we have looked at a variety of stock and custom 10/22 rifle variants, but have not yet had a rifle supplied by the manufacturer. When given the chance Ruger didn’t just throw one of their classic models our way. Ruger chose to send the new Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite rifle. No this is not a repeat from the stainless Takedown Kryptek 10/22 rifle (review link). This is it’s younger, lighter sibling.

Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite review - booth videoWe met in a little booth in Kentucky…

Our first encounter with the Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite rifle was in the Ruger booth at the 2016 NRA show in Louisville, KY. This is truly the latest and most innovative of the versions offered by Ruger. The first visual hint of new is the bag. After unzipping it, my eyes were drawn right onto the barrel. It is a bull .920” straight barrel configuration without the usual iron sights. Other quick noticeable items are an increased use of the glass fiber reinforced polymer. A new improved modular stock that has two comb options. The new stock is lightweight polymer with new grooves and texture. Well so far that’s the first quick view so here are the

Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite rifle specs:

Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite review - stuickerStock  Black Synthetic
Front Sight. None
Rear Sight. None
Material. Alloy Steel
Barrel Feature. Alloy Steel Barrel Tensioned in Aluminum Sleeve
Thread. 1/2″-28
Capacity. 10
Twist. 1:16” RH
Finish. Satin Black
Overall Length. 34.62″
Barrel Length. 16.10″
Weight. 4.5 lb.
Grooves. 6
Suggested Retail. $659.00

Major stores have it for around $600.00

Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite rifle bag:

The bag to house the Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite rifle is new and improved, but I am not thrilled. Where did the tactical cross-sling pack go? I was a major fan of that configuration, as seen in the stainless Takedown Kryptek 10/22 rifle review. Yes, I do like the added flexibility within, provided by the Velcro and the strap fittings. However, I would have kept the exterior in the tactical or prepper bug out bag style and added the new Velcro arrangement inside. To me, the new bag is more of a fancy attache to be used when taking the rifle to a shooting club, instead of the more function oriented tactical approach of the original pack. The new Takedown Lite rifle bag is made with heavy fabric and the seams show good hold. The pack will most definitely protect your rifle for a long time.

Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite rifle stock:

The new Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite rifle stock has great improvements like gripping grooves and texture. For me, the most interesting new characteristic is modularity. The Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite rifle stock can be modified by exchanging between the 2 provided comb options.

Stock comb exchange process: The rear sling stud is loosened and removed, this allows for the flat comb and stock end to come off to be replaced with the high comb or high cheek rest. This is where Ruger is starting to get in the customization market, and I like it. Our rifle has the black on black stock, but Ruger also offers new colorful options.

Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite rifle barrel:

New for Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite rifle is a .920” Bull profile barrel. Our sample came in black, but also available in red and blue. This barrel is a skinny tube tensioned within the aluminum shroud. The shroud is also drilled for heat ventilation. This technology has been used before by other manufacturers with carbon fiber and aluminum to reduce weight while retaining stiffness. The barrel channel tension helps stabilize the vibration and also creates a node in the barrel harmonics. The node is set at the muzzle and aids in accuracy. The muzzle is threaded with the standard ½ x 28 making ready from the factory for using muzzle devices like a compensator or suppressor.

Other Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite rifle features that I like

  • The magazine release has an extension that allows for easier mag extraction.
  • The reduced weight is also a welcomed attribute. The Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite rifle will surely not weigh you down if taken on a longer hike or as a compact survivalist weapon. It is a half pound lighter than its predecessor. If you save weight on the rifle, it increases the amount of ammo you can carry. It is so light and compact it might be considered as a backup rifle option in a prepper’s bug out bag
  • It can easily be packed away and then quickly deployed on occasions where a smaller critter might be taken without making to much noise. The noisy squirrel when hunting deer comes to mind. Couple the rifle with a suppressor and eliminate the critter without scaring the deer away.

Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite rifle fit…

As it was with the stainless 1022 review I have found that the machining and fittings for the takedown assembly are smooth to operate.

Always remember the requirements for takedown:

  • remove the magazine,
  • open the bolt, clearing the action and holding it open,
  • then move the releasing latch,
  • twist the barrel and forearm and slide off.

The other very important step is to tighten the tensioning screw to eliminate play on the front end and barrel when putting it together. The tensioning ring is a major requirement for accuracy.

Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite rifle receiver…

The paint finish is pretty even and smooth. The barrel and all surfaces have been well covered. I had some trouble getting the scope rail mounted on the receiver because the temporary screws set in the receiver were glued on by the heavy paint deposit. See the pictures.

Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite rifle Accuracy test results

Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite review - test target

The 5 types of ammo were shot through as in the other 10/22 accuracy tests, 10 rounds each, at separate targets for each ammo. The largest grouping approx 2 ¼ square inches and the smallest ⅜ square inches. From several conversations with other shooters they continue to struggle with the accuracy from the takedown models. I believe this is again proof that diligent, methodical pursuit and ammo variety will eventually uncover what works better for your rifle. NOTE: Some high end rifles do better with cheaper lead round nose. So don’t think that only match grade ammo ($$$) can provide the most success. Try every type that fits the rifle to see what works best.

I also shot the Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite with a Gemtech GM-45 silencer attached. It worked remarkably well, which surprised me since it is made for .45ACP. Here are the test results:

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Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite

Final Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite rifle thoughts

Ruger has once again produced a great new version of the 10/22 rifle. The Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite has performed very well. It’s new barrel technology approach has given a lighter weight and also has benefits on the accuracy department. The accuracy is better than the standard carbine and the stainless takedown from the earlier reviews. This rifles groupings are close to rivaling the Ruger 10/22 Target Bull barrel rifle. However the price tag is almost in par with the Target version. I believe with the added portability the new 10/22 Takedown Lite is great. I am not a great fan of the exterior of the bag, but the new approach for the interior is a good option for personalizing the configuration. There are even spaces for a scope, magazines and a suppressor. If you are a prepper that would like to have the whole kit ready to go as a bugout pack, then this is a great choice. The improved accuracy will be helpful in survival situations. Yes, I do recommend the Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite rifle.

Get your Ruger 10/22 at Brownell’s (link) or Cabela’s (link), and parts/accessories on Amazon (link).

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The Ruger 10/22 Takedown Lite combines all the best features of prior 10/22s , while cutting the weight considerably. What's not to like?

About Ruger

Ruger FirearmsSturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of rugged, reliable firearms for the commercial sporting market. The only full-line manufacturer of American-made firearms, Ruger offers consumers over 400 variations of more than 30 product lines, from the ubiquitous 10/22® and Mini-14®, to the new and exciting Ruger American Pistol, Ruger Precision Rifle, SR-556 Takedown®, AR-556®, LC9s®, 9E® and Ruger American Rifle®.

About JJ

A long time friend of Gear-Report.com, and frequent behind-the-scenes instigator…I mean contributor, JJ joined the Gear Report team in 2014 in a more formal capacity. Expect to see JJ’s ongoing contributions to reviews, while he coordinates with manufacturers and retailers to review their products. If you want to see what it takes to make the cut here at Gear Report, look no further than JJ. Part inventor, part outdoorsman, JJ brings a wealth of experience to the Gear Report team, as well as some fancy book learning. A Structural Designer by day, JJ spends his nights and weekends on a massively broad range of outdoor and active interests. Whether making hunting knives, bamboo frame canoes, hunting platforms or various other creations, or hunting, fishing, paddling, boating, teaching martial arts, or re-engineering ammunition reloading equipment, JJ is always up to something interesting. Usually several somethings. A native of Guatemala, JJ brings a valuable different perspective to Gear Report. We will see if we can get him to add some Spanish language content to the site, as the need for fair, trusted information on outdoor gear is not limited to English speaking readers.