Ruger 10/22 Takedown Kryptek Stainless Steel Rifle Review

Ruger 10/22 Takedown Kryptek Stainless Steel Rifle Review By Josejuan This and several other reviews are based in the 22lr caliber and plenty of samples from manufacturers all around. We call […]

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By Josejuan

This and several other reviews are based in the 22lr caliber and plenty of samples from manufacturers all around. We call it The 22lr Project (link)

Ruger offers different models through special suppliers and dealers all over the nation and internationally. We have been provided several variations to test.

Ruger 10/22 Takedown Stainless Steel Rifle

This is the third version of the Ruger 10/22 series of rifles that we will discuss.

The Ruger 10/22 is considered one of the most popular and iconic rifles in the US and has many versions (Brownell’s link). Ruger 10/22 Takedown Stainless Steel Rifle is one of relatively new addition to the Ruger 10/22 lineup. Our Takedown model is the Kryptek Highlander camo model with a stainless steel barrel. Cabela’s (link) also sells various Ruger 10/22 models online with delivery to your local Cabela’s store.

Ruger 1022 Takedown Stainless Steel Rifle review - on bag

The Ruger Takedown 10/22 comes with a storage pack

Ruger 10/22 Takedown Stainless Steel Rifle Specs:

BRAND:  Ruger
# OF MAGS:      1
MODEL:       10/22 Take Down
SAFETY:       Cross Bolt Safety
TYPE:   Rifle: Semi-Auto
SIGHTS:   Front: Gold Bead    Rear: Folding Leaf
BARREL:       16.5
Ruger 1022 Takedown Stainless Steel Rifle review - unboxingFINISH:         Polished Stainless Steel Barrel
ACTION:        Semi-Automatic
WEIGHT:       4.67 lbs
STOCK:           kryptek highlander camo Synthetic
CAPACITY:   10+1
FEATURES:  Scope Base Adapter, Detachable Rotary Magazine
FEATURES:  Rifling: 1-16 RH, Tan Cordura Takedown Case
RECEIVER:   Drilled & Tapped
Msrp:                $439

The Ruger 10/22 Takedown Kryptek Stainless Steel Rifle is available in the market for purchase for about $350. This design has been developed as a lighter version that can be split into two parts. The barrel and stock forarm separates from the action by an easy latch to allow you to twist off the whole barrel and forearm assembly.

Perfect for the Prepper:

For this series my main usage has been target shooting. However I can safely state that this new Ruger 10/22 Takedown Stainless Steel Rifle is what I would consider a great addition to anyone with the preparedness mentality. Yes, all the preppers out there… this rifle and its lightweight small pack can be easily included in a survivalist bug out bag. The 22lr caliber is undersized for big game, but for the survivalists, that is not the prefered target. The strategy is focused on small game where the whole animal is cooked and finished almost in one meal, so there is little need to preserve and store meat.

Ruger 10/22 Takedown Stainless Steel Rifle Description:

Ruger 1022 Takedown Stainless Steel Rifle review - on bricks

  • The Ruger 10/22 Takedown Stainless Steel Rifle is an awesome trail companion that is easy to maneuver.
  • The provided carry bag can be used like a cross shoulder minimalist backpack. The rifle/bag will not slow you down to get to your prefered spot to assemble it and get to hunting.
  • Shooting with iron sights or through a scope the Ruger 10/22 Takedown Stainless Steel Rifle performs better than expected. Because of its main feature (takedown) the barrel and action need to have enough spacing to easily be put together. These critical tolerances are generally bad for accuracy. However, Ruger cleverly included a tightening ring that helps mate the two halves decreasing the inherent lack of tight mating surfaces.
  • The rifle as it is sold with only iron sights does have limitations.

Ruger 10/22 Takedown Stainless Steel Rifle Results:

Ruger 10/22 Takedown Stainless Steel Rifle review - results target

The target was set at 40 yards. Utilizing our Hyskore dual damper shooting rest (review link) to secure the Takedown 10/22, I shot 5 different types of ammo.


I was surprised and impressed on how well this rifle shoots. Three of the groups average a ONE square inch! For most hunters with steady aim small game can be reached out to about 60 yards with placed shots. The worst grouping I had is covering an area of 2 sq.inches, which at 40 yards is still a decent grouping for small game. Not too shabby for a rifle that splits in two.

I have to acknowledge that this rifle did shoot better groups than my standard 10/22 carbine (review link) which I have cherished for quite a while now.
The trigger pull is safe in its heavy pull weight at around the 7.5 lbs. However, the heavy-ish trigger does affect its accuracy, especially if it is shot without support. With practice a heavier trigger is not an impossible thing to learn and overcome.
One of the features I like is the extended mag release. The lever makes easy work of dropping the magazine. The old 10/22 magazine release is not as user friendly. This was very clear during the accuracy test where the rifles were strapped down and access to the mags was more cumbersome. The extension on the magazine release made for easy ammo changes.

Ruger 10/22 Takedown Stainless Steel Rifle Final Thoughts:

Ruger 10/22 Takedown Kryptek Stainless Steel Rifle has grown on me immensely. The light and compact design, the backpack case it includes is a nearly complete setup ready to be included for camping, hunting, or buggin’ out. Add a scope and it’s accuracy validates having it as a survivalist choice for small game. Heck, even with just the iron sights it is a pretty solid little rifle. Care needs to be placed on finding the ammunition type the rifle likes, in order to ensure accurate results. The new extended mag release is a great addition to the rifle.
The area where I have been on the fence is the use of polymers. While strategic use of polymers aids in minimizing weight and providing stability in a range of weather conditions, to me it lessens the value. Lighter metals that could be used would incrementally affect the price. So, for this case I will accept the polymer usage. Ruger has recently dealt with similar concerns over use of polymers in the Ruger Precision Rifle (review link).

Don’t forget to read the manual as many fail to get good accuracy because they are oblivious to the tensioning ring.

Get your Ruger 10/22 at Brownell’s (link) or Cabela’s (link).

Gears Rating:

Gear Score
Even with the trigger weight and plastic parts this is a rifle I will gladly keep and recommend. Which ever purpose you give it, it will not disappoint you.

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®.

Originally posted 2016-11-24 08:24:15. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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