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After the mandated California 10-day waiting period, I am still in the market for .22 LR lever action rifle. My criteria is for a small, light-weight lever action that is easy to stash anywhere. Well, my local gun store had no lever action rifles meeting my criteria.
But, they did have a Ruger 10/22 - Take Down semi-auto version with stainless barrel and synthetic stock. Best of all, being the Take Down version, the barrel separates from the stock and both pieces fit into a padded carrying case. Well, it isn't the lever action that was on my wish list; but, it is small, compact, light weight and easy to stash just about anywhere. And, it had an appeal that I couldn't turn down. Ten days later it followed me home.
The basic magazine holds the California maximum of 10-rounds and fits flush under the receiver - clean lines with no protrusions to hang up. Ruger does offer a tri-mag; a special clamp that will hold three magazines.
After an initial cleaning and oiling, it was time to head to the range for some shooting time. At 25 yards, my groupings were within a 6 inch diameter. I consider that good considering trifocals, open sights and no bench rest.
Semi-auto .22 are notorious for being picky as to type of ammo used. I started with 50 rounds each of Winchester Super X, Blazer, and Imperial. The
Winchester Super X and Blazer loaded, fired, and ejected with no problems.
I did experience fail-to-feed problems with the Imperial ammo. A close look at the ammo revealed that the bullets were not seated with a crimp to hold them in place. As a result, when chambering, the bullet would tilt when hitting the feed ramp and would not correctly feed and chamber. Hence, the fail-to-feed. But, when chambered, it did eject with no problems. The 1970's vintage ammo was not up to par for a modern semi-auto rifle.
While I had problems with this ammo in three different magazines, one was consistent to the point that the bullet jammed the magazine. Again, loose bullet which tilted and jammed.
While cleaning up, I did note that my problem magazine had some lead shavings on the feed ramp edges. I did touch each magazine feed ramp with a little polishing to smooth the feed ramps.
Now, it is time for a scope, which will make it easier for my tired old eyes to focus.
Overall, I am happy with the Ruger 10/22 Take Down. Great little gun!!!
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