I FINALLY made the time to take the new Ruger 10/22 Take Down out for a hundred rounds. Finally.
First of all, the fit and finish of the rifle mechanism itself are wonderful. It is tight and right. The trigger is a bit stiff, which is to be expected of a new 10/22, but I have absolutely no complaints with the mechanics of this rifle. The take down function is perfect, and perfectly awesome. This rifle works.
Second, the factory open sights. The front sight is nice - I like the day-glow green dot. It stands out in your sight picture just fine. The rear sight leaves something to be desired. Although elevation is adjustable, windage is not, and the rifle is not zeroed with the open sights. Not that Iíd rely on it for anything further than 30-yards or so without glass, but it shoots high and left. The good news is that it shoots high and left CONSISTENTLY. Were I set up for it this evening, I could have put those rounds into a three-inch target with no problem. Obviously, optics are in my immediate future. Luckily, Ruger thought of that and the 10/22 TD comes with both regular scope mounts and a Picatinny rail in the package.
Third, the stock. I was not prepared for how light this rifle is. Compared to my daughterís 10/22 Carbine with an oak stock, this thing is a feather. And it has recoil! Not much, but more than its older brother with the wooden stock. I was delightfully surprised. For all its lightweight wonder, it still feels like youíre shooting something of substance because of the recoil. The only real complaint I have with the stock is that the epoxy failed and the little oval plug with the Ruger logo that goes in the bottom of the pistol grip popped out. No biggie; a little two-part and five minutes and itís all fixed up.
In short, I love it. Itís a great little rifle, easy to take down and take with, especially with the ultra-spiffy carry pack Ruger sends with, and an all-around fun gun to shoot. I canít wait to get back out and plink with glass on it, and maybe even do some rabbit hunting!