22 LR Takedowns: Browning, Ruger, Marlin Go Head to Head
Rugerís new 10/22 Takedown hits a home run. The age-old semi-auto Browning SA-22 walks, and the even older lever-action Marlin 39A design strikes out, our crew of umpires said.
We recently had the pleasure of testing one of the first copies of Rugerís just-announced new 10/22 Takedown, $389, and as is usual in this magazine, we wanted to test it against other takedown rifles. To that end we organized the simultaneous testing of the age-old but still in production semi-auto Browning SA-22, $700, and the even older lever-action design by Marlin, the 39A, $702. All of these rifles come apart easily for storage or transportation. Other than that feature, the rifles were miles apart in design and also in overall weight. However, considerations of not only weight but also shortness, ease of disassembly, and retained accuracy when reassembled, have major effects on the choices of one or the other of these for boat, off-road, or light-aircraft use. We kept that in mind as we examined each one. We tested with Federal AutoMatch, Eley Match EPS, CCI MiniMag solids, and Winchester Power Point HPs. Hereís what we found.