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Ruger 10-22 TD Model 11100 22 LR, $389

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Although the B&L 36X riflescope looks out of place on this tiny, light little 22, it did the job of telling us just what each of the three takedown 22 rifles can provide in terms of accuracy. We liked the simplicity of the Ruger's easily-cared-for stock and stainless barrel. We didn't like the idea of scoping it, so we put on an aperture sight. This rifle does everything right, we thought.

Ruger 10-22 TD Model 11100 22 LR, $389

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We had no troubles whatsoever with the Ruger 10/22 Takedown. We consider it to be a milestone in the development of that rifle by Sturm, Ruger & Co., and take our hats off to them for this design. With weight of only 4.5 pounds and a package that takes up half the room of other light rifles that don't come apart, we believe the 10/22 TD will find its way into the storage compartment of many bush aircraft.
The Ruger comes apart with the press of a lever and a slight twist. Taken apart, it makes a mighty small package.
The red arrow points at the thumb latch. Press it toward the muzzle and twist the front portion of the forend counterclockwise about one-eighth turn and the gun comes apart. The magazine can stay in the gun, but the bolt must be locked open before taking the gun apart. If the magazine is loaded, it's safer to remove it.
The bolt can be easily locked open, though it doesn't stay open after the last of its 10 shots are gone. The checkering was coarse and thoroughly functional. This design has been around about 50 years, and it's not only thoroughly proven, there are plenty of aftermarket accessories available for it.
This sight was made by Williams. It uses the existing two sight-mount holes and cleverly brings the aperture back closer to your eye, where it belongs. The sight insert can be removed for a ghost-ring effect.
Dirt is easily wiped off the exposed parts when broken down. The big bag that came with the rifle was too big for aircraft use. A small tarp would do better, or just stick it into your sleeping bag with a few extra loaded magazines.

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