GUN TESTS GRADE: A (BEST BUY)
The Model 64 Takedown has a minimalist approach. This rifle is basically a Model 64 barrel and action attached to an abbreviated polymer stock. It breaks down into two components: a receiver assembly and a barrel assembly.
|Overall Length||36.25 in.|
|Disassembled Length||20.2 in.|
|Overall Height (w/o optic)||8.0 in.|
|Weight Unloaded||4.5 lbs.|
|Weight Loaded||4.6 lbs.|
|Barrel Length||16.5 in.|
|Buttstock||Textured black synthetic; serrated buttpad, sling studs|
|Buttstock Length of Pull||13.5 in.|
|Magazine||(1) 10-round detachable rotary|
|Front Sight||Steel post|
|Rear Sight||Adjustable notch rear|
|Trigger Pull Weight||5.4 lbs.|
|Safety||Manual hammer block|
The Model 64 action is a simple blowback style. The receiver is drilled and tapped to mount a base, and there were no screw plugs in the tapped holes, so you can see into the action. Debris could easily get into the action if the rifle is dropped in mud, sand, or water. The serrated bolt handle was a roller-style, meaning it rolled as it is retracted to cock and load the chamber. You can push the handle in to lock the bolt back. The bolt does not lock back after the last shot fired. The safety lever was located on the right-hand side of the receiver above the trigger and directly behind the bolt lever. A hole indicates the safety is in the forward position and the rifle is ready to fire. You can see the bolt through the hole into the action. An “S” is stamped into the steel indicating the safety lever is in the Safe position.
The trigger was smooth and narrow. Unlike on the KelTec and Ruger, we needed to break our shooting grip to manipulate the safety. The bottom metal with the magazine well is screwed into the stock, and a ridged metal magazine release is forward of the well. You need to press it forward to remove the magazine. To insert the mag, you use the front edge of the magazine to push the magazine-release lever forward and then insert the magazine. It was a bit tricky at first, but soon became rote.
We busted our thumbs on the steel magazine. We found the easiest way to load was to press down and to the rear of the cartridge while inserting it. The steel-body magazine held 10 rounds, and the tenth was hard to load.
The stock is the full-size Model 64 stock cut off just forward of the receiver. Sling studs were installed, and we like the ease of installing a sling. The polymer stock had a textured finish and molded checkering at the pistol grip. We liked the texture of the stock. Though there was no forend to grasp, we found we could grasp the front edge on the stock and pull it into our shoulders.
The round barrel sported a dovetailed front blade and an adjustable rear sight. A ladder adjusted elevation, and a hammer would be needed to tap it for windage correction. These sights were basic.
The barrel has simple threading, and a serrated nut is held in place with a spring-loaded detent to keep the barrel and receiver together. To attach the barrel, just crank it on hand-tight, and you are ready to go hot. This procedure was not as fast as the Ruger’s, but it was super simple. The bottom section of the barrel assembly is milled flat so it fits in the receiver the same way every time. The muzzle was nicely crowned. Like the Ruger, the Savage was super easy to clean with the rifle broken down.
Going hot, we were surprised at the accuracy of the Model 64. In some instances we were able to shoot one ragged hole, and this is with iron sights. With a red dot mounted, we were even more surgical. Our best five-shot group measured 0.37 inches with the CCI Blazer 38-grain LRN ammo. The Remington Thunderbolt 40-grain LRN was close behind with a 0.43-inch group. Suffice it to say, the Savage averaged 0.5- to 0.7-inch groups with all the bargain ammo. We were smitten. After extended shooting, the barrel did become hot, so you need to take care. The trigger-pull weight averaged 5.4 pounds — the best out of the three rifles tested. It had a lot of take up but broke very consistently.
We purchased a set of Weaver #12 bases ($10) to mount the Crimson Trace red dot and continued to shoot one ragged hole in the target per magazine if we concentrated.
Our Team Said: The Model 64 Takedown had excellent accuracy. It was in between weight and breakdown length compared to the KelTec and Ruger. The deciding factor was the price. At $150 dollars less, it is very affordable and offered the best accuracy, but with no frills.
22 LR Range Data
|Winchester Xpert HV 36-grain HP||KelTec SU22CA||Ruger 10/22 Takedown||Savage 64 Takedown|
|Average Velocity||1236 fps||1250 fps||1277 fps|
|Muzzle Energy||122 ft.-lbs.||125 ft.-lbs.||130 ft.-lbs.|
|Smallest Group||1.06 in.||0.74 in.||0.74 in.|
|Average Group||1.09 in.||0.82 in.||0.76 in.|
|Federal Auto Match 40-grain LRN||KelTec SU22CA||Ruger 10/22 Takedown||Savage 64 Takedown|
|Average Velocity||1133 fps||1143 fps||1103 fps|
|Muzzle Energy||114 ft.-lbs.||116 ft.-lbs.||108 ft.-lbs.|
|Smallest Group||1.26 in.||0.68 in.||0.69 in.|
|Average Group||1.38 in.||0.71 in.||0.73 in.|
|CCI Blazer 38-grain LRN||KelTec SU22CA||Ruger 10/22 Takedown||Savage 64 Takedown|
|Average Velocity||1218 fps||1229 fps||1224 fps|
|Muzzle Energy||125 ft.-lbs.||127 ft.-lbs.||126 ft.-lbs.|
|Smallest Group||1.34 in.||1.12 in.||0.37 in.|
|Average Group||1.40 in.||1.22 in.||0.39 in.|
|Remington Thunderbolt 40-grain LRN||KelTec SU22CA||Ruger 10/22 Takedown||Savage 64 Takedown|
|Average Velocity||1163 fps||1197 fps||1183 fps|
|Muzzle Energy||120 ft.-lbs.||127 ft.-lbs.||124 ft.-lbs.|
|Smallest Group||1.48 in.||0.76 in.||0.43 in.|
|Average Group||1.50 in.||0.81 in.||0.50 in.|