My name is ILya and I am addicted to takedown rifles. If there were a “Takedown Rifle Addicts Anonymous”, I would probably be a charter member. The only thing that is stopping me from owning them all is the inadequacy of my wallet and the entirely indecent behavior of rifle manufacturers (how dare they expect me to pay them!).
Still, I own a few here and there and my favourite one is easily Ruger’s 10/22TD. Or at least that’s the one I shoot the most.
Naturally, since I can’t leave things well enough alone, I made a couple of changes to mine.
First of all, while it is capable of excellent accuracy, I few it as a general purpose plinker, so I have not replaced the factory barrel (yet). However, as soon as I get out of California, I will do two things: I will by a suppressor and get Tactical Solutions SB-X barrel. It is not cheap, but it is a very nice quality barrel that allows me to avoid registering my rifle as a SBR.
As it is, the two main things I did was replacing the stock and the trigger. Since this is not intended to be a match rifle, both upgrades were meant to make an improvement without breaking the bank.
With triggers, I went with Ruger’s own BX trigger group. It is not as nice as some fancy triggers out there, but it is inexpensive and surprisingly good for the money.
With stocks, I tried both the X-22 and X-22 Backpacker from Magpul and decided that for my purposes the X-22 Backpacker is a better design. The length of pull is sorta midpack which is fine for me, but I really like the storage compartment in the stock and the ability to latch the barrel to the stock when disassembled. That makes it perfect for shoving into a backpack when I am so inclined.
With optics, I should probably do a separate piece on rimfire scopes, but I will offer a couple of options. Since I plan to mostly plink with it, I am not really looking for anything with adjustable parallax. I am also not necessarily set on a scope with 50 yard parallax setting although that is handy.
What I do find important is to have magnification below 2x on the low end. It really helps shooting quickly and shooting off-hand. The scope on my 10/22 is an old Burris Fullfield II 1.75-5×20 with a very bold #4 reticle. I might replace with something more modern at some point, but it is veyr compact, so it fits the rifle well.
Generally, tweener scopes make a really good match for a plinker and the two I have tried on this rifle are Vortex Razor HD LH 1.5-8×32 and Burris Droptine 22LR 2-7×35. Both are lightweight and very good for the money. The Razor is not cheap, but excellent. The Burris is more of a budget option, but you’ll be amazed with how nice it is for the money.
To be continued….