I see that Ruger has a take-down version of the 10/22. Looks nice. I have no doubt that reviewers will put it through its paces and let the shooting public know whether or not it upholds the Ruger tradition of reliability & value. I suspect that it will.
Take-down rifles are a neat concept. Nearly as store-able as a handgun when they are broken down, but retaining the longer sight radius (and greater accuracy) of a rifle when assembled. Hollywood loves the concept, from the signature weapon of Francisco Scaramanga in The Man With The Golden Gun (pictured on the left), to the custom-made weapon used by the calculating assassin in The Day Of the Jackal.
The drawback is that it is hard to achieve maximum accuracy with a gun that has to be able to be taken apart easily. If the complete sighting apparatus (iron or optical) stays with the barrel, that mitigates the potential loss of accuracy, assuming that the sights aren’t banged around. But Hollywood loves to show you the expert sniper reassembling his (or her) rifle, and re-attaching the scope, immediately followed by some test shots that are dead-on bullseyes. Anyone who has removed and re-mounted a scope knows that is far-fetched.
In the case of the 10/22 Takedown, the front & rear iron sights are mounted on the barrel, and will stay together whether assembled or broken down. But the scope mount is still on the receiver, and every time the gun is re-assembled it likely will be aligned slightly differently from the last time. I would probably stick to iron sights.
This is a smart move on Ruger’s part. The 10/22 has a good reputation, and the commonality of magazines make it an easier sell to shooters that already have a 10/22. And at the moment, there aren’t many choices for take-down .22′s.
Marlin has offered the semi-auto Papoose for many years. They had a good reputation, but now that Marlin is part of the Borg of gun manufacturing, quality has gone downhill (as it did with Remington). A used model is probably the wisest choice for someone who wants a Marlin. While handy, the Papoose is somewhat awkward-looking, with its barrel just hanging there “unsupported”. Sure, it’s just an aesthetic issue, but when’s the last time you were happy that someone told you that your blind date has a great personality?
The venerable AR-7 semi-auto has been made by many companies over the years; at the moment, Henry Repeating Arms is making them. Unlike the other take-down .22s, the AR-7 doesn’t require a case for the disassembled components; everything fits inside the stock, which is supposed to be waterproof when sealed. Given the checkered manufacturing history, I would stick with a Henry-made version (whether new or used). Note: the rear sight is on the receiver, and the front sight is on the barrel.
Springfield Armory used to make the M6, an over/under survival gun with a .22LR or .22 Hornet barrel over a .410 shotgun barrel. It folds in half for storage, but you can remove the hinge pin if you really want to. It is no longer made, and used examples command a premium, as Crapgame found out. Very useful in theory, but not the most ergonomic gun you can get.
A new company offers a minimalist single-shot take-down .22 called the Pack-Rifle. It weighs just 15.5 ounces, and is made of aluminum & stainless steel. Don’t know much about it, but if weight is an issue, this is the lightest .22 rifle there is. I am not aware of anyone giving this gun a thorough evaluation.
Some viable options for backpacking and survival.
Bob Owens just posted this: Bronco Breakdown Rifle. FIE was an importer based in Florida, and they imported (among other things) Brazilian-made Nylon66′s after Remington discontinued the gun and sold the tooling to a manufacturer in Brazil.