Ruger 10/22 Target Tactical Semi-Auto .22 Carbine


by Jeff Quinn

photography by Jeff Quinn & Boge Quinn

December 7th, 2009




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About five months ago I wrote a piece on the Ruger 10/22 rifle, detailing a bit about its history and manufacture, so I won’t plow that same ground here, but refer the reader to that earlier review. For the past few weeks I have been playing around some with a new version of that dandy little rifle; the Target Tactical. This latest version is a very compact, very handy, yet accurate and well-balanced little jewel that is different from any other version of the 10/22, but shares its basic design.

The heart of the Target Tactical 10/22 is, of course, the time-tested 10/22 semi-auto action, featuring Ruger’s ten-shot rotary magazine. Mated to the rugged and reliable action is a hammer-forged heavy barrel that measures sixteen and one-eighth inches in length, and has a diameter of .918 inch. The hammer forging process leaves the outside of the barrel with a spiral pattern, and it is finished with a matte black exterior. The barreled action is bolted into a black Hogue Overmolded stock. The Overmolded stock is a synthetic stock with a thin rubberized skin, which gives an excellent grip in any weather condition. It is somewhat tacky to the touch, and has a raised pebble finish in the gripping areas. The stock is fitted with sling swivel studs, and the Target Tactical rifle comes with a folding lightweight bipod as standard equipment.

In competitive shooting matches where fast-shooting twenty-two rimfire rifles are used, the 10/22 dominates. Many shooters heavily customize their Ruger rifles with heavy barrels and better triggers, but this 10/22 is competitive right out of the box. It has Ruger’s target trigger, which is not a super-light custom unit, but does have a better trigger feel than the standard 10/22 trigger. The trigger on this test rifle released pretty crisply, with three pounds, ten ounces of pressure.  The weight of the 10/22 Target Tactical is six pounds, four ounces without scope or bipod. The bipod adds another half pound. It is a very sturdy and versatile bipod, adjusting easily for uneven terrain. The heavy barrel gives the Ruger a decidedly muzzle heavy balance, which is an aid to holding steadily while firing from a standing or sitting position. The handling characteristics of this rifle with its short overall length (34.5 inches) and muzzle-heavy balance make this Ruger a superb squirrel hunting rifle. It is easy to carry, and hangs right on target, with or without a rest in the field. The stock is excellent for keeping a positive hold on the gun. The tacky surface holds on to dust and dirt, but it cleans off easily. Like all new 10/22 rifles, the Tactical has an extended magazine release for easily removing the magazine, even while wearing gloves. The crossbolt safety blocks the trigger from movement. There is a manual bolt hold-open to aid in cleaning the rifle.

For accuracy testing, I mounted a Leupold Mark 4 scope in an ArmaLite one-piece mount. The Ruger 10/22 comes with a scope base that will accept either Weaver style or tip-off rings, but I needed a Picatinny base to attach the ArmaLite mount, so I attached a Tactical Solutions Picatinny base atop the Ruger receiver.  Functioning was just like I expect from a 10/22 rifle; perfect. I tried a wide variety of ammo types in the rifle, and every round fed, fired, and ejected perfectly. Accuracy was excellent, as expected. From the bench, the Ruger would group into one-half inch groups at fifty yards using both PMC and Wolf match ammo, and would do almost as well with Winchester Dynapoint, which is my favorite squirrel hunting ammo. Even the bulk-pack Federal hollowpoints would group into less than one inch at fifty yards. Every brand and type of ammunition fired turned in very good performance from this Ruger Target Tactical 10/22 rifle.

There is not much more that I can say about the 10/22 in general that I have not said before, but it is the most popular rimfire rifle in the United States, and has been in constant production for over four decades. This new Target Tactical version is just one of dozens of varieties of the 10/22 currently in production, but I think that it is also one of the best 10/22 rifles ever produced. It is a highly useful variation; rugged, accurate, well-balanced, easy-to-use, and reliable as a ………...well, reliable as a 10/22!

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Leupold Mark 4 scope (top), ArmaLite mount (center), and Tactical Solutions 10/22 Picatinny rail (bottom) were used for accuracy testing.



Wolf (top) and PMC (bottom) match ammo were both very accurate from the 10/22 carbine, as these 50-yard groups show.



Sling swivel studs.



Lightweight, adjustable bipod.

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Ruger 10/22 Target Tactical .22 carbine.



The barrel attachment block has a set screw that is not found on most 10/22 rifles.





Hammer-forged bull barrel.



Crossbolt safety, extended magazine release, and bolt hold open.



Hogue Overmolded stock.



Ten-shot rotary magazine.