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Hello all. I'm new to the forum, so thanks for having me.

I'm having some problems with my 10 22 Takedown. The issue is that after shooting, the barrel does not want to disconnect from the action. I know I've had the tightening nut adjusted properly, the barrel feels snug with no play, and it shoots very accurately. This only happens after shooting (usually 200-300 rounds at time). The barrel is warm to hot when this problem occurs, so the obvious (I think anyway) answer would be that the barrel has expanded because its hot, and its too tight of a fit. However, the problem persists even after I let the barrel cool down overnight, which I've had to do every time I have shot the rifle. So far I've been able to eventually get it apart the next day. I then follow Rugers instructions for loosening, then tightening the barrel nut again to achieve a tight fit. This has happened all three times that I have actually shot the rifle.

I realize this is a brand new rifle, but I can't think that this is normal. Has anyone else had any experiences like this with their 10 22 TD? I do plan to call Ruger directly about it, but I thought I'd test the waters on the ol' Ruger forum.

Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
Good shootin!
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Thats a new one Ive yet to hear yet. Worst comes to worst call ruger theyll take care of you.
 

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I don't have a 10/22TD yet, but it would make sense that the heat and dirt from firing the rifle would "gum up the works." If it were me, I'd try running a bore snake through the rifle after every 100 or so rounds.
 

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I had this happen after my last outing. The rifle did not want to "take down." I fiddled with it and eventually it just did. I think that I just needed to exert a little more force. I am not sure if there was just gunk from the rounds or whether something else was going on. I am taking the rifle shooting today and I will report back as to whether this happens again.
 

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OK, I took my 10/22 TD to the range over lunch today. Fired 300 rounds of dirty Remington 525 through it. It was initially difficult to "take down" after that. But with some considerable elbow grease, I was able to pull the two pieces apart. Typical tight Ruger machining of parts. No doubt it will loosen up a little bit over time just like a Mark pistol does. :eek:

As the previous poster said, remember that for the rifle to twist into the "take down" position, the bolt must be locked back. Then you can take down the rifle.

I put some gun oil on the take-down assembly to possibly make it a little easier next time.

By the way, the rifle fired all 300 rounds of this cheap ammo without a hickup, and with decent shot groups. Love my 10/22 TD!
 

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OK, I took my 10/22 TD to the range over lunch today. Fired 300 rounds of dirty Remington 525 through it. It was initially difficult to "take down" after that. But with some considerable elbow grease, I was able to pull the two pieces apart. Typical tight Ruger machining of parts. No doubt it will loosen up a little bit over time just like a Mark pistol does. :eek:

As the previous poster said, remember that for the rifle to twist into the "take down" position, the bolt must be locked back. Then you can take down the rifle.

I put some gun oil on the take-down assembly to possibly make it a little easier next time.

By the way, the rifle fired all 300 rounds of this cheap ammo without a hickup, and with decent shot groups. Love my 10/22 TD!

That's great to hear brother. I actually haven't had a chance to try and take mine apart since I shot it Thursday, been very busy. I will look at it today.

When you did get yours apart, did you basically just have to muscle it apart?
That's been my experience so far.
Oh and yes, I am quite aware that the bolt must be locked back :) Good to be thorough though.

Update: I called Ruger cs about this issue. They said they have heard the same thing from others, and basically don't know what to tell us besides to clean the barrel and chamber more often, after "100 rounds or so". I told them that this has happened on all 4 occasions that I've shot the rifle, and that if it happens the next time, they would be hearing from me about repair or replacement.

I love this little rifle. I just wish the main selling point of the rifle would function properly. Its a new system so I know there are bound to be hiccups. Anyway, I appreciate the feedback everyone. I will continue to update on this blog as things develop.

Good shootin.
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Strad, put some serious gun oil on the little cylinder in front of the take-down lug and see if that does not do the job. That is what I am doing.

I think that it is just typical tight Ruger tolerances. Probably it will loosen up just right after a bit the way a Mark pistol does.
 

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Thanks for the responses guys. I was able to get it apart this past weekend and then cleaned it and oiled up the cylinder and take down screw. It takes down nicely now. The real test is whether it will happen the next time I shoot with it.
Time will tell.
I'll let you know what happens.
Have a good one.
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Thanks for the responses guys. I was able to get it apart this past weekend and then cleaned it and oiled up the cylinder and take down screw. It takes down nicely now. The real test is whether it will happen the next time I shoot with it.
Time will tell.
I'll let you know what happens.
Have a good one.
Strat
Good deal; yes, keep us informed. I did what you describe and it has worked well for me. :cool:
 

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The adjustment nut should be just tight enough that the barrel doesn't wobble. It should not be so tight that it is difficult to assemble/reassemble.
 

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Whats up guys.

So I took the 10 22 TD out shooting again last night. I am happy to say that I was able to take it apart right after shooting it. I cleaned both of the connections the night before and put a little extra gun oil on both as well. That seems to do the trick.
I am once again a happy and satisfied Ruger owner!

I appreciate all of the responses.
Have a good one!!!!!!
Strat.
 

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Thank you for the input. Mine was stuck like that as well, sprayed some Ballistol and pulled it by rocking it back and forth. After cleaning, I've put some Tetra gun grease that keeps it working good. :)
 

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This problem has been mentioned before and I decided to put some high temp anti-seize grease on the chamber end that goes into the receiver and -- NO PROBLEM!

The Takedown also goes together and takes apart much smoother.
 

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Buddy of mine has a TD. He was unable to get the two halves apart so I took a peek at it. Turns out the hammer had mushroomed the breech face out making it too wide to pass through the end of the receiver. His is not the only one I've heard of this happening too either. Keep it in mind.


Completely stock 10/22 if it matters.
 

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It sounds like Ruger needs to be apprised of this and revise and incorporate this oiling procedure into their manual. :)
 

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I had a similar issue, but it was due to attempting to sight in a scope while tightly securing the rifle in a vise-style benchrest: I squeezed the insert too tighly, thereby deforming the ring. I could not get it apart without agressive prying. Squeezing the insert at a 90 degree angle allowed relatively free insertion and extraction of the barrel. There is now marring in the narrow portion of the barrel where it slides into the receiver, but I can still nail a red Solo cup at 175 yards with open sights.
 

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To the best of my knowledge, this is the first firearm Ruger ever made that has a "user adjustment" and there's a good reason why they never did this before. Anytime you have an adjustment accessible to to the user, they will find a way to screw it up and the barrel adjustment knob is a prime example. I read through the Instruction Manual Insert for the Takedown 10/22 that I recently bought. It does indeed say to tighten the adjustment knob by turning it counterclockwise as far as possible with finger pressure, then remove the barrel and tighten it one or two more clicks. Herein lies the problem ... "finger tight" for some people may be way too tight. I think the natural tendency is to over torque the "adjustment knob". I made the same mistake the first time I took my TD to the range. I followed the barrel assembly instructions then after just 50 rounds, I couldn't get the barrel to release. Like others, after letting it cool down and after some fiddling ... I did get it released. I backed off the adjustment knob two clicks clockwise and tried again. This time after 50 rounds, it came off just like it was supposed to plus it functioned perfectly with no change in POI or group size.

My suggestion ... follow the Ruger instructions (step 1-5) but omit step 6 where it tells you to tighten the adjustment knob one or two more clicks.

justin89t, I hate to see posts like yours ... your buddy fed you a line. First, the hammer doesn't get any closer that a couple inches from the barrel face so it would be impossible for it to mushroom the barrel. Second, the breach face is on the bolt, not the barrel. Likely he had the same problem others have posted ... the adjustable lock ring knob was set too tight ... he just didn't know what he was doing and made something up.
 
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