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Old August 20th, 2012, 05:28 PM   #1
 
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Dry Firing 10/22

I looked at the owner's manual but couldn't find anything about dry firing the 10/22. Can you dry fire a 10/22?



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Old August 20th, 2012, 05:38 PM   #2
 
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Short answer is yes (provided the gun is in good working order). The same holds true for the MK pistols (provided the firing pin stop pin is in the bolt and working properly - not broken).

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yes you can. i wouldn't do it tons of times, but the ruger website tech tip video even says you can.
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I don't count my rounds when shooting so I dry fire after the last round of most magazines.
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Just gonna rack on another "you're good to go" on there. I dry fire mine a lot. Whether I actually feel the need to practice, or I'm really just that bored and watching the hunting channel (oh come-one, I can't be the only one that does that!!) If something goes wrong, it aint gonna break the bank to fix.
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I don't count my rounds when shooting so I dry fire after the last round of most magazines.
Thats why Ruger designed it so you could dry fire it.
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If you want to be safe, get some yellow drywall anchors, size #4-6 7/8". They make great snap caps for .22LR and they're cheap.
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If you want to be safe, get some yellow drywall anchors, size #4-6 7/8". They make great snap caps for .22LR and they're cheap.
Won't need em on the 10/22 but sure will try em on other 22s. thanks
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Just be sure that if you do dry fire the rifle or pistol a lot that you periodically inspect the firing pin stop pin. Heavy dry firing can damage them. This situation can go unnoticed until you have a dent in your chamber. I have discovered many that are damaged or broken from the stress of dry firing. Here is one example-



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That is interesting...

The reason you are supposed to be able to dry-fire without harm is due to the fact that the firing pin won't go past the head of the bolt and strike the chamber with no case in the chamber...a common problem that will damage a lot of bolt action rim fire rifles...

I recently took my firing pin out unlike the one in the picture my stop pin is hollow...it has a groove dug into it similar to one above but is not bent...

I assumed it was normal wear from the firing pin rubbing on it in normal fire...maybe I am mistaken about that...

Didn't have another pin and re-used the same one...

Do they typically have no wear grooves from normal operation...???
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ZommyGun, The pin in the above photo is the "firing pin stop pin". Up until the last few years, these pins were solid (like the one in the photo), then Ruger started using hollow "roll pins" like yours. The hollow roll pins seem to absorb firing pin hits better because they are made of spring steel. The older style were made of drill rod, which is much softer. Another difference ... undamaged solid pins can be pushed out with very little pressure whereas roll pins must be driven out with a punch. Bent pins, like the one in the photo, must also be driven out with a punch. The firing pin stop pin should be inspected for damage each time you do a thorough cleaning. When installing a roll pin, the open slot should be pointed to the front of the bolt to maintain proper firing pin travel.
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Thanks for the clarification...

The roll pin on mine was peened such as to fit the partially "exposed" or "broken out" top of the hole for contour...so I put it back in to fit...the only spring roll pins I have are 1/8" diameter and are too big...

I did not pay attention to placement of the seam...

It has less than 2,000 rounds thru it...

Should it be replaced if a wear groove it in it from the firing pin...

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Here is the replacement part:
Ruger Firing Pin Stop Pin Ruger 10/22 10/22 Mag
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Good to know, I had always heard you can't dry fire rimfires.
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