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Old December 7th, 2009, 08:07 PM   #1
 
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My 22/45 is reliable now



Bought this Mark III 22/45 pistol new this September, and had problems with failure to eject (stuck sideways by loaded chamber indicator), failure to feed (cut bullet against feed ramp), and failure to return to battery (push on back of bolt to correct). Shot about 360 rounds Federal JHP bulk, with about 40 malfunctions. Also made my trigger finger numb for about a day every time I took it to shoot. Called Ruger (very polite customer service rep) and told her what it was doing, and she sent me a prepaid mailing label. Ruger service replaced disconnector, ejector, recoil spring assembly, and trigger.

Got it back from Ruger and took it to the range several times, worked better, only about 15 malfunctions out of another 300 rounds Federal JHP bulk (FTF and FTE only). Called Ruger (another very polite customer service rep), and she sent me a prepaid shipping label. Ruger service folks repaired recoil spring assembly and trigger pivot lock washer.

Got it back from second return to Ruger, and was missing a magazine. Called Ruger (yet another very polite customer service rep), and she mailed me a magazine. Went shooting a few times, shot another 500 rounds of different ammo (CCI Mini Mag HP, Remington solid, Federal solid, Winchester JHP bulk). Getting still better, only 8 malfunctions (FTF and FTE only). Called Ruger, asked for customer service manager, and was offered another prepaid shipping label. Decided instead to try fixing it myself.

Took 600 grit wet or dry paper and polished the slot where the magazine button rides. Took it shooting, and had no more FTF but still had 2 FTE while shooting 100 rounds. Removed the metal tab piece from the loaded chamber indicator. Took it shooting several times, and had no malfunctions while shooting a total of 350 rounds Federal solid and JHP bulk!

My 22/45 is reliable now. I'm keeping it.



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Old December 7th, 2009, 08:39 PM   #2
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Wow what an ordeal!

I also had FTE issues with my Mark III. I couldn't even get through a magazine without a failure. I just removed the metal LCI tab and it's 100% reliable.
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Not too bad an ordeal. Ruger customer service is good. They turned my pistol from a “jam-o-matic” into a “picky eater” after their free repair service. I find it hard to believe that they fired 140 round of CCI Mini Mag without a malfunction after their service, but I was unable to find any of the CCI Mini Mag 40 gr FMJ that they said they used for testing. I did find one box of Remington 40 gr FMJ at a local store, and it malfunctioned once per fifty rounds (fail to extract). Every brand I could find in quantity (Federal, Winchester, and CCI, all in hollow point) had many more malfunctions per hundred (both fail to extract and fail to feed). If I would have been able to find lots of 40 gr FMJ in the specific brand that the pistol liked, and then been willing to live with a few fail to extract malfunctions per 100 rounds, I could have stopped after the first return to Ruger. But I bought this pistol for regular practice shooting, so it has to be able to shoot the ammo that is available where I live. With the current ammo shortages, that usually means using Federal hollow point from the local Wal-Mart.
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Having read this thread and another with some of this same info in it,I removed the metal LCI tab in my new and yet to be fired 22/45.I'd like to know what portion of the magazine needed polished,the sharp inside edge of the mag button slot or the flat recess as seen from the side? Thanks.tom.

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I'd like to know what portion of the magazine needed polished,the sharp inside edge of the mag button slot or the flat recess as seen from the side?
Tom,

I polished the sharp inside edge of the mag button slot on my pistol to correct a FTF problem.

I think you should take your yet to be fired pistol to the range and shoot both FMJ and JHP high velocity before making any changes. I suggest removing the LCI only if you find you have a problem with FTE. I believe I bought a lemon, because I have read other folks on this forum say that their 22/45 was reliable out of the box. I am grateful that Ruger fixed most of the problems with my pistol, with quick turn around.
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Jim,thanks for your speedy reply.I'll go to the range before doing any other mods.tom.
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I completely removed the LCI parts out of my 22/45 and it also now works great.
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I also have a .22/.45 given to me by my sons for my 50th birthday. I would rather had the MarkIII (have 4 of them so far) but I would never tell them that. Used almost everything Volquartsen makes for it. I also removed the clip lockout ( all you have to do is remove the spring and metal piece ) and the loaded chamber indicator, a little more difficult. Requireds some drilling tapping and grinding. All worth it in the end as now you have a Mark II 1/2. You can even use a Mark II bolt in it.

Bought this Mark III 22/45 pistol new this September, and had problems with failure to eject (stuck sideways by loaded chamber indicator), failure to feed (cut bullet against feed ramp), and failure to return to battery (push on back of bolt to correct). Shot about 360 rounds Federal JHP bulk, with about 40 malfunctions. Also made my trigger finger numb for about a day every time I took it to shoot. Called Ruger (very polite customer service rep) and told her what it was doing, and she sent me a prepaid mailing label. Ruger service replaced disconnector, ejector, recoil spring assembly, and trigger.

Got it back from Ruger and took it to the range several times, worked better, only about 15 malfunctions out of another 300 rounds Federal JHP bulk (FTF and FTE only). Called Ruger (another very polite customer service rep), and she sent me a prepaid shipping label. Ruger service folks repaired recoil spring assembly and trigger pivot lock washer.

Got it back from second return to Ruger, and was missing a magazine. Called Ruger (yet another very polite customer service rep), and she mailed me a magazine. Went shooting a few times, shot another 500 rounds of different ammo (CCI Mini Mag HP, Remington solid, Federal solid, Winchester JHP bulk). Getting still better, only 8 malfunctions (FTF and FTE only). Called Ruger, asked for customer service manager, and was offered another prepaid shipping label. Decided instead to try fixing it myself.

Took 600 grit wet or dry paper and polished the slot where the magazine button rides. Took it shooting, and had no more FTF but still had 2 FTE while shooting 100 rounds. Removed the metal tab piece from the loaded chamber indicator. Took it shooting several times, and had no malfunctions while shooting a total of 350 rounds Federal solid and JHP bulk!

My 22/45 is reliable now. I'm keeping it. [/QUOTE]
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Bought this Mark III 22/45 pistol new this September, and had problems with failure to eject (stuck sideways by loaded chamber indicator), failure to feed (cut bullet against feed ramp), and failure to return to battery (push on back of bolt to correct). Shot about 360 rounds Federal JHP bulk, with about 40 malfunctions. Also made my trigger finger numb for about a day every time I took it to shoot. Called Ruger (very polite customer service rep) and told her what it was doing, and she sent me a prepaid mailing label. Ruger service replaced disconnector, ejector, recoil spring assembly, and trigger.

Got it back from Ruger and took it to the range several times, worked better, only about 15 malfunctions out of another 300 rounds Federal JHP bulk (FTF and FTE only). Called Ruger (another very polite customer service rep), and she sent me a prepaid shipping label. Ruger service folks repaired recoil spring assembly and trigger pivot lock washer.

Got it back from second return to Ruger, and was missing a magazine. Called Ruger (yet another very polite customer service rep), and she mailed me a magazine. Went shooting a few times, shot another 500 rounds of different ammo (CCI Mini Mag HP, Remington solid, Federal solid, Winchester JHP bulk). Getting still better, only 8 malfunctions (FTF and FTE only). Called Ruger, asked for customer service manager, and was offered another prepaid shipping label. Decided instead to try fixing it myself.

Took 600 grit wet or dry paper and polished the slot where the magazine button rides. Took it shooting, and had no more FTF but still had 2 FTE while shooting 100 rounds. Removed the metal tab piece from the loaded chamber indicator. Took it shooting several times, and had no malfunctions while shooting a total of 350 rounds Federal solid and JHP bulk!

My 22/45 is reliable now. I'm keeping it. [/QUOTE][/QUOTE]

[QUOTE=quickstang1974;190334]I also have a .22/.45 given to me by my sons for my 50th birthday. I would rather had the MarkIII (have 4 of them so far) but I would never tell them that. Used almost everything Volquartsen makes for it. I also removed the clip lockout ( all you have to do is remove the spring and metal piece ) and the loaded chamber indicator, a little more difficult. Requireds some drilling tapping and grinding. All worth it in the end as now you have a Mark II 1/2. You can even use a Mark II bolt in it.
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