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Old November 25th, 2016, 10:51 AM   #1
 
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SR-22 failure to load

I purchased a new SR-22 for my wife a week ago. She fired 100 CCI Mini-Mag 22LR 40 grain 1235 fps rounds through it. One of the rounds failed to load. She is very discouraged and suspects there is a problem with the gun. What suggestions do you all have?



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Old November 25th, 2016, 11:39 AM   #2
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When you say the round failed to load, do you mean it got jammed up in the feed ramp?

Also had you cleaned the pistol well before shooting it?

All told, I don't think one FTF out of 100 with 22lr is that bad. And CCI is generally a reliable round.

However, if your wife is planning to use the SR22 as a carry / defensive pistol, ANY question of reliability is best treated very seriously.

Just my 2 cents.
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Thank you hlg for your 2 cents! By "failed to load" I meant she pulled the trigger and it fired a round, she pulled the trigger again and it failed to fire a round. There was no round in the chamber. Racking the slide brought the next round into the chamber and it fired reliably after that.

I did not clean the pistol before she shot it for the first time because it was a new pistol.
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Old November 25th, 2016, 12:11 PM   #4
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Thank you hlg for your 2 cents! By "failed to load" I meant she pulled the trigger and it fired a round, she pulled the trigger again and it failed to fire a round. There was no round in the chamber. Racking the slide brought the next round into the chamber and it fired reliably after that.

I did not clean the pistol before she shot it for the first time because it was a new pistol.
Most manufacturers pack their firearms with a lot of grease / goop for shipping and Ruger is pretty well renowned for not being stingy with the goop they use.

It couldn't hurt to give it a thorough cleaning and take it to the range again for a couple hundred rounds. That might let you know if there's something going on with the pistol or magazine that you should be concerned about.

Worst case scenario, you did get a lemon and send it back to Ruger. They're quite good with their customer service.

I know there's a lot of folks on the forum who shoot the SR22 and love it. One of them might also have some thoughts on this for you.

Whatever happens, good luck and please report back with what, if anything, you find out about the FTF issue.
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I wouldn't worry about it at all at this point. While it is my opinion, I don't think new firearms require thousands of rounds for break in. On the other hand a few hundred through a new pistol sure won't hurt anything regarding polishing up a few places. One in 100 isn't bad. It sounds like the slide wasn't blown far enough rearward to pick up the next round. Several things can cause this.

Under powered round, not usually a problem with CCI ammo.
Dirty magazine not presenting the next round fast enough for the breech block to pick it up and shove it into the chamber. Disassemble those mags and make sure they are clean....on the inside. Mags on a semi auto any kind of firearm are very, very important.
Or, the mostly likely problem....a momentary loss of concentration and the pistol was limp wristed.

Remember .22 ammo doesn't have all that much blow back energy to begin with and the SR22 is a very light pistol which will "give" with the recoil if not firmly held. A new pistol can sometimes throw off a very experienced shooter. There are plenty of folks with a new firearm that wish they had only had the one little problem your wife had.

I think you will find the Winchester and Federal will be weak rounds. CCI and Remington Golden bullets both have much more punch. And if all else fails.....Ruger customer service has your back. But I don't think you have a gun issue. M1911
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A good cleaning and lubrication session should be all it needs (OK, maybe another hundred or so rounds of MiniMag to smooth in as well)
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Even the best rimfire cartridges are unreliable. One failure out of a hundred is actually pretty good. Yes, I might expect perfection out of CCI mini-mags.

As most have said, a new gun has so much gunk in it, I am surprised you only had one failure. Clean it, shoot it a couple of hundred rounds, repeat about five times and have fun.
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Thank you hlg for your 2 cents! By "failed to load" I meant she pulled the trigger and it fired a round, she pulled the trigger again and it failed to fire a round. There was no round in the chamber. Racking the slide brought the next round into the chamber and it fired reliably after that.

I did not clean the pistol before she shot it for the first time because it was a new pistol.
kenelder, that happens all the time in my SR22p, if you get a weak round.
The weak round has enough energy to eject the spent case, but the slide does not fully come to the rear & pick up a new round & you get your click, no bang.

It is a great time for a new shooter to practice a tap & rack drill to clear a jam & load a new round.
We, while using Federal bulk pack ammo, would get 1 or 2 per 500 pack, but have very few issues with Remington Golden Bullets & zero with Federal Automatch 325 packs.
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Definitely a good time to have her work on "tap and rack" and to also discuss "limp wrist".
Would highly recommend she stick with the CCI Mini Mags for a few hundred rounds.
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Plus one to all suggestions so far. I'm guessing that I have well over 5k rounds through my SR22. I broke it in with CCI but fired mostly bulk ammo since then. I'd estimate that I get one failure about every 350 rounds. Often (not always) it's when it's time to clean it again. 22lr is dirty ammo. If you didn't clean the factory gunk out first, I'm surprised you didn't experience more failures. Rimfire is fun and cheap but certainly not 100% reliable. I will say this, my SR22 is way more reliable than my former Walther 22.
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