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Old March 25th, 2017, 09:32 AM   #1
 
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Hey All,
new here and hubby got me a SR22 for an early Anniversary gift. Finally got a chance to take it out a week ago and it performed flawlessly and I was one happy girl.

Today we took it out and it was just...UGH!! misfeeds and misfires. One bullet actually got stuck in the barrel (didn't eject the casing). Then it sparked an almighty spark that burned my hand and then it just stopped. Today we were using Winchester bullets?? Usually we use remington or CCI.

It just stopped feeding the bullets and the bullets refused to enter the barrel (just goes as far in as the casing and hangs). We took it home and gave it a general cleaning . Went to chamber it and still the bullets refuse to enter the barrel. It goes as far as the casing and just hangs and the chamber stays open and won't slide shut.

Need I take it apart more and maybe clean it more rigorously?? Or do I need to get in contact with Ruger or my local gunsmith and replace the barrel?? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!!

ps we've owned several rugers..this one is MY first one.
hubby carries a American 9mm, bought my son a American 22 rifle. Never ever had an issue like this.



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I will take a guess that you were using Winchester Super X bullets. They barely chamber in my Smith Victory 22 either and they won't chamber at all in my 10/22 with a Green Mountain Barrel.
I would suggest trying a different ammo like federal or CCI or even the remingtons if they worked before and see if it still hangs up.
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On this forum you will see quite a few posts regarding SR22 challenges. Many of them have to do with not thoroughly cleaning the factory shipping grease from the pistol prior to firing it. Another great idea is to only fire high quality HV ammo for the first 200-250 rounds e.g., CCI minimags.

In the case of my SR22, I did both have have literally several thousand rounds down range with very few FTEs, FTFs to speak of - generally much better than most 22 semis.

If all else fails, Ruger's customer service is legendary and they will make things right.
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the first picture is what we used at the range today. Hubby tried his cci quiet rounds and they still wouldn't chamber. Read quite a few posts that said those Winston and thunderbolt bullets are bad. . hoping i didn't mess up my gun ?
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Old March 25th, 2017, 10:31 AM   #5
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Hey All,
new here and hubby got me a SR22 for an early Anniversary gift. Finally got a chance to take it out a week ago and it performed flawlessly and I was one happy girl.

Today we took it out and it was just...UGH!! misfeeds and misfires. One bullet actually got stuck in the barrel (didn't eject the casing). Then it sparked an almighty spark that burned my hand and then it just stopped. Today we were using Winchester bullets?? Usually we use remington or CCI.

It just stopped feeding the bullets and the bullets refused to enter the barrel (just goes as far in as the casing and hangs). We took it home and gave it a general cleaning . Went to chamber it and still the bullets refuse to enter the barrel. It goes as far as the casing and just hangs and the chamber stays open and won't slide shut.

Need I take it apart more and maybe clean it more rigorously?? Or do I need to get in contact with Ruger or my local gunsmith and replace the barrel?? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!!

ps we've owned several rugers..this one is MY first one.
hubby carries a American 9mm, bought my son a American 22 rifle. Never ever had an issue like this.

When you say a bullet got stuck in the barrel, do you mean a squib round where the projectile is stuck in the barrel?

If not a squib, then it's likely that your SR22 wants a better diet. If your pistol did well with the CCI yesterday, then keep using the CCI. (After a thorough cleaning, that is.)

Good luck and welcome to the forum.
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The Winchester Super-X HP don't feed well in many guns because they're shorter and have a wide, flat face. But the 40gr RN you have pictured should feed just fine. In fact, they all should feed just fine. The Quiets don't have enough energy to cycle the slide back after firing, but again, they should feed okay.

I think you should indeed disassemble further. Once you have the barrel separated, drop a round into the chamber. It should fall in completely to the rim. If it doesn't, then there's your problem.

It doesn't seem that you have fired enough rounds to have built up a bad case of carbon ring. But maybe your cleaning routine has been insufficient on the chamber portion of the barrel.

If the "drop test" shows your chamber is clean and clear, then maybe you can post some pics of the jams you're seeing. Could be either the magazine or the extractor at that point.
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the first picture is what we used at the range today. Hubby tried his cci quiet rounds and they still wouldn't chamber. Read quite a few posts that said those Winston and thunderbolt bullets are bad. . hoping i didn't mess up my gun ?
I highly doubt it's messed up. Just make sure the barrel is clear and clean and try different high velocity ammo. The Winchester ammo you have pictured is the same ammo that will not feed at all in my 10/22 with a Green Mt.barrel.
I suggest CCI mini mags to start with. MOST .22 caliber semi autos are finicky when it comes to ammo.
Federal auto match may be another good choice.


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You also could have built up junks of lead in the chamber/barrel. Experienced that before with Thunderbolts when I first got my SR22. Took lots of scrubbing and cleaning to get the junks out. You might try using a lead remover like Shooter's Choice. Also, stay away from LRN 22LR. Try and use plated only.
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awesome guys...I will let the hubby know and we will take the sr22 down and give it a very good cleaning then do the drop test. We usually use the CCI bullets but a co worker gave me 2 bricks of winchester as a secrete santa gift at work (next time I will have to be more specific instead of just AMMO) lol.

I guess its off to the sports store to look for some more cleaning stuff.

Thanks again all..will let you know what happens after the cleaning and a trip back to the range. and if needed beg for more advice.

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and so we went out and bought a better brush set to clean it and cleaner. Talked to the gun guys at our local gunshop they agreed that it was a lead build up. Took it apart and lo and behold...this is what we found in the barrel. This is nuts, that must have been the bullet blowing apart that made the spark.

Anyways thanks again all for your input will definitely be hanging about to brag about my mad shooting skills (jkn I'm ok and getting better) and my crazy obession of my handguns. Plus to ask for advice because the more you ask the more you know.

thanks again!!?
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Wow! Glad you took care of that. It could have been a really bad thing.

I suggest you still try the drop-in test when you try new ammo. Just to see if it fits easily. I had feeding issues with the SuperX and found that half of 2 boxes wouldn't fit my SR22 or my Single10 chambers.

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Purchased new Sr22 with threaded barrel in Jan and a week later bought a SliencerCo WarlockII. Sights on the SR were off out of the box. The front sight is not centered making the rear sight offset. After zeroing in at 15 yards, attached the can with the threaded adaptor. POI was was 8-10" high and left with keyholes. Shot many types of ammo and replaced the SR threaded adaptor with no significant improvement. Currently have the can being reconditioned and inspected at the mfg. since I have a 6-9 month wait. Both Ruger and SilencerCo have been great trying to resolve this issue over the last 2 months, but my patience is wearing thin. The range where I bought the can has no other host I can test the can with. I can't take the can home yet but need the 2 to work together. If the can comes back with a clean bill of health, I can only surmise the barrel and threads on the SR are not concentric. Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated...that's a lot of cans, I just need a 'can do'. Thanks
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