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Old June 14th, 2012, 01:18 PM   #1
 
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Ruger Quality Problems?

I've always been very lucky with new gun purchases. I can't remember ever having to retun a gun to the manufacturer for repair.

I bought an LC9 about 4 months ago, had to return it, they put on a whole new frame becuase of burrs that would not allow take-down.

I just got a new SR22. I cleaned it and took it out yesterday. I was getting fail to fire and fail to eject very frequently. I thought maybe it didn't like Federal. Today I went back with a clean gun. Now I have fail to feed along with the fail to fire and ejection problem. I had a RSO with me who is also a gunsmith. He saw no problems with my grip. We tried a different Federal, Remington, Winchester, all had the same problems.

Is anyone else having these problems? Any input will be greatly appreciated.
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Old June 14th, 2012, 01:32 PM   #2
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While I have yet to have a problem with either of my Ruger firearms, I've been reading a lot about both the LC9 and SR22 on these forums. Apparently the SR22 is having some issues with the take down lever and also the slide to frame fit causing some issues on the lower of the slide or something.

I'd let Ruger know and send it back to them.

I've read a lot lately about their QC. I think they got over-zealous with new releases (SR1911, SR22, 22/45 Lite, SR9c/SR40c, etc.) and they also got back-logged because they were a quality firearm at a great price and people were scrambling to get them. I think that during this "boom" in firearms ownership we've seen over the last few years, Ruger's QC has slipped due to the demand and trying to keep up with it.

That's my guess anyway.

Just send it to 'em. They'll fix it.
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I do believe every new firearm should work properly when received. I have had slight problems with each of the three Rugers I bought in the last few months. All were solved with a good cleaning and simply shooting. That said, anything I've ever sent back always comes back a much higher quality item. Evidently they go the extra step to make sure there isn't a repeat return by going over the whole firearm.
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I recently bought an SR-22 pistol and have had no problems. In fact it shot so good I gave my Walther P-22 to a family member. But under all the pressure to produce guns I could see where things might slip by. Send it back if it doesn't work properly. I heard Ruger just started taking orders again.
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In Ruger I have three handguns, a revolver and a #1.
I am still to have the first problem with any of them.
I cannot fault them.
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Forgot to mention I used Federal Auto Match in my SR-22 P with no problems (high velocity - 1200 fps).
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I'll get a failure to feed every now and then, but that's the extent of my problems with the SR22. Sorry to hear about your trouble. Let us know how it gets resolved.
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Forgot to mention I used Federal Auto Match in my SR-22 P with no problems (high velocity - 1200 fps).

I plan to try out some Federal Auto Match Target (AM22) this weekend myself. So far I've only fired 1 525 round box of Federal Champion bulk ammo thru my SR22P.

I wasn't too impressed with the Federal Champion. I only had 1 FTF, and 1 FTE, so I'm happy in that respect, but it didn't group very well, and I had several wild flyers that I can't explain, except for it just being cheap ammo.

If we're being honest with ourselves, we'll acknowledge that "I" caused THAT poor hit. But sometimes, you think that you did everything right, and still get a flyer.

And sometimes you know it's going to be flyer because it just didn't feel right.

THOSE are the ones that I attribute to cheap/bad ammo. The rest is on me.

The gun is a machine that will pretty much perform the same way, time after time. The biggest variables are the shooter (me), and the ammo.

I'm looking for ammo that will take that out of the question. I want it to be all on me, so that I can concentrate on that.

So, I'm experimenting with ammo. I've got some of the Federal Auto Match Target (AM22), some Federal Premium Gold Medal Target, and some Wolf Match Target to try out.

BTW, even though I've lived in Eastern North Carolina since 1996, I was born and lived in Southwest Georgia most of my life.

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Silly question here; if your Ruger gun keeps having problems, is it possible that Ruger would refund your money?

I ask because my new SR22 take-down lever broke. They repaired it quickly and got it back in 7 days. The problem now is that the take-down lever has almost no resistance when pulling it down (I foresee future problems). The orginal was very stiff and I had to use a tool to pull it down.
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I've always been very lucky with new gun purchases. I can't remember ever having to retun a gun to the manufacturer for repair.

I bought an LC9 about 4 months ago, had to return it, they put on a whole new frame becuase of burrs that would not allow take-down.

I just got a new SR22. I cleaned it and took it out yesterday. I was getting fail to fire and fail to eject very frequently. I thought maybe it didn't like Federal. Today I went back with a clean gun. Now I have fail to feed along with the fail to fire and ejection problem. I had a RSO with me who is also a gunsmith. He saw no problems with my grip. We tried a different Federal, Remington, Winchester, all had the same problems.

Is anyone else having these problems? Any input will be greatly appreciated.
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Check this thread for possible answers.

SR22 Failure to Feed issues... constant

There are about six or severn possibilities to check. First three I would check are round staggering in the magazine due to mag loading technique, recoil spring installation and then ammo.

Unfortunately the original poster never responded to klet us know how things worked out.
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I've always been very lucky with new gun purchases. I can't remember ever having to retun a gun to the manufacturer for repair.

I bought an LC9 about 4 months ago, had to return it, they put on a whole new frame becuase of burrs that would not allow take-down.

I just got a new SR22. I cleaned it and took it out yesterday. I was getting fail to fire and fail to eject very frequently. I thought maybe it didn't like Federal. Today I went back with a clean gun. Now I have fail to feed along with the fail to fire and ejection problem. I had a RSO with me who is also a gunsmith. He saw no problems with my grip. We tried a different Federal, Remington, Winchester, all had the same problems.

Is anyone else having these problems? Any input will be greatly appreciated.
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I have both the LC9 & SR22p & have had no issues.
I do know that .22's in general are very ammo picky. My SR22p,(& others on this forum also have stated) loves the Federal bulk ammo, so much so that I bought 2,100 rounds of it & it's all I use. I also know that you will get an occasional "weak round" with .22's & in the SR22p's case that means the slide comes back far enough to eject the spent case but does come back fully to pick up a new round. I have had this happen a few times, but after 600 round, that's acceptable to me. I also know that there is a minor issue with the slide stop scratching the slide on that side, which is cosmetic & you do not see it when it's assembled. This is easily solved by taking a small jewelers file to the back inside portion of the slide stop & touch it up with a sharpies. You do not see this when assembled also. I have read on here that some have had feeding issues also, which seem due to how you load the mags. I load the mags & lightly tap them on my palm on the primer side to position the rounds in the mag properly & have not had a problem. Early on I read of loose barrels & take-down lever problem, but personally have not had those issues.
I did upon purchase & after cleaning, took the barrel screw out & applied blue(removable) loctite to the screw & re-assembled it. Good luck with your issues.
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I've got two SR22's both have about 2000 rds thru them no problems with mine. one is my wifes. She was complianing about fail to feed. So I took it to the range ran 550 rds of federal bulk and 50 rds CCI mimi mags thru it.Had 5 fail to fire. I see no slide wear,no loose barrel screw & no take lever wear or issues. Yet. Love the gun. plan to buy the wife a MKIII target as she likes mine. As you can see by my stickers I have a couple of Rugers and haven't had a problem with any of them.
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