Ruger 22/45 dress up time.


March 2, 2010, 08:47 PM
A few of you may have seen some of my threads in the the Rifle section, But somehow a 22/45 won my heart.
The local shop had the 4" bull on sale for $239, But 4" kinda looked like it needed some Viagra. So i asked the salesman if he could get the manager to give me a better price on the 5.5" bull that was $299 and i offered $259 to split the difference and 5 minutes later we had a deal.
I know i did good on that deal so im happy.

First does it need broken down and cleaned before shooting? I always do this, But this gun is just oozing oil from every hole in it. But im sure it needs it in other places as the mag is tight in the handle and the mag itself is stiff so ill be loading that full and letting it sit.
Also any video guides for take down and re-assembly? I know it wont be easy but if i can take a 1911 fire control group apart and back together in only 8 hours i know i can do this! lol

The rail was mounted as fast as i got home and put my Gigantic 30mm Tasco on top i had as a spare. Im gonna check and for micro and small sized red dots in tubes and a great reflex. If you know a great one under $100 PLEASE post some info and a link. Size is kinda important here as my Bushnell TRS-25 thats on my M&P 15-22 has me spoiled.
I somehow stole that for $80 at Gander Mtn as a clearance and now they are back at $199 and i cant pay that much.

How can i fatten the grip? At first it felt overly thin like the last Olsen twin i dated. But now its growing on me and dare i say feels perfect the way it is.
I bought some 1911 Gov. Hogue grips i was gonna try fit them on but now looking at it im just gonna return them as i don't think i can get them on without making a mess.

Now what other things can i buy for this gun? Ive never owned a Ruger 22 and i know they make tons of aftermarket parts, So pls post links to suggestions. Im making a new section in my bookmarks just for 22/45 parts and dress up accessories so i want to know where the good stuff is and i can look over it and decide if i need it or not even now when i don't know i need it.

I sold my S&W .22a which i really liked shooting to someone on this board. Ruger has alot to do to impress me over that S&W as it was accurate and reliable with ANY ammo.

Let the grown men play begin!

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March 2, 2010, 10:02 PM
Check out the 22/45 section over at All your questions can be answered there.


March 2, 2010, 10:06 PM
Great, I didn't even know about that place. Thank you.

March 2, 2010, 11:07 PM
Please see this previous post for the answer to your prayers!:

One of these days I'll take some better pictures...

March 3, 2010, 01:41 AM
Always take a Ruger down to parade rest for 1st time cleaning to remove all the shipping preservatives & any debris. Thereafter only if you have problems..... Certainly no need to clean after ever range trip.
If you have a MKIII you may want to remove the Mag disconnect and LCI. For a super trigger get a VQ match trigger and sear.
Many after market doodads are available. Pick up a couple extra magazines and get a UCL.

For much more info check out these sites:

March 3, 2010, 09:26 AM
Thanks for the links, all were bookmarked also.
Of course ill be testing the gun "as is" new out of the box before doing any mods, Just seems smart for warranty reasons.
For some reason unless they are using oil for preservative not much needs oiled out of the box, But debris is always a concern as is an inspection. So yeh ill be on that tonight and thanks for the take down and assembly links.

Geneseo1911- I also bookmarked and read that whole thread for the main reason i read about those grips already. I even attempted my own version last night by removing the hard plastic backing on a pair of Hogue 1911 grips, But silicone adhesive was just too messy so thats not a route ill be trying again.
I do like the thicker feel, But the thin feel is growing on me. Id like to try his grips with some thin double sided tape and not drill if possible as i tend to trade and swap guns when i start missing that "New gun smell".

My first job is to get a red dot or reflex sight on it, Im almost 40 and need stronger glasses again and 50'-75' with iron sights just isnt fun. Red dots are my preferred tool of sights. But seeing this gun should be so accurate i want something better than a 5moa dot and that gets expensive. Ill have to be a smart shopper and find a good deal somewhere. I can borrow my TRS-25 Bushnell off my M&P 15-22 for a while if need be.

Is it normal for tight mag fit and it not dropping freely? Im suspecting some oil and wear will fix that over time. I also loaded the mags to full so that can loosen up a bit.

I gotta admit Ruger gives a good quality gun for a low-ish price. My old S&W .22a can be found for $239 anyday and this one is $299 normally with the 4" at $259 iirc and so far the extra money seems worth it.

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