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New 10/22 jamming

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Lennyjoe, Sep 27, 2005.

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  1. Lennyjoe

    Lennyjoe Member

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    I recently picked up a 10/22 that hasn't been shot prior to me and am having problems with it.

    I can't get thru a factory 10 round mag without a round failing to eject. The bolt extracts the spent case fine and feeds a new round in to the chamber but the expended brass gets wedged sideways above the new round that is 3/4 way into the barrel. Ammo is Federal bulk stuff they sell at Wally World.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. railroader

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  3. R.H. Lee

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    Maybe the recoil spring is a little stiff? Or the ejector is a little short? Try shooting it some more, maybe another 500 or so rounds and if it still hangs up send it back to Ruger.
     
  4. ocabj

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    While the Volquartsen exact edge extractor is a good upgrade to get for a 10/22, I do suggest you take some time to break in the gun first. Brand new 10/22s out of the box are finnicky like that and using the "high velocity" 22LR ammo helps to break it in.

    I ran a brick through mine before it settled in and the extraction problems went away.
     
  5. ID_shooting

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    My suggestion is to try differnt ammo. Cheap ammo gives you cheap performance. If CCI mini mags give you fits, then I would blame the gun. For bulk ammo and 95-98 % reliability through both of our 10/22s we use American Eagle.
     
  6. pauli

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    i'll agree with the previous posts... run a box of minimags through it. if those work, then try some remington and winchester along with the federal, till you know what it likes.
     
  7. Lennyjoe

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    I figured it would require a good break in period but was wondering if anyone else ran into the problems stated and how they fixed it.
     
  8. Tropical Z

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    That's your first problem.Bulk Federal is weak from my experience.Get a bulk pack of Remington's golden bullets and try them.If they don't work,get rid of the 10/22 and get a Remington 597 like you should have done in the first place. :D
     
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    If it was never fired prior to you, make sure that the bolt and rails and such have all been properly lubed and greased. Little bit of grease can make all the difference in the world :)
     
  10. Tom C.

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    If you have checked the recoil spring for excess tension, the extractor for proper function, the ejector for proper function, and lubed everything properly, check the chamber. If it is rough, with marjinal ammo, it will prevent proper bolt cycling and extraction and cause failures to eject. Polish the chamber, or just get some cheap high speed ammo and shoot a lot.
     
  11. MTMilitiaman

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    Ick...

    :barf: :barf: :barf:

    Not the 597 I had. I tried to get that thing working for over a year before I traded it for a nice SKS. It was purty and accurate, but I tried 5 or 6 different magazines, including the magnese steel ones Remington came out with, and 8 to 10 different kinds of ammo and couldn't find one that would reliably cycle more than a magazine without inventing some way to jam. Maybe they fixed em since then but IME, the 597 is best used as a paper weight. My 10/22 has been worlds more reliable and just as accurate. And if something goes wrong with it, I know I can probably find replacement parts easily and install them myself, which is more than I could say about the 597. Ick. That rifle almost makes me lose my appetite. Yuck. No thanks. Make mine a 10/22.
     
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    My 10/22 is well used, and it have similar problem with these bulk pack ammo. Every couple magazines, it experience a couple of jam like you described. I have no problem with non-bulk pack ammo.

    I think the Win Xpert is a better bulk pack than the Remington, or Federal. However, I still see some issue with it, but with much less frequency.
     
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  13. pauli

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    if winchester would plate the darn stuff, i'd buy a lot more of it.
     
  14. stevesmith7

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    Try the Win Dynapoints at Wallyworld. A couple of bucks more but all my .22's work best with them short of expensive stuff.
    Steve
     
  15. R.H. Lee

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    My 10/22's work flawlessy with Federal Lightning, about $8/brick at KMart. Until they get dirty, every 250-300 rounds or so, then I have to swab out the chamber, breechface and boltface. I don't use any lube, as it just combined with the carbon fouling and makes a gummy mess.
     
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    I have a Winchester 190, and I cannot recall ever having a single FTE, FTF or anything else (including duds) and all I've shot through it has been the Wally World bulk pack ammo. Of course, it was designed to shoot s, l and lr ammo, so it flings the lr brass a good long ways. That probably helps prevent any FTE's from ever being an issue.
     
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    Lenny - just my own 2c - indeed I do think the Volquartson extractor is worth fitting - it helped me with my 22/45 when having same type of failures - plus I switched to Fed Champion ammo - that is hot enough to run well .... tho not plated.

    I have found another problem due to crud and I think the bullet lube on the Champion stuff is main culprit - there is a marked build up to left of chamber/breechface area over time - including on the front portion of the receiver wall. This shows itself by preventing a round going fully into battery and then a light strike and probably FTF. I scrape that off with a small aluminum scraper.

    Some break-in too may still be useful.
     
  18. Rockstar

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    When I first acquired a 10-22, mine jammed, until I learned how to disassemble it and properly clean and lube the bolt. It's worked like a charm for several thousand rounds now. I use el-cheapo Wally ammo.
     
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    A new Ruger that won't behave..

    ..as advertised, I'd send it back.

    salty.
     
  20. shooten

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    It's the ammo. I have/had the same problem with the same ammo and my almost new 10/22. I've got a few hundred rounds through mine. The problem started with the Federal ammo and stopped when I stopped using it. Now I just use that ammo in my buckmark.
     
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    I have to side with the Ammo being your problem. I had shot about 2K through mine before I pruchased a bring of Blazers. They started jamming so I went back to Remi's and have had not problem since. I just don't know what I'm going to do with 350 rounds of Blazer ammo....
     
  22. R.H. Lee

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    Why does everybody have trouble with Federal except me? :confused: If it's the Federal Lightning, I use it in both 10/22's and a Ruger MK II Target without any problems whatsoever.
     
  23. BamBam-31

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    +1 on the VQ extractor. Both my 10/22's have them, and both extract all kinds of ammo w/o problems. Quick, drop-in part for not too much $$. Definitely worth it.
     
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    +1 on try different ammo.

    The bulk federal ammo at wal mart does an awful job with new guns. Gave me fits in a 10/22 and in a new Walther P22. It simply isn't powerful enough, consistently enough, to knock back new springs.

    I like the bulk thunderbolt ammo I get from NatchezSS or the bulk Winchester White Box or Winchester X, but I agree - get some decent CCI.

    After you put 500 rounds of decent ammo through it, it should be broken in enough to shoot cheap stuff all day and night.
     
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    When you say "unfired prior to me"...

    Does that mean new, or bought it from someone who just never fired it but played with it a lot? If it has been dry fired a lot, there might be a small burr in the chamber. A chamber iron is only about $30 from Brownell's. Polishing the chamber might help too, just don't try it in anything larger than a .22.
     
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