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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by gunhappy, Sep 27, 2006.

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  1. gunhappy

    gunhappy Member

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    Well I finally bought my FIRST totally new handgun!!! I bought it and did about 15 mins of informal testing, and I must say I can't wait to get it to th range to wring it out. At about 20 yds ( give or take) I was bouncing a Pepsi bottle (16 oz) all over the place till slide lock back. It is the blued 512 model w/ bull barrell/adj. sights. Tha ammo was remington hypervelocity 36 gr ammo. Squirrels Beware!
     
  2. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

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    You WILL enjoy it :)

    Some suggestions - if you can, over time - consider adding a SoLow mount and add something like the Bushnell red dot - makes for even more plinking pleasure.

    The comp is a Volquartson and does add a bit of extra weight and control up front.

    Also consider the Volquartson extractor - super crisp and sharp profile and makes for better extraction even with more ''fussy'' and cheapo ammo!


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  3. gunhappy

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    Where

    online might I acquire the Solow? Is there any benefit to using that over the factory supplied rail and a common red dot like a Bass Pro special or maybe a Tasco Pro Point? I like the 25-30 mm objective red dots.
     
  4. P95Carry

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    Ahhh - of course if you have a recent one you'll have options for a rail - sorry - forgot that. No point then re the SoLow - I used it because mine was the earlier version - I guess 4 years old or so now.

    Just fit mounts to suit whatever red dot you like - I do like the Bushnell a lot and that is a 30mm - the only size SoLow mounts take.

    You have plenty of options available - much depends on how much you want to spend. A Holosight is real nice but - up goes the money!

    One other thing I found useful - and only fitted a year or so ago - a Hogue Handall slip on grip dealie - makes it feel better for me.
     
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    that is the exact model i have, and i love it, it is cheap to feed but the most fun to shoot! congrats on the new gun, good choice!
     
  6. gunhappy

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    Thanks guys

    I come here for advice a lot...I did a lot of searching in the old archives to see if I was gonna end up w/ a lemon, but the overwhelming response was positive. By the way, the ammo was 36 gr truncated cone remington Viper. I can't believe that Bass Pro doesn't carry Velocitors, or I would try them.
     
  7. Dollar An Hour

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    Congrats! Cannot go wrong with a Ruger .22 pistol, period. :)
     
  8. zzzarkt

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    Congrats on the new shooter gunhappy! I've been looking at the 22/45 myself and I was wondering if anyone here can tell be if the Ruger .22 autos are as hard to field strip as I have heard, or are folks just exaggerateing.
     
  9. P95Carry

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    Stripping can be awkward - but first time is worst!

    Main problem folks have is reassembling and getting the mainspring plunger in position properly - much of this is down to the angle you hold the gun - so as to let things position right.

    I have no link to hand right now but there is a very nice pictorial explanation on one site - maybe someone can remember it.

    I would leave trigger group alone tho ;)
     
  10. jman74

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    Ruger .22's are a great choice. My 22/45 went about 3,500 rounds before it needed to be cleaned, and it was used so I really don't know the real round count. Being as dirty as it was, it was still more accurate then me. It was very filthy inside, but a little gun scrubber and she was as good as new. $20 for a brick of CCI Standard Velocity and you have a nice shooting session.
     
  11. weregunner

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    If you are :D :cool: looking for detailed info on stripping the 22/45 check www.guntalk-online.com/fsprocedures.htm This gives pictures as well. Welcome to the Ruger rimfire club. Enjoy plinking,huntingand maybe bullseye competition. Hope this helps.
     
  12. gunhappy

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    Well 45 mins later...

    I got it back together! Now I know why people complain, but really, if I paid closer attention to the directions, I would have been done in 30.
    I did a little more informal plinking, and she puts one on top of another, then a flyer. Me or ammo...not sure. I CAN see that a red dot is on the Horizon!
     
  13. nitesite

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    I've got a 22/45 known as a "Great Eight". It's a government competition model with a slabside 8" target-crowned barrel. It shoots like a freekin' laser beam! Since there are no holsters made for it, I have considered a decent red-dot to mount on it. Even without it I have fun hitting clay targets at 50-yards with boring regularity (from a rest, I admit). There are some rabbits and squirrels in the freezer that I took with it, too! :)

    The field stripping is easy.

    It's the reassembly that gives new owners fits! :D

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    congratulations gunhappy! the 22/45 was my first new handgun as well. it is prrobably the gun i enjoy shooting the most. take down wasn't all that difficult to me ,but the first time i tried to put it back together. man, took me a while. nice purchase!
     
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    Excellent gun. Be sure and run some CCI Stingers through it - holy fun fireballs Batman!

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    Hi Gunhappy, where in upstate NY are you? Im an upstater myself.. sort of. Its funny in NY how anything north of NYC (which is of course at the southernmost point) is considered upstate.
     
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    The stainless 5 1/2" version was my first handgun. It's still stock and shoots great. I now have no problems hitting a 6 inch target at 40 yards with the cheap Remington Walmart bulk pack. The front sight tends to come loose on many from what I've heard which many will use locktite or something similar. I just tighten her back up. I'll shoot mine hundreds of times before it misfires---a quick cleaning solves the problem. It's money well spent. You'll enjoy it.
     
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    @gunhappy: was this the original 22/45, or the new MkIII 22/45? Both are good, just curious which one. We're considering buying the stainless 5.5" MkIII 22/45 for the UT campus range, so always looking for input.

    REASSEMBLY: seriously, it's not that bad. The first few times you do it, have the manual in front of you, and follow the directions to the letter. After you get the hang of it, it's no big deal. Disassembly will be a little stiff the first few times until it gets broken in.


    For some motivational info about Ruger quality, check out the previous thread: "Ever seen a worn-out Ruger MkII?"

    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=223875&highlight=ruger+wear+Mkii

    Some folks on this board have Ruger semi-auto .22s from 1964 still running fine. Others have over a half-million rounds through the gat. They rock.

    -MV
     
  19. gunhappy

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    It's the Mark III. I am not too far from Syracuse.
     
  20. Plink

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    The 22/45 is a great gun. It's my favorite of all the .22 pistols actually. You'll find it surprisingly accurate if you step down from the hypervelocity stuff. Standard high velocity loads shoot teeny groups. Also, you might see what kind of groups you're getting with the sights before you go hanging all sorts of stuff on it. The dot is fun for quick sighting, but groups suffer. I have one set up each way. I shoot far more accurately with the sights, though it takes a little longer.
     
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