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New girl needs help with my NEW Ruger SR22

jen22jen22 New MemberPosts: 10 New Member
I just purchased a new Ruger SR22 it came with two mags and then two additional mag ends to make it longer so I wanted to use the longer ones I had taken the first mag apart by pushing in the pin and sliding it off and then sliding the longer one on and it snapped right in. The second mag is having problems it slides in but the pin will not pop into position so I took them both apart & swapped around some of the parts that work on the first one and have narrowed the problem to the black piece of plastic that one side slides onto to the sping and on the other side is the pin that locks it into place. So I said screw it and went to put the original one back on and it will not go back on either. Anyone else having this problem?

Next question...I practice loading and unloading at home without shooting it, I noticed that the ammunition (Blazer 22LR) that has been chambered ejects with a scrape on one side of the lead. Is this normal? I appreciate any info anyone would like to share

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  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 8,501 Senior Member
    First, welcome! Next I would suggest getting some dummie loads for your practice!! http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=40858/Product/RIMFIRE-DUMMIES A LOT safer!!

    Would have to look at the mags to figure out the problem. The bullet noses are probably scraping on the slide or ejection port, It's only long enough to eject an empty, the extra length of the bullet causes the scrape. I would say no cause to worry.
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    Hi, and welcome! The problem with the locking tab not engaging is probably due to a burr in the hole where the tab is supposed to fit. I'd suggest using a drill bit the size of the hole to ream it out a little, turning it by hand, or with a variable-speed cordless drill motor to remove any possible roughness. Reaming the hole very slightly oversize won't cause any problems, as long as you don't seriously overdo it!

    On the scrape on the bullet- - - -that's not uncommon when the soft lead tip of the bullet is funneled into the chamber by the slide. One BIG precaution here- - - -that's a live round, so if you don't want to do some unintended damage, be very careful where the muzzle is pointed when you're doing that practicing. Even very experienced shooters can have a stupid attack and touch off an unintended shot occasionally. My gunsmithing shop has a 7MM hole in the roof, thanks to a malfunctioning trigger assembly on a Weatherby Mark V rifle I was working on, and I've been hunting, shooting, reloading, and building custom rifles for close to 60 years! ALWAYS keep the muzzle of any gun pointed in a safe direction, and treat any gun, even one you've just unloaded, like it could go off at any time. Safety first!
    Jerry
  • jen22jen22 New Member Posts: 10 New Member
    Thanks guy! I do need some dummie loads, I keep the safe on at all times and am Very cautious with handling it. I check and double check to make sure it is unloaded before dry firing but thanks for the concern. Part of the reason why I bought the Ruger is because of it's safety feature's, on a lot of the other 22's I hada problem reaching the slide release with my thumb.

    Just in case anyone has the same issue with the mag that I did with the larger floor plate not fitting, I contacted Ruger and they said they had a batch of bad spring seats go out with the gun and that they would ship it out today to me, great customer service and every one was very nick. When I compared the two spring seats you can see a slight difference in them must have been a bad mold.

    So do you think I bought a good gun to start out with?
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,126 Senior Member
    Welcome aboard.
  • jen22jen22 New Member Posts: 10 New Member
    Thank you all for the warm welcome!! I did my research, watched a ton of utube video's and read what feels like million review's on most of the 22's out there. I think it wil be a blast as long as the takedown doesn't snap and cause my slide to fly off, which is my only concern. Can't wait until this weekend, we don't have a ton of places to go around here. Indoor ranges run $18.00 per person per hour, does that sound right? If that is the case then I want one of my own.$$$ I have talked to a few gun clubs and I think that is the way to go, if only they would let me go check it out first before I commit.
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    Ouch! $18.00 per hour might be the norm in your area, but that's highway robbery around the Nashville Tennessee and Huntsville Alabama areas. 15 bucks gets an all-day pass at most of the indoor ranges around here. Of course, about 35 of us used a big farm field all day for free last weekend- - - - -my place. I'd say somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,000 rounds got fired in about 8 hours. If Memorial Day 2013 finds you with nothing better to do, a trip to south central Tennessee for the annual Southeast Shoot needs to go on your "to do" list.

    Every time I hear stories of what a range membership or a hunting lease costs, I really appreciate being able to step out the back door and blaze away with just about anything that burns powder. Stick around- - - - -this bunch of friendly enablers will have you buying guns by the truckload!
    Jerry
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,877 Senior Member
    In Central Florida they're $15.00 per hour.

    In Baton Rouge, LA they're $15.00 for the day, and you can come and go as you please.

    As Teach said, it's all about location.
    I'm just here for snark.
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 12,575 Senior Member
    I doubt you're going to spend an entire hour shooting, so if it's rated on how long you shoot, the price isn't out of line. I think it's $15 per hour here, and you have to buy targets from them. Bring your own ears and eye protection and save a buck or two.

    I don't have a Ruger, but have the Walther P22, which is almost identical. It's a very reliable pistol, not the most accurate one out there, so don't get discouraged if all the rounds aren't touching. It's lightweight and small enough to be handy. I consider it a "plinker" and a good one at that.

    Welcome to the board.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • 10 AC10 AC Member Posts: 309 Member
    Hi Jen, and welcome to the board. It looks like you got your problem taken care of and thats a good thing. Ruger is a prety darn good company, just the other day at the shoot that Teach was speaking of one of our members lost a screw out of his single-six. He called ruger and told them of the problem and they said they were sending him another.

    As for the range fees I think Range USA here in our town charges like $15.00 for two hours per person. But I am like Teach I live in the country and a friends family farm of three hundred plus acres is right out the back door. So I can shoot anything I own just about anytime I like.
  • wookiewookie Member Posts: 128 Member
    Welcome!!! Might I say that it probably isn't a good idea to dry fire your weapon.
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,663 Senior Member
    wookie wrote: »
    Welcome!!! Might I say that it probably isn't a good idea to dry fire your weapon.
    SR22 manual=DRY FIRING
    Going through the actions of cocking, aiming and pulling the trigger on an unloaded
    gun is known as “dry firing.” Dry firing can be useful to learn the “feel” of your
    pistol. Be certain that the pistol is fully unloaded (both the chamber and magazine
    are empty) and that the pistol is pointing in a safe direction at all times, even when
    you are practicing dry firing. The RUGER® SR22TM PISTOLS can be dryfired
    without damage to the firing pin or other components as long as the magazine
    is inserted.

    Every Ruger .22 I've ever owned has a firing pin stop. Safe to dry fire......
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • robert38-55robert38-55 Senior Member Posts: 3,621 Senior Member
    Welcome Jen!!!!!!!!!!!! This is the place for all your gun and ammo questions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The gals and pals here are great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    "It is what it is":usa:
  • jen22jen22 New Member Posts: 10 New Member
    Everyone has been so helpful, thank you all. I get to go shoot my gun tomorrow, oh I can't wait. I feel like a little kid going to disneyland!Everyone have a great weekend.
  • 10 AC10 AC Member Posts: 309 Member
    jbp-ohio wrote: »
    Every Ruger .22 I've ever owned has a firing pin stop. Safe to dry fire......

    I did not know that JB. Good info.
  • coolgunguycoolgunguy Senior Member Posts: 6,632 Senior Member
    Welcome to the forum! If anybody asks about Gladiator movies, just say 'no'!
    "Bipartisan" usually means that a bigger than normal deception is happening.
    George Carlin
  • jen22jen22 New Member Posts: 10 New Member
    I will be here often. Had the best day ever put 120 rounds thru my new Ruger and I think I am in LOVE. For my first time ever shooting a gun I did really good, but never thought I would like it so much. Wow... now I would like to fire anything I can get my hands on. Still have a smile on my face.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,203 Senior Member
    jen22 wrote: »
    I will be here often. Had the best day ever put 120 rounds thru my new Ruger and I think I am in LOVE. For my first time ever shooting a gun I did really good, but never thought I would like it so much. Wow... now I would like to fire anything I can get my hands on. Still have a smile on my face.

    We have had good reports on those Rugers on the forum, did you have any issues with the ammo you were using? Failure to feed? Failure to eject?

    Welcome.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    10 AC wrote: »
    I did not know that JB. Good info.

    Thruthfully, neither did I. I always treated them like any old .22 and avoided dry firing. Great info there.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • jen22jen22 New Member Posts: 10 New Member
    :-) @ CHIRO1989. I only had time to run 120 rounds through it but it ran perfect not one failure. Very accurate for what it is (a plinker). It was the first time I ever shot a gun ever, I started at 30 feet, then to 60 feet on my second mag and hit two bulleye's with the rest grouped within 5 inches of those. I was shocked that it was so dead on from that distance. I was running CCI Mini Mags but next time I am going to try a few diff kinds. I already have some blazer's I am going to try cause the dealer suggested them. Anyone have any other suggestion's of some to try?
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 8,501 Senior Member
    Mini mags are probably the best ammo for the price. A lot of bulk ammo, esp. Remington, does not work real well in autos. Blazer ammo seems pretty consistant and Federal is good, too.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,203 Senior Member
    jen22 wrote: »
    :-) @ CHIRO1989. I only had time to run 120 rounds through it but it ran perfect not one failure. Very accurate for what it is (a plinker). It was the first time I ever shot a gun ever, I started at 30 feet, then to 60 feet on my second mag and hit two bulleye's with the rest grouped within 5 inches of those. I was shocked that it was so dead on from that distance. I was running CCI Mini Mags but next time I am going to try a few diff kinds. I already have some blazer's I am going to try cause the dealer suggested them. Anyone have any other suggestion's of some to try?

    What Big Al1 said, you are going to have to buy a bunch of the above ammo and see if it works in your gun, then buy a bunch of the same lot.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • jen22jen22 New Member Posts: 10 New Member
    Update...I received the Springseat Monday morning as promised and it worked properly and it did fix the floorplate issue on my mag. I also asked about the takedown issue they had been having with this gun and they said "IT IS A VERY ISOLATED PROBLEM" not as the forums suggest. I love my plinker and hope I don't have that problem. I don't understand why they don't consider it a good defense weapon. More people are killed by .22 than any other caliber. So why is that?
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 8,501 Senior Member
    As far a self defense, if that's all you have and feel confident, use it. BUT, although the .22 has killed a lot of people, it is not an instant man stopper with body shots, like a larger caliber is. I know I wouldn't want to get hit with ten or so of those angry pellets!!
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