View Full Version : Problems with Ruger 22/45

04-25-2009, 7:46 PM
Picked up a new 22/45 on Thursday. Checked it over and ran a dry patch down the barrel. Today I got it to the range and had quite a few jams and fte's using two different types of 22. It got better as I went along, but for a while there it was frustrating since I had problems shooting my old Model 60 last weekend. Since then I have thoroghly cleaned that and hope to shoot it soon.

Have others had similar problems with their Ruger 22's?

04-25-2009, 8:11 PM
I started with some new CCI High Velocity that I had just bought, and that gave me problems, so went to some old Winchester Wildcats that could I believe is at least 9 years old, and probably much more. It fed better, and seemed to be longer than the CCI. The Wildcats did better, but not perfect. I have a brick of Winchester Super X that I will try soon.

04-26-2009, 7:17 PM
Ran 150 rounds of the Winchester, some Super X and some Wildcat today, one fte. Tried the CCI again, and it would not run at all. Will probably just give it away, glad I only got 100 rounds.

So it seems to be running better. Still having problems with my Marlin 60. Hard getting the first round to chamber, either jamming or just ejecting the round. Once I get one round chambered, most or all the rest are fine. Have cleaned it twice, any suggestions?

04-26-2009, 7:26 PM
Volquartsen Exact Edge Extractor should help w/ the 22/45 extraction problems.

Here: http://www.rimfiresports.com/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=RSC&Product_Code=VC10EE%2FVC2EE&Category_Code=VC2

04-26-2009, 7:36 PM
I have not had this gun apart yet. How difficult is it to replace the extractor?

04-27-2009, 1:59 AM
Easy peasy. I did it, 'nuff said. :)

04-27-2009, 6:27 AM
Keep shooting it. Hang on the the CCI and try it after you have a few hundred more rounds through the gun.

04-27-2009, 6:46 AM
Keep shooting it. Hang on the the CCI and try it after you have a few hundred more rounds through the gun.

That is what I am going to do for now. Have not cleaned it yet, will wait a bit longer. And thanks BamBam, I will consider doing that change.

04-27-2009, 2:57 PM
Do that extractor. I was having FTEs with every type of ammo I tried in my Mark III. I put in the aftermarket extractor (pretty easy) and have since put a whole brick of Federal bulk ammo through it without a single jam.

04-27-2009, 3:58 PM
+1 on the extractor. It's a known issue with the Ruger .22 handguns and rifles. The first thing to get replaced is the extractor. Once you've done that, it's smooth sailing.

04-27-2009, 6:06 PM

04-27-2009, 7:49 PM
My Ruger MarkIII Hunter was having serious jams (fail to feed only) with Remington ammo. I ended up putting in a VQ extractor, doing the magazine mod: http://xavierthoughts.blogspot.com/2008/10/mkii-magazine-tweak.html, and polishing all parts inside the gun with a dremel (including the outside of the bolt (I noticed that it was create wear marks on the bolt, so I paid extra attention to those marks). Now the bolt moves effortlessly and cleanly, no more rubbing on the inner receiver. Finally, I polished the feed ramp (lightly...didn't want to go overboard on this...as well as the sear of course).

Anyway, now I still have a few fail to feed problems with the Remington ammo, but the Federal that I've tried has all fed and extracted perfectly.

Edit: Also added a VQ sear, and will install the trigger soon when I get my replacement one from VQ.

04-27-2009, 8:03 PM
Thanks for the replys. Looks like I have some work to do. A bit uncomfortable working on this, but I will take it one step at a time.

04-27-2009, 10:06 PM
I have been having the same problem with my ruger 22/45 so I just ordered the Volquartsen Exact Edge Extractor as recommended by everyone. Hopefully this will reduce the FTE problems

04-27-2009, 10:06 PM
Thanks for the replys. Looks like I have some work to do. A bit uncomfortable working on this, but I will take it one step at a time.

Check out this page: http://www.guntalk-online.com/2245detailstripping.htm

Bullseye is an expert when it comes to the Ruger .22s. Good luck!

04-27-2009, 10:27 PM
I've got a grip-load of .22's and lately I've ONLY used Federal bulk pack stuff. Either the brown box of copper-plated hollow-points that come 550 to a pack, or the white box of lead solids that come 350 to a box (AKA auto match) work great. The Federal just runs great through everything semi-auto that I have in .22.

Everything else just gives issues. Sure, some guns eat other stuff just fine, but everything I have eats the federals without issue. Rather than save remingtons for some guns, and winchesters for others, I just use Federal and have no issue.

05-05-2009, 6:11 PM
The problem with sometypes of ammo is the stick in the magazine and don't point up enough, so the get stuck on the feed ramp. Especially Winchester or any leadnose bullets. Federal value pack is your best bet