View Full Version : Alecks' spikes .22lr build and range report

05-07-2009, 4:36 PM
My first rifle build, I want to build an ar15 in 5.56 next. total process took me about 2 months, I started on 03/06/09, the day I ordered my lower from spikes, and ended today with the last piece from Rukus, THANKS!.

Jolly Roger by Spikes Tactical
LPK by Freakshow manufacturing
.22lr dedicated upper by Spikes Tactical
Ergo Grip
Magpul CTR stock
detachable carry handle borrowed from a buddy

Range report:
Frist day I took it out to the range, I had numerous FTEs with Federal Bulk from Walmart. I was shooting at 25 yards and accuracy was not the best. I had shot about 260 rounds. took it home and gave her a good cleaning.

2nd time i went to the range I brought, 90 rounds Federal Bulk, 30 rounds Federal American Eagle, and 30 rounds CCI mini mags. the federal bulk worked much better this time, American eagle worked just as good, but was not as accurate as bulk pack. the first 4 rounds of CCI mini mags did not want to feed everything else after that worked fine. I had 2 FTEs for bulk pack and 1 FTE from American Eagle. I shot 30 rounds of each ammo at approximately 10 yards.

I'm planning to go to the range again tomorrow, hoping to go to Los Altos gun club. I'm going to be trying Winchester Super X and whatever else they have at the gun club.

Center target was shot with Federal Bulk from 17 yards (max in pistol bay) and the bottom three from left to right are Bulk-American Eagle-CCI

05-07-2009, 6:08 PM
If you are still having FTE issues after trying out all the ammo you can get, try cutting 3 coils at a time off the recoil spring.

Nice build. :thumbsup:

05-07-2009, 6:12 PM
Try 38gr CPHP Fed Champion blue box 525 rounds..... my experience is that they perform better than the 36gr CPHP Fed Walmart red box 550 rounds...

05-07-2009, 7:16 PM
If you are still having FTE issues after trying out all the ammo you can get, try cutting 3 coils at a time off the recoil spring.

Nice build. :thumbsup:

Yea...I had the same issue. If it continues contact Tom at Spikes or on their Industry Forum section at AR15.com. Worse comes to worse you can send it in to them and they will tweak it until it runs flawless.

05-10-2009, 3:33 AM
I know I could tune my bolt to work with the ammo better, but first I want to try trigger and hammer springs before I start modding the bolt.

went to Los Altos gun club on friday. I was shooting at the tin can range and a few guys came up to me questioning my build. I told them to shoot it and they had a blast! :thumbsup:

I was shooting Winchester superX that comes in the red plastic box of 100 and the silver 50 rounder boxes. they both cycled the same, had a few FTEs. The red box Winchester had a few FTFs.

I was shooting 50 yards for the first time...I had trouble hitting my target. but then when i went to the tin can range I was able to hit water bottles at about 40 yards.

05-10-2009, 10:49 AM
I wouldn't mess with the trigger/hammer springs. Just dont think its necessary. America eagle worked flawlessly in my .22lr upper. Give it a try.

05-10-2009, 11:01 AM
Nice looking first build even for a .22LR, I did 2 at the same time when I started piecing them together back in Nov, I started a week after *&%(* got elected. Not bad for 17 yards out, hope you get that puppy tuned soon. Makes me love my CZ/DPMS bull barrel upper even more. First session out with it dialed in at 50 yards with 5 shots using a Bushnell Red Dot aka my Acog as most people would call it.


06-16-2009, 12:33 PM
ok its been awhile... rifle works great ~95% reliability. accuracy also got better.

added some mods :)

also a home trigger job, JP reduced power trigger springs, modified speed hammer and polish. feels a lot better than before but no perfect.


edit got back from the range
trigger is excellent for a $10 trigger job. reliability is still @95%.

06-16-2009, 4:40 PM
Nice rifle Alecks. I also installed JP's hammer spring on my Spikes, it works great. I shot only 100 rnds. last weekend as a test and had 100% reliability. I also polished the hammer, she runs smooth.

06-27-2009, 3:49 AM
here is some shooting done at 50 yards with iron sights. I think this was was weird batch of ammo, i had a few failure to ejects and 2 failure to fires that I shot 2-3 times and it wouldn't go off.


07-05-2009, 4:37 PM
Very nice rifle, glad to hear you got most of the kinks worked out.

Steve's Scar
07-05-2009, 9:02 PM
I thought these spikes uppers were on right out of the box.. I have a feather 22 that's almost 1moa at 75 yards... I would send it back bro and have them tune it..