10-22 jamming problems?

Discussion in '.22-Rimfire Forum' started by johnlives4christ, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

    Apr 28, 2008
    i've had 3 ruger 10-22 rifles... all carbine models. 2 from walmart.. 1 from the local gunstore... and i've had the same problem with all three of them. they fail to eject. they will extract, but the bolt ends up closing on an empty casing. i was shooting that cheap federal ammo from walmart... so i switched to cheap remington ammo... okay well it still did the same thing, so i ended up using some cci mini mags... and it did the same dad blame thing still. i complained... 2 of the rifles went back to the company. both rifles still had the problem when i got them back. ruger said that they tested the 10-22's with the cheap walmart federal stuff, 400 rounds with no malfunctions in my rifle. on one of the rifles they replaced the barrel, the bolt and who knows what else. i dont recall what they did on the other one. okay, the rifles never had a problem when using aftermarket steel lips or hot lips mag's only factory mags. and on a ruger 10-22 the shell ejects off of the magazine, even though there is an ejector in the gun, but it is only used when firing without a mag. so i took my dremel tool and cut the little area where the shell contacts to eject on the magazine and solved the problem. i've talked to a lot of people that have had nothing but praise for the ruger 10-22.. and other than the problems i experienced over a year's period, i love everything about them. anyone else out there have this problem with the 10-22?
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2008
  2. Dean

    Dean New Member

    Sounds familiar. I have had two 10/22 with much the same problems . . . and a couple of others. I spent quite a few dollars on mods trying to make one shoot well and it never did. I do not like the magazines at all. Consider them a plinker and not something that will fire everytime you pull the trigger.

  3. ponycar17

    ponycar17 Active Member

    Feb 17, 2005
    South Carolina
    What's interesting is that I have some Butler Creek hot lips mags made before the 1994 'assault weapons ban' (aka: lapse of common sense among Democrats) and they work fine for EVERY shot. I have some steel lips Butler Creek mags made AFTER the expiration of the ban in 2004, and they're absolutely USELESS... Every 1-2 rounds jams...
  4. Joe from New York

    Joe from New York New Member

    Apr 3, 2008
    Westchester New York
    It very well might be the ammo your using. Cheap walmart bulk pac ammo is known jamming try using a better grade of ammo.
  5. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

    Apr 28, 2008
    back when i was having the problems i did try cci mini mags... and best i recall a box of remington yellow jackets. and it jammed in the same manner with those as well.
  6. Mjolnir

    Mjolnir New Member

    Feb 27, 2008
    Greeley, Colorado
    I have the same issue with my 10/22. I'm interested to see if anyone has a solution.
  7. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

    Apr 28, 2008
    i modified a factory mag by cutting the ejector notch a little deeper with my dremel tool after observing this feature on a butler creek mag. i cant figure out how to post pictures on here but you can email me and i'll email pics to anyone that is interested in seeing the modifications.

  8. pawn

    pawn Active Member

    Jan 31, 2007
    Crossville, TN

    Did did the magazine modification work?

    Kind Regards,

  9. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

    Apr 28, 2008
    pawn, yes the modifications did help. i dont have a 10-22 right now, but i do have one of the modified mags.. i put a very slight rearward angle on the ejector so it would kick the empty out of the action. i never tried but im sure that an extra power extractor spring would help even further, subsiquently im thinking about purchasing another 10-22, from walmart, since the price of the higher capacity mags have come down. and since i figured out a way to remedy the factory magazine problems i was experiencing. it has been several years since i have had a 10-22, but if i remember correctly this completely solved the problem.
  10. Crpdeth

    Crpdeth Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2002
    Location location
    You have mail, bro...
  11. Crpdeth

    Crpdeth Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2002
    Location location

    I recieved your photo and will answer your question here... You dont have to upload your pictures to a host unless you just want to.

    You may click Manage Attachments > Browse > then search for your picture on your computer > Double click on it and the file name will appear in the browser box > Click Upload > then close the window...When you Submit Reply the photo should be attached.

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  12. luvtoshoot

    luvtoshoot New Member

    Apr 29, 2007
  13. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

    Apr 28, 2008
    sturm ruger told me before that there weapons should function with any brand of ammo, even the cheap walmart stuff, but i was having problems with cci mini mags 2.
    idk... i prefer lever actions anyways lol
  14. Skyhook

    Skyhook New Member

    Apr 13, 2008
    Upstate NY
    I presently have six (6) Ruger 1022s of varying models, etc and each and every one of them runs fine and reliably until they get dirty. .22 ammo is *dirty* ammo and the lubrication, etc associated with it will eventually cause most any rifle/carbine to have trouble- especially so with the semis.

    I have also modified each by radiusing the rear ventral bolts, polishing the bolts, and all but one of the little beauties have the Volquartsen claw as extractors.

    Anyhow, those 1022s have been invaluable in my NRA instruction and teaching my kids and grandkids to shoot.

    I have two of the rifles in the .920 bbl and can shoot flies off the targets with confidence at 25 yds.;)
  15. Tom Militano

    Tom Militano New Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Jacksonville, AL
    I was going to pick up a 10/22, but I'm not so sure I want one now. They sound like a lot of headaches come with them.
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