ammo related question

Discussion in '.22-Rimfire Forum' started by raydcarter, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. raydcarter

    raydcarter New Member

    May 8, 2009
    I have 70's High Standard Supermatic Citation. I've shot Winchester T22's in it - it seems to do fine. Yesterday, I tried some of the Aguila ammo from CMP - about every third round failed to fire. Looking through the spare parts that my father in law left (it's an inherited gun) I find that there is what seems to be a pretty complete rebuild kit. So What would be the most likely thing to do to get this gun shooting the Aguila ammo reliably? Should I replace the firing pin spring, firing pin, hammer spring, all of the above? I realize it simply may not shoot them well - period, but I'd like to try. Any and all responses accepted here.

  2. GunHugger

    GunHugger Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2007
    SW PA
    If you are comfortable changing those parts, do it.

    If not, try a few different kinds of ammo and see how it does with them.

  3. Oneida Steve

    Oneida Steve Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Upstate NY
    Target .22 pistols can be finicky. I would stay with the T22 ammo and save the Aguila for another gun.
  4. fleetwood1976

    fleetwood1976 Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2009
    Southern Indiana
    my Hi-standard sport king only shoots a limited varity of shells, mostly very high velocity.
  5. LDBennett

    LDBennett Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2003
    Hesperia, CA

    If that is the case, your gun probably has the wrong recoil spring in it. The frames on these later Hi Std guns are fragile. The gun should have the right recoil spring in it and only shoot Std Vel ammo. Other ammos, like High and Hyper Velocity beat up the gun's frame and CAN cause the frame to crack.

    In your case if a heavy spring is installed the beating moves from the rear of the frame to the face of the breech, both on the barrel and on the slide. I suggest you get the right spring in the gun (available at Brownells either as a 5.5 lb Hi Std spring or a Wolfe spring) and only shoot Std Vel ammo, like CCI STD VEL.

    I give this advice to many that have Hi Std guns and many times hear back from sorry owners who did not heed my advice and broke the frame of their prized and expensive Hi Std gun. But you choose... its your gun.

  6. if it shoots other ammo ok i would leave it alone,the pistol is no longer made and why take a chance.i would save the rebuild kit for when you need it not b-4 old semperfi
  7. raydcarter

    raydcarter New Member

    May 8, 2009
    Thanks for notes. I did find a thread on rimfirecentral High Standard forum about a similar problem - I'll try a 'deep cleaning' - springs and all before I do anthing - 'deep clean' and then reassess.
  8. wpage

    wpage Active Member

    Aug 25, 2009
    Save the cheap ammo for a bolt action rifle...
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