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My 22 Range Report

Discussion in '.22-Rimfire Forum' started by fyimo, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. fyimo

    fyimo New Member

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    Yesterday I took 3 of my 22 pistols to the range amd was pleasantly surprised by two of them.

    (1) Last month I bought a S&W Model 41 and on it's first trip to the range the gun was a disappointment. It didn't shoot very tight groups and had a couple of FTF issues. I was shooting 30 year old Winchester ammo but never considered that as part of the problem. When I got home from that range trip I did a really detailed cleaning and on reassembly lubed the gun well with slide guide.

    Well yesterday the gun shot lights out and the accuracy was what I expected when I bought the gun. I was shooting CCI standard velocity ammo and Remington bulk pack gold HP ammo. The CCI shot tighter groups then the Remington but both were really accurate. The gun was shooting 10 shot groups with the CCI that you could cover with a quarter at 7 yards.

    (2) I bought a S&W Model 17-4 with 8 3/8 barrel that I believe was never fired before yesterday so we broke it in. The thing is a laser beam and it is scary accurate with Remington Gold HP bulk pack ammo. We were shooting shotgun hulls off of a metal plate at 15 yards with it. The guy shooting with me asked to buy the gun on the spot and I said "sorry no can do".

    (3) My S&W K22 with 6 inch barrel performed as it always does which is flawless and shot nice groups but not as tight as the Model 17 with the 8 3/8 inch barrel. The gun eats anything and is fairly accurate with all ammo but for some reason really likes Remington Gold HP ammo which is great because it's reasonable priced and easy to locate.

    Anyway it was a great range day and I am super pleased that the Model 41 turned out to live up to all the hype about these guns because I was really disappointed after it's first trip to the range. I now understand what a great gun they really are. :D
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2009
  2. pinecone70

    pinecone70 Active Member

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    That sounds like an excellent range day! I would buy a 41 if I could ever find one up for sale. I have a S&W 422 that I'm using in a pistol league this summer, it never ceases to amaze me and everyone else.
  3. Danwin22

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    Wow, three great S&W's. I envy you having them.

    When I win the lottery or Power Ball I'll be looking for the same pistols, plus a model 34 and 63.
  4. 300 H&H

    300 H&H Active Member

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    Rimfire ammo is externally lubed. With 30 years, the lube had probably dried out. Use you thumb nail, and scrape the bullet with it. If it is too dry and flakes off the accuracy will not be very good. I have all ways wondered if ther might be something one could apply to the old lube to soften it, but right now I am not sure what might work. I have some old Wnchester super match, that has this problem. Best regards, Kirk
  5. whip

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    I have two S&W Model 17-4s. One I bought in 1979 which is smooth as glass with a large target trigger. Single action trigger breaks at 1 3/4 lbs. The other gun I bought in 2004 at a gun show for my son. Its a stock gun but still shoots extremely well. Both have 6inch barrels and will shoot lights out with any ammo. Can't beat those old Smiths!!!
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