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Tap/Rack/Bang with Ruger 22/45?

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Old 12-23-2009, 09:49 AM   #1
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Tap/Rack/Bang with Ruger 22/45?

Hey guys, i have a ruger 22/45 that occasionally suffers from the failure to feed problem stemming from the mags (fortunately its only ever the 1st rnd.) The solution if an other gun doesnt feed is to smack the back of the slide, now i had been doing this with the 22/45, and it works. But a question popped into my head last time i did it: does "tapping" the back of the slide to chamber the round put me at risk of setting off the round WAY out of battery?
With centerfire i know that it is impossible to do, but i just dont know enough about rimfire stability to know if i am doing something potentially dangerous.
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Old 12-23-2009, 11:33 AM   #2
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I have a 22-45, too but its a pretty reliable beast and only misfeeds on cheapo ammo or when its really filthy. I am a huge fan of the 22-45 and have shot one for around 10 years. Mine gets quite a workout with my wife and daughter blazing away with it all the time! LOL

It is ONLY doing this on the first round out of a fully loaded mag?

When it jams, is it failing to go into battery and only halfway closed with the round mostly in the chamber or is it hung on the feedramp at an angle? I ask, because both FTF and failure to go into battery can be caused by different things.

If its failing to go into battery, you might need a stronger recoil spring in the pistol. No problemmo...Wolff makes them and they're cheap. Worth a try. I'd also swap the springs in the magazines. It is possible that they can come from the factory on the weak side.

I'd also check the chamber and make very sure that you have it cleaned out really well and that there is not some sort of fouling that has built up where the chamber engages the rifling. Sometimes, with filthy lead ammo, you can get fouling there that is hard to see, but is just enough to cause rounds to not seat all the way in the chamber and cause failures to go into battery.

Good luck...sounds like a small and fixable problem.

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Mine jammed, failed to go fully to battery, ftf, fte...you name the failure and my 22/45 did it regularly. It could be pretty well counted on to have at least one failure per magazine and as many as six regardless of ammo. It took filing down all large burrs inside the receiver and finishing them with stones and sand paper as well as polishing the bolt itself. Once I removed the retarded magazine safety and loaded chamber indicator it has worked flawlessly, I did a trigger job while I was at it (no more grit) as well. This was all on a new gun too.

Mine WILL fire out of battery by about 1/8th inch but the hammer swats it shut to about 1/16th or so, if you are doing your tap-rack-bang drill and it manages to go off I would say you must be really whacking it hard! I would be more concerned with cutting a case or projectile in half on the feed ramp doing that.
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