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Old June 15, 2011, 04:50 PM   #1
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Semi-auto .22 Cal. Rifle Reliability

I'd like to hear opinions on the reliability of .22 Caliber semi-automatic rifles.
To me, "Reliability" means that a semi auto will feed,fire,eject,and reload each time it is cycled. Is there (Or has there been) a semi-auto rifle that will do that. What Model/Brand would be most likely to function that way every time. ---- We should ignore poor ammunition!!!!
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Old June 15, 2011, 04:59 PM   #2
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Pretty much any model Marlin, Savage, Ruger, CZ. They wouldn't still be selling if they didn't.
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Old June 15, 2011, 05:19 PM   #3
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All my .22 rifles are reliable by your standards except my Armi Jager AP74 which is close to reliable.

I have a Winchester 190 that has never failed except with cheap Remington ammo. I have had it since 1974. I also have a Marlin 60, Marlin 989M2, Mossberg model 50, J.C. Higgins model 30, and a Stevens model 87. All are reliable but the Stevens is very touchy. If it is slightly out of spec it won't work right.
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Old June 15, 2011, 06:00 PM   #4
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My $70 Walmart Marlin Model 60 has run flawlessly since I bought it in '94. It's had a few wear parts replaced(buffer and springs), but never due to a failure. I've done some performance mods recently and it only got better. Just keep it clean and very lightly lubed and you're good to go.
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Old June 15, 2011, 06:07 PM   #5
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My newest 10/22 has yet to have a malfunction of any kind. I have around 500rds. through it so far which isnt alot but its a very reliable rifle. I also have a cheap mossberg plinkster thats almost 100% reliable.
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Old June 15, 2011, 07:00 PM   #6
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I have two Brownings (one older - Belgium made & one newer - Japanese made), and they are both flawless in their performance.
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Old June 15, 2011, 07:03 PM   #7
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Semi-auto .22 Cal. Rifle Reliability

In my experience, most decent 22 semiautos will function reliably if they're fed decent ammo.

Translation: use almost anything besides Remington 22lr ammo and you'll be fine. Remington 22lr is NOT "decent." Remington's 22lr is at some level far below crap.
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Old June 15, 2011, 11:21 PM   #8
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I have been the Rimfire Match Director at my club for a couple of decades and we have always held monthly rapidfire rimfire matches. The only .22 rifle that has never jammed in these matches is my Nylon 66. A friend has a 10/22 that he has slowly customized both by himself and with the help of Que and his rifle is 99.99% reliable but its fine accuracy and trigger make my old Nylon 66 pale in comparison. The Marlin 60s either run well or horribly but none are 100% reliable. However, they are more accurate and more shootable than their arch rival, a box stock 10/22. The occasional reliable Ruger 10/22 T has taken the day many a time.

Jams are disastrous in these matches and the shooter that has a clean running rifle that day will usually win the Rapidfire Rimfire Silhouette Match. The monthly CMP Sporter Matches (six rapidfire mini-strings) are usually won by bolt guns but when the occasional semi-auto shooter wins our CMP Match, he has managed to dodge any jams during the rapidfire strings.
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Old June 16, 2011, 01:18 AM   #9
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Theres a lot of people including me with Remington 597 that have problems with jamming, some ammo jamming 70% of the time.
My mates Ruger is more reliable but I find the Remington more accurate, more ergonomic and nicer looking and a million times better trigger.
Most people say the Remingtons problem is the magazine, but I don't think I fully believe that as most of my jams are FTE, and supposedly you can fix it with a Volsquaren ejector.

I personally still prefer the Remington to the ruger, mine does function pretty well with Winchester Power Points which is made in Australia I dont know the exact figures of jamming but its pretty good, and strangely its the most reliable with winchester subsonic ammo.

But I think a bolt action is better, I end up using dads Norinco more and I plan on getting myself a CZ 452. The only real advantage with a semi I see is the ability to waste ammo quickly, which I guess ain't exactly a good thing but nothings good these days

Oh and I don't know what the rugers like to clean but my Remington is a pain if you completely take the bolt right out, the stupid springs on the two rails are a mission to get back on, it is possible. I dont think im a very good Remington sales person am I, Id defiantly get an AK47.
Oh wait this thread hasn't gotten into that yet
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Old June 16, 2011, 11:20 AM   #10
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As stated above, most semi-autos are pretty reliable. I have owned plenty of them. The old Remington model 550 was a rifle that allowed you to shoot shorts, longs and long rifles all without any changes to rifle. They worked pretty well. I am not familiar with any other semi that would do that. They used what was referred to as a floating chamber. The remington nylon 66's were very reliable, for sure. I still have an almost new one that never fails. Have a Weatherby XXII that has never had a jam. It is the most accurate semi I have ever shot. Winchester's model 63 was pretty reliable with good ammo. Marlin model 60's are amazing for the price they used to sell for. They do req
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Old June 16, 2011, 11:23 AM   #11
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As stated above, most semi-autos are pretty reliable. I have owned plenty of them. The old Remington model 550 was a rifle that allowed you to shoot shorts, longs and long rifles all without any changes to rifle. They worked pretty well. I am not familiar with any other semi that would do that. They used what was referred to as a floating chamber. The remington nylon 66's were very reliable, for sure. I still have an almost new one that never fails. Have a Weatherby XXII that has never had a jam. It is the most accurate semi I have ever shot. Winchester's model 63 was pretty reliable with good ammo. Marlin model 60's are amazing for the price they used to sell for. They do require a complete tear-down and cleaning every few years. Replace a few parts and they are good to go for another 10,000 rounds. I never had much luck with Stevens models. Never owned a Ruger. Mossbergs will run O.K. if you keep them clean. I have found that semis require more cleaning than any other action. That includes center fires, also.....John
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Old June 16, 2011, 12:14 PM   #12
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I have an old beat up Model 63 Winchester that never fails me. Pretty accurate concidering the sights.

I haven't fired a 22 semi that is as reliable.
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