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  • What's wrong with my magazine?

    I have the REM 522 Viper in .22 cal. & tried to sight in my rifle today & the magazine wasn't feeding the rounds...I took the spring out of the mag, & streched it a little, & that seemed only to help for the last two rounds. I have to move the plastic red spring compressor up in order to feed the receiver/chamber rounds...do I need to lube the spring & sidewalls(using graphite of course)?

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    Originally posted by gogoalie View Post
    I have the REM 522 Viper in .22 cal. & tried to sight in my rifle today & the magazine wasn't feeding the rounds...I took the spring out of the mag, & streched it a little, & that seemed only to help for the last two rounds. I have to move the plastic red spring compressor up in order to feed the receiver/chamber rounds...do I need to lube the spring & sidewalls(using graphite of course)?
    Clean the whole rifle carefully. What ammo are you using? The only cartridges I have found to work well in the cold are Remington in the green plastic box, and the Eley and Federal premium match.

    I just was out with my modded 10/22 using Eley, which normally shoots dime sized groups at 50 yards. I fired two mags at my target, and only 2 bullets hit the bullseye, the rest were scattered evenly around it in a pattern 8 inches across. My cartridges are old, having been bounced around on my snogo too much. I used fresh ammo and the results were what I expected.
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    • #3
      Am using Rem ammo...

      "What ammo are you using?" as well...but in the yellow see through box...When I first bought the rifle, it worked well, but then again, it wasn't sub zero temps, like they were today, I guess the cold weather is constricting the poly material eh?

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      • #4
        Not sure about your setup but my Smith m22A pistol will not feed when it gets really cold. The magazine is a very thin metal and I think it actually constricts and binds the spring and follower. If I keep the mag in my inner pocket against my body I can slap it in and it will feed but not not if I leave it in the gun in a backpack or holster . Kind of sux since I got it for birds while riding the sno-go. Actually the whole thing is really junk cause it won't cycle regardless of the temp <grin>

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        • #5
          did a lil smithing...

          & it's working fine...I took out the spring, & moved the red holder up & down as quickly as I could, & felt where the red holder is contacting...I pulled out the holder, & filed the contact points down a bit & put it back in & it's working fine now...

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