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Mobuck

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When I found that takeoff Charger barrels are "unobtainium", I shifted to plan B which involved unboxing a new PSA complete 22lr pistol AR upper that had been sitting on the shelf for 18 months. I gave the bore a quick wipe to remove any residue and mounted a red dot for a test run. HMMM, not good. Accuracy was here and there with a couple of keyholers @ 25 yards. Today, I cleaned the bore with more effort and mounted a 4x scope before another test run. Ten rounds @ 25 yards resulted in a 6" pattern plus a couple of flyers that left oblong holes and one bullet missed an 18" x 24" cardboard target backer.
I sent an email to PSA explaining the problem so we'll see how long it takes to resolve this problem. This my first disappointment with PSA products.

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After reading some comments/reviews on this PSA product, I found that there seemed to be others with similar problems. The PSA response to all such comments was "Contact customer service and we'll fix the problem". They must have sourced a bunch of bad barrels. After cleaning, I took a close look at the bore and the rifling is barely visible. Compared to a 10-22 barrel lying on the bench, it appeared the rifling was shallow and irregular in depth.
 

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Bummer!

I have a 7.5" (CMMG) .22 upper from PSA and mine has been good in terms of both accuracy and function. It is the only CMMG setup I own, my other .22s are all from Tactical Solutions. I run this PSA upper on a dedicated lower that has a Redi-Mag adapter installed so I can use the S&W 15-22 mags with it.

Hope they get it all sorted out for you... quickly.

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Mobuck

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Yeah, me too.
Leave off the BUIS, switch the dot to a StrikeFire, and add a "pew-pew" muzzle device and you'd have mine. I think mine is an 8" but close. The 8" plus 6" of muffler is still pretty compact.
 

jjas

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I found a charger barrel here for sale. $85.00 plus shipping.


https://sapoutfitters.com/product/ruger-22-charger-10-threaded-barrel-with-protector/
 

Mobuck

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"Back to your original dilemma. Why can’t you chop a take off 10/22?"
Other than the possibility of an overzealous ATF(er) getting picky? It seems to be a gray area unless or until the muffler is pinned and welded in place. Some shops won't cut a RIFLE barrel below the legal 16". In addition, the cost to ship, cut, and thread a 10-22 barrel is close to $100 even if the barrel has no value to begin with.
"I found a charger barrel here for sale. $85.00 plus shipping."
I'll take a look there. All the other customizing places were out of takeoff barrels and were pricing them @ $100+/- if they did have one. Thanks

Hey, that worked out, got a Charger barrel on the way. We have a Charger pistol here so no problem with legality prior to pinning on the muzzle device.
 

jjas

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The charger seems to have been a bit of a slow seller for Ruger over the years. I would imagine that if Ruger would sell these guns complete with a pistol brace and a threaded barrel, they would sell as many Charges as they would care to manufacture.
 

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"I would imagine that if Ruger would sell these guns complete with a pistol brace and a threaded barrel, they would sell as many Charges as they would care to manufacture."

First things we did with the new Charger was add the adapter to mount a brace and a dot optic. Waiting impatiently on the Form 1 approval for the muzzle device.
 

Mobuck

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The "serialized part" has little to do with cutting a barrel shorter than the legal limit. Having a suspected 10-22 barrel shorter than 16" could easily be construed as "intent" to construct an illegal firearm. Having a gunsmith pin and weld the muzzle device before shipping it back would add even more cost which is counter to my plan.
I found a factory threaded Charger barrel in my price range so continued discussion is pointless.
 

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Update: I finally hit a nerve @ PSA and they're sending a label for the return of the "keyhole special" upper. A direct replacement may be problematic since this SKU has been out of stock for months.
 

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