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I replaced the factory trigger spring that you can adjust with a lighter compression one, the trigger is 16.3 oz.

All shooting was done with the suppressor
 
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Went and shot 15 types of 22lr this weekend, will do more later.

The RPR rimfire loves Fed gold metal Ultra match and Fed gold metal Match.
50 YD 5 shot groups from .387 to .198( the best of the day was Fed gold metal Match).

Fed gold metal target, CCI std vel, CCI sgb, Wolf match target, PMC moderator, Geco 22 sa, CCI suppressor, Norma Tac 22, RWS target rifle, CCI green tag, Fed auto match, Magtech 22 sv. American eagle suppressor all shot 3/4 to over 1 inch.

The wind picked up and could not do any 100 yd groups.

Picked up some different Eley ammo this weekend to try later.

This rifle will shoot, you just have to find out what it likes
 
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.22 PLinkster did a YouTube video of the RPR and he also determined that it liked federal gold medal ultra match the best.
I got some FGMUM to try next. Still looking for some CenterX.
Midas+ sure shot good, but it's a little rich for plinking. lol
 
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You can just use moleskin. Cut in any shape or size. It’s super cheap, is good in the cold and the heat and blazing sun and does not add unnecessary height. It deals well with sweat and not slippery. Zoom in to see what the texture looks like if you don’t know what moleskin is. View attachment 6876976
That is an awesome looking place to shoot. Is that personal property or a club?
 
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Well I got out finally to run some rounds through the new rifle. It started out like crap and then started to settle down after 25'ish rounds as expected for a factory barrel. I expect to see a plethora of custom barrels out in a few months so with nothing to lose. I think I'm going to turn to the dark side and try a little fire lapping with this factory barrel to speed up the break-in. I had very good results on my RPR so what the hell.

I picked up a Wheeler Bore Lapping Kit and some JB Bore Compound to go through the process. I'm still deciding on the combination of grits and compounds to use but I'll probably start off a little on the conservative side and work through the process.
 
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Well I got out finally to run some rounds through the new rifle. It started out like crap and then started to settle down after 25'ish rounds as expected for a factory barrel. I expect to see a plethora of custom barrels out in a few months so with nothing to lose. I think I'm going to turn to the dark side and try a little fire lapping with this factory barrel to speed up the break-in. I had very good results on my RPR so what the hell.

I picked up a Wheeler Bore Lapping Kit and some JB Bore Compound to go through the process. I'm still deciding on the combination of grits and compounds to use but I'll probably start off a little on the conservative side and work through the process.
Let use know how it works for you.

I did the Wheeler kit that came with 2 metal plates and 3 grits.

I was fairly conservative:
5 rounds 220 grit
10 rounds 320 grit
20 rounds of 600 grit
Cleaning barrel every 5 shots.
Aquila SSS Subsonic for the round. Slow with lots of bearing surface.

I don't think it did any harm. Running a patch definitely felt a LOT smoother at the end. I didn't gather any good before/after data but I had used the same before on a Ruger American Rimfire and Ruger 6.5 Precision and saw good results. Probably 20-25% reduction in group sizes.
 
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I used the Tubbs Final Finish on my RPR 6.5CM right out of the box and that rifle was the proverbial tack driver till I changed the barrel in the off season at 2500+ rounds. I'd never use this type of system on a custom barrel that had been hand lapped but for this factory barrel there seems to be the potential for a pretty good up-side.

It's really windy here for the next few days so I probably won't get out again till maybe the middle of the month or a bit earlier. I'll also probably run my Lab Radar doing a before and after as well to get some data on the process. I'll use CCI SV for the application which should do as good of a job as any.
 
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Too damn close to D.C.
If you want a more controlled way of smoothing out (or wearing out, however you want to look at it) the bore, you can use Remington 40x Bore Cleaner (used to be called RemClean) and brass and nylon bore brushes.
On a new factory barrel, I'll apply the bore cleaner by saturating a brass brush and running it back and forth through the bore until the brush is worn out (push a clean patch through and clean off the rod and brush after every ten passes). Repeat with the bore cleaner on a nylon brush until you're happy with the job (or eliminated all rifling).
This'll take the bore down to bare metal so be mindful that it may be more prone to corrosion.
 
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I know it can sound scary shooting grit down a new barrel (and I agree with QuickDraw, I'd not use it on a custom hand-lapped barrel), But I have had good results on 3 Ruger factory barrels now. With moderation and care I don't think you will damage a factory barrel and might squeeze some improvement out of it.

(Btw, forgot to mention it was the Tubb's system I used on the 6.5. I used the Wheeler kit on the .22's.)

Here is an interesting write up by Rob01, one of the moderators on Sniper's Hide: http://www.teamblaster.net/reviews/TubbFFTMS.pdf

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Got the range today with my birthday present to myself, ran 7 different rds through it. With Center X being the best so far. I couldn't seem to get a good sight picture today, it felt like the reticle was moving around inside the scope. But the results are in the pictures below.

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I know that range. I wish more applications would open up to become a member.
Well it looks like your Avatar is one of the other Private/semi-private range about 15 min away :) You're on the 1K line, (guessing from the tiny image).. small world sometimes.

BTH they are running a ultra low key NRL22 semi monthly at Avenal ... I bought my son the RPR Rim but went nuts and now waiting for a Voodoo.. Hell, because the RPR is lighter I am sure I will actually shoot much worse with the high dollar full weight one.
 
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Well it looks like your Avatar is one of the other Private/semi-private range about 15 min away :) You're on the 1K line, (guessing from the tiny image).. small world sometimes.

BTH they are running a ultra low key NRL22 semi monthly at Avenal ... I bought my son the RPR Rim but went nuts and now waiting for a Voodoo.. Hell, because the RPR is lighter I am sure I will actually shoot much worse with the high dollar full weight one.
Yes sir! The world is very small. 1 hour after I took that pic you could see the numbers.

Are they running both NRL22 classes or just the open class? I think the RPR is a great platform for whatever you plan to do with it. I bought it as a trainer personally. As you probably know that it is night and day between a factory and custom action, price wise too. I think the RPR with the right ammo could compete.
 
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Well it looks like your Avatar is one of the other Private/semi-private range about 15 min away :) You're on the 1K line, (guessing from the tiny image).. small world sometimes.

BTH they are running a ultra low key NRL22 semi monthly at Avenal ... I bought my son the RPR Rim but went nuts and now waiting for a Voodoo.. Hell, because the RPR is lighter I am sure I will actually shoot much worse with the high dollar full weight one.
Side note... they were doing work to the 1k line that day. Probably looks a bit different now.
 
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Yes sir! The world is very small. 1 hour after I took that pic you could see the numbers.

Are they running both NRL22 classes or just the open class? I think the RPR is a great platform for whatever you plan to do with it. I bought it as a trainer personally. As you probably know that it is night and day between a factory and custom action, price wise too. I think the RPR with the right ammo could compete.
Just Avenal. Both classes, it is just how or "if" you submit your score, but the match is the same. Like I mentioned, personally I am sure I will shoot the heavier 5x more expensive 22 worse, especially in any off hand stage.
 
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Just Avenal. Both classes, it is just how or "if" you submit your score, but the match is the same. Like I mentioned, personally I am sure I will shoot the heavier 5x more expensive 22 worse, especially in any off hand stage.
Or you could shoot it better you just never know. That’s pretty cool to have both classes available at the match. Too bad they won’t allow a RPR or ca to be in the base class.
 

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I picked one up today. I placed a SWFA 12X on it. I wanted to shoot some 50yd groups but the wind was whipping too hard. I played around at 25yd mostly. This thing feeds and ejects very well. I am very pleased with the ergonomics. The trigger is fine for what Im doing. Not one failure to feed or eject in 200 rounds.



 
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Ran some Eley through it this weekend, Club, match and Subsonic, all shot over 1/2".

So far Federal gold medal ultra match and match are the clear winners
 
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I decided to take the afternoon off to get out to do a little fire lapping on the RPR. I used the Wheeler kit and setup 3-coarse, 5-each of the medium and fine grit using CCI SV bullets. I would fire each set of rounds and then follow that with 2 regular untreated CCI SV rounds before doing a thorough cleaning and moving to the next type. I tried to use my LabRadar to get velocities before and after but I couldn't get it to pickup the rounds in the air so no information there.

I used Wolf Match Extra, SK Rifle Match and CCI SV as my test rounds shooting all 3 before and after. I also ran 10 rounds of each type of ammunition before shooting groups to condition the barrel. To date this rifle had 70 rounds through it. The results were as follows:

Before Fire lapping 5 round group size at 50 yards was:
Wolf Target Match- .63, 1.24, .39 Average- .75
SK Rifle Match- .76, .53, .52. Average- .60
CCI SV- .47, .61, .66 Average- .58

After Fire Lapping 5 round group size at 50 yards was:
Wolf Target Match- .85, .81, .29 Average- .65
SK Rifle Match- .41, .22, .34 Average- .32
CCI SV- .50, .69, .55 Average- .58

I tried to be very conservative in the process of fire lapping and shot less than half the number of treated rounds of what I read that other people have done. Overall there was an improvement in 2 of the 3 different types of ammunition. While the Wolf improved slightly the SK not only started out as the best but also improved the most by a large margin. The CCI SV stayed exactly the same but at slightly over 1moa and 1/2 the price of the others it may just become the preferred practice round for this rifle.

Overall I would say that the $35 cost of the lapping kit and 1 1/2 hour of time invested in the process was worth the effort. The bore was noticeably smoother when running patches during the cleaning. I saw very small flecks of metal on the patches which probably was what was left behind during the rifling process. As said previously I was very conservative and could repeat the process again although I think I'll wait a month or so and put some other rounds down the tube before making that decision. If I do lap it again I'll probably just use the medium and fine grits. The rifle is well built and a solid platform for a trainer. At around 1 moa it is functional for it's intended purpose and I believe that it will shoot even better in the near future. Next time out I'll stretch it out shooting groups to 200 yards. By then I'll be done with paper punching and put it to work for its intended purpose as a trainer.
 
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So I picked up one last weekend and I took it apart last night to clean. The bore seemed to be very dirty out of the box? Maybe a oil type coating to prevent corrosion pre-sale? Anyone else notice this.
 
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So I picked up one last weekend and I took it apart last night to clean. The bore seemed to be very dirty out of the box? Maybe a oil type coating to prevent corrosion pre-sale? Anyone else notice this.
I did a complete disassembly, cleaning and reassembly including removing the scope rail cleaning all the oil underneath and reinstalling and torquing using blue loctite. I also flushed the trigger group and bolt out with charcoal lighter fluid and relubed it appropriately per the manual, there was a lot of manufacturing debris in both, mostly metal shavings.
 

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I did a complete disassembly, cleaning and reassembly including removing the scope rail cleaning all the oil underneath and reinstalling and torquing using blue loctite. I also flushed the trigger group and bolt out with charcoal lighter fluid and relubed it appropriately per the manual, there was a lot of manufacturing debris in both, mostly metal shavings.
Good point on the scope rail. I don't want that thing coming lose

thanks
 
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What Bore guide is everyone using with these rifles? My universal one is too big and it is new enough that Sinclair does not seem to have one yet?
This is the 10 shot, which is the 5 above with another five on top of it. View attachment 6880997

Then 5 at 100... View attachment 6880998
Man I think that’s awesome grouping for a factory 22 out of the box with hardly any break in time 👍🏻. I just put mine in California jail today and noticed that it will have to be taken apart and throughly cleaned and re lubed.
 
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That crap is the factory anti-corrosion treatment. It isn't lube and definitely needs to be thoroughly cleaned and properly lubed. I took my entire rifle apart other than the barrel. I shoot Horady One Shot Cleaner Lube throughout the trigger, just flush it. Then reassemble and re-torque everything.
 
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What Bore guide is everyone using with these rifles? My universal one is too big and it is new enough that Sinclair does not seem to have one yet?
I went over to my buddys and tried a bunch of bore guides he has for various .22 bolt guns. An H&R CMP M12 worked but we had to remove a little material to clearance the tang on the left of the action and some from the bottom to clear the trigger.

here is the guide we modified..

https://www.brownells.com/aspx/search/productdetail.aspx?sid=66366&pid=33240

Part Number 749-002-616WB

Also I got it to the indoor range and ran some ammo through it. Wolf Match was the best but I still have some more testting to do.. So Far it is well worth the modest cost..

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I went over to my buddys and tried a bunch of bore guides he has for various .22 bolt guns. An H&R CMP M12 worked but we had to remove a little material to clearance the tang on the left of the action and some from the bottom to clear the trigger.

here is the guide we modified..

https://www.brownells.com/aspx/search/productdetail.aspx?sid=66366&pid=33240

Part Number 749-002-616WB

Also I got it to the indoor range and ran some ammo through it. Wolf Match was the best but I still have some more testting to do.. So Far it is well worth the modest cost..

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Very nice! haven't seen Wolf ammo in my neck of the woods. What brand of cleaning rod are you using and what length?
 

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Very nice! haven't seen Wolf ammo in my neck of the woods. What brand of cleaning rod are you using and what length?
Right now I am using my Dewey .22 30" I believe. it is a bit short but works. I ordered a 32" Dewey in .20cal, 32" might still be a little short to keep from hitting the riser. I figure the .20cal rod will give a little more room going in..

I bought the Wolf at Perry a few years back. shoots pretty good and supposedly the brass is lapua..
 
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Just got my RPRf last week and after giving it a thorough cleaning, adjusting the trigger same as my RPR .308 and mounting a scope, I took it out to get the barrel broken in and put 150 rounds through it. Accuracy came around and is looking good. Will give the barrel a good cleaning and see how it'll group with various ammo.

I did have one disappointment in that I removed the back bolt clip to get a longer action when loading a round into the chamber to simulate that action of my RPR. But the ejector what not ejected the spent cartridge very well and often with stay in the chamber and also slip down behind the mag where I had to turn the rifle upside down to get it out. Someone said this was an issued with the 15 round mag that comes with the rifle and putting in some other of Ruger's mags would relieve that problem. So, I tried that and still had the same problem, just not as often. The ejector doesn't seem to be stuck or sticking in any way. But maybe the ejector spring is a little too stiff (I'm just guess . . . I don't know)??? For now, I'm going to put that clip on the bolt and give Ruger a call to see what they think is going on with the ejector.
 
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Just got my RPRf last week and after giving it a thorough cleaning, adjusting the trigger same as my RPR .308 and mounting a scope, I took it out to get the barrel broken in and put 150 rounds through it. Accuracy came around and is looking good. Will give the barrel a good cleaning and see how it'll group with various ammo.

I did have one disappointment in that I removed the back bolt clip to get a longer action when loading a round into the chamber to simulate that action of my RPR. But the ejector what not ejected the spent cartridge very well and often with stay in the chamber and also slip down behind the mag where I had to turn the rifle upside down to get it out. Someone said this was an issued with the 15 round mag that comes with the rifle and putting in some other of Ruger's mags would relieve that problem. So, I tried that and still had the same problem, just not as often. The ejector doesn't seem to be stuck or sticking in any way. But maybe the ejector spring is a little too stiff (I'm just guess . . . I don't know)??? For now, I'm going to put that clip on the bolt and give Ruger a call to see what they think is going on with the ejector.

Sorry to hear that. I've been using the mag it came with and has worked flawlessly. No eject porblem so far. Much easier to insert than the one on my Ruger American.
 
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Just got my RPRf last week and after giving it a thorough cleaning, adjusting the trigger same as my RPR .308 and mounting a scope, I took it out to get the barrel broken in and put 150 rounds through it. Accuracy came around and is looking good. Will give the barrel a good cleaning and see how it'll group with various ammo.

I did have one disappointment in that I removed the back bolt clip to get a longer action when loading a round into the chamber to simulate that action of my RPR. But the ejector what not ejected the spent cartridge very well and often with stay in the chamber and also slip down behind the mag where I had to turn the rifle upside down to get it out. Someone said this was an issued with the 15 round mag that comes with the rifle and putting in some other of Ruger's mags would relieve that problem. So, I tried that and still had the same problem, just not as often. The ejector doesn't seem to be stuck or sticking in any way. But maybe the ejector spring is a little too stiff (I'm just guess . . . I don't know)??? For now, I'm going to put that clip on the bolt and give Ruger a call to see what they think is going on with the ejector.
Look at the bolt face. The black metal flexibe clip(cartridge positioner spring part#29)opposite of the extractor is the cause of your occasional round not ejecting. Bend it in towards the center of the boltface. It will launch casings after doing that! I had same problem. I can now even run the bolt really slow and it functions well. Before I always had to run the bolt fast to get efficient ejection.
 
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Look at the bolt face. The black metal flexibe clip(cartridge positioner spring part#29)opposite of the extractor is the cause of your occasional round not ejecting. Bend it in towards the center of the boltface. It will launch casings after doing that! I had same problem. I can now even run the bolt really slow and it functions well. Before I always had to run the bolt fast to get efficient ejection.
THANKS much! Did it and it seems to have helped . . . with live rounds anyway. Will see how it goes next range visit.

WARNING! That long groove that's machined down the left side of the bolt has razor sharp (NO exaggeration) edges on both sides and the full length of that groove. I just sliced my thumb on it, to my surprise. So, I took my jeweler's file and run it along those edges to dull them and now it's no longer a risk and the bolt still slides just fine.
 

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THANKS much! Did it and it seems to have helped . . . with live rounds anyway. Will see how it goes next range visit.

WARNING! That long groove that's machined down the left side of the bolt has razor sharp (NO exaggeration) edges on both sides and the full length of that groove. I just sliced my thumb on it, to my surprise. So, I took my jeweler's file and run it along those edges to dull them and now it's no longer a risk and the bolt still slides just fine.
Pull a bullet out of the 22case dump the powder and hand load the empty casings into the chamber. That's how i did it when determining how much more i needed to bend that clip. Glad it worked for you.
 
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Pull a bullet out of the 22case dump the powder and hand load the empty casings into the chamber. That's how i did it when determining how much more i needed to bend that clip. Glad it worked for you.
Found a couple spent casings laying around and used them help those make adjustments. When cycling the bolt kid of slowly, they eject quite well. But with a very rapid cycling, they don't pop out very energetically, but they do pop out better than before. I would have thought it would have been just the opposite results in terms of cycling speed. The cycling seems a lot smoother now, but that probably has something to do with the fine filing I did to dull those sharp edges.
 
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