Originally Posted by c3shooter
Funny- my bolt guns and lever guns don't jam!
Sorry. Bolts and levers CAN jam. Maybe not as often as semi-auto's but they do. And when they do they're usually harder to clear in my experience.
Any number of things can cause a 22 semi to jam. It doesn't mean they're a pice of junk if they do. It could be simply that the ammo you're shooting is lower powered for one reason or another. The next box of the same stuff might shoot just fine. The ammo might have just a very slight variation in the size of the cases. Again the next box might be fine. 22 ammo is cheap, they make thousands and thousands of rounds at a time and they can't check it all. Some brands are better than others, and some brands work better in one rifle than they do in another. So ammo is a variable.
The rifle could be dirty. Or it could need to be lubed. Or it could even be overlubed which leads to dirty. Generally speaking keep it lightly lubed, and clean and it will run better.
The rifle (or handgun actually) might need to be "broken in." Again, most 22's are inexpensive. That means they don't get a lot of hand finishing. Shooting them is the best way to have the parts rub together and "wear in" so they fit together just right. So don't give up on a new gun.
Oh, and a new gun usually needs to be cleaned before you shoot it to get the packing/storage grease/oil/crud out.