22 conversion kit

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by magnumman, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. magnumman

    magnumman New Member

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    Have any of you used one of the drop in .22lr conversion kits? I am looking for an economical way to practice and i think being able to use the same rifle makes a lot of sense. So my questions are #1 are they reliable and #2 are they worth the $? Thanks for the help
     
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  3. Quentin

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    Don't have one but they seem to work though with many disadvantages: sloppy accuracy, dirty/gumming up the gas tube, reliability issues with magazines and brands of ammo. The positive side is they are cheap.

    I'd rather pay more for a .22lr upper or a dedicated tactical .22lr like the Colt and S&W. I got the Colt, a buddy got the S&W and both work well.
     
  4. purehavoc

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    I have one It has over 3000 rds thru it , only issue I had was a extractor and CMMG replaced it no questions asked . It cycles best with winchester bulk 555 ammo , cheapo remingtons it does not really care for , Bulk federals are ok but sometimes the Feds just dont go bang . Alot of people out there talk about sloppy accuracy out of the 1:7 barrel . Im calling BS this first pic is 60 yards 10 shots taking my time , second pic is 60 yards unloading a 25 rd mag as fast as I could .
    Seem that sloppy to you for a 36 gr bullet coming out of the end of the barrel trying to twist its self apart because its spinning so fast ? I dont think so its more than accurate enough for me . By the way that is a 3" dot

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  5. magnumman

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    Awsome, I am really think about getting one. That is not bad at all. I have a 1:8 barrel, so would i expect more "accuracy"? Also, with the high twist rate, do you have problems with barrel leading?
     
  6. Quentin

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    No doubt conversion kits work beter in some barrels than others. Overall though, the .22lr likes a slower twist in a rifle barrel, more like 1/15",otherwise dedicated .22lr barrels would come in faster twists.

    Anyway, it's pretty cheap to give one a try in your rifle.
     
  7. purehavoc

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    Theres not going to be much difference in a 1:8 as far as accuracy . It really comes down to the shooter , I have a very clean breaking, light weight trigger in that rifle and that does help but its up to the shooter to do his job to get the accuracy . They do make some rounds in 40 gr but there wasnt a pennies worth of better accuracy out of them and they were a bit more expensive . lead build up no big deal put the .223 bolt back in and let a few rip down the pipe and clean it and the gas tube up of gunk . Keep the .22 conversion slide on the bolt lubed up good and you wont have any issues .
    The biggest thing is it does make the chamber and lower guts very dirty but thats easy enough to clean up , you will know when the barrel needs cleaned the accuracy will take a crap bad when its ready.
     
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  8. magnumman

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    Thanks for the help guys, time to start shopping
     
  9. sweeper22

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    The most practical option is to buy a completely different rifle. I'd probably go with the S&W MP 22-15 personally, but a variety of options are out there. Mossberg offers one of the most affordable.

    If I were to go conversion (which I'm considering), it would be a Tactical Solutions upper+mag with a threaded barrel. I handled one and it looked to be quality throughout and was exceptionally light when mounted to a standard AR lower. And yes, I'd put those threads to work....NOT the most "economic" option, however.

    I think CCMG makes budget-friendly rimfire conversions if you're determined to go that route. But I think something like the SW 15-22 probably makes a bit more sense.