Experimenting with a SW22 Victory

Discussion in 'Rimfire' started by Jp1950, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. Jp1950

    Jp1950 Active Member

    I enjoyed getting feedback from various members here a couple of weeks ago about your preference between a SW22 Victory and Browning Buckmark (with high recommendations for the Ruger added, as well!) I went with the Victory because I found a deal I couldn't pass up, but I was disappointed the first time I went to the range. I had lots of midfeeds, and I couldn't figure out why. I cleaned and lubed it well before I took it out. I used the same ammo I had used in an Outlaw Steel Match the weekend before and had no problems with. I started reading about the issue and found some people either had ZERO problems with theirs or they had the problems I was having. I found a really helpful Victory group on Facebook and a couple of competitive shooters suggested I make a VERY slight adjustment to the angle of the ejector guide, and polish the feed ramp. I did both, and took my same ammo (plus two additional brands) back to the range yesterday and had no feed issues.

    On the Victory, my thumb has a tendency to engage the safety too easily, unfortunately. It's a combination of placement and ease of being able to switch it. It isn't an issue for every Victory owner, but it has definitely been reported for some. I will experiment with thumb placement to overcome that. I am curious if any of the alternate grips you can purchase might help with it too.

    I started shooting last summer, and I am excited to give steel challenges a try at Magnolia. I challenged myself yesterday at both 15 and 30 yards to bring up a sight picture and fire more rapidly than I would normally. My target in the photo is about 4" in diameter. I was pretty pleased with the grouping. I don't have any special add-ons to the Victory, it's as it comes out of the box. I'll keep practicing [​IMG]:)
     

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  2. Dave

    Dave Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

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    The safety on the Buckmark is one of the things I do like about it. Sort of close to what is found on a 1911. No doubt you are ready for Steel Challenge. Did you find any additional magazines?
     
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  3. Jp1950

    Jp1950 Active Member

    Not yet but I’ll be ordering some soon since I got the problem worked out with the Victory it seems
     
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    phillipd Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

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    Nice group. Congrats on figuring out your pistol and making the needed changes
     
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  5. shoeshooter

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    Glad you got it running, but it's sad when something new needs "fixing".
     
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    I will add that it's especially sad since S&W has been building good .22 semis for 50+ years. (Excepting that somewhat recent clunker, Model 22A, I think.). Perhaps the current profit squeeze has led to poor quality control. Hope not. Check out Remington to see how well that approach works out.
     
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  8. Jp1950

    Jp1950 Active Member

    Could you tell me what you mean by checking out Remington?
     
  9. shoeshooter

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    It has been pretty widely discussed that their quality has declined in recent years. can't draw a direct connection between that and their recent Bancruptcy, but it sure didn't help.