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I was thinking of getting something little sportier than my Ruger 10/22 for Steel Challenge. I happened across a big sale at my local sporting goods store, so I picked up a M&P 15-22 for an excellent price. I tore it down, cleaned everything, light lube inside the bore and the bolt. It's ready to go to the range tomorrow morning.

Does anyone have any words of wisdom? I have very little experience with polymer guns (I like steel, although I have a couple of Ruger 22/45 lowers). The M&P is almost all polymer. Do I need to be aware of anything special as far as handling, or cleaning? Is Hoppes compatible with the polymer? Or is something else recommended?

I'll report back how it does.
 

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Get 3 or 4 spare magazines and a lot of ammo. Also Lemon juice. Pour a tablespoon of the juice in your mouth to wipe the smile off your face
 

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More mags as said above.. Right this moment Joeboboutfitters has the cheapest with free ship after $90, then CDNN, for the 25 rders, then if ya want a 10 rder go to midway..
https://gun.deals/search/apachesolr_search/022188141603
We shoot Aquila hv in it almost exclusively and Brownells has been the place to go for that..
As far as Hoppes, don't know my cleaner of choice is Slip2000 carbon killer, I tried it and liked it and stuck with it because of the nice smell and it works..
 

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Here's my first impressions report on the rifle.

I put 100 rounds of CCI Mini-Mag (36 gn 1260 fps) thru it. Then 100 rounds of Blazer (40 gn 1235 fps). Lastly 100 rounds CCI SV (40 gr 1070 fps). The bolt cycled every time. I was a bit concerned about the SV, but no problems. I did have one breech face jam with a Mini round and it ended up bent at about 45 deg or so. There is a lot of spring force in that bolt. I shot off a bench, without sand bags or anything. Just my elbow and shoulder.

At 25 yards using the stock peep sight my groups were about 2 inches, which is good for me. At 50 yards, the groups were closer to 4 inches, again good for me. I definitely like the peep sight and find it easy to use. Out of the box the elevation was spot on, with the windage slightly left of center. I'll adjust that next range trip.

The trigger is surprisingly crisp for a stock low end factory trigger. The pull measures 4.8 lb (10 pull average) after 300 shots, which is not bad. My other 22 rifles are around 2.5 lb, but I've worked on them. The slack is not bad, the trigger breaks crisply, the reset is short and also crisp. I like the trigger, and see no reason to work on it just yet. All in all it was a comfortable experience.

Despite all the polymer on the gun the sights seem robust and are easily deployed and stowed.

The one minor complaint is the mags. It is really easy to get the rounds at the wrong angle, or even inverted, when loading. I found that holding the mag bottom flat on the bench top and only lowering the button enough to load maybe 5 at a time resulted in the least amount of shaking the mag and cursing at it to get the rounds aligned. I did discover that the top round needs to be elevated slightly up, or else the stripper rail in the bolt won't grab it. The mage are what they are, so I'll just have to get used to them.

After the couple of hours at the range this morning I am impressed with the rifle. It was fun to shoot and accurate. I think it will work well in Steel Challenge.
 
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Here's my first impressions report on the rifle.

I put 100 rounds of CCI Mini-Mag (36 gn 1260 fps) thru it. Then 100 rounds of Blazer (40 gn 1235 fps). Lastly 100 rounds CCI SV (40 gr 1070 fps). The bolt cycled every time. I was a bit concerned about the SV, but no problems. I did have one breech face jam with a Mini round and it ended up bent at about 45 deg or so. There is a lot of spring force in that bolt. I shot off a bench, without sand bags or anything. Just my elbow and shoulder.

At 25 yards using the stock peep sight my groups were about 2 inches, which is good for me. At 50 yards, the groups were closer to 4 inches, again good for me. I definitely like the peep sight and find it easy to use. Out of the box the elevation was spot on, with the windage slightly left of center. I'll adjust that next range trip.

The trigger is surprisingly crisp for a stock low end factory trigger. The pull measures 4.8 lb (10 pull average) after 300 shots, which is not bad. My other 22 rifles are around 2.5 lb, but I've worked on them. The slack is not bad, the trigger breaks crisply, the reset is short and also crisp. I like the trigger, and see no reason to work on it just yet. All in all it was a comfortable experience.

Despite all the polymer on the gun the sights seem robust and are easily deployed and stowed.

The one minor complaint is the mags. It is really easy to get the rounds at the wrong angle, or even inverted, when loading. I found that holding the mag bottom flat on the bench top and only lowering the button enough to load maybe 5 at a time resulted in the least amount of shaking the mag and cursing at it to get the rounds aligned. I did discover that the top round needs to be elevated slightly up, or else the stripper rail in the bolt won't grab it. The mage are what they are, so I'll just have to get used to them.

After the couple of hours at the range this morning I am impressed with the rifle. It was fun to shoot and accurate. I think it will work well in Steel Challenge.
Here in the People's Republik Of Maryland where self defense and "large capacity mags" are illegal, I've discovered the best way to load my mags. I lay it on my leg(I'm sitting), push down on both 'loading-lugs' but only enough to load one round at a time. By sliding them in with no extra wiggle-room, loading has been problem free. Wife and I both have MP 15 22's, I'm selling her's if she ever outshoots me!:lol:
 

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I now got 5 mags. Went to the range today and put another 400 rounds thru it, both Remington Gold bulk and CCI SV. No problems. Plenty of fun.

Has anyone used the McFadden Machine loader? A guy at the club this morning has one. He swears by it. I am looking for other experience with it.

Steel Challenge is a week from Sunday. I am ready.
 

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The Mcfadden Lightning grip loader is god sent and makes quick work of loading magazines. Just make sure you get the correct magazine adapter as there are a bunch to choose from.

Mine is 3 years old and had loaded a minimum of 250k rounds, it just plan works. If and when I wear it out, I will buy another one!
 
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