Problems with Ruger SR40c (reposted from introductions)

Discussion in 'Ruger Center Fire Pistols' started by Lobo74, Sep 29, 2017.

  1. Lobo74

    Lobo74 New Member

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    Posted this earlier in the week in introductions. Reposting here to see if anyone has any more ideas. I am posting another that is a follow-up to this. Thanks.

    I read a post before I left the range tonight suggesting that someone's first question on this site should be posted in the introductions forum. And that you should say something about yourself. Name is Joe and I'm 61 years old. Have a slight disability with my left leg from a bone cancer operation in 93. Got reintroduced to shooting and hunting about 6 years ago. I work full-time. Anyway, I have a Ruger SR40 and 40c purchased in that order 5 or six years ago. Last week I took the 40c which is my carry gun to the range for some practice. Loaded 4 15 rd mags of Winchester white box 165 FMJ. Lots of misfires (light strikes) i guess you would say. I think on average about 3 per mag. I reloaded all misfires and they eventually all fired. So I wasn't sure if it was an ammo problem or gun problem. Did a little research watched some you tube and decided to clean the striker. No problems getting it out or getting it back in. Picked up a couple of boxes of Federal Champion 180 gr FMJ. Went to the range tonight. 2 mags of federal 2 of WWB. Shot the first mag with winchester. Ejection problems. It would eject the spent round, load the new round but the trigger would not be cocked. I would say 3 ejections like that on first mag. Fired the next mag with the federal. All 15 rounds no issues. Thought it was ammo problem and the gun was acquitted. Fired the next mag with WWB same problem same frequency. Fired the next Federal mag ut oh same problem. Same problem. I than fired the 9 round mag that I carry with PDX1 ammo. Same problem. I would really appreciate some help. I really do not want to send it to Ruger and really really don't want to have to buy a Glock. Thanks for any help anyone can give.
     
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  2. Lobo74

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    Update

    Okay, so I came home from work today and cleaned the 40c. Did not take out the striker. Also, I sprayed down the mechanisms in the frame pretty well. But dried things off afterwards. I did leave everything a little wetter than the last time. Went to the range. Here were my results. 4 15 round mags. 1st mag was 10 165 fmj WWB topped off by 5 federal 180 gr fmj. 5 shots and the trigger did not recock. As before it had ejected the last fired round and loaded a new one. Dropped the mag, took out the round from the chamber and put it back in the mag. 10 following shots no problems. 2nd mag was 15 rds of the federal. All 15 fired without issue. 3rd mag 15 rds of the WWB. 1st round misfired or light striked. Dropped the mag ejected the round and put it back in the mag. 15 rds fired no problem. 4th mag WWB FMJ. All rounds fired without any issues. So I also brought along some WWB 180 gr JHP that I had. I planned on using this for my carry ammo if the gun was working okay. I shot 2 9 round mags without issue. Loaded another 9 in the mag and went home. So what does everyone think. Do I still have an issue. Ok let me take that back, does the gun still have an issue? Does anyone think this could all be ammo related? Thanks again for any feedback.
     

  3. VThillman

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    Well, I'll put it this way: If you plan on using it a your carry gun, it ain't out of the woods yet, not even close. It needs to run way more reliably than that. Hadn't ought to be brand fussy about recocking.

    Maybe the sonofagun will "wear in" if you shoot xxx number of rounds through it at the range. ??
     
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  4. Lobo74

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    Thanks. We'll see. I think it should be broken in pretty good by now. Seems like something else is going on. It is a little frustrating.
     
  5. MagBlackhawk

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    I agree with VT, that pistol ain't up to speed yet.
    The way I see it? If a pistol gives trouble after the first 100~150 rounds fired, something is Wrong.
    You might want to seek professional help with that SR40c, it just ain't doing you right...

    http://www.ruger.com/service/partsService.html



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  6. buster40c

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    I don't go along with the gun break in needed reports. IMO If a gun doesn't shoot as it should right out of the box then the gun has a problem. It doesn't need broken in..........it's broke is the problem.
    I stay away from gun makers that claim their guns need several hundred round break in period. I think they should make their guns to shoot dependably right out of the box. I clean and lightly oil a new gun and it dang straight better not have problems. I had bought a S&W Victory 22 and the barrel attaching screw kept coming loose causing the barrel to come loose and jam. This ,I found out later, was a common problem with this gun. Reports were use locktite or an o-ring on the screw. The scope mount screw would even come loose. I sold that, in my opinion, poorly designed piece of junk.
     
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  7. Tommycourt

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    All you should have to do is clean the gun before firing and it should fire without any hesitation or misfires. Like Mag stated: it ain't over yet. I would contact Ruger customer service and ask to send it in to be adjusted or repaired. It would cost you nothing. Plus, if the time came and you needed it, you don't want to wonder how it's going to work. Besides, I had 2 Glocks and you couldn't give me another one.

    Tommy
     
  8. 67stingray

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    I agree you should contact Ruger, they have the best customer service in the business, and do not carry a firearm with a problem your life my depend on it. Good luck
     
  9. Lobo74

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    Okay, back at the range after work today. Here is what I shot:

    I fired the following ammo in this order. New box of 100 rnd WWB 165gr FMJ; 1 50 rnd box of Federal Champion 180gr FMJ and drum roll please...my first ever 50 rnds of 40 S&W handloads.

    Here are my results:

    The 14th round of the WWB misfired--I dropped the mag, ejected the round put it back in the mag in the same order. Last 2 rounds of the first mag fired without problem.

    I had no further misfires with the rest of the ammo. I had no trigger reset issues at all.

    I really focused on my grip today. I'm thinking that part of the problem may have been 'limp wristing'. From what I've been reading that can cause issues. It had been awhile since I shot my pistols so I may not have been paying as close attention to detail as I should have been.

    I think I'm going to call it good for now and trust the gun. And since I still have all my digits and can still see I think I'll load up a bunch more ammo then try this again.

    Still interested to here what you all think.

    Thanks
     
  10. buster40c

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    This talk about the SR40c I got mine out of the moth balls and shot probably 200 rounds. No problems whatsoever. I sucked as far as accuracy but it probably has been a year since I shot this gun. I got better as I shot at least. This range shooting at least showed the gun is dependable.

    Comparing the recoil of this SR40c to my Charter Bull Dog 44 spl revolver I think the SR40c has more recoil to handle. I still think the SR40c is a good gun for CC self defense.
     
  11. mrmike7189

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    let someone else shoot it for you next time you go to the range, if they can duplicate same problems, then you know its not just your grip,limpwristing etc.
     
  12. buster40c

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    I have not been thrilled with WWB. It seems if I had a problem it was an WWB.