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    Tenderfoot
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    Bought My First .22 WMR

    It's a virtually perfect 983 apparently made in 2005. The stock is walnut with fleur-de-lis checkering.
    The bolt is very slick and feeding very reliable so far. The trigger is 5 lbs 10 oz.
    Won't get to shoot it until tomorrow. Can't wait!
    Anyone here own one? Whatcha think of it?
    Regards,
    Ron

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    Re: Bought My First .22 WMR

    try what is called the trick

    replacing the spring in the trigger w a pen spring works and would not cost much but time


    have one also and they say it prefers cci

    try the honanady or cci red or black tip

    http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums...ad.php?t=33044
    Wyatt you're not the fastest, but you sure are accurate

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    Re: Bought My First .22 WMR

    Thanks! Sounds like a plan.
    Regards,
    Ron

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    Re: Bought My First .22 WMR



    I have the 983s with a nikon 2-7 scope and it's a tack driver. Here's a picture of it . Marlin 917vfs 17hrm, Marlin 917M2s 17mach2,and the 983s 22wmr.

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    Re: Bought My First .22 WMR

    Lance,
    The older style stock on mine makes it look a lot different. I'll try to get a picture tomorrow and post it here. Glad to hear yours shoots well, sounds hopeful for mine.
    Regards,
    Ron

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    Re: Bought My First .22 WMR

    Don't have one of those, but do have an older 25M 22 mag and it shoots like a dream. I gave 89 bucks for it new about 20 years ago.

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    Re: Bought My First .22 WMR

    That 983's a nice rifle, and IMO, very well made. I've owned one for about 6 weeks, and I'm very impressed with the overall quality of the rifle. The trigger is terrible and I fully intend to do something about it, not sure what just yet. Mine shoots CCI hollowpoints and economy Winchester 45gr hollowpoints very well. I wasn't happy about something that was going on with the finish, but stuff happens, and I find that the more I shoot this rifle, and the more I carry it, the more I love the thing. I can't get rid of it, because I made the mistake of letting my girlfriend burn some ammo through it. Give us a heads up as to how it shoots, I'd like to know. Have a good one.

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    Re: Bought My First .22 WMR

    Good gun! You should get some joy out of it. I ran a couple of boxes of CCI 30 grain V-Max through my 882SSV and my octagonal (Green Mountain) barreled Model 96 Ruger yesterday. Wow! You might want to give them a try. They are pricey but keeping a box around for when the bragging rights are on the table might make it worth the expense!~Andrew

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    Re: Bought My First .22 WMR

    I just got back from the range and I got a problem! I have another rimfire that I don't want to get rid of!
    The 983 is a good shooter. It feeds fires and ejects just fine. Had to do most of my shooting at 25 yards due to the fact that it was MALL NINJA day at the range. I did get in a few groups at 50 yards though.
    The V-Max shaded the Maxi-Mags but just by a little bit. A ten shot group at 25 ran just a shade over 3/4". One fifty yard group went just slightly over an inch. The two loads shoot within an inch of each other at 25, but the V-Max hits almost 3 inches lower at 50.
    The trigger is manageable when shooting off bags but It'll need some work for good off-hand shooting.
    A little bit of tuning and trigger work should make it shoot even better. Also I shoot a little better when I'm not being hit with a hail of .223 & .45 brass.
    Anybody tried a bedding job on one of these tube fed rifles? Did it help?
    Regards,
    Ron

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    Re: Bought My First .22 WMR

    It's not just any spring and it is not a Bic pen. The spring you need is from a Papermate Flexgrip Ultra pen and it will shave about two pounds of that trigger pull.
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