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Posted: 6/21/2003 2:33:21 PM EDT
I recently picked up a A2 20 inch upper that I will be using exclusively with a .22 conversion kit. What should I do as far as modifications to the upper for full time .22 use? Should I remove the gas tube? If so, what do I do about the remaining holes?

Thanks in advance,
- NeedAClip
Link Posted: 6/21/2003 3:53:08 PM EDT
You really don't need to do anything with the gas tube, unless you need/want a spare. The hole you could just leave as is. I have a Carbine that was used solely for .22 and the gas tube holes are still there (under the handguard).
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 7:18:54 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/22/2003 7:24:22 AM EDT by sfcret]
I just don't understand why you, or anybody else for that matter, would buy a upper that will be used just to shoot .22 ammo. I got a M256 conversion kit and use it on mine, and fire 5.56 out it as well, I've been using it for the last 8 years, and it doesn't hurt the upper.
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 7:45:26 AM EDT
sfcret, I have a dedicated upper for my M16. In my case, I shoot 22s MUCH more than 5.56mm and it's worth it to me. I'll easily shoot at least a brick of ammo during one session. I bought the dedicated upper so as not to concern myself with the possibility of plugging/leading the gas tube on one of my 5.56mm uppers. Additionally, I like the idea that my dedicated upper has the proper twist and does not use the chamber insert. Dan
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 8:59:41 AM EDT
A dedicated upper is a great idea. What I don't understand is dedicating a .223/5.56 upper to a conversion unit. If you want a dedicated upper, get one that is barreled for .22lr.
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 9:34:03 AM EDT
I still don't understand why anyone would want to shoot a .22 round at all. Ammo's cheap but so is reloading.
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 9:45:04 AM EDT
.223 is way overkill for the grey squirrels around here. Oh, did you mean out of your AR? Even wolf is more expensive than 1 to 2 cents a round for .22lr. Besides, 22s are just fun to plink with.
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 10:17:44 AM EDT
I still don't understand why anyone would want to shoot a .22 round at all. Ammo's cheap but so is reloading.
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Here are some reasons to help you understand: 1) Cost Factor: extremely cheap ($9.00 for a brick of Federal/$13.00 for a brick of Winchester Dynapoint which is subsonic for me) 2) Convenience: I don't have a range easily accessible to shoot 5.56mm. I can shoot my suppressed M16 in 22lr on my property and the neighbors never hear a thing. 3) Fun Factor: To me, and others, it's quite a bit of fun. It may not be fun to you, but it is to others. Hope this helps, Dan
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 10:57:33 AM EDT
Well then, I simply asked if it would be beneficial to remove the gas tube on a dedicated .22 upper. I picked up a cheap complete upper and an even cheaper .22 kit with a 30rd magazine, so why would I pay over $100 more for the same thing? Plus with the AR upper I still have the option of going back to .223 if I want. Different strokes for different folks I guess, -NeedAClip
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 11:12:44 AM EDT
There are no simple answers on this board.
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 12:17:17 PM EDT
Originally Posted By PosterBoy: I still don't understand why anyone would want to shoot a .22 round at all. Ammo's cheap but so is reloading.
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Because.[:D]
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