I’m sure there are plenty of guys out there, or ladies that have a lot of military experience and got to shoot some neat stuff. Comparing the Ruger 10/22 to being in fire control on an AC130 Spectre gun ship is comparing apples to oranges. I will say that I have shot a lot of semi-auto military style weapons and although I have fun shooting them, bringing a wife or friend that lacks the experience or has a fear of recoil can limit the types of firearms you are using. The first Ruger 10/22 I owned had a pretty long break in period. I had a lot of issues getting it to reliable cycle, but I had a lot of friends that gave me advice on how to tweak these firearms and having a reliable break in period was normal.
A friend suggested that I just fire a lot of ammo through it and eventually it will break in. Anothe friend said to use some hot ammo like 22lr stingers and it will speed up the process. I tried both of these, but after about 500rds, I still was annoyed at how many jams I had, I thought it was the gun magazines, but we’ll soon find out. My other friend suggested I take the gun appart and try to polish it with nylon pads, very similar to what you use to clean dishes. I took his advice and spent about 15 minutes polishing the gun, I used a little CLP inside and took it out for another range trip. I tried shooting some cheap Remington 22LR ammo and the gun functioned almost 100% of the time. I was probable getting a failure to fire less than every 300rds which for a 22LR rifle, that is not that bad.