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Old June 25th, 2012, 05:07 PM   #1
 
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Charger accuracy is amazing

When I first saw a Charger my initial reaction was, "oh, look, someone shrunk a 10/22." The Charger really is a 10/22, at heart, but it's a 10/22 pistol, not a 10/22 rifle.

It would be reasonable to predict, then, that the Charger would be less accurate than a 10/22 rifle, but that you might come close to 10/22 rifle accuracy if you work on finding the right ammo and try doing some mods on the trigger or barrel. It's a pistol, after all, and not a 10/22 rifle, so you can't expect too much, right?

That's what I was thinking when I took my new Charger to the range for its first shoot and sight in. To say I was flabbergasted by it's accuracy, right out of the box, is an understatement. I still can't believe it. Wearing a Nikon Rimfire 4x riflescope, my Charger consistently printed half inch groups at 50 yards (not feet) with target ammo with the smallest groups right at 3/8" and that's with the usual crappy 10/22 factory trigger. Furthermore, I was using the supplied bipod and not a shooting bag.

I've talked to a couple of other Charger owners who report the same kind of accuracy, too, so I know this is not a fluke. I've paid big bucks for match grade Contender 22s and Anshutz Exemplar pistols to get this kind of accuracy. The last thing I expected was to get it with a factory 10/22 "pistol" costing less than what I paid just for one of my Contender match barrels.

Oh, yeah, did I mention that it would be darn hard to find something as fun to shoot, too?

What a nice surprise. Thank-you, Ruger.



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I still have not shot my Charger. I just had to have one when they came out, but then couldnt decide what type of scope to put on it, and that kinda lost the appeal of it for me. I recently joined an outdoor range, and the Charger has been creeping back up in my mind. Still dont know what to do with it though...
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I opted for a riflescope, since I also use them on some of my rimfire Contender pistols when shooting with a taco hold or off the bench. A riflescope on a pistol is a familiar setup to me. A pistol scope will also do the Charger justice, if putting a riflescope on it seems weird. If it's just fun you want, you could even try a red dot.

Just get out and shoot yours, though. Once you do, you'll wonder what took you so long.
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I have all 3 types of optics, so I could swap back and forth and see what I like best, but I think it would probably be a riflescope, to get the most from the Charger. Your comments on a pistol being accurate strike me as being interesting, because I recently put a Leupold 2x pistol scope on my Mark II Target. At 50 yards, I get just over 1" groups with bulk ammo. HUH? I couldnt believe it. A 5.5" barrel, all stock, Mark II Target. My 10/22s are ALMOST as accurate. Simply amazing.
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Been tempted for a long time, now, to put some magnification on our MKIII Comp to see what it can really do. The red dot we have on it is great, but would love to see what it could do with a 2x or even higher pistol scope.

My Charger went out to the range, again, today and, happy to say, it's still getting me the same kind of accuracy at 50 yards. Time to stretch out to 100.
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Been tempted for a long time, now, to put some magnification on our MKIII Comp to see what it can really do. The red dot we have on it is great, but would love to see what it could do with a 2x or even higher pistol scope.

My Charger went out to the range, again, today and, happy to say, it's still getting me the same kind of accuracy at 50 yards. Time to stretch out to 100.
Congrats on the nice grouping. It's so much fun to have a day of shooting like that! I know I don't forget it.
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Oops! Hard not to brag up this sweet shooting, crazy fun pistol, though.
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They are a blast to shoot and like you said very accurate. I haven't gotten the groups you have but am close.
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I've promoted my Charger to one of the guns that will always go to the range with me, every trip. Great way to wind down a shooting session, being it's so easy and fun to shoot.
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I've promoted my Charger to one of the guns that will always go to the range with me, every trip. Great way to wind down a shooting session, being it's so easy and fun to shoot.
Same here. Its become my backup range gun.
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Just got back from the range. Wanted to try the Charger with some high velocity loads, namely CCI Mini Mags. Doesn't shoot em quite as tight as the target ammo, but still managed to keep 10 shots at an inch or less at fifty yards. Definitely time to do a trigger job. Be well worth it on this amazing gun.
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I love rabbit and squirrel hunts with mine, its not just a range gun
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For sure. I would think the Charger and bipod would make a dandy rimfire varmint rig, too.
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