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Old May 13th, 2017, 01:58 PM   #1
 
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review/range report .22lr GP100

A review/range report for my .22lr GP100 w/ Vortex Venom 6 moa dot. This is a replacement gun as my first one was deemed unrepairable by Ruger. The only thing I don't like about this replacement is the BC is .007 on 8 of the chambers, .008 on one, and .006 on the remaining chamber. the old gun had a tighter than .005 BC (smallest gauge I had at home).

The new gun came covered in oil that looked to be sucked out of the sump of a grinding machine, it was absolutely filthy oil and Ruger needs to be more mindful of this kind of stuff. After a good cleaning, I can say that it looks to be free of external blemishes, though there are a few sharp edges and burrs on the inside, no big deal. I mounted the Venom and headed to the range this morning. I'm really liking the 6 moa dot, it's very easy to pick up quickly. I went with the larger dot due to this gun will be used for falling steel plate matches, so pinpoint precision isn't needed.

Though this gun spits a bit more powder out than the first gun, I'm guessing due to the larger BC gap, it functioned 100%. I'd say the DA pull is smoother and the SA pull is a bit heavier than the original and it has just a hair of creep. Totally acceptable though.

I tried about 8 different kinds of ammo at 25yds. Luckily for me, it really liked the cheap Remmy golden bullets and Fed. Automatch the best. I was very impressed with the groups from these two at 25yds.

I guess the only question I have is do rimfire revolvers always get so dirty on the top strap? In some of the pictures, you can see how dirty it is. Please feel free to comment on anything you see wrong or right in the pictures. Speaking of pictures there are a lot so I'm going to post a link to a google photo album.

https://goo.gl/photos/599UVLFdpgnqq7P69



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Those targets are all 25yds? Dadgum, I'm lucky to hit paper at 15yds.
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Nice shooting
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That's a nice-looking gun, and some very nice groups. I'm lucky if I even get it near the target at 25!

Also, what did you use to mount the Venom?
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I'd like to say the tighter groups were skill on my part but undoubtedly was just luck. I was just resting it across a range bag to steady it and shooting slowly in single action. The one picture of the golden bullets on the larger center bullseye was single action at a more rapid pace and that caused the group to open up. Still, though, this gun would appear to have some potential.

Those groups were shot over the course of an hour and a half with lots of pauses in between to chat with some people, so I couldn't get into a groove of concentration and consistency. I'm going to do more test as I think some of the stringings in the groups are me and not the gun. I'm new to revolvers and to red dots, so there is lots of room for improvement. I think if I can repeat anywhere near these results again I'll move over to the 50yd range and see what happens just for fun. This gun is pretty much just for falling plates which we shoot at 10yds with 3" plates.

The mount is from Raptor Engineering

Edited to add that I think I may be getting to the point where a red dot is mandatory for me to be accurate. I can't get groups anywhere near that tight at 25yds with my MKI target, MKII competition, MKIII22/45 LITE, or my S&W Victory all of which are open sights and should be more accurate than a revolver IMHO. The Victory has come close though, maybe it's the fiber optic sights on it that helped?

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Nice shooting, that must be the 4" version, I really like the look of that
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Nice shooting, that must be the 4" version, I really like the look of that
It is the 4" version, model 1766.
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Nice revolver and good shooting! Yes, .22's are filthy. Gunk builds up quickly and you did a good amount of testing. As the gun breaks in and smooths up things should get even better. Have fun!
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