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This is a discussion on High Velocity ammo and the Mark III within the Ruger Rimfires forums, part of the Pistol & Revolver Forum category; I have been shooting though my Ruger Mark III Hunter 6 7/8" stainless some CCI Mini Mag ammo and occasionally CCI Stinger ammo. I also ...


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Old January 3rd, 2009, 10:13 PM   #1
 
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High Velocity ammo and the Mark III

I have been shooting though my Ruger Mark III Hunter 6 7/8" stainless some CCI Mini Mag ammo and occasionally CCI Stinger ammo. I also have some Winchester Super X high velocity and Winchester Super Speed HP high velocity ammo on the side which I've not used yet. Would the high Velocity ammo damage my Ruger Mark III Hunter in the short or long term?



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Old January 3rd, 2009, 11:41 PM   #2
 
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High Velocity Ammo?

Did you perhaps mean to ask about Hyper Velocity Ammo? The Owner's Manual states: "The RUGERĀ® MARK III pistol is chambered only for the .22 caliber Long Rifle cartridge, standard velocity or high velocity, manufactured to U.S. Industry Standards." Which I took to mean that Ruger does not recommend Hyper Velocity cartridges. Hyper Velocity can at least range from the: Federal Game-Shok Ammunition 22 Long Rifle Hyper Velocity (muzzle velocity 1430 fps), to the Aguila Super Maximum Ammunition 22 Long Rifle (muzzle velocity of 1750 fps).

http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpag...eitemid=779644
http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpag...eitemid=842476

Exactly why RUGER does not recommend them and can they cause damage to the Mark III Hunter, I too would like to see the answer to that.

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In the Ruger manual it says that the Ruger Mark III pistol is chambered only for the .22 caliber long rifle cartridge standard velocity or high velocity manufactured to the US Industry Standard. So I'm infering that it would be okay to use this HV ammo through my Ruger. I hope that other members will post to this thread so that me and others like me will understand this issue.
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Old January 4th, 2009, 06:45 PM   #4
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Hi!

>>>Would the high Velocity ammo damage my Ruger Mark III Hunter in the short or long term? <<<

No! I know of far too many old Ruger MKI, MKII and the newer MKIII firearms that have been used with HV rounds. I use HV rounds almost exclusively in my MKIII and have had no issues associated with the rounds. Ruger says it is okay and my experiences tend to prove that out.

I have fired several thousand rounds of combined CCI mini-mags, Federal American Eagle HV HP and Federal Bulk 36 grain HV HP cartridges. I have also fired 550 rounds of the Remington bulk Golden Bullets and the use these rounds left excess amounts of residue (dirt) in the gun. After a while the gun started stove piping due to FTE caused by the fouling. No other ammo has done that to the gun.

Remember, the force that ejects the bullet is the same one that pushes on the bolt and cycles the action. If the gun is dirty or, if the force is too small (like that generated by some sub-sonic and some SV rounds) the bolt will not cycle fully and may cause FTE, FTF or other similar problems.

With the “blow back” action that is used in the semi-auto pistols, the HV rounds are usually strong enough to prevent most of these occurrences and are perfect for everyday use. I would be more concerned with using clean ammo than I would be about the HV rounds.

I hope that helps!
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I have been using CCI Mini-Mag HPs with great results without any FTEs or FTLs.

This is from their site.

CCI .22 Cal Long Rifle Ammo

Variation-------wt.----50 yrd vel-----25 yrd traj elev
-----------------------------------------------
HV------------29-----1019----------1.8
Mini Mag------40-----1092----------1.5
Mini Mag HP---36-----1104----------1.4
Velocitor------40-----1230----------.9
Stinger--------32-----1292--------- .7
Segmented HP 32-----1292--------- .7

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