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Old January 14th, 2008, 02:51 PM   #1
 
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MKIII Standard Accuracy?

Hi All,

I've been disappointed so far with the accuracy of my MKIII Standard. It has about 500 rounds through it so far and I did a full disassembly and cleaning after 50 rounds. So far the best groups, and I use this term loosly because it looks more like a shotgun pattern, I've been able to get are about 6" at 12 yards. My 3" High Standard Sentinel I posted about is giving me 3" groups with 4-5 into 1" at the same distance. I was expecting performance better than the High Standard from the MKIII. Could it be that I really just need to get used to the MKIII grip angle or is this typically accuracy out of the standard model?

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Old January 14th, 2008, 04:05 PM   #2
 
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I've only fired a standard model a couple of times but I don't believe that there is much difference in consistency between the standard and bull-barrel models at 12 yards. I assume you are shooting free-hand.

If there isn't something loose on the Ruger I'd approach the problem like this:
1. Try changing ammo to something like CCI SV. Also, check the barrel for leading. There have been reports of severe lead fouling on some Rugers with Remington Golden Bullets or Thunderbolts.
2. Have another shooter try the pistol. If he/she gets reasonable groups, then it is an indication that you are having trouble adjusting to the pistol.
3. Shoot both from a rest, paying attention to shooting the same sight picture. Try it with a couple of brands of ammo. This will take out some of the potential shooter and ammo problems.
4. Dry fire the Ruger, paying close attention to the front sight. If it moves when you pull the trigger, then your problem is related to shooting mechanics.
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i shot my standard mkiii and have a report about it in the range section. Thought the accuracy was fine with mine as i am still getting use to the gun.

Best recomendation i can make is sight picture, trigger control, and patience. I prefer a 22 with a copper wash on the bullet for semi's.

Another thing to try is to get someone else to try the gun just to see if it is a gun problem and eliminate the human factor.
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I've only fired a standard model a couple of times but I don't believe that there is much difference in consistency between the standard and bull-barrel models at 12 yards. I assume you are shooting free-hand.

If there isn't something loose on the Ruger I'd approach the problem like this:
1. Try changing ammo to something like CCI SV. Also, check the barrel for leading. There have been reports of severe lead fouling on some Rugers with Remington Golden Bullets or Thunderbolts.
2. Have another shooter try the pistol. If he/she gets reasonable groups, then it is an indication that you are having trouble adjusting to the pistol.
3. Shoot both from a rest, paying attention to shooting the same sight picture. Try it with a couple of brands of ammo. This will take out some of the potential shooter and ammo problems.
4. Dry fire the Ruger, paying close attention to the front sight. If it moves when you pull the trigger, then your problem is related to shooting mechanics.
Great checklist!
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At 50 yards using a sandbag, I get 3" groups with open sights and 1" groups with the scope with my Mark II 10". I don't think the Mark III should be any different.
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Thanks everyone for the good ideas. If the weather holds I'll take a rest and a selection of different ammo to the range on Saturday and give it another try.
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Great checklist!
I never got anywhere until I ordered a Millet RED DOT. Like getting a new pair of eyes and they through in a new gun!


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Darn nice shooting, SD. So that's what happens when you can actually see the front sights and the targets.
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Darn nice shooting, SD. So that's what happens when you can actually see the front sights and the targets.
Thanks greener! That Braille method was giving me a complex.
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Those 10/22's of yours are much to pretty to languish in the safe.
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