Factory ammunition available since my purchase has been limited to the Federal American Eagle loaded with 85 and 100 grain soft-nosed bullets. While these two bullets are of different weight, the design for both seems to be the same and one can't tell the difference by simply looking at a loaded cartridge. This hasn't proven to be as accurate as I think the pistol should be and so I decided to load a known quality bullet, the Hornady 100 gr. XTP.
|Bullet||Powder||Powder Charge||Muzzle Velocity||Muzzle Energy|
|Hornady 100 gr. XTP||AA-7||9.4 gr.||1462 fps||Muzzle Energy|
|Hornady 100 gr. XTP||AA-9||13.0 gr.||1572 fps||Muzzle Energy|
|Hornady 100 gr. XTP||2400||11.5 gr.||1405 fps||Muzzle Energy|
|Hornady 100 gr. XTP||H110||13.5 gr.||1525 fps||Muzzle Energy|
|Hornady 100 gr. XTP||Longshot||6.7 gr.||1402 fps||Muzzle Energy|
|However, the gun wasn't shooting well and so I sent it back to Ruger who did some work and returned it within a week. This first is the test target they sent with the invoice. They shot this test at 15-yards.|
|Today, I shot the gun with the Federal factory 100-grain bullet load. This is what 3 cylinders full looks like after being shot at 25-yards.|
|I also shot some of my reload of the 100-grain XTP over 9.4-grains of AA-7. This is that target.|
|Needless to say I was not happy. Is my eyesight to blame? Can I not shoot today? Poor trigger management? Had it with me so I got out my Garthwaite CCO and 5 magazines (6-7 rounds each) of mixed brand "white-box" ball. This is that target.|
So, I think I can still shoot alright but the gun is just not going to group worth a fig. I did not want a cast bullet gun and I suspect it will be a pain to find a mold to cast a bullet big enough in diameter to work with the cylinder and bore.