I tested the stock Ruger with several types of factory ammo:
Winchester supreme 180 Nosler Accubond
Winchester supreme 180 Nosler Partition
Winchester Plain 180
Remington 180 core Lokt
These are just what I had on hand except the accubonds.
They all performed about the same. The Remingtons grouped a bit tighter but on average they were all in the 1.5 inch area at 100 yds. This is with a 3-9 scope.
I ran 5 of the accubonds through my Chrony at 8-9 feet. They ranged from 2966 to 3004 fps(24" barrel). This seams like a bit of a variation but I have no frame of reference. How much could this be improved with the average hand loading setup?
Note: We ran 3 of my buddies 300 WSM
Win. Sup. Accubonds through with the same spread from 2944 to 2980 with a 22 inch barrel.
I got the Hogue stock and have floated the barrel, but still need to work a little on the magazine well, door plate fit. Sanding rubber isnt exactly fun, but it is doable.I like the fit and feel of the stock. I have a 4.5-14x42 Burris Fullfield II on the way to top it off.
My new question is with the scope. The entire eye piece turns to zoom this model. What does a person use for scope covers in this situation. I would think the flip-ups wouldnt work.
My next task will be to have the trigger reduced to the 2.5-3 pound range.