My cousin dropped off a new rifle and scope for me to work on. He had not fired the gun and was interested in me getting it shooting well with a handload for an upcomming elk hunt. I started with a little trigger work, getting it down to a very crisp 3.5 lbs. I then freefloated the barrel and glassbedded the action recoil lug area and tang. I lapped the scope rings and mounted the 3-9 leupold. I tried a combination of loads, and found a very good one with Rel 19 and 140 AB. This load shot ok with new brass but after neck sizing it NEVER shot a 3 shot group over 1/2 inch at 100 yards. I fired a total of 4 three shot groups and all were under a half. Velocities ran at 2900fps out of the 22" tube. The 160 gr AB were in the 1 inch range. I was quite suprised with the barrel on this ruger, it didn't overlly copper foul and cleaned up fairlly quick. After about 35 rounds this morning, my shoulder is a little tender. Ruger deffinatly needs to improve there recoil pads on these light rifles. Mostly I'm glad my rifles wear heavier barrels. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif Ruger sends out a keeper every now and then.