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Old 07-17-2017, 10:06 AM
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Default model 63, 25 yds. benchrested

This information may be pretty near worthless to anyone but me...

I've mentioned on here before that J-frame guns are plenty accurate but most of us lack the offhand skills to take advantage of their accuracy. I lack such skills.

I've had a M63 for a good while and practice with it occasionally, always at 25 yards. Recently, I tested around ten .22LR ammos, benchrested at 25 yds. Been using CCI Standard velocity in everything for years because it's reasonably accurate in most rifles and handguns. My recent work was cursory at best, firing ten-shot groups through several handguns. CCI SV was the winner in my 63 with a group size of 1.75", followed closely by (surprisingly, too) Federal HV 40 gr., blue box, 2".

These groups slightly beat the ones I fired with a 6" Model 17, a gun I bought new more than thirty years ago. While my groups sizes are certainly not accuracy records, I was surprised that the 63 would group as tightly as it did. My best one-handed shooting at 25 yds. produces groups far larger, probably in the 4"-6" range. So the 63 is capable even if I'm not...
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Old 07-17-2017, 10:28 AM
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Years ago I owned 1/2 interest in a Ransom rest. It was amazing to see how well most handguns could shoot when fired from that thing.
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:16 PM
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I, too, had a Ransom rest (with windage base). I also learned to properly benchrest a handgun. The late Al Miller, longtime gun writer and editor of HANDLOADER and RIFLE magazine commented that a shooter with good bench technique should be able to shoot groups at 25 yards that equal Ransom rest groups at 50 yards. I must agree with Miller's conclusion.

I believe Ed "Ed's Red" Harris, former gunwriter and AMERICAN RIFLEMAN technical staff member (when they had a technical staff) was of the same opinion. Most of Ed's articles involved far more research and shooting than the write-ups we see today.

The big advantage of the Ransom is that it doesn't suffer fatigue. We do and groups get big when that happens.
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Old 07-17-2017, 02:41 PM
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I learned at the range 20+yrs ago that most accuracy problems were on the shooter, not the gun. Once in a while, a shooter would see my groups and ask me to shoot his gun to see if it was inaccurate. Invariably, the shooter was the primary problem.
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