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Most accurate "best" ammo bullets for a Ruger Mark 3

handgun Ammo Tips by Donald K. Burleson

December 2010

I love my Ruger Mark 3 is an amazing 22 handgun.  If you have a steady hand, you can nuke a squirrel at 50 yards with this handgun.

The Ruger Mark III is unparalleled for accuracy, with the "right" ammo

Like any match grade target pistol, the Ruger Mark 3 has his own preferences for ammo, and I tested many types of bullets on my Ruger Mark 3 using a benchrest at 50 yards and again at 25 yards.

I tested about a dozen types of 22 ammo in my Mark 3 target pistol

Ballistics test results for the Ruger Mark III ammo

In my tests for the best bullets for Ruger Mark 3 accuracy, I used a benchrest from a seated position.  I'm not a pistol expert, I only have the NRA basic handgun distinguished expert qualification, so my test is by no means definitive.  The outcome of my best ammo tests for the Ruger Mark 3 tests was surprising:

  • Expensive ammo had less "flyers":  The more expensive 22 bullets consistently had less duds and "flyers", important if you plan to compete in target pistol match shooting.  You get what you pay for!

  • Ammo has different characteristics at 25 vs 50 yards:  I was surprised that some ammo was great on the Ruger 22 at 25 yards, but not so accurate at 50 yards.

I tested many types of 22 caliber ammo, and my test is by no means definitive.  These are rated best to worst, for my 22 Ruger Mark 3.  I found that the more expensive low velocity ammo did not do well at all at 50 yards.  Each of these bullets hit 13 of 16 rounds at 25 yards using a benchrest:

  • Remington 22 target (8 cents each) - This ammo was superb at 50 yards, with 12/16 hits on a six inch target!  At 25 yards, I shot six bullets within a one inch group, but I had three "fyers".

  • Winchester 22 Super X (7 cents each) – This ammo hit three bullseye's at 25 yards (with two flyers).  Eight of 16 rounds were in a 3 inch group.  However, the Winchester 22 Super X did not show great consistency at 50 yards. 

  • CCI Mini Mag (7.5 cents each) – I shot six shots bullet-over bullet, indicating great accuracy

Every Ruger 22 Mark 2 and Mark 3 pistol has its own unique appetite for ammo.  Remember, every individual handgun is different and only your own tests will tell you what ammo your Ruger pistol shoots the tightest groups.

If you find a great Ruger Mark 3 ammo that I have not listed, please e-mail me at the address below and I will update this page.!



Note: The opinions expressed on these pages are the sole opinion of Donald K. Burleson and do not reflect the opinions of Burleson Enterprises Inc. or any of its subsidiaries.

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