Weekend Update: On Saturday, I took the Ruger out and got in some more practice. All of the groups are offhand at 25yds with Federal Gold Medal Match, except for the last one, which was CCI Mini Mag 36 gr CPHP:
Those smaller targets sure are a challenge offhand. I may have mentioned it, but I sure do love that Ruger.
On the Remington front, I was working on returning it to Remington and that turned out to be more of a hassle than a $200 rifle is worth. So, I decided to fix it myself. The barrel is now mounted properly with no wiggle and the gap between receiver and barrel is closed up. So I took it to the range this morning to get it sighted in. The target below shows basically how that went down. Fixing the barrel issue did seem to bring the group back to the left, but did nothing for the elevation. So I swapped the front scope ring with the rear. The next group fired didn't even hit paper, so I brought the adjustments back to midrange and pulled the target in to 7 yards until I could get close. I fired several groups, making adjustments along the way, and, once it was good, I moved it back to 25 yds. After some more adjustments, I was able to get it grouping very close to point of aim. As a bonus, the adjustments are no longer at their extremes:
All of that shooting was done resting on the table as best I could (recall that this is an indoor range). I then moved on to some offhand shooting:
Clearly, as long as the shooter does their part (something I don't always do), the rifle is plenty capable. By the way, the initial sighting in was done with Federal Auto Match, along with some of the CCI Mini Mag 36 gr CPHP. The offhand shooting was done with the CCIs. I had one failure to fire with the Federal Auto Match (good primer strike, so it was definitely the ammo), and no other malfunctions whatsoever. All-in-all, it was a good weekend of shooting.
As an aside, I had a gentleman approach me at the range to ask where I got the targets. He is a Marine veteran and wanted to get some targets like the ones he shot at in the military. I gave him one of mine and briefly told him what I knew about Appleseed. He seemed pretty interested, so, who knows, maybe we'll see him at a future shoot.