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Weird experence with Ruger MKIII

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by LightningMan, May 16, 2011.

  1. LightningMan

    LightningMan Well-Known Member

    Last week I went to my local indoor clubs range and began to do a little shooting. Shortly into my secession I noticed my MKIII was not shooting where it was sighted in with my Redot, so I checked my rail to see if it was loose, nope tight as ever. So next I took off the Redot and put on my 2-6X scope and it too was off target ( I use a quick release locking type of cam mount for both and they both come back on target when changing them ) I was also experencing failures to fire by then, and without going to a long story about that problem I'll cut to the chase and found the hammer bushing was worn out. I call Ruger, they sent me a new one, I installed it, and went to the range yesterday. The results after were good, as every thing was back to shooting where it's supposed to. The funny thing is I never changed or adjusted my Redot or Simmons scope. I was weird. LM
  2. CoRoMo

    CoRoMo Well-Known Member

    How much use did it take to wear out that bushing?
  3. Frankl03

    Frankl03 Well-Known Member

    If it were me and I went to the trouble of taking out the Mkiii hammer bushing, I would have put in a VQ mkii hammer bushing or the Clark mkii hammer bushing and got rid of the mag safety.

    Nothing against safety though.

    Just my $.02
  4. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    I'm surprised that a hammer bushing would have that great an effect on accuracy out of a fixed barrel .22. Interesting.
  5. LightningMan

    LightningMan Well-Known Member

    CoRoMo, I have had the pistol for a little more than 2 years now and probably shoot at least 20K through it so far.
    Frankl03, I don't know about the bushing but I did put in a VQ accuratizing kit in my MKIII shortly after I bought it.
    1KPerDay, I agree but can't explain it either, only know what I saw. Example; at 50 feet on a standard 50' NRA slowfire target, where I would normally be dead center, my bullets were low left about 4 o'clock just outside the outer ring! Couldn't believe after replacing the bushing, I was again eating the center out of that target from a rest, without changing anything on my sight.
    Last edited: May 17, 2011
  6. Frankl03

    Frankl03 Well-Known Member

    Lightning Man

    The accurising kit is great! If you add the VQ MKII hammer Bushing or the Clark MkII hammer bushing you will be able to get rid of the mag safety. After the mag safety is gone the mags will drop free when you press the release. Also you will be able to dry fire if you want. Either of the two bushings will work and they will take the place of the mag safety.

    I believe the Clark is the preferred one and will improve your trigger as well.
  7. LightningMan

    LightningMan Well-Known Member

    Frankl03, I just ordered from VQ, a spring mag ejector. I handled a pistol that already had one instaled, and it really throws them out. I'd like to keep the mag release safety, so I'm going this route, as it has become a pain to get those mags out when you have those big VQ grips on the gun. LM

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