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
- 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.!