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Old 12-12-2011, 07:19 PM   #1
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So i am looming at getting my first gun and i went to the local range and rented the ruger mark iii hunter series with 5" barrel. I also got a 235 countbox of winchester ammo from the range. I noticed the gun jamming a bit it seemed like it was having problems chambering the rounds as well as not ejecting the casings correctly. I am confused by this because ive heared so much good about the ruger mark series ability to chew through ammo with out much issues. So my question is was it user based ammo based or weapon based issue.

Any input would be grealty appreciated

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Old 12-12-2011, 07:25 PM   #2
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I think it might be the Winchester Ammo. Try Federal. I highly doubt it was the Mark III.

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I think it might be the Winchester Ammo. Try Federal. I highly doubt it was the Mark III.
Unless it hasn't been cleaned.
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I had some issues with my mark ii with some recent winchester. I had run in tons of time but the most recent box i had gotten had feeding issues changed ammo and back to normal

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Unless it hasn't been cleaned.
Ah, you might be right. I just noticed it was a rental gun.

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I had some issues with my mark ii with some recent winchester. I had run in tons of time but the most recent box i had gotten had feeding issues changed ammo and back to normal
I have read Winchester isn't the best 'cheap' ammo. I use Federal in the red, bulk box and I've not had any problem running it through my Mark II.
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A range rental gun may not have been cleaned in recent history and has probably seen some pretty rough use.

Ruger Mark III's get consistently great reviews. If you like the rental gun when it shoots, then you'll probably enjoy owning a new one yourself and won't likely have the problems you are experiencing with the rental.

Years ago, my Browning 22 semi auto would fail to chamber a round now and then, especially if ripping off a few really fast (round would lodge cockeyed as it entered the chamber). $20 and a gun smith with a file fixed it. Since then, there's been thousands of the 500 economy rounds to the box 22 LRs put through it and I can't remember the last time it jammed.

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Thanks for the replies. I figured it was a combination of the gun being extremely dirty and possibly the ammo. That being said when the gun wasnt jamming it was great. I really enjoyed it and i probably will be going with that for my first gun purchase.

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i will venture a guess here, possibly because it was a rental and not cleaned properly, if at all and the ammo could have not been a good performer for that pistol. guns can be finicky sometimes with the ammo they like. if your are wanting to buy the ruger Mark III, i say go for it. i bought a Mark III 22/45 target model several months ago and have fed at least 3000 rounds through it with no problems and only a detailed cleaning after every 500 rounds. buy the Mark III and take care of it, and you will be happy with it. i know i am.

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Thats what i figured when i gave the gun back to them they just stuck it back in the case and i wasnt sure about the ammo aswell. I will still get it and take better care of it. The replies here have aleveiated my concerns

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the biggest issue with mark3 having jamming issues is the loaded chamber indicator. once you get around 500 rounds through it has to be cleaned. after that the the chances of frequent jamming goes up.

i cured mine of that by disabling the loaded chamber indicator. ive got around 5000 rounds through mine so far without cleaning no fte/ftf other than a few duds using remington 22lr. i run a LOT of ammo through my 22s. when i first got my mk3 i shot it for 1500 rounds stock and towards the end it was having massive ftf issues. once i operated on it its been super reliable.

since its a range gun its liekly just extremely dirty as ive never seen a properly cleaned or lubed range gun.

22lr are one of the exceptions when evaluating by rentals.

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