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Do I understand you correctly?

1 MOA @ 50 = 1/2"

1.3 MOA @ 100 ~ 1.3"

1.7 - 1.8 MOA @ 200 ~ 3.4"

2.5 MOA @ 400 ~ 10"
Yes approximately. By those numbers I mean very high (80-90%) hit probability (assuming centered on target). And this is my experience only with 22lr and groups at distance vs closer range.

It's not a hard/fast rule; doesn't mean all shots land inside some circle but rather a rough guide to the increasing group size you see as bullets go further down range. I've seen other variations on this also elsewhere.

I think one person (I can't recall whom exactly) called it the Half Third Rule - essentially as distance is cut in half, group size decreases by only 1/3. With rimfire it seems to grow more quickly but I think that's due more to the flight time than anything else.
 

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Am curious . . .

How much pull have you got your trigger set at?

And, what glass are you using there?

Hope you don't mind me asking.
Not at all. Athlon Argos BTR 6-24x50 in vortex pmr 1.26 inch. Trigger does suck something bad even after a charcoal lighter fluid bath, re oil/grease, and the adjustment screw backed almost all the way out. I understand that could be a problem with the grouping. I do feel and know when I pull shots. Also had a mpa vertical grip. Everything torqued to spec
 

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The speed can be a factor also considering the barrel is pushing them out a lot faster flirting with the speed of sound
 

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Yes approximately. By those numbers I mean very high (80-90%) hit probability (assuming centered on target). And this is my experience only with 22lr and groups at distance vs closer range.

It's not a hard/fast rule; doesn't mean all shots land inside some circle but rather a rough guide to the increasing group size you see as bullets go further down range. I've seen other variations on this also elsewhere.

I think one person (I can't recall whom exactly) called it the Half Third Rule - essentially as distance is cut in half, group size decreases by only 1/3. With rimfire it seems to grow more quickly but I think that's due more to the flight time than anything else.
Thanks for clarifying.

Yeah, I get it that this is more of a "rule of thumb" kind of thing. And of course, a lot depends on the particular ammo being used. I've hear more than one person say that ammo that shoots 1 MOA at 50 or 100 yds may not work well at the longer distances, while some other ammo that doesn't do so hot at the shorter distances and do quite well and the longer ones. One day, I'll have to do some testing to see if the data I get supports that (another reason to go out and shoot a lot ;) )
 
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Not at all. Athlon Argos BTR 6-24x50 in vortex pmr 1.26 inch. Trigger does suck something bad even after a charcoal lighter fluid bath, re oil/grease, and the adjustment screw backed almost all the way out. I understand that could be a problem with the grouping. I do feel and know when I pull shots. Also had a mpa vertical grip. Everything torqued to spec
I'm pretty satisfied with the trigger on mine as I've got the pull down to 12-14 oz by simply pulling the spring out all together. I did the same thing a couple years ago when I first got my RPR .308 with the same result for pull. The two triggers feel much the same and the light pull really helped me tighten up my groups and focus more on other shooting mechanics.

The more I read about vertical grips, the more I think I might try one. Seems they might help me reduce the number of my errant trigger pulls???
 
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I'm pretty satisfied with the trigger on mine as I've got the pull down to 12-14 oz by simply pulling the spring out all together. I did the same thing a couple years ago when I first got my RPR .308 with the same result for pull. The two triggers feel much the same and the light pull really helped me tighten up my groups and focus more on other shooting mechanics.

The more I read about vertical grips, the more I think I might try one. Seems they might help me reduce the number of my errant trigger pulls???
I have a timney 2 stage flat shoe in my 6.5 RPR and love it. Works flawless and the pull feels amazing. Waiting patiently for timney to make one for the rimfire. I hate the stock ruger trigger personally. I’m not a fan of single stage triggers on my long distance rigs or trainer. I know my techniques aren’t 100% but I can shoot 1 moa at 1000 yards with my factory barrel 6.5 using factory federal 130 bergers or prime 130’s. The vertical grip that mpa makes feels great in the hand. Placement is the same every time you run bolt and re grip. The ergonomics of the grip force me to pull the trigger back the same every time with the finger placement the same. I have one one my 6.5 also. With all that said I just feel this barrel should be giving me better results. I shoot off a atlas psr bipod and tab gear rear bag
 

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I have a timney 2 stage flat shoe in my 6.5 RPR and love it. Works flawless and the pull feels amazing. Waiting patiently for timney to make one for the rimfire. I hate the stock ruger trigger personally. I’m not a fan of single stage triggers on my long distance rigs or trainer. I know my techniques aren’t 100% but I can shoot 1 moa at 1000 yards with my factory barrel 6.5 using factory federal 130 bergers or prime 130’s. The vertical grip that mpa makes feels great in the hand. Placement is the same every time you run bolt and re grip. The ergonomics of the grip force me to pull the trigger back the same every time with the finger placement the same. I have one one my 6.5 also. With all that said I just feel this barrel should be giving me better results. I shoot off a atlas psr bipod and tab gear rear bag
Ah ha . . . there's you're problem; your muscle memory is set for a great trigger like Timney. ;)

One day, I'd really like to try out a Timney 2 stage flat shoe to see how I might like it. I don't think they get much better than Timney's from they great many people that swear by them. And I hear Timney will be out with their trgiger for this RPRF soon.

Check this out:

https://rugerforum.net/ruger-bolt-action/336841-timney-trigger-mod-install-ruger-precision-rimfire.html
 

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Ah ha . . . there's you're problem; your muscle memory is set for a great trigger like Timney. ;)

One day, I'd really like to try out a Timney 2 stage flat shoe to see how I might like it. I don't think they get much better than Timney's from they great many people that swear by them. And I hear Timney will be out with their trgiger for this RPRF soon.

Check this out:

https://rugerforum.net/ruger-bolt-action/336841-timney-trigger-mod-install-ruger-precision-rimfire.html
Thanks for the link but I’m against modding a critical part of any firearm like the trigger. Could cause accidental discharges or something worse. To be honest my muscle memory is focused on grip and finger pad placement of the trigger rather than pull. My 308 has a 2 stage timney also but it’s a curved shoe at 3 lbs total. Still.. I’ve compared factory barrel groups to Shaw barrel groups and the Shaw is losing in the comparison
 

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Hardpan,

Note, I wasn't really all that serious about my muscle memory comment.

Maybe it's time to have Shaw take back and replace that barrel of yours???
 

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Hardpan,

Note, I wasn't really all that serious about my muscle memory comment.

Maybe it's time to have Shaw take back and replace that barrel of yours???
Ya I emailed them and called today with no avail, althoug I am on the west coast. I do want to send it back to have it looked at... maybe the rifling is bad, or the crown isn’t right. If they exchange it I definitely would like a 20 inch barrel and would gladly pay the difference. No worries about the comments bro it’s all good, although muscle memory plays a big part in long distance precision. With proper techniques it allows for consistency and repeatability.
 

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Thanks for the link but I’m against modding a critical part of any firearm like the trigger. Could cause accidental discharges or something worse.
BTW: Did you see his follow up post there regarding RPRF Timney trigger where he says " I got an email from them asking if I'd like to be a Beta tester for their RPRimfire trigger design " ?

If Timney is currently in the testing stage of this trigger, I assume it won't be long until it's out on the market.
 

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BTW: Did you see his follow up post there regarding RPRF Timney trigger where he says " I got an email from them asking if I'd like to be a Beta tester for their RPRimfire trigger design " ?

If Timney is currently in the testing stage of this trigger, I assume it won't be long until it's out on the market.
I can shed some light here. I have one of the beta triggers and it is very good.

I don't know what the ETA is to market but it is very smooth and it makes it super easy to tell difference between good shot break and bad shot break (tugging trigger up/down/left/right).

I think the fitment of the RPR would actually be pretty dam close. I wish I had a factory RPR to compare it to dimensionally to the RPRF trigger housing but it is REALLLY close from inspection of various photos other than some extra metal removed from top/forward section of trigger housing.

I'd imagine they are pretty close to production though because mine was pretty easy to drop in. I did have to shave a bit of metal but only a few thousandths to get it to slide in.
 
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I understand the trigger could be a big part of my problem and can’t wait for timney to make a 2 stage. But comparing my groups from the Shaw to the factory with the same exact setup the Shaw barrel is slightly worse.
 

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I understand the trigger could be a big part of my problem and can’t wait for timney to make a 2 stage. But comparing my groups from the Shaw to the factory with the same exact setup the Shaw barrel is slightly worse.
If you can shoot multple 5 shot groups averaging sub .5" at 50yds with your 22lr (say .3-.6), but it's opening way up at 100 (2" avg) then it may not be you. You said SD's are good right? Like 8-12 for over 15+ shots?

If those are true statements, I'd call Shaw and get a new one shipped out. This is coming from a guy who put over 450+ rounds down a bad 223 barrel trying to "figure it out", "must be something I'm doing wrong" etc. Life's too short... Have them fix it on their time, not yours..
 

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If you can shoot multple 5 shot groups averaging sub .5" at 50yds with your 22lr (say .3-.6), but it's opening way up at 100 (2" avg) then it may not be you. You said SD's are good right? Like 8-12 for over 15+ shots?

If those are true statements, I'd call Shaw and get a new one shipped out. This is coming from a guy who put over 450+ rounds down a bad 223 barrel trying to "figure it out", "must be something I'm doing wrong" etc. Life's too short... Have them fix it on their time, not yours..
Totally agree. I’m going to take it off and have them deal with it. Sub .5 groups of 10 rounds at 50 with different ammo, 1.7 and greater, 5 and 10 round groups at 100 with the majority of the grouping over 2-3 inches. Sd’s are from 7-12,13’s. Eley Target being 7’s and federal automatch being 12-13’s.
 

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SD's of 12-13's is really good for Federal Auto Match. In my database, there's a couple 10 round Auto Match SD's that were single digits and a couple in the low 20's where the median 10 round SD for a little over 200 rounds from different lots was at 17 (still, not bad for cheap bulk ammo). The median ES being 49 and have had as high as 74. Because it's really not "match" ammo, I wouldn't use my experience with Federal Auto Match as viable in trying to figure out accuracy issues as you've described. There's just too much variance, IMHO.

When having accuracy issues with all ammo, it seems appropriate to put the ball in Shaw's court and have them fix it or refund your money. Good luck, and keep up posted on any progress.
 

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SD's of 12-13's is really good for Federal Auto Match. In my database, there's a couple 10 round Auto Match SD's that were single digits and a couple in the low 20's where the median 10 round SD for a little over 200 rounds from different lots was at 17 (still, not bad for cheap bulk ammo). The median ES being 49 and have had as high as 74. Because it's really not "match" ammo, I wouldn't use my experience with Federal Auto Match as viable in trying to figure out accuracy issues as you've described. There's just too much variance, IMHO.

When having accuracy issues with all ammo, it seems appropriate to put the ball in Shaw's court and have them fix it or refund your money. Good luck, and keep up posted on any progress.
I’ll let you know asap. I can’t get Eley Stuff to group either. Believe it or not federal auto match is usually grouping just the same as eley stuff. I definitely will try calling them Monday after I sent emails this past Thursday and Friday
 

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Called customer service. They will replace the barrel. Wouldn’t let me pay the difference for a 20in as it is a warranty claim. Very nice customer service. I’m very satisfied. Will install after and report back when the new barrel arrives.
 
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Good to hear great customer service. I've got the 20" and I've been working g on cleaning and breaking it in. Really taking my time with it. I'll start shooting groups with match ammo this weekend.
 

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Good to hear great customer service. I've got the 20" and I've been working g on cleaning and breaking it in. Really taking my time with it. I'll start shooting groups with match ammo this weekend.
Do you have a chrono? I’m curious what the speeds will be out of the 20.
 

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You tested cci sv and had some decent results.
Have you tested any cci green tag?
Exact round as sv but better qc.
I run sv for fun and green tag for a better group.
Dont have to change scope just get tighter groups.

Wolf mt also works well in my shaw.
 

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You tested cci sv and had some decent results.
Have you tested any cci green tag?
Exact round as sv but better qc.
I run sv for fun and green tag for a better group.
Dont have to change scope just get tighter groups.

Wolf mt also works well in my shaw.
Having put together a rather large data base of 22LR (most of which are from my own testing), I'm attaching some numbers I've recorded on the Green Tag and SV's that you might be interested in seeing.

In my experience, either with the Shaw barrel or the factory barrel on my RPRF, the lot of Green Tag I have doesn't shoot much better than the SV's I've had. So, considering the cost of Green Tag, they were quite a disappointment and would use any number of other high QC rounds that have proven to be consistently good. I find the SV's to be an excellent practice round and a very good value, especially when one can pick them up at 6 cents per round.

Eley Club I'm using are surprisingly good and do as well as many that are designated at match. And the best one's for me out of my Shaw barrel are Federal's Ultra Match, Lapua's Midas or CenterX and RWS R50.
 

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UPDATE

After having issues with the 18 in Shaw they replaced it with a 20 in. I shimmed it .0020 and torqued the barrel nut to 35 ft/lbs. here are 2 5 shot groups and 1 10 shot group at 50 yards using cci sv. 3-5 mph head wind, 48 degrees. I dressed a little too lite and was cold and a little shaky. This new barrel shot lights out in my opinion. I could have had a better 10 shot group but pulled a couple. Over all I’m really pleased with this new Shaw barrel. No regrets. Only had a hour to play today. Will try 100 soon
 

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UPDATE

After having issues with the 18 in Shaw they replaced it with a 20 in. I shimmed it .0020 and torqued the barrel nut to 35 ft/lbs. here are 2 5 shot groups and 1 10 shot group at 50 yards using cci sv. 3-5 mph head wind, 48 degrees. I dressed a little too lite and was cold and a little shaky. This new barrel shot lights out in my opinion. I could have had a better 10 shot group but pulled a couple. Over all I’m really pleased with this new Shaw barrel. No regrets. Only had a hour to play today. Will try 100 soon
Nice!!!

The temperature you were in with the CCI SV's was right at were I tested them for my little test for cold vs. hot. And one of the surprises for me was to find that the CCE SV's did a lot better in the cool temps than the hotter (the "hot" temp being 96°F). Not only were the SD's lower at the cool tems, but the ES's were substantially lower and when fired for accuracy they grouped much like what you've shown. They didn't group that well in the higher temp.

Like you, I'm really pleased with my Shaw barrel . . . even though my barrel is an 18 incher :cool:
 

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Hardpan, great to see the Shaw barrel performing. I have thought about getting one for mine but have been hesitant to spend the money on it. I would still like to see a few people shoot something like ten 5-shot groups with a few different types of ammo. If not ten then at least five 5-shot groups. Looking forward to seeing more test.
 
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Hardpan, great to see the Shaw barrel performing. I have thought about getting one for mine but have been hesitant to spend the money on it. I would still like to see a few people shoot something like ten 5-shot groups with a few different types of ammo. If not ten then at least five 5-shot groups. Looking forward to seeing more test.
Next time I go out I’ll have more time. I may try that.
 

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After having issues with the 18 in Shaw they replaced it with a 20 in. I shimmed it .0020 and torqued the barrel nut to 35 ft/lbs. here are 2 5 shot groups and 1 10 shot group at 50 yards using cci sv. 3-5 mph head wind, 48 degrees. I dressed a little too lite and was cold and a little shaky. This new barrel shot lights out in my opinion. I could have had a better 10 shot group but pulled a couple. Over all I’m really pleased with this new Shaw barrel. No regrets. Only had a hour to play today. Will try 100 soon
Okay, I have a newbie question or two. Where did you place the shim and why? How did you know it needed it and by how much?
 

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Okay, I have a newbie question or two. Where did you place the shim and why? How did you know it needed it and by how much?
On my 18 inch Shaw I was getting metal shavings in the barrel. The bolt handle was rubbing the metal cutout on the chassis when putting the bolt into battery. Another member in here mentioned shimming his barrel with HD aluminum foil. I tried it and it worked. So when I got the 20 in Shaw I shimmed it .0020 and it’s been working flawless. No metal shavings anymore from the bolt handle and I can actually extract live rounds now. Win/win in my book
 

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Okay, I have a newbie question or two. Where did you place the shim and why? How did you know it needed it and by how much?
So I cut 3 spacers from HD aluminum foil using 2 washers I found in the extra stash that matched the inner and outer diameter of the barrel that fits into the action. Before I put the barrel into the action I put the foil on the barrel. I then slid it into the action, tightened the barrel nut to 35 ft/lbs and called it a done deal. The bolt still closes a little tight but with a catalyst arms bolt handle it’s no big deal. When I get a full day at the range I will test at 50 again and at 100 with the different ammo I have in storage. Shooting 5 and 10 shot groups like I did above is a really good sign. It never shot that well with the factory or Shaw 18 in barrels
 

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So I cut 3 spacers from HD aluminum foil using 2 washers I found in the extra stash that matched the inner and outer diameter of the barrel that fits into the action. Before I put the barrel into the action I put the foil on the barrel. I then slid it into the action, tightened the barrel nut to 35 ft/lbs and called it a done deal. The bolt still closes a little tight but with a catalyst arms bolt handle it’s no big deal. When I get a full day at the range I will test at 50 again and at 100 with the different ammo I have in storage. Shooting 5 and 10 shot groups like I did above is a really good sign. It never shot that well with the factory or Shaw 18 in barrels
Thank you. Now I understand.
This is a great site to pick up small nuggets of information to make smaller groups and I truly appreciate everyone that takes the time to share their experiences both good and bad. We all get to learn from it.
 
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I have an 18" Shaw barrel on the way and intend to shoot CCI SV with a suppressor. Am I going to experience any CCI SV rounds going supersonic? Trying to decide if I should ask to exchange it for the 20" barrel.
 

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I have an 18" Shaw barrel on the way and intend to shoot CCI SV with a suppressor. Am I going to experience any CCI SV rounds going supersonic? Trying to decide if I should ask to exchange it for the 20" barrel.
Averages with the 18in I had were 1105-1110fps with ten shot groups. This was in 85-95 degree weather at the time. I’m not allowed to have a suppressor in CA. Not sure how the can will affect the speed of the bullet.
 

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I have an 18" Shaw barrel on the way and intend to shoot CCI SV with a suppressor. Am I going to experience any CCI SV rounds going supersonic? Trying to decide if I should ask to exchange it for the 20" barrel.
I doubt you'll have any going supersonic, especially with an attached suppressor.

I have that Shaw barrel and out of the 170 rounds I've recorded with it, only a couple times was it 1129 fps (not quite supersonic) for the highest speed. Out of those 170 the lowest velocity was 1058 and the high 1129 measured with a Magnetospeed chrono. I'm attaching a PDF file below that you can take a look at the data yourself and draw whatever conclusions you like. Most of these were fired in pretty warm ambient temperatures above 90°F (except for 2 sets of 10, marked in blue font in the file below where those cartridges were at about 45-50°F when fired).
 

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After having issues with the 18 in Shaw they replaced it with a 20 in. I shimmed it .0020 and torqued the barrel nut to 35 ft/lbs. here are 2 5 shot groups and 1 10 shot group at 50 yards using cci sv. 3-5 mph head wind, 48 degrees. I dressed a little too lite and was cold and a little shaky. This new barrel shot lights out in my opinion. I could have had a better 10 shot group but pulled a couple. Over all I’m really pleased with this new Shaw barrel. No regrets. Only had a hour to play today. Will try 100 soon
I'm curious, did you ever get a chance to shoot it at 100+ yards? My factory barrel does really well with CCI SV at 50 yards but opens up at 100 yards. I could hit 4" steel at 200 yards but it took damn near the entire sleeve :) but it was fun trying going out that far with a 22LR. Considering the 20" Shaw if the accuracy and consistency is there.
 

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I'm curious, did you ever get a chance to shoot it at 100+ yards? My factory barrel does really well with CCI SV at 50 yards but opens up at 100 yards. I could hit 4" steel at 200 yards but it took damn near the entire sleeve :) but it was fun trying going out that far with a 22LR. Considering the 20" Shaw if the accuracy and consistency is there.
That sounds pretty typical. If you fire (3) 10-shot groups (count all of them no matter what) at 50, 100 and 200, you likely see that the groups open up considerably more at each interval. Your sending light, soft, blunt projectiles at subsonic velocities out to 200 yards which is like sending 223s, 6.5s, 308s well past 500 yards+ in terms of time of flight except super light.

My Shaw using CCI SV is 1 moa@50, 1.5@100, 2@200 and about 2.5moa@300. beyond that it's tough to maintain vertical consistently (about 4-5moa vertically). Fed target does a bit better at longer ranges and SK Match does better yet.

I usually shoot 2-4MOA targets out to 388 yards for challenge and wind call.
 

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I'm curious, did you ever get a chance to shoot it at 100+ yards? My factory barrel does really well with CCI SV at 50 yards but opens up at 100 yards. I could hit 4" steel at 200 yards but it took damn near the entire sleeve :) but it was fun trying going out that far with a 22LR. Considering the 20" Shaw if the accuracy and consistency is there.
Yes I did get to take it to 100 yards
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I did take it to 250 yards the other day but I used cci blazer and it was all over the place. The wind was picking up also
 

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So do you see it as a worthwhile purchase? thank you for the continued updates
 

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So do you see it as a worthwhile purchase? thank you for the continued updates
The best group I could get with the factory barrel at 100 yards was with eley target. Group was a little over an inch. All other groups and different ammo couldn’t come close. I think it was worth the purchase for me because the factory barrel wasn’t producing what I wanted it to. As you can see with different ammo the barrel isn’t that picky, the sd’s went down too. Multiple brands shoot single digit sd’s now. Plus the look of a 20 in barrel is more pleasing than a 18 inch.
 
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The best group I could get with the factory barrel at 100 yards was with eley target. Group was a little over an inch. All other groups and different ammo couldn’t come close. I think it was worth the purchase for me because the factory barrel wasn’t producing what I wanted it to. As you can see with different ammo the barrel isn’t that picky, the sd’s went down too. Multiple brands shoot single digit sd’s now. Plus the look of a 20 in barrel is more pleasing than a 18 inch.
It sounds like it is a worthwhile purchase. Thanks for the follow-up.
 
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Just put on a new ER Shaw barrel for the RPR... Night and day difference over factory barrel. Have about 400 rounds through it today both breaking in and group testing.

Factory barrel shot okay (.6-1" 5 and 10 shot groups and depending on ammo) this is Ruger Factory Barrel after bedding:View attachment 6941632

Enter ER Shaw barrel....

Highlights:
  • Fits VERY tight into receiver.
  • Bolt is very stiff to close but relaxing a bit as surfaces get lapped together.
  • Fit and finish is great, especially for the cost ($250).
  • Side note: If you have a factory barrel, I would highly recommend removing it to clean up the shitty/nasty/gritty anti-seize they use from factory. My barrel and nut had a ton of sand/grit/dirt like stuff all over and probably didn't allow consistent contact with receiver.
Here are photos of new barrel:
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"Break in" was as follows: clean the crap out of it, then shot one and pull a bore snake for first 3 rounds...then shoot ~50 and pull snake three times. Repeated at ~100 rounds then shot ammo test. Here is setup and break-in target:
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Average for first 100 rounds @ 50 yds was .49" using Federal Gold Medal Target (mostly 5 shot groups). 10 shot group also measured .50" exactly.

Here is ammo test:
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First three groups of each ammo are 5 shot groups and last is a 10 shot group. Shot at 50yds prone with rear bag and bipod. Super calm conditions until about halfway (Eley Target and lower groups) and wind began drifting left to right slightly. Quarter in middle for reference.
  • Fed AutoMatch .66" best/.72" avg/ .94" 10 shot
  • Fed GM Target .31" best/.64" avg/ *.30"* and .75" 10 shot groups*
  • Fed GM HV Match .29" best/.37" avg/ .51" 10 shot
  • ELEY Contact .8" best/.84" avg/ .73" 10 shot
  • Eley Edge .34" best/.61" avg/.49" 10-shot
  • Eley Force .74" best/.61" avg/1.09 10 shot
  • Eley Target .37" best/ .56" avg/ .47" 10 shot
  • Eley Tenex .35" best/.49" avg/ .53" 10 shot
  • SK Std Plus .44" best/ .69" avg/ .66" 10 shot
  • SK Rifle Match .27" best/ .44 avg / .36" 10 shot
I pulled one round out of each 10-shot group when measuring for a very specific reason. I've found a very high correlation between shooting (3) 5-shot group avg and measuring 9 of 10 shots in terms of predictability. Usually within .1" or better of avg 5 shot group. Have run this test twice (factory barrel and this barrel) and most groups bear this out. Also, only shooting 25 rounds of each ammo back to back doesn't seem to allow the barrel to acclimate to the new ammo as well as say 50 shots then measuring groups for next 25-50.

Also, I wasn't happy with the first 10 shot group with FGM Target so I reshot at the very end because something seemed off during first group. It fired a near perfect circle that measured .3" and 10th shot jumped out group by .25". Making it the best 10 shot of the day except for SK Rifle Match.

Bottom line, for $250, this barrel is a major upgrade over stock (at least for me) and for the cost, puts me well within precision needed for long range practice on the cheap.
I put rounds down range at 215yds on a 3" target, hitting 8 of 10 at that range. At 300yds hit 8 of 10 on 6" plate and even 3 of 5 on a 4" plate. If looking for upgrade to an RPR, this is a great starting point. Next it will be the trigger.... Hopefully an update on that subject very soon.

Cheers!
Great post, great info! i just ordered the 20 inch shaw barrel for mine. The factory barrel that is on mine shoots eley target and force very well. hopefully the shaw barrel will too because i have a bunch of it and its expensive LOL
 
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Great post, great info! i just ordered the 20 inch shaw barrel for mine. The factory barrel that is on mine shoots eley target and force very well. hopefully the shaw barrel will too because i have a bunch of it and its expensive LOL
I can tell you my Shaw 20 inch loves cci sv and federal auto match. I get half inch groups all day at 100 yards with both. Best group with eley target for me was .8 inches at 100 yards. The barrel overall was a huge improvement over my factory one.
 

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I can tell you my Shaw 20 inch loves cci sv and federal auto match. I get half inch groups all day at 100 yards with both. Best group with eley target for me was .8 inches at 100 yards. The barrel overall was a huge improvement over my factory one.
Did you do any bedding work at all? Also. i'm glad it likes the cheap loose bulk stuff. while automatch may not be the BEST, it is in my book for overall price/accuracy/availability.
 

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Did you do any bedding work at all? Also. i'm glad it likes the cheap loose bulk stuff. while automatch may not be the BEST, it is in my book for overall price/accuracy/availability.
Ya I used aluminum tape on the action block and the small section on the forward part of the action.
 

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I can tell you my Shaw 20 inch loves cci sv and federal auto match. I get half inch groups all day at 100 yards with both. Best group with eley target for me was .8 inches at 100 yards. The barrel overall was a huge improvement over my factory one.
My 18 in Shaw barrel likes those too.
 

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Ya I used aluminum tape on the action block and the small section on the forward part of the action.
I tried that on mine. I'm not sure if i just didn't do it right (although its hard to screw that up) or what because it actually made mine shoot WAY worse. Maybe i just got lucky and got one that didn't need bedding.
 

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I tried that on mine. I'm not sure if i just didn't do it right (although its hard to screw that up) or what because it actually made mine shoot WAY worse. Maybe i just got lucky and got one that didn't need bedding.
If the block sits in the slot pretty snug you probably don’t need to worry about it. Mine was loose and falls out, almost like they opened up the channel too much on my chassis or the mold was off a little. Either way make sure your barrel nut is tight with the new barrel. I torqued mine to 38 ft lbs with antisieze on the threads.
 

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My 18 in Shaw barrel likes those too.
I like that it shoots cheap ammo well. For a 22lr I’m not paying $1800 dollars for a barreled action from vudoo. I’ve got $1000 total into this rifle including barrel, bipod, optic and it makes a great trainer for my RPR 6.5. I’ll take my .5 inch groups at 100 yards with ammo I can buy at Walmart out of my 1k rifle setup.