Checking Pistol for Accuracy?

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Re: Checking Pistol for Accuracy?

Post by Urastus » 30 Sep 2018, 11:32 am

Boo wrote:Walther PPQ .22 and I spray bullets everywhere and I suspect the culprit is me but want to be sure because one bullet hit the target sideways, left a bullet profile shaped hole. So I'm thinking that the gun should be clamped to the range bench to test it properly but I don't want to buy a specialist clamp (if they are available) just to use once. Any suggestions?


I only know from reading - but this is what happens, apparently, when the rifling is worn out. How much use has the pistol had? Or maybe slightly smaller dia bullets not grabbing the rifling? Apparently some people slug their barrels to find out exactly what the smallest diameter of the barrel is (in thous) and then try to find ammo 1 thou larger. One reason given is that this is why you have to try all sorts of ammo with your .22; you just need ammo with the right fit. Either way if it was me I'd give it a really good clean and have a look down the barrel.
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Re: Checking Pistol for Accuracy?

Post by Boo » 06 Oct 2018, 8:15 am

Some very good advice here, thanks to the contributors, I have read it all and taken note.
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Re: Checking Pistol for Accuracy?

Post by Boo » 14 Oct 2018, 8:06 am

All the talk about Rugers and it just so happens that I tried both a Target and a 22/45 at the range with surprising results. I always thought that the standard angle grip was best but it turns out that I shot better with the sharper angled Target even though it's a heavy lump so that is what will be bought once the Walther is sold. Not the Target model exactly but the lighter Standard model with a tapered barrel. Then add the full Majestic Arms kit including their new trigger plus adjustable sights and a titanium firing pin. Hopefully that will make for a keeper, changing guns with a one gun permit is a PITA.
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Re: Checking Pistol for Accuracy?

Post by JSS » 14 Oct 2018, 3:18 pm

Glad you found something you like. Maybe go into your gunshop and see what they'll give you for your walther, if it's a number you can live with you can do a "like for like" on the spot. Which means you give them your 22 semi auto and walk out with a different 22 semi auto. No need for ptas, the shop can do the paperwork and it's an instant changeover.
Sometimes it's worth a bit of a hit to get what you want straightaway, just depends on how fair they'll be with the $ i guess.
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Re: Checking Pistol for Accuracy?

Post by Boo » 14 Oct 2018, 8:19 pm

Didn't know that JSS, thanks, will give it a go.
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Re: Checking Pistol for Accuracy?

Post by Boo » 17 Oct 2018, 8:04 am

Decided that the standard Ruger with the 52mm tapered barrel would be best for me but it turns out that NIOA the importer has zero stock. Only in Australia LOL.
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Re: Checking Pistol for Accuracy?

Post by JSS » 17 Oct 2018, 3:42 pm

Bugger!! oh well maybe while you wait put your walther on gunsales or ozguns and see if you can get a couple more bucks for it privately.
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Re: Checking Pistol for Accuracy?

Post by Boo » 19 Oct 2018, 11:59 am

Yay, contacted NIOA personally and they had one set aside for display but instead it's on it's way to Shooter's Delight at Underwood. Quite happy with the changeover deal they gave me. The thing that got me started with SD is that their website has all their prices, in stock or not..
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Re: Checking Pistol for Accuracy?

Post by JSS » 19 Oct 2018, 4:50 pm

Sweet!! enjoy the new toy!! :drinks:
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Re: Checking Pistol for Accuracy?

Post by Boo » 19 Oct 2018, 5:48 pm

Thanks again JSS for your advice, taking associated expenses into account the changeover deal made $ sense too . Have already contacted Brownells AU re a full Majestic Arms kit and a Hogue grip so no more excuses LOL.
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Re: Checking Pistol for Accuracy?

Post by JSS » 19 Oct 2018, 5:56 pm

No worries Boo, glad to be of some help.
I was talking to a mate today who has the mk4 hunter and he got the bolt & trigger done and said it just runs so much sweeter, so enjoy!! And don't worry there's always room for excuses :lol: :lol:
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Re: Checking Pistol for Accuracy?

Post by Boo » 20 Oct 2018, 8:17 am

For anyone doing a changeover deal be mindful that it has to be done as an actual physical exchange of guns and money if two visits are to be avoided, the risk is that your 'trade' may not be acceptable at the changeover if it has not been already OK'd. Obviously the safest way is to get your 'trade' accepted prior to the changeover but that involves two visits.
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