Much anticipation has turned out to be a lesson in aggravation.
My newly aquired Ruger no. 3 won't shoot for sour owl poo!
I've tried three different bullets, three different powders with various charge weights of each. 4 in groups are about the norm. One might expect that from a mini-14 but from a No.3?
I've taken the barrel band off and put it back. I've swapped scopes with my varmint gun to no avail. I've looked at the crown under magnification and if there's a flaw I can't see it.
These same loads shoot into 2 inches easy in my Marlin 375 and 375 Encore, some much less than 2 inches.
The only load that this gun will shoot at all is with a soft bevel based 250 grain lead bullet being driven at a snails pace by 10 grains of Blue Dot. Then the groups are inch and a half at 50 yards.
I've even gone back through the archives on this forum and cleaned the barrel according to some wise instruction.
This little gun kinda reminds me of the prettiest girl on the softball team. She may be pretty but she sucks at softball! Do you play her just because she's pretty? Not me!