I'm new to this stuff. Have a ruger mk III target model. My local range has a .22 league once a week. they shoot 50' indoors. use the b3 target and shoot 6 targets, 2 -5 shot strings per target. drop the lowest scored target, so total possible points is 500. they shoot each 5 shot string in 10 seconds.
I haven't been yet and wanted to test myself before going. The other day, went to the range and shot a 439 w/6-x (target scores were 87,88,89,92,83. dropped first target of 76). I know its pretty low but it was my first try, I was using my stock ruger with bulk american eagle ammo, guessing at the 10 second limit. I've started reading the army marksman training manual from the "encyclopedia of bullseye" website. Got a lot of learning/practice to do.
My question to ya'll is this. I seem to have difficulty with aiming the stock Ruger sights. I really want to shoot iron sights. Not interested in a red dot right now. I try to focus on front sight, but that plain black blade doesn't contrast much with the target center. I found myself just hoping to get a 9 or better. Do people normally do any mods to these sights? How common is it to see someone using a stock ruger with iron sights?
There is a private gun club locally that does the complete outdoor bullseye competition. They allow guests for the comps. I'd eventually like to get over there with my ruger.
Your scores are very good for someone starting out. You are studying the right material. You might also want to buy a copy of Gil Hebard's "The Pistol Shooter's Treasury". The bulk American Eagle ammo may be holding you back some. You might want to try a few boxes of assorted middle grade standard velocity ammo. Have you tried blackening the sights? Depending on the light, you may be getting a reflection that is keeping the front sight from looking clear to you. You may not be completely focused on the front sight, but be focused somewhere between the front sight and target...if so that is not good. You might also try putting a tiny smear of "White Out" on the front sight to give your eyeball something on which to focus. Besides the grips, the trigger and sights are the only things that I would replace (upgrade) on a Ruger Mark III.