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PRODUCT FOCUS
nose (IDPA) and a 147 grain
Xtreme plated round nose loaded
in a Long Colt case (ICORE)-that
have performed well in my other
GP-100s. I added the Remington
.357 Magnum 125 grain Golden
Saber load, since a .357 gun
makes a fine home defense tool
when not shooting matches, and
this is one of the lesser recoiling
factory loads.
The first step was to see where
the gun was shooting, and what
sight corrections I needed to make
for 25-yard bench rest accuracy
tests. I set up a sandbag rest at
15 yards, loaded with Speer
Lawman and fired six rounds
in deliberate SA mode. When
finished, I saw what amounted
to one large, ragged hole about
an inch above the target center
aiming point!

Subsequent accuracy tests
were conducted from a sandbag
rest at 25 yards. See the chart
below for the results. One thing
I quickly noted was that all six
chambers were properly aligned
and the rounds grouped in
uniform clusters. The GP-100
has always exhibited excellent
accuracy, whether using
jacketed, plated or lead loads,
and the Match Champion seems
to be no exception. Subsequent
DA work on multiple targets
showed the gun had plenty of
accuracy, and an inexpensive
spring kit will produce a lighter
trigger pull.
That would make the new Ruger
Match Champion ready to run in
any game. And with a MSRP of
$929, it's not an overly expensive
way to get in on the action. *

ACCURACY & CHRONOGRAPH CHART
LOAD

16

1.82

809

Federal American Eagle 130 FMJ #AE38K

I selected two factory loads
commonly used in competition -
.38 Special +P Speer Lawman
158 grain (it normally makes
the 125 Power Factor required
for USPSA Minor) and Federal
American Eagle 130 grain full
metal jacket, (which sometimes
meets the 105 Power Factor
required in IDPA). I also used
two of my match hand loads-a
.38 Special 158 grain lead round

VELOCITY (FPS)

Speer Lawman 158 grain #53750

2.16

785

158 grain LRN handload

2.04

735

147 grain Xtreme Long Colt

1.93

826

Remington .357 125 grain Golden Saber
#GS357MA

ON THE RANGE

GROUP SIZE

2.27

1245

Velocities recorded on an Oehler 35P threescreen chronograph 10 feet from muzzle-
average of six rounds fired.
Groups are full cylinder (six rounds) shot from
a 25-yard bench rest-average of three groups
fired; measured center-to-center in inches.

JUNE 2015 | SHOOTINGSPORTSUSA.COM

▶ Weight, balance and excellent sights
allow the author to make some very
quick seven-yard Mozambique Drills.

CHRIS CHRISTIAN

gone through several sets of
aftermarket grips to find the one
that provides the perfect fit to get
them into the Master or Expert
class. Revolver grips are a very
personal thing.
All of the above features are
available on both the original
Match Champion and the new
adjustable sight model. The
difference is the adjustable
sights. They make a solid gun
a true competition gun.
Like the original Match
Champion the front sight is
dovetailed into the barrel rib.
It's a fiber optic mount taking
a .060 rod (green is supplied).
The mount protects the rod from
damage, but the rod is easily
replaceable. The rear sight is
Ruger's standard adjustable
model with a white outline blade.
Whether one is shooting 125+P
Power Factor loads in USPSA,
105 PF loads in IDPA, 120 PF
loads in ICORE, or really "powder
puff" loads in Steel Challenge,
the adjustable sights will get
them on target.


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