686 2.5" Accuracy
Hey guys, just bought a round-butt 686-3 with a 2 1/2" barrel, took it to the range and here's what has me concerned. I wanted to pick you fellows' brains on the accuracy I got with this piece and see if it's normal for a short-barreled Smith. I'm shooting .38 spec 158 gr. LRN American Eagle, revolver has a red ramp front and white outline rear, feels like a factory trigger, Hogue Bantam grips.
After dialing in the rear ramp to where I think it should be, at 7 yards, I'm getting 5 inch groups from a sandbag (single-action), offhand is no better or worse. At around 22 yards double-action, it opened up to about 8 inches with the same results offhand. Now, I've shot revolvers for years, this is my first snubby, and I'm wondering: Is this is all I should expect out of this gun?
I'm pretty sure I was doing everything right and even from the bag it was not delivering very tight groups. Maybe it doesn't like the ammo, too heavy of a bullet, any guesses? Or am I being unrealistic in wanting tighter groups?