Best Ammo for early Ruger Standard

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by Teejay9, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. I've read where the Ruger standard doesn't like the Hyper- Velocity stuff like Stingers, Viper, etc. Mine is an old one, 5 digit s/n, wood grips, made in 1953. What about Mini-mags? Any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks TJ
  2. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    I've not fired any of the hi-power stuff in mine, but I haven't found any standard stuff it doesn't like. Perhaps some others can give us some input.


  3. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    The Standard Model is the original fixed sight pistol, with the 9-shot magazine (often called a Mark I, but the Mark I is a target gun). Mine is a Mark I Bull Barrel, which is the same gun, except with a heavier barrel and target sights. I've used Stingers in it, many times, with no problems. Mini Mag solids are its ammo of choice. I, generally, feed it either Mini Mags or Federal Lightnings (lately renamed "Champions").
  4. Thanks for the input, I'm on the right page. TJ
  5. Doug Bowser

    Doug Bowser New Member

    Jan 8, 2008
    I use ELEY Sport or Centurion HV ammo in my Ruger. It is much more accurate than any of the local brands I find at Wallyworld

  6. In my circa 1970 Mark I standard barrel I tested about a dozen of the standard production .22 ammos without going to the high dollar low velocity target ammo and the winchester super x outperformed the others by a wide margin with no flyers . At 15 yds with my hand rested on a bench it would cut a pattern the size of a quarter each and every time .
  7. Danwin22

    Danwin22 Active Member

    Oct 31, 2008
    longwood, Florida
    I want to get a Ruger .22 Auto so I'm glad to hear it likes Winchester Super-X because I have a couple of bricks.
  8. Renee

    Renee New Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    I've owned all the Ruger Marks, I, II, and III. My first Mark I, Bull Barrel, 51/2, was purchased in 1971 for $49.95 & they threw in the walnut grips.
    The ones I've owned will shoot anything & everything. I believe the Stinger shouldn't be used because the bullet or brass is too long. I could be wrong on this.
    The Standard, made before the Mark I, should also shoot anything if it's in good working order. In the mid 1950's I don't remember Hyper velocity. I don't think it matters. The Ruger Mark's are very well built, since 1949.

  9. Popgunner

    Popgunner Active Member

    Dec 3, 2005
    My understanding is that the "hypervelocity" ammo runs at pressures no higher than "high velocity" ammo. Standard weight .22lr slugs are 40 grains while the hyper velocity are lighter slugs-no harder on the gun that fires them.
  10. David Pearce

    David Pearce New Member

    Jan 1, 2009
    I have a Ruger Standard (1953) and use the CCI Stinger, have not had a single miss fire or jam. The clearances are close in the magazine but it has never failed even during rapid fire.
  11. mike123

    mike123 New Member

    Jun 2, 2009
    Both mini-mag and remington thunderbolt shoot great out of my ruger standard. Don't use remington gold, I can't get through 1 magazine without it jamming. I think as long as you have good quality magazines, it should be able to shoot most ammo as long as it is high velocity.
  12. mike123

    mike123 New Member

    Jun 2, 2009
  13. PPK 32

    PPK 32 Active Member

    Apr 15, 2008
    Frickin, Illinois
    Have not fired my Standard a lot, think its about a 1965 vintage. I used Blazer .22s with no problems, solid points. It fired fine. I also don't remember any issues with Windchester or Federal in the hollow points.

    Mike123-- If you have a gun that can fire those thunderbolts, don't ever sell it!!! Its a great gun.:D
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