Well I picked up the MKIII from my FFL today. New barrel + receiver. Also a new box labeled with the new SN #.
When I went to remove the stock plastic grips with my nice aluminum ones I noticed that the cammed out screw that I had sent with the gun had not been replaced. Actually I bought replacement screws but I sent it in with the damaged one hoping they would just replace it. They didn't. Cheapskates!
Then I noticed they had replaced the rear sight. I know because the old one had dings in it.
Next step was to remove the trigger assy and put back the Volquartsen parts I had taken out before shipping it to them. I did a quick dry fire of the stock trigger. I dunno what they did to it but it's perfect. No creep, no scratchiness - just a crisp break!
It's almost worth taking a perfectly good Ruger pistol and sending it in to their service dept just to see what you get back.
Was I right or what?
So, in sum: $135 + shipping for a new barrel, reciever, sights, trigger job and reimbursement for the transfer fees.