Ruger #3 in 22 Hornet

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LittleBigOz

Bearcat
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I'd appreciate any info you can give on my Ruger #3. Caliber is 22 Hornet. Serial number indicates it was made in 1976. The stock is unlike any I've seen on other #3s. The buttplate appears to be factory. A few photos are below.
Questions - Is this a factory stock? If so, how many were produced? What is the gun's value?
Thanks in advance.
22hornetforeend.jpg

22hornetlibertyrollmark.jpg

22hornetnumber3.jpg
 

gewehrfreund

Buckeye
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The barrel inscription is the dead giveaway that is was made in 1976. The buttstock is factory that has been checkered. The scope mounts are Buehler, I believe, and the forend is either a factory one that has been reworked, or completely custom/aftermarket.
Nice gun - how does it shoot?
 

LittleBigOz

Bearcat
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Thanks. It shoots pretty well. I usually shoot 20 shots at the same bullseye when I go to the range, and it keeps them all within 2.1 inches using the 35 grain Vmax and 10.5 gr of 2400. I read other posts on the Hornet which lead me to conclude that Lil Gun may be the powder of choice.
 

mattsbox99

Hunter
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or Rem 6 1/2 primers. I have a 77/22 Hornet that shoots very well with 13.0 grains of Lil Gun and RP brass with Rem 6 1/2 primers, any bullet will work because Lil Gun does not develop high pressure and you can not get enough in the case to go over pressure.
 
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I have found that using match primers improves the hornet accuracy over the reg primers.
 
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