Ruger Impact Max

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    tjv1951
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    What’s the word on the Ruger Impact Max?

    It looks exactly like the Umarex Forge.

    Looking for feedback.

    Thanks.

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    BeachGunner
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    My neighbor just got one last weekend as an impulse purchase. Despite cleaning the barrel, trying about a dozen different pellets, trigger adjustment, etc. I can’t get this rifle to shoot better than 1″ at 20 yards. Since it is not mine, I’m not going to open it up and try to do the normal “home” tune, but that’s what I would do next. Did not have the opportunity to chorny it, but that would be my next step. 

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    IrritableBadger
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    I’m new to airguns, but I’ve been shooting high power rifle for 28 years and for what it’s worth I really like the Ruger Impact Max. I got it at Walmart to deal with a large squirrel problem and have continued target shooting with it at home. At 50 yards I get consistent .5” ten round groups with H&N Sniper Magnum 17.90 gr pellets. It also does ok with the Crosman Premier 14.2 gr pellets, but only when they actually seat and don’t fall out when closing the barrel and there’s always at least one flyer that just does its own thing. It does not like the Gamo Rocket 14.5 gr or the Gamo Platinum PBA 9.7 gr pellets. 

    I have not setup the chronograph, but I’ve seen a lot of bullets in flight and the advertised velocity is high. There’s no way it’s pushing 1050 FPS. But it is quiet and accurate enough for it to be fun. 

    I replaced the included scope the first day. I had a Leupold VXR 4-12×50 without a home, so I used that. The biggest improvement I made was to oil the trigger group. It was bone dry and felt like striking a match. A few drops of oil made a huge improvement. It’s advertised as having a two stage trigger, but it’s really a single stage with a very long pull, the first portion being simply the resistance of the spring, not moving the sear. The only other thing I did was to slightly enlarge the stock mounting through holes so the action was fully seated to the rear of the inlet. There’s a weird plastic cover over the rear of the gas spring tube and it was floppy and buzzed when the gun fired. The cap appears to be entirely aesthetic, but it drove me nuts. 

    After tax the rifle cost less than $200 and after well over 2000 rounds I’d have to say it was a great deal and I’d buy another.  

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    prfssrlee
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    I really like the Impact Max. It is very similar to the Umarex Forge (which I also have) – both have the silencair moderator and they share the same trigger group, but the impact max does not have the nucleus rail system. The one complaint I had was the 6.5# trigger pull it had out of the box. But I replaced the spring on the middle sear with a lighter weight one and now I have a repeatable 1lb 10oz trigger – it's actually pretty fantastic now. Bumped it around a lot to make sure it was safe at that light pull weight and had no issues.

    Mine likes H&N Terminators, Beeman Devastators and Predator Polymags – so the sweet spot seems to be 16 grains. It shoots the CPHP and CPUM ok, but really gets accurate with the 16 grain pellets. Deadly accurate – I took a chipper this morning at 29.5 yards with a shot to the head with it using a Terminator. I'll post it in the hunting gate.

    I encourage you to replace that sear spring with a lighter weight one – it cost $0.40 online for the spring

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    c_m_shooter
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    You guys with these tack driving Chinese springers need to come out to some field target matches and show us how its done.  Apparantly we have just been wasting our money on these high end German and English guns.  The Ruger Impact I tried wasn't even soda can accurate at 20 yards with any pellet I tried, I did a basic tune on it with no improvement and threw it in the garbage.

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    Buckshotshoey
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    Cm shooter…  the Impact Max is not a Springer. Threw it in the garbage? I would have bought it from you.

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    BIG-DAVE02
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    Hi everyone sorry to jump on this post but i just bought a ruger impact max and the breach chamfering doesnt seem right. Any advice? 

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    IrritableBadger
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    It’s definitely weird. Mine has(d) the same dull chamfering but it was centered on the bore. Is the off center appearance really there or is that an illusion?

    If the bore is not off center I’d just use it. The chamfered edges will soften up pretty quickly. About the time the rifle is broken in the chamfer will be gone(ish). 

    If the bore really is off center you should return it. 

    What I think is really odd, is that the chamfer was done with a handheld chamfering tool. You can see the varying angles of contact and pressure. It’s a pretty dumb way to go about it. 

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    BIG-DAVE02
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    Im not sure if you are able to see the pictures or not. To me its off centre but im relatively new to airguns so wasnt 100% sure. Can you see my attched picture? 

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    IrritableBadger
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    I can see the photos. I was just making sure it simply didn’t look off center in the pictures. Parallax makes things look weird. 

    I just scanned mine with our Faro and concentricity is 0.0018” – 0.0016” That’s not super impressive, but it’s still smaller than your eyes can resolve. 

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    SteveV
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    Buckshotshoey

    Cm shooter…  the Impact Max is not a Springer. Threw it in the garbage? I would have bought it from you.

    WAKE UP!!! it is a springer, dude,  

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    BeachGunner

    My neighbor just got one last weekend as an impulse purchase. Despite cleaning the barrel, trying about a dozen different pellets, trigger adjustment, etc. I can't get this rifle to shoot better than 1" at 20 yards. Since it is not mine, I'm not going to open it up and try to do the normal "home" tune, but that's what I would do next. Did not have the opportunity to chorny it, but that would be my next step. 

    Hard to judge the accuracy of any given airgun based on the results of one individual. IMHO.

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