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Old 06-29-2014, 10:28 PM
8at4 8at4 is offline
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Poor accuracy in 9mm Range Officer

I recently purchased a lightly used RO in 9mm and getting very poor groups with it. I'm talking about four inch groups at 10 yds. Groups at 25 yds. are all over the place. All shooting was from a rest. I have an RO in .45 that is very accurate and wanted a 9mm that shot the same. The bore looks good. The front and rear barrel fit up are equal to my .45 RO.
All ammo was 115 grain factory and reloads that shoot great in my Glock and Beretta. The gun fires and functions reliably.
Has anybody had a problem like this? Did SA have a bad batch of barrels?

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Old 06-30-2014, 05:02 AM
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Call Springfield, if the pistol is defective, they'll fix it and send it back. IMO the best customer service in the industry.
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Old 06-30-2014, 06:15 AM
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id try different ammo..and even a heavier bullet
124s......
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Old 06-30-2014, 03:28 PM
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I'm getting a new RO in 9mm probably tomorrow. I hope this is a one off issue. I had a similar issue with an M&P Pro 9mm, took a new match barrel to resolve the issue.
I'd do as suggested and call Springfield to see what they say.
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Old 06-30-2014, 03:46 PM
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Make sure the sights are secure and not moving around in their dovetails. I know the .45 ROs had problems with the rear sight coming loose and moving around. My rear sight slipped out completely while I was inserting a magazine.
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Old 06-30-2014, 04:33 PM
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Agree with others about calling Springfield. You mentioned buying it lightly used, did the previous owner experience the same issues or did they modify anything ?
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Old 06-30-2014, 05:17 PM
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Call SA, My 9mm RO groups are less than half yours off hand. I had some function issues when I first started shooting it (light primer strikes, magazine issues) after that very accurate and dependable.
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:33 PM
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I took your advice and called SA. They sent a shipping label via email in just a matter of minutes and the gun is already on it's way. They didn't even care that I wasn't the original owner.
I'll post another message when I get it back.

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Old 07-02-2014, 02:00 PM
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I'm getting a new RO in 9mm probably tomorrow. I hope this is a one off issue. I had a similar issue with an M&P Pro 9mm, took a new match barrel to resolve the issue.
I'd do as suggested and call Springfield to see what they say.
Picked up the new RO in 9mm yesterday. Right out of the box it's one of the best shooting pistols I've ever bought.
Can't wait until I get some time to work on it.
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:38 PM
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I took your advice and called SA. They sent a shipping label via email in just a matter of minutes and the gun is already on it's way. They didn't even care that I wasn't the original owner.
I'll post another message when I get it back.

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…and that's why SA Customer Service is often referred to as premium example regardless of industry/market. i hope it's a simple fix and you're back at the range soon.
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Old 07-02-2014, 03:20 PM
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I think the only thing SA could do to improve their CS is to have a SAR on line, monitoring the forums and providing answers. Kinda like Wilson Combat. WCR is ever present.
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:01 PM
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I have some 115gr reloads that I shot through my brand new RO yesterday and it was dead on at 5 yards even with rapid fire. Some his were in the same hole. Can't say that about my other hand guns.. I was thoroughly impressed with it. Hopefully SA can help solve your issue fast!
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:02 PM
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The RO should be able to do that at 25 yards.
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:20 PM
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Why would it do that at that yardage? It's a good pistol,but not a match gun?
It's nothing more than a mil-sup with adjustable sights. It does not have a match barrel or fitted bushing.
Damn good gun for the money...as long as you only have that expectation...
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:23 PM
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The Range Officer is designed to give the shooter exceptional quality, at an affordable price. One of the goals was to create a pistol that is acceptable in many different styles of shooting competitions, so the shooter can decide which one he likes most. It is built with the same quality as the TRP and Trophy Match models, but Springfield has removed the "extras" that result in a higher price.
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It's everything you need in a competition model, at an affordable price, and easily upgradable for your future needs.
That same logic could be used to say the TRP is a milspec with better sights.
G&A says they use the same barrel and bushing found on the TRP and Trophy Match pistols. Even Springfield's own bulletin points list the barrel as being a stainless match barrel.

Now I assume that is true. I shot my Brother in law's with my own match loads and turned in inch and a quarter groups rested at 25 yards. It was accurate enough that I ordered one for myself. I could never get that with my other Springfields.
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Old 07-10-2014, 10:40 AM
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I have some 115gr reloads that I shot through my brand new RO yesterday and it was dead on at 5 yards even with rapid fire. Some his were in the same hole. Can't say that about my other hand guns!
5 yards made me think of this video. Make sure you pay attention at 44 seconds in. I think he's about 3 yards.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGJT38HJaHg
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:11 PM
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I got the Range Officer back. It was gone about two weeks. SA's service was excellant. They said they tightened the slide to frame fit and enclosed a test target that was around a three inch group at 25 yds. with 124 grain ammo. I wasn't able to duplicate it with 115 gr.ammo. It shoots better than it did, but not in the same league as my .45 RO. I'll try heavier bullets and get back to you guys.
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:45 PM
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Time to get into reloading brother.
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Old 09-28-2014, 02:17 PM
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Did you ever find the accuracy you were looking for out of your 9mm RO? I'm considering sending mine off to Springfield's custom shop for their accurizing package.
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Old 12-30-2015, 08:10 AM
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I recently purchased a lightly used RO in 9mm and getting very poor groups with it. I'm talking about four inch groups at 10 yds. Groups at 25 yds. are all over the place. All shooting was from a rest. I have an RO in .45 that is very accurate and wanted a 9mm that shot the same. The bore looks good. The front and rear barrel fit up are equal to my .45 RO.
All ammo was 115 grain factory and reloads that shoot great in my Glock and Beretta. The gun fires and functions reliably.
Has anybody had a problem like this? Did SA have a bad batch of barrels?

Thanks
Just bought one. Very poor accuracy. 16" @ 25 yds benched. Returned to springfield. Sent back to me with target demonstrating 5" 5-shot group. I again could only get 16" groups using winchester factory and 3 bullet types of my reloads. I realize this voids factory warranty, but if it won't shoot hand loads it's of no use to me. I have wilson 45 pro that groups 2-3 inches and a stock Colt CCO that does 5-6 inches. This is advertised as a competition pistol. A disappointment at best. Certainly couldn't recommend this to anyone. I notice others' accuracy remarks refer 7-10 yds. Pea shooters shoot well at arms length ranges. Cycling was nearly 100 percent with break in needed. Due to tight lockup. Had to push slide to close ocassionally. About 400 round thru it. Still sticky but OK. gave up on it though. I'm getting rid of it due to intolerable accuracy.
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Old 05-14-2017, 01:11 PM
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I have the same problem with mine. 4-6" groups at 15 yards. I sent mine in for repair. Now it's a waiting game.
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Old 05-14-2017, 04:14 PM
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Thread is almost 3 years old.

By and large everyone's been posting very good accuracy results with their RO 9mm.

Enough that I was encouraged to finally get one....my only 9mm 1911.

I've only tried two handed grip, standing at 7 yrds and have been very pleased....even with the gritty trigger reset travel....I know I can tap into some serious potential with this gun for very little money or effort.

One of these days I'll get to an outdoor range with a bench and shoot from a rest and try some of the 25yd group shooting that folks do. It's never been a big draw for me in the past, however, I'm curious to see what this gun will do.
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Old 05-16-2017, 08:01 AM
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Yes i realize it's an old thread. I've been searching this problem online and found this thread. I read great things before i bought it. Now i'm sorry i did.
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Old 05-18-2017, 05:42 PM
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I contacted Springfield Armory about the accuracy of my 9mm Range Officer 1911. I was told that it should group 3-1/2" at 25 yards out of a rest shooting Federal American Eagle 124g FMJ. The best group I could fire with this ammunition was 6", with most groups being considerably larger. I was told I could send the pistol in for warranty work.

I developed a reload, using a 124g HAP bullet and HS-6, that will shoot 2-5/16" groups at 25 yards, with some groups opening up to 3", so I did not send it in for warranty work.

Good luck with your pistol.
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Old 05-18-2017, 05:51 PM
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That is superb accuracy. My first 50 rounds were S&B 115 grain fmj and since then I've been using Campro plated 124 grain over W231 which usually is quite accurate. I tried minimum load and maximum load. Long and short coal and nothing printed good. I used the exact same ammo in another 9mm 1911 and printed a one ragged hole group at 15 yards. That's when I decided to send it in. I hope they find something to fix.
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