Well, for one thing, they switched from Lett to Altamont as their grip supplier. For another thing, maybe they started getting too many grip sets that were protruding over the frames and were not usable so they had Altamont make them slightly smaller to fit better. Ruger makes the guns, they don't want to have to mess around making a set of grips fit a gun. That's why they pay Altamont to make the grips for them. Ruger having to fit grips to their guns is just another step in manufacturing and would be just another expense. As I said, the grips never see a grip frame until they are put on the guns just before shipping. One thing we don't know is how many pairs of grips does Ruger scrap because they just fit too badly to use. If you want something made better, you just have to pay for it. That's the way of business.They used to fit properly, what happened?
Mine are all shooters too, but I want nice looking and fitting 'wood' grips -- so I pay the piper to make it so. If I drop them, scuff them, notch 'em (hope not of course) -- o' well. Just part of life. Analogy is a like a car with a nice paint job. Not going to stop driving it, just because i might get a few rock chips or put some wear on the tires...All are shooters, no trophy sets.
Sure thing, but on the elephant, it's a living growing organism and gets nutrients from the elephants body.Make no mistake, these are not done to pretty up a safe queen. The primary reasons to get custom grips are for proper fitment, to both the gun and the shooter. I've literally spent thousands of dollars on grips to figure out what I like. The fact that they are aesthetically pleasing is just frosting on the cake.
One thing to keep in mind about ivory. Before it became grips, 10-15,000lb elephants used it to fight and push over trees with.