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which Ruger MKIII should I buy?

Discussion in 'Rimfire Forum' started by nighthawk23, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. Howdy,
    I am looking at buying a Ruger MKIII to plink around with and am not really sure which model to buy. I think I like the MkIII better than the 22/45, but have never even owned a .22 pistol. Price is not an option for this discussion...I am just looking for a gun that shoots cheap, is fun, will last, and is very accurate...Which one would ya'll recommend?

    Thanks for the help!!!
  2. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

    If I was you, I'd shop around for a used Ruger Mark II. A steel one. Not a polymer framed 22/45. I like the target models with the adjustable sights.

    Thank me later. :)


  3. CnRnut


    Sep 6, 2004
    YUP, find a MK II. You can still find new ones if you look hard enough.
  4. Thanks, why the MKII and how would I find a new one?
    Please keep the info rolling!!!!
  5. wrenrj1


    May 22, 2002
    Have you looked at a Browing Buckmark?
  6. spartan985


    May 25, 2009
    Southeast MI
    Well I have a mkIII 22/45 and it has been 100% reliable.

    It's a 5.5" bull barrel with adjustable rear sights. And it's a tack driver.
  7. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

    There are a bunch of reports of Mark III's having troubles because of the safety additions like the loaded chamber indicator, the internal lock, the magazine safety that makes the gun inoperable when the mag is removed, etc. The Mark II is just as good as the Mark III, but it doesn't have all the extras that reportedly cause the problems.

    As a matter of fact, if you go to the rimfire forums on the net, you'll quickly find that the majority of Mark III owners are modding their guns to be more like the Mark II. That's why I suggest you look for a Mark II.

    If you're looking for a Mark II you can start here:

    Don't get me wrong. Personally, I've not had the problems reported with my Mark III, but I will say this. The disassembly is a heck of a lot harder than my Mark II because of the extra parts and overly tight tolerences.

    Also, there is nothing technically wrong with the polymer frame of the 22/45. It's a preference thing and I'm the first to admit that I like wood and steel over plastic. There are tons of guys with the 22/45s and I'm sure that they are very reliable guns.

    Feel free to PM me if you have any questions. I dig rimfires. :)

    Last edited: Jan 16, 2010
  8. Deadite,
    Thanks for the info! I am getting into casual shooting more and I am looking for a good plinking pistol that can build my confidence. I have generally been a rifle man, only really owning a couple of Glocks and other pistols for concealed carry. I have done research on other sites and I am hearing a lot of what you have said about the MKIII....and I am now just about sold on the MKII...but want to hear/find out a little more before I commit and try to get my hands on one!
    Thanks again! This is such a great site with awesome members!
  9. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

    The Mark II or III are great plinkers. Especially, when you put a red-dot on them. It really improves your shooting skills. A real must is to at least have adjustable sights. I'd avoid fixed sights if you want to be really accurate.

    Here's my current Mark II before I tricked it out with Volquartsen target trigger, sear and red-dot:


    Here's my old Mark III:


    They make for very accurate shooters:

    Last edited: Jan 16, 2010
  10. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

    Btw, there are plenty of great shooters. I also have a Browning Challenger:


    and a Smith and Wesson Model 41:


    All are laserbeam accurate. :)

  11. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

    Btw, make sure to use quality ammo, like CCI Mini-Mags. The bulk stuff is fun to blast, but is lacking in accuracy.

  12. Thanks!! I will look into those other pistols as well. It is hard not to just walk into my gun shop and pick up a MKIII today since it seems that a MKII is harder to get a hold of...I have the gun bug... I am guessing a 5.5in bull barrel ( i am not real fond of the taper barrel) would be best..? and what do you think about the competition slab side and fluted hunter models? Thanks! I am getting very excited and this is great info!!
  13. Also: Have you heard anything about the Browning Buckmark URX?
  14. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

    I think it's a preference thing. All of those barrel variations are seemingly just as accurate as the next. I like all of them, but for some reason, I don't really like the looks of the slabsided competition model.

    The Hunter model with the flutes are really cool looking, but I don't really like the fiber optic front sights and the "V" notch rear sights.

    If you don't mind the useless additions, the Mark III is a good gun, too. Even the 22/45. They're pretty cheap and have potential to be very accurate guns with some upgrades.

    Like I said, it's a preference thing. :)

  15. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

    How much cash are you looking to spend, total?

  16. If I could get this project done under $600 that would be good and under $500 would be fantastic! I am going to look for a MKII today while attempting to avoid my local shop and the purchase of a MKIII!


    Dec 20, 2002
    I like the tapered barrels myself, better looking and much better balance. One I didn't like was the Mk III Hunter with the 6-7/8" barrel. Way out of balance and heavier than it needed to be, even with the fluting.
    Check out the Mark III forum at Rimfire Central.
  18. mitchshrader

    mitchshrader Deceased

    Jun 14, 2005
    Get a stainless Mk III hunter, 7.5 inch fluted barrel(or is it 6 7/8? mmm) , with the stock adjustable fiber optic sights, buy half a dozen spare mags and several bricks of CCI mini mag solids, and tell all the luddites tyvm, go away. 'n I happen to think it's balanced Fine, cause it shoots fine..and fast..

    Shoots like a laser beam, ain't jammed yet, makes me look like a natural shootist and I ain't.

    Priceless. At 55 anything makes me look good is on a short list.. ;)

    and I went and measured it, and you're right it's not seven and a half, it's 6 7/8.

    I never could tell them two numbers apart.. ;)
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2010
  19. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

    Used Mark II $300.00
    Volquartsen trigger and sear(all you need) $80.00
    drill and tap for rail + rail $80.00
    2 extra mags (4 total) $40.00
    cheap red-dot (Bushnell, etc.) $60.00
    Minus ammo, you're out $560.00 total!


  20. 1time

    1time Lifetime Member

    Jun 13, 2005
    Baltimore, Md
    I like the MarkIII having the mag release where it should be. I bought it with all intentions of missing it with markII parts but after use it I don't even notice the difference. Between the standard mark and the 22/45 that depends on your preference. The standard is closer to the flock grip angle. The 22/45 is closer to the 1911 grip angle.

    If I decide to upgrade the trigger I will probably go with the mark II parts but for now I don't see the need.

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