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Are the Ruger MK IIIs any good?

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by Cole125, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. Cole125

    Cole125 Silver Member

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    I am considering purchasing a Ruger MK III, but I have heard a lot of mixed reviews and quality issues with the newer ones.

    Those here who own a MK III, would you mind sharing your opinions and experiences with this pistol?

    Thanks :supergrin:
     
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    Ruger Mark III's are excellent. My Government Target model is highly accurate and super reliable.
     

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    GreyEclipse TheGreyEclipse

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    Fun to shoot and feels great. Super accurate and super reliable.

    Take it apart and it turns into a jigsaw puzzle.
    I don't like puzzles, I hope you do. :whistling:
     
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    I love my MkIII. It is true about it being a puzzle to take apart, plan on taking the night off to figure it out. I put some Hogue grips on mine and never looked back, it is a very nice pistol.
     
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    IMO get a new or good condition MKII.

    I've had the Ruger MK I since 1961 and MK II 22/45 since 1995. Great guns.

    I bought a MK III in Oct 2007. The gun would not go through a magazine without at least three malfunctions. 4 magazines and many brands of ammo were tried.
    Finally I had it and remover all the unnecessary "lawyer crap" Ruger put in the gun.
    The gun is better but still isn't as reliable as my MK II but I just have to live with it.

    Other owners are satisfied with their MK III, but why take the chance, find a MK II.

    I use as a rule of thumb, "Would I buy the gun again?"
    Not a chance.
     
  7. NEtracker

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    I had zero issues with my MKIII 5-1/2" bull brl.
    I used it for Bullseye League for a few years.
    Initially, just with a cheap $30 red dot, then went with an Ultradot, then changed out the sear & trigger (Volquartsen parts). Trigger weight, a hair over the legal 2 lbs.
    I had adjustable wood grips like Herritts on it that I picked up used for $30.
    Nice gun. Great platform to modify, as needed.
    I also have a MKIII 22/45 bull, that I use for the NRA Basic Pistol classes I teach.


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    Others on our pistol team use the MKIII, and others in the league also.
     
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  8. GreyEclipse

    GreyEclipse TheGreyEclipse

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    Just as a side note...

    I bought a Mk2 that did nothing but jam.
     
  9. NEtracker

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    Any gun, any model can have issues for one reason or another.
    I wouldn't write off the Ruger line of .22's.

    I've seen lots of people have issues with the S&W 22A/S models.
    I've never had a jam (that was not lack of cleaning related) with the 22S that I use in classes.

    For my Ruger MKIII, I could run just about anything in it. Best accuracy for be was with Federal 711B, but CCI Stds work fine also, just not quite as tight.
    I believe I had one jam over the last 2 seasons resulting in an alibi for a match.
    That was my fault, cleaning, lack of in 400 rnds that time!
     
  10. Z71bill

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    Bought a Mark III 22/45 about 6 months ago - been 100% reliable on every ammo I have tried - but have shot mostly Walmart value pack -


    If you can read and follow simple directions - taking it apart & putting it back together are both easy - but if I don't clean it for a month or more then I need to look at the directions again. :embarassed:

    I went on a .22 LR kick - Marlin model 60 rifle, S&W model 63 revolver and Ruger Mark III 22/45 -

    It is really nice shooting for a few hours - until I am tired - and spending less than $20 on ammo.
     
  11. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

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    I bought a new MKIII a few months back, that seems well built.
    I hope to try it out here in the next few weeks, as the weather is just now getting better.

    I also ordered the Volquartsen trigger kit, and a pair of target grips from Brownells.
    This will be one of the guns I take to Camp Perry this year.
     
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    i have a pair of MkIIIs both bull barrel target guns, one with a CMore. the iron sighted one i fired 100 rounds everyday all summer with only a few drops of oil to keep it going. zero problems with both of them. i did end up putting a tactical solitions top end on the iron gun. i took the LCI out of both of mine but never really had problems with it installed. i'd rather shoot the Rugers than my S&W 41.
     
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    I really like the mk3. My markIII is the only .22 that I have experienced to be 100% reliable.

    I dont know of any quality issues. I think a lot folks dont like it due to:
    - disassembly/reassembly. You really do need a rubber mallet
    - magazine safety
    - loaded chamber indicator

    But the one thing that the mk3 has over the mk2 is the slide lock. It will lock open after the last shot.
     
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    I also have a model 41, and I'm setting that up for bullseye.
    I may go with Randall Fung grips....

    Rubber mallet, yup on the MKIII I have pictured above, but the polymer framed 22/45, the barrel falls right off....
     
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  15. Cole125

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    I love my Mark III. :)


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    Does Charlie Daniels play a mean fiddle?

    Seriously, I'm surprised nobody thought of that before me...
     
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    Fun and accurate to shoot, but a real PITA to reassemble. I added a Majestic Arms kit to mine to make life simpler.
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    I have a Mark III.

    I have fired thousands of rounds through it. Uber reliable. Very accurate.

    I can routinely strike a six inch diameter steel target at 60-70 yards using the iron sights benchrested. With cheap, bulk ammo.

    I can disassemble and re-assemble it in no time flat. Once you do it a few times, it gets easier. And after a few times, you no longer need a mallet to get the barrel off the receiver.

    I don't really like the LCI and would prefer a MK II purely for cosmetic reasons. And the MK III has that 1911 style mag release but for some reason Ruger designed it so that the mags don't free fall....at least mine doesn't. So it still takes two hands to remove the mag.....might as well be the older style heel catch.

    My slide stop is worn indicating that either I shoot a whole heck of a lot more than most folks or the metal in that part is cheap. I need to replace it but I don't use the slide stop all that often anyway and chamber via the slingshot method.

    Good gun....a ton of fun at the range....you will probably be happy with either version, once you decide what features are important to you.