Just bought a Ruger Mk III Hunter


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Arrogant Bastard
August 23, 2008, 12:36 AM
I went to Carter's Country, looking for a good pocket holster (Specifically, DeSantis' Nemesis or Super Fly for my S&W 640). They didn't have it -- I'll have to order online.

So, I bought a Ruger Mk III Hunter instead... it was $299.

Why can't I walk into a gun shop without buying a GUN? :banghead:

I wasn't planning on a range trip this weekend, but I feel obligated to go tomorrow and try it out.

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Gunsby_Blazen
August 23, 2008, 01:02 AM
I did the same thing!!!! with the same gun!!!!!!!!
Man, I still feel guilty about it because I really dont have money to spend on anything in my current situatoin. Oh well... at least its a nice gun (at least I think so)

benderx4
August 23, 2008, 01:28 AM
You're gonna love that gun!! Shoot all day for $10 in ammo. Extremely accurate, but good luck cleaning that baby. Took me a LONG time before I got the nerve to take that thing apart.

presspuller
August 23, 2008, 03:48 PM
You're gonna love that gun!! Shoot all day for $10 in ammo. Extremely accurate, but good luck cleaning that baby. Took me a LONG time before I got the nerve to take that thing apart.

It's not that bad, not easy the first time but its doable and after you learn how you can impress your friends with how easy it is to do.

3KillerBs
August 23, 2008, 04:28 PM
:D

I dearly love my Mark III.

RickW
August 23, 2008, 04:53 PM
You will love this pistol, I know I do :D Taking it a part and reassembling isn't bad. It might take a couple of times but it sure isn't rocket science, heck I can do it :)

swiftak
August 23, 2008, 05:04 PM
Wow. This is really wierd. I went to a gun shop last Monday not looking for anything special. (not a gun anyway), and walked out with a new 22/45 mkIII. Bull barrel. $257.00. No sales tax in NH. Now I have 13 friggin 22 cal pistols.

gidaeon
August 23, 2008, 05:07 PM
picture? ;) That doesn't seem a bad price for a hunter! I paid 279 a year ago for my mk512 bull blued and was okay with it. MkIII is exponentially shot more than anything else I have. Enjoy, we know you will.

kingpin008
August 23, 2008, 05:34 PM
I love my MK III Hunter. :D I've run somewhere between 3-5k rounds through it so far, and I've never field stripped it or cleaned it past running a Hoppe's soaked Q-tip through the action maybe twice. Runs like a champ, and is more accurate than I'll probably ever be. You made a fantastic choice, in case you didn't already know. ;)

Jolly Rogers
August 23, 2008, 05:54 PM
A.B. If you decide to get into field or detail stripping the piece, I suggest you visit:
http://www.guntalk-online.com/
Click on the service tab.(Wouldn't hurt to scan the forums too)
The photos and instructions are a great help in dispelling the take down bugaboos.
Joe

onebigelf
August 23, 2008, 06:25 PM
Video walk through on cleaning. You can thank me later!

http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to/video/how-to-field-strip-a-ruger-mark-iii-201618/


John

RickW
August 23, 2008, 06:30 PM
That's good video but the one that really struck home the hammer position for me was this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYHJm2P4kP0&feature=related).

BerettaRacer
August 23, 2008, 07:55 PM
Last week at the local gunshow I picked up the Mk III 22/45 Hunter with the 6 7/8" SS fluted barrel. Swung by the local indoor range and put a couple hundred rounds thru it already.
Did notice that the first round in a mag tended to nosedive and impale itself on the sharp lower edge of the feedramp. Only did it on the top (first) round, but did it in all 5 mags.

MechAg94
August 23, 2008, 08:27 PM
$299 is an attractive price for one of those. I might have to run by Carter's Country tomorrow. :D

I have a 22/45, but I sold off a Mark II a while back. One of the longer barreled pistols has been on my wish list.

RickW
August 23, 2008, 11:17 PM
Did notice that the first round in a mag tended to nosedive and impale itself on the sharp lower edge of the feedramp. Only did it on the top (first) round, but did it in all 5 mags.

Make sure the orientation of the first round is correct. Here (http://www.guntalk-online.com/images/magfeeding.jpg) is a pic of how it should be.

Bartkowski
August 23, 2008, 11:29 PM
I just bought a MK II recently and it's great. Nothing special, just a stainless target model. It is fairly accurate with the cheap ammo I feed it.

I suggest you get a few magazines for it so you can blast through a lot of rounds at once and have a good time.

kingpin008
August 24, 2008, 12:44 AM
Indeed, constantly reloading mags gets to be a PITA. Does do a good job of toughening up your thumbs, though!

New User
August 24, 2008, 01:05 AM
check out rimfirecentral for any tips and tricks. They have a whole forum dedicated to the Ruger MK series of rimfire pistols.

kle
August 24, 2008, 01:06 AM
Indeed, constantly reloading mags gets to be a PITA. Does do a good job of toughening up your thumbs, though!

Or you could cheat and buy The Ultimate Cliploader (http://www.gunblast.com/Cliploader.htm) for about $30. My thumbs are baby soft =)

RickW
August 24, 2008, 08:00 AM
Oh yeah, that ultimate clip loader is a must, I love mine.

BerettaRacer
August 24, 2008, 10:43 AM
Quote:
Did notice that the first round in a mag tended to nosedive and impale itself on the sharp lower edge of the feedramp. Only did it on the top (first) round, but did it in all 5 mags.

Make sure the orientation of the first round is correct. Here is a pic of how it should be.



Yes, I had noticed that. But the top round can easily more up down 1/8" or so and you have to be carefull and check it after loading the mag. PITA.
All 5 mags are brank new and have full power springs. You would think they would be designed to keep the nose up better.

RickW
August 24, 2008, 11:51 AM
Check out this thread (http://rimfirecentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=235655)

Gunsby_Blazen
August 26, 2008, 01:43 AM
Well, I am going to make it down to the gun store to pick mine up. I dont get out that ways too often... maybe once a week or so if i am lucky. I paid a hefty piece of change for mine, a little more than what I wanted but thats how it goes sometimes. I have gotten my share of overly fantastic deals over the years so I reckon it all evens out. I still got a better deal on it than I have seen anywhere else for the same model. I am sure I will be happy with it. I will let you know how it shoots after I give it a test run.
anyone else have this model? I was thinking about getting the longer barrel but I opted for this one instead...

http://www.ruger-firearms.com/Firearms/images/Products/388L.jpg

Nematocyst
August 26, 2008, 02:01 AM
When you get tired of field stripping that Ruger,
consider a SW 317 revolver (http://www.gunblast.com/SW_317.htm).

Gunsby_Blazen
August 26, 2008, 02:06 AM
You know, I almost bought a Single Six...
The next firearm that I get will be a Revolver. It will probably be a 44 Ruger Bisley because I really like the way those things feel. If not that, a Smith TRR8 (.357). I know they are worlds apart but I shoot for fun at the range and thats about it.

Nematocyst
August 26, 2008, 02:38 AM
The next firearm that I get will be a Revolver.I hear you.

The only handguns I own are revolvers.

I had my day with semis. Fine guns, most,
but a PITA to clean. Revolvers are so easy.

My next revolver: a .22 LR. Prolly a SW 317 (http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10001&storeId=10001&productId=14742&langId=-1&isFirearm=Y).

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August 26, 2008, 02:39 AM
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twofourthree73
August 26, 2008, 12:14 PM
I have a mark II Target. I love that pistol. Fun to shoot and accurate. I don't have much of a need for any other .22 pistol. If anything, the balance is a little front heavy with it. The 22/45's have always interested me just for the feel and having the controls in a more common location.

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