Ruger or Browning?


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Dimis
September 15, 2010, 01:13 PM
ive been looking for a semiauto .22 for a while and i have narrowed it down to the browing buckmark contour urx or a ruger MKIII target model

pro and cons?
one prefered over the other?
anyone own both?

im leaning toward the browning because as i understand it the rugers are a PITA to strip and reasemble for cleaning

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Ala Dan
September 15, 2010, 01:15 PM
Ruger MK-II's and III's do require some patience to reassemble; therefore
I shoot a Browning Buckmark myself~! :scrutiny: ;) :D

rduckwor
September 15, 2010, 01:20 PM
buckmark

mgmorden
September 15, 2010, 01:20 PM
Ruger.

Better grip angle, better feel in the hand. Don't own the Browning. Never shot one, but I have handled one in the store when debating between the two. The Ruger feels better. I've got at least a few thousand rounds through mine now with no failures, and it's my most accurate pistol.

They're not that bad to strip/reassemble - and realistically you don't need to fully strip the gun too often. Clean the bore and give it a good wipedown after each shooting and I doubt you'll have to do a full disassembly more than once per year (and that's being conservative- I know plenty of people shooting guns that haven't been fully stripped down for cleaning in 20+ years that still work fine - most enthusiasts are a little overzealous on their cleaning habits).

waterhouse
September 15, 2010, 01:33 PM
I prefer the Browning. It feels better in my hand. I would also complain about the field strip process for the Ruger, but I don't really clean my guns often enough for that to matter. If the Ruger felt better in my hand, I'd pick that one.

I used to own several versions of both, now I'm down to a couple buckmark pistols and a buckmark rifle.

Both are accurate, well made, and tons of fun to shoot. Pick them both up, and buy whichever one feels nicer in your hand.

hardworker
September 15, 2010, 01:44 PM
I've got a buckmark. It's the most accurate pistol I own. Put untold thousand through it, cleaned it 2 or 3 times. Great for critter blasting too.

Bula
September 15, 2010, 05:11 PM
Buckmarks seem to come with better triggers, but both are excellent choices. I can't beleive how accurate my Bullseye model Buckmark is, right from the box. As for cleaning, I've always removed the grip panels, then sprayed the buhjeebus out of the action, let it dry, then CLP everything, then wipe down with an oily silicone rag. 5 minutes tops.

Dimis
September 15, 2010, 05:15 PM
any cycling hickups or ammo to avoid on either?

thanks for all the responces to be honest bothe feel good in my hand and i can plink pretty well with either
i have friends with both pistols and i fired the browning recently and really liked it

searcher451
September 15, 2010, 05:16 PM
I own more than one of each, and I like them equally well. If you can't decide on one vs. the other, buy them both and have the best of both worlds. If that's out of the question, then rent or borrow one of each and take them to the range and put them through whatever paces you need to decide which of the two best fits your hand and eye.

hardworker
September 15, 2010, 07:14 PM
They both might have the very occasional hiccup with el cheapo brick ammo, but's that part of the 22 game. I choose to live with the hiccups when I look at how much more nice ammo costs.

lions
September 15, 2010, 07:26 PM
As far as field stripping guns goes, the ruger is more difficult than just about anything else. But in the big picture I really don't feel it is that difficult. What seems to hang up most people is how, when, and why to tilt the pistol during reassembly. It is easy once you understand what is actually happening during those actions.

First, the hammer has to be back so the bolt can slide over it.
Then, the hammer has to be forward to allow the MSH to swing into position.
Last, the hammer has to be back with the hammer strut against the back of the pistol so it properly aligns with the main spring.

I prefer Rugers but my brother has a Buckmark that I shoot on occasion and they are solid pistols as well. I don't think you can go wrong either way, which one looks better to you?

Bula
September 15, 2010, 07:34 PM
Both do fine with the federal bulk pack HP's.

chez323
September 15, 2010, 08:12 PM
Never owned or shot a Ruger, but I do own a Buckmark. Both my wife and I enjoy shooting it, comfortable grip/feel in the hand and very accurate.

Top_Gunn
September 15, 2010, 08:20 PM
Ford.

Seriously, though, they're both great guns. I have a slight preference for shooting the Ruger, but the assembly and disassembly concerns mentioned earlier caused me to get Buckmark. The part about banging the Ruger on your workbench made me nervous.

Wishoot
September 15, 2010, 09:33 PM
Buckmark fan here.

Both are great, both are reliable, both are fun. The Buckmark just fit's my hands better.

BHP FAN
September 15, 2010, 10:39 PM
Browning.

Snarlingiron
September 15, 2010, 11:06 PM
I have a Buckmark Camper. My buddy has a Mark III. They are comparable in accuracy, reliability, etc.

Six of one, Half dozen of the other.

Of all the .22 auto loading pistols out there, in my opinion you have picked the 2 best ones.

Tommygunn
September 15, 2010, 11:09 PM
I have both. I agree both are real good. If you have to choose go for the one that fits your hand better. That's my two cents.

Pilot
September 15, 2010, 11:13 PM
You can't go wrong. The Ruger is not difficult to dissasemble. If I can do it anyone can. Just read the instructions and/or Youtube vids and you'll be fine.

Ruger.

wrench
September 15, 2010, 11:41 PM
I have one of each. Both are accurate, dependable pistols. Of the two, the Buckmark has the best trigger, the Ruger is prettier.:p
If I could only keep one, it would be the Buckmark.

Marshall
September 16, 2010, 12:03 AM
Buckmarks for me. I love the two I have and would buy the same two again.

Nothing against the Rugers, very fine guns!

pikid89
September 16, 2010, 12:10 AM
I would go with the ruger cuz thats what i did...ive prob put about 6000 rnds thru my mkII and ive never found a type of ammo that wouldnt run in it
people say theres are picky...mine is the exact polar opposite

Morgo
September 16, 2010, 12:22 AM
I'd take the buckmark over the MKIII. If we were talking about a Ruger MkII then I'd take it over the buckmark.

Taroman
September 16, 2010, 12:31 AM
Chevy - Ford. Both are great. I went with the Buckmark because ths LGS had them in stock. More accurate than I will ever hope to be. As a long time 1911 shooter, I wanted a Ruger 22/45 RGP, but, at least in my area, they don't exist.

http://www.hverovhe.com/army_lg.png

FastMover
September 16, 2010, 12:33 AM
Ruger all the way. I cant even begin to fathom how many rounds have been through my MKII.

Omaha-BeenGlockin
September 16, 2010, 12:35 AM
Ruger

Dimis
September 16, 2010, 01:02 AM
They both might have the very occasional hiccup with el cheapo brick ammo, but's that part of the 22 game. I choose to live with the hiccups when I look at how much more nice ammo costs.
i hear ya on that one ive put enough .22 downrange to know there are issues with ammo
but i was moreso asking if anything in particular i should avoid (kind of like how federal bulk and my 10/22 dont like each other) i wanted to know if there was a general ammo to avoid

You can't go wrong. The Ruger is not difficult to dissasemble. If I can do it anyone can. Just read the instructions and/or Youtube vids and you'll be fine.

HAHA yea im sure i can do it but its more a question of will i want to or will i get lazy because it is a PITA

Chevy - Ford. Both are great. I went with the Buckmark because ths LGS had them in stock. More accurate than I will ever hope to be. As a long time 1911 shooter, I wanted a Ruger 22/45 RGP, but, at least in my area, they don't exist.

Yea i definatly dont want a 22/45 im a 1911 shooter too and i for some reason hate the way the 22/45 feels... its a shame too because they are all over the place here and i dont want one yet you want one and cant find one hmmm the irony lol

someone mentioned getting both and that is the final plan but i can only get one for the time being and eventualy get the other down the road

i think im gonna get the browning now and the ruger later i just have a mild obsession i guess for the browning right now

thanks for all the info

triplebike
September 16, 2010, 01:22 AM
I've got a buckmark. It's the most accurate pistol I own. Put untold thousand through it, cleaned it 2 or 3 times. Great for critter blasting too.


I think this post pretty much sums it up! 100% agree, excellent handgun.

md7
September 16, 2010, 12:37 PM
Of all the .22 auto loading pistols out there, in my opinion you have picked the 2 best ones.


This^^

i own a Ruger 22/45, but would do just as well with the buckmark.

Average Joe
September 16, 2010, 08:01 PM
I have both, I shoot the Ruger more.

Broken Anvil
September 17, 2010, 01:20 PM
Brownin all the way, you can't go wrong.

ghitch75
September 17, 2010, 01:23 PM
Ruger MKIII is my vote....
http://i56.tinypic.com/21cvz8p.jpg

dewalt-2
September 18, 2010, 10:39 AM
I like both, may get a Buckmark one day but the polymer makes me shy away. I just prefer steel. Old school I guess.
Here's my MKIII, with Volquartsen sear, trigger, extractor, and disconnector. Millett SP1 rounds it out. For less than $150 over purchase price you can build a match grade target pistol yourself.
http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/af120/Radar-1/IMG_0041.jpg

CTPhil
September 18, 2010, 01:14 PM
^^ That is a thing of beauty right there.

Brian040
September 18, 2010, 08:32 PM
If you plan on making modifications to the gun, get the Ruger.

If you don't plan on making modifications, still get the Ruger :)

Taking it apart isn't nearly as bad as folks make it out to be. I can break mine down and put it back together in <1 minute. No biggie....

timburn
September 18, 2010, 08:42 PM
I sold my ruger, Nothing against it execept as you note, PITA to strip. Though I would just use my Woodsman. Bought a Browning on a whim. The Browning taught me what a trigger could feel like. I have rested my Woodsman since. I suppose after 60 years it deserves it. The Colt is still the most naturely pointing gun I own.
Tim

Pilot
September 18, 2010, 09:47 PM
HAHA yea im sure i can do it but its more a question of will i want to or will i get lazy because it is a PITA


The first time you do it, just follow the instuctions. After that its a five minute job max. Its not a PITA, there is just a procedure to it.

phrogpilot
September 18, 2010, 10:58 PM
I have a Buckmark Target and a Ruger MkIII 22/45 (new version with removable grips). They're both terrific; Browning has a better trigger out of the box; Ruger more after market accessories. Frankly, if your into .22 pistols, you'll wind up with both eventually anyway, why not get them both now?

millertyme
September 19, 2010, 01:44 AM
I went to the store looking to get a Ruger ended up leaving with a Browning. The Browning felt better to me. The Ruger is still a great pistol and they're still a great company if you ever have to deal with them, but I'm happy with my purchase.

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