First .22 LR auto -- Thoughts? Ruger or Buckmark?


June 16, 2012, 03:36 PM
What's the forum favorite?

Ruger Mk series
Ruger 22/45
Browning Buck Mark

I'm open to other suggestions but the ability to put on a threaded bbl is a must. If I can't put a can on it I don't want it.

Buckmark has this:

Ruger sells a few factory threaded. Not sure what the aftermarket is like...

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Captain Brown Beard
June 16, 2012, 03:45 PM
I have a MKIII Hunter and love it. Minus field stripping. It's the most accurate .22 auto I have, very reliable. I've never **** a buckmark pistol, but I do have a buckmark rife that is also very accurate and reliable. I think its a toss up. If you like tinkering, aftermarket for Rugers is huge. There's not much much can't do to them.

June 16, 2012, 04:42 PM
I have a Ruger MkII I bought 20+ years ago and love it. I've shot newer ones (MkIIIs and 22/45s) and they don't seem the same. I've also shot a couple of Buckmarks. If I were to do it again today I'd go with a Buckmark.

June 16, 2012, 04:49 PM
My Ruger Stainless Steel Mark III is the most accurate handgun I've ever owned. Wouldn't trade it for nothing.

Buckmarks are very good too. A sheriff friend has one and he is a phenomenal shooter with it. I feel I'm good but he can blow me away.

June 17, 2012, 12:05 AM
Nothing wrong with the Rugers but I definately prefer the Buck Mark. I feel like there aren't as many after market parts because they don't need them. There are a few simple mods you can do, as described on rimfirecentral, that will turn any good BM into a great BM. I've shot mine right next to my FIL's S&W 41 and it will hold it's own any day.

June 17, 2012, 12:08 AM
Ford vs Chevy. Most are going to be loyal to the one they chose. Those that have both are the ones you really want info from.

It might just come down to what feels better in your hand.

Ruger has better aftermarket.

I went with the Ruger 22/45 and have no regrets. Some minor modifications to make it a bit better for my uses.

June 17, 2012, 12:47 AM
The ruger won in this poll. Specific models, but there is some good info there.

June 17, 2012, 01:45 AM
I am a diehard Ruger fan, but honestly, it's not like you can really go wrong with any of those choices. What you like best in hand is obviously a key piece of the puzzle, but from an accuracy or reliability standpoint, you are going to be just fine.

June 17, 2012, 01:58 AM
A Ruger MK with a 25 buck VQ sear makes for a real nice shooter.

June 17, 2012, 04:54 AM
My MK3 has been completely reliable through many, many thousands of rounds. Great guns, maybe the best .22lr automatic pistol out there.

The Buckmark is also great.

Neither will probably ever give you any trouble and will outlive you by several generations.

June 17, 2012, 05:07 AM
I own a Buckmark pistol but I have never run across a Ruger .22 that didn't compare. I would have to agree with many here that it is a toss-up. Buy the one that fits your hand and your wallet.

June 17, 2012, 09:58 AM
I'd grab the Buckmark and run!


June 17, 2012, 10:02 AM
I have four Ruger MK II's, one is a MK II era 22/45. I like them stock, but I also like the ability to modify them with the plethora of parts from VQ, Clark, etc. You can make the triggers really excellent with a part or two. I like the grip angle of the MK II, better than the 22/45, although I shoot them both about the same.

Takedown, and re-assembly is easy if you use the manual.

June 17, 2012, 06:05 PM
I went through the same choice once. Went with the Ruger 22/45. Once reason was their are more aftermarket options for it.

June 17, 2012, 06:09 PM
Both are great. Handle em and see which feels best.

Armed 24/7
June 17, 2012, 06:58 PM
I bought my Dad a 22/45 about 10 years ago, and it has been flawless. I went with a Buckmark last year. I like it just a bit better than the 22/45 but would be happy with either. The Buckmark had a threaded barrel model called the Whisper, I am not sure if it is still in production. Ruger has several factory choices with threaded barrels. Tac-Sol has many, many options if you buy a used one and need to add a threaded barrel.

June 17, 2012, 11:02 PM
buckmark = better trigger out of the box

ruger = more aftermarket parts and better grips and trigger from VQ.

June 18, 2012, 01:07 AM
As an alternative, the Beretta U22 NEOS. My personal favorite, although threaded barrels are a bit harder to find.

Personally, I love the NEOS more than any Ruger or Browning I've had the privilege to shoot. It just fits my hand and does what I want it to do.

June 18, 2012, 02:00 PM
I have both and I seem to shoot the Buckmark more. It seems at least for the guns I have I have less malfunctions with the Buckmark and when I do they are easier to clear. Also most everything that needs cleaning on the Buckmark can be done without disassembling the gun

June 19, 2012, 10:48 AM
With those two, you can flip a coin.

Heads, you win. Tails you're happy. :)

June 19, 2012, 12:24 PM
I like them both but next time around I think I might go with buckmark. The rugers are sort of a pain to field strip (not that you would have to do it that often) and the buckmark has a bit of a better trigger out of the box plus you can clean what needs cleaning quickly and easily.

I had this same debate a couple of years ago and ended up with the Ruger. I wouldn't mind another Ruger either really now that I think about it.

June 24, 2012, 05:48 PM
Any advice on which Buckmark to get? So many choices.... and nobody in Indianapolis has them in stock.

These all look ok to me.

camper, camper stainless, stainless camper
Countour 5.5 URX
Practical URX, Standard URX, Standard Stainless
Buckmark PLus UDX , Rosewood, Stainless Black laminated,

And I know I don't want these:
Lite (want the steel barrel!)
Micro ( 4" bbl) - Short and not threaded? No way!
7.25 bbl - I can cut this down but why bother when 5.5" is plenty of room to thread.

June 24, 2012, 06:37 PM
I have a MK II Ruger that I like A LOT.

Oldest brother has a Ruger {don't know if it is a MK I or the "Standard model"} that uses 9-round magazines he bought in 1967 or so...still puts the lead where you aim, and goes "Bang!" on request everytime.

Sergei Mosin
June 24, 2012, 07:35 PM
Sorry if I singe any feathers, but I think the guns mentioned are so ugly that I can't bring myself to buy one. My choice is a Browning 1911-22.

June 24, 2012, 07:38 PM
I have always loved the Rugers. I just bought a slabside competition off of a local guy yesterday.i have owned 4 of the MkII's total. I wanted another SS for my wife to shoot. I have always heard great things about the Buckmark. I don't think either is a bad choice. So you know what that means.... Buy them Nah, but seriously I think you would like either.

June 24, 2012, 09:00 PM
To the op: both guns are so good that you can let personal comfort/ergonomics/preferences decide for you. I ended up with a buckmark because it felt perfect in my hands and I liked the idea of a great trigger out of the box (vs tinkering... Generally speaking I'd rather just get something as close to what I want right from the start).

But really it's up to you. Now, to the person above me asking about which one to get, I would say just start out asking yourself what's important to you. Planning on a supressor? Save yourself the cash and get one with a threaded barrel from the factory. I got a camper urx with a fiber optic front sight and 2 extra mags and a gun rug (seems like a popular package, they're still all over) and Im incredibly happy with it.

June 25, 2012, 04:24 PM
I actually went .22 shopping last week for a kit gun with the following criteria:

.22 caliber
short barrel
no bells and whistles (no need for a scope or even adjustable sights)
cost effective

I stumbled across the a lightly used Ruger Mkiii with a 4" bull barrel, fixed sites, case, and two magazines for around $200. I had never shot a semi-auto .22 pistol before. No one ever told me how much cheap fun I could have:D

Perfect addition to my camping kit:)

June 25, 2012, 04:39 PM
you did well sir, I would drop $200 on a mkIII in a heartbeat.

June 25, 2012, 06:11 PM
Ruger 22/45 has fit my needs very well. A pita to clean til you get the hang of it

June 25, 2012, 07:09 PM
$200 for a MkII is a steal. I would pay that for in a heartbeat. I want to do a crazy Duracoat job on one. They are awesome pistols.

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