Bought a new .22 pistol today......


July 14, 2012, 08:37 PM
Went to the gunshow early this morning....I was searching for an older Ruger Mk II. I then came upon this brand-new Mk III "Hunter" at a dealers table.......a bit more than I was planning on spending today but I HAD to have it. It came with some stuff I have no use for (pad-lock....scope mount)......but it did come with extra front sight optics AND an extra magazine.

I have not shot it yet, but the gun seems very well built. Nice & solid. Bolt moves smoothly. Not sure how I feel about the trigger until I actually shoot it.
This gun is truly beautiful (In my opinion) pics don't do it justice.

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July 14, 2012, 08:41 PM
Now I want one

July 14, 2012, 08:48 PM
I'm another Tar Heel, who wants one.

July 14, 2012, 09:03 PM
Here is where the scope rail mounts (obviously).......I post this pic because I'm glad how Ruger chose NOT to leave the screw holes open and placed these "cover screws".

The gun sure would have looked horrible with 3 empty screw holes on top.

July 14, 2012, 09:16 PM
Nice pistol you took away Russ. Thinking you will really enjoy that gun. Well between you and I we helped the show huh? :)

I always keep an eye out for a MK II also. Wonder where the hell they all went?


July 14, 2012, 09:30 PM
You got a great deal on that Colt Ron......congrats.

Good thing you came to it first or I just might of had to grab it!:D
I plan on getting one of those someday.


July 14, 2012, 10:27 PM
Now get rid of the mag disconnect, and the goofy loaded chamber indicator, and you've got a winner!

July 14, 2012, 10:39 PM
I approve this message. :)

July 14, 2012, 10:57 PM
Very nice pistol.

July 15, 2012, 10:04 PM
Congrats, I have the target model and love it.

July 16, 2012, 12:06 AM
Dont underestimate what a good scope will do for that gun. I have a 5.5" Mark II Target that for years I shot with open sights. It was an ok shooter, nothing spectacular. I recently found an AimTech mount for it and installed my 2x EER Leupold scope, and what an eye opening experience. This gun went from 3-4" groups at 25 yards, to sub 1" groups at 25 yards. Its as accurate as my 10/22s, and isnt fussy about what ammo I feed it. It shoots everything very well. I would have never believed a handgun could be so accurate. Good choice on your new beauty... Its a pistol that will shoot forever. Keep in mind, Ruger says NO Hyper-Velocity ammo in the Mark Series pistols.

July 16, 2012, 08:17 AM
Ruger says NO Hyper-Velocity ammo in the Mark Series pistols

Never heard that before. The MK series pistols are tanks, and I can't imagine any commercially made .22LR damaging them. I only shoot standard velocity or the hi velocity bulk stuff in mine, but again can't imagine what hyper would do to the pistol.

July 16, 2012, 09:41 AM
What type of ammunition should I use in my Ruger .22 pistol?
The Ruger .22 pistols are chambered only for the .22 caliber Long Rifle cartridge, standard velocity or high-velocity, manufactured to U.S. Industry Standards. Do not attempt to load hyper velocity, .22 Long, .22 Short, or any other type .22 caliber cartridge into the magazine or in the chamber of the pistol. Use of .22 shot shells is not recommended.

The statement above is taken from Rugers websight, under the FAQ section . Supposedly, the Target Marks have a tighter chamber and Ruger has always maintained NO Hyper-V ammo. The CCI Stinger, for instance, has a longer case than common LR ammo. I dont know if this is why Ruger says No Hyper-V or not. Also, at one point, the Mark series had a two piece bolt, and bolt failure was an issue.

July 16, 2012, 10:52 AM
Nice Pistol! Your going to like it!

Plus one on getting rid of the mag safety! I have the blued version of the MkIII hunter.

I took out the mag safety and added a VQ sear, Trigger and a Clark hammer bushing. My MkIII spits out mags and has a 2 lbs trigger. I also put a Bushnell red dot on mine. What a blast!

You can get allot of info at Rimfire Central.

Don't be afraid to field strip it. Once you do it a half doz times it will be a breeze!

Have fun!

July 16, 2012, 11:55 AM
Don't be afraid to field-strip it.

Naw, not at all. I had a MK II target that I sold back in the late 80's (I regret it too!).....and I got very used to field stripping THAT.

.....although I realize this one will be somewhat different with the mag-disconnect, etc.


July 16, 2012, 05:45 PM
OMG that gun is beautiful!! How much is it?

July 16, 2012, 06:29 PM
Kazaam, this one was tagged at $509.00.......with tax it came to $548.00.

As I say it was more than I was planning on spending for a MK series.....

......just couldn't help it, fell in love with this thing as soon as I handled it.


July 16, 2012, 06:33 PM
A 25 buck VQ sear will make a huge improvement in trigger pull.

July 16, 2012, 07:37 PM
Nice buy!

You will like it very much, I'm sure. Congratulations!

July 16, 2012, 08:22 PM
Don't be surprised if you need a mallet the first time you strip it down. That being said, I had my target 2days and had to send it back to Ruger for repair of the mag disconnect, the gun would cycle out of battery every 2-3 shots. I hope this doesn't happen to you. But nonetheless that is an excellent looking mk3, best of luck!:)

July 16, 2012, 08:28 PM
Thats a lifetime tackdriver.

July 16, 2012, 09:26 PM
I appreciate the kind responses and will consider all the advice given guys:)



July 16, 2012, 11:20 PM
Very nice pistol. I have the exact same one, but I put a set of Williams Fire-Sights on it. The two things I'd suggest doing right away is picking up a Volquartsen extractor and a few extra mags. Mine is a blast to shoot, and is quite accurate.
The pistol.
Williams fire-sights (I lost the original elevation screw, and had to find a replacement)
25m target shot with cheap Winchester 555 ammo. 8/10 shots are in a 3" circle, the other two (one shown, the second is at 6o'clock, slightly out of picture) brought it out to about 5".

July 17, 2012, 12:13 AM

Son, you are a man after my own heart! What a beautiful hunk of steel ! I want one of these soooo bad. I was up at the gun range about 3 months ago, a guy and his daughter were shooting his, identical to yours. I made the mistake of asking him what he was shooting, 25 yds., "Here you wanna shoot it?, Go ahead, the kid won't mind, wanna shoot it?" I'd never seen one until that day, DO I WANNA SHOOT IT ? At 20 yds., I fired 10 rounds, slowly, still trying to get used to the sights, I had 8 rounds cutting each other, I was in awe! Since then, I've looked all over hell's creation for one, no one has one! Keep it under lock and key, I now know where one is!! LOL

July 17, 2012, 01:00 AM
Thanks for the pricing info. Congrats on the gun. I've never seen this before, and am now strongly considering this as my first gun. It's so damn cool looking!!

July 17, 2012, 06:36 PM
Ar180shooter, I notice that your guns grip screws are particular gun grip panel screws are hex-head.........interesting:confused:

.....anyone know why Ruger went from slotted screws to hex screws?

really don't matter to me I suppose. I have tool bits to fit. Just curious.


July 17, 2012, 10:45 PM
.....anyone know why Ruger went from slotted screws to hex screws?

Hex head screws are in style right now.

I prefer the old slotted screws though because I stand a better chance of being able to work on the gun in the field that way.

Of course I'm out of style on most things. :o

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