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Browning Buckmark or Ruger 22/45 ?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by fistful, Oct 2, 2005.

  1. fistful

    fistful member

    I am looking for a .22 pistol that will give me an easy transition to the 1911. I DON'T HAVE, AND CAN'T AFFORD, A 1911, SO A CONVERSION KIT IS NOT AN OPTION.

    I had intended to buy a Ruger 22/45, but after handling one at a store, I found that the small safety button was too stiff to operate as one might the safety of a 1911. Might there be an add-on or replacement part that corrects this apparent problem? Does the safety loosen up with use?

    The Browning Buckmark that I looked at had similar controls, but the safety was much closer to a 1911. Of course, it also had a very comfortable, target-style grip.

    On both guns, the magazines did not drop freely when the release was pressed. Isn't that a bit silly, when the 22/45 is designed to mimic a combat pistol?

    Are holsters available for either gun? This would be for range wear, not CCW.


    Last edited: Oct 3, 2005
  2. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    If you like lots of pre-loaded mags at the range I'd suggest the Ruger since you can buy all the magazine parts direct from Ruger and assemble them yourself and it ends up being about $9.75 per magazine. You're doing good to find Buckmark mags for $23 each. If you are happy with only what come with the gun, its a toss up -- I ended up with both eventually, but got the Ruger first.

    IMHO neither has a safety that is a good analog to a 1911 although both are in approximately the right location and rotate in the correct direction. Both are rather a pain to take down for cleaning compared to the Beretta Neos, for example.

    Since my wife and I only shoot the cheap ammo I won't claim which is more accurate as I suspect the ammo limits both. She tends to do best with the Buckmark, I see little difference, and thus usually end up shooting the 22/45.

  3. dakotasin

    dakotasin Well-Known Member

    i don't think either gun particularly mimics a 1911, and i find the ruger feels offensive to even hold.

    so, i guess i'd pick the one that was more comfortable to me as a shooter. which means i'd dump the ruger, and compare the beretta, browning, and sig.
  4. cookekdjr

    cookekdjr Well-Known Member

    Many bullseye competitors find the Buck Mark to mimic the 1911, but that doesn't mean it will feel the same to your hands (like they say, YMMV).
    Generally speaking, the Buck Mark is a better pistol out of the box. Trigger and ergonomics are better, and its just easier to be accurate with.
    That being said, the Ruger is an excellent pistol, and there is an entire industry devoted to after-market parts for them.
    You can find a variety of holsters for either gun.
    What it boils down to is, if you want to buy a pistol, go with the Buck Mark.
    If you want to buy a "platform" to tinker with and upgrade, go with the Ruger.
    Good luck. You can't go wrong with either gun.

    P.S. I think both guns represent the best value in .22 autos today, although the SIG trailside deserves mention.
  5. Arch

    Arch Well-Known Member

    The 22/45 feels nothing like a 1911.

    You could actually pick up a nice second hand 1911 for the price of a buckmark. Just depends how picky you are...
  6. DR

    DR Well-Known Member

    There are a couple of places offering larger safeties and bolt releases for the 22/45.

    Broken Gun Ranch


    White Barn Workshop

    I haven't dealt with either of them yet. A better safety and bolt release are on my list of upgrades for my 22/45.
  7. lodwick

    lodwick Member

    Browning Challenger

    I've had this wonderful shooter since 1966 and it still performs flawlessly.
  8. bobhaverford

    bobhaverford Well-Known Member

    I've got the Buckmark Plus and absolutely love it. Had some of the Rugers before and didn't like the look or feel of them. They are gone now and the Buckmark is shouldering their duty.
  9. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Ditto for the Buckmark Plus~! :D After owning a Ruger MK-II KMK-512
    (great gun by the way), I decided too try this Browning Buckmark Plus.
    I found that I enjoyed the look and feel of the Browning much better
    than that of the Ruger. One enjoyable feature I like better is the fact
    that I can see the Browning's Tru-Glo "HI-VIZ" (green) fiber optic front
    sight~! :D
  10. jonnyc

    jonnyc Well-Known Member

    Hey Arch, what have you got down there, very cheap 1911s or very expensive Buckmarks???
  11. StrikeEagle

    StrikeEagle Well-Known Member

    I like Ruger .22's. They are my 'default' .22 auto. I've got a few, and never had one fail to perform. Recommended! :)

  12. 1911user

    1911user Well-Known Member

    I've owned both and currently have a basic buckmark that isn't for sale; the mk2 is long gone. IMO the buckmark feels close to a 1911 grip and is a fairly slim pistol. Extra mag prices are the worst problem I can think of. Browning list price is about $25 and I've never seen new ones under $20 each, but they are well-made mags that should hold up to long term use. I did buy an old mag (for a Browning challenger, I think) and it works just fine although it doesn't stick out from the bottom at all. I've never had a problem with the mags not dropping freely especially when empty (the bolt hold open puts some pressure on the mag spring and gives it an ejection boost).

    My mk2 was very reliable and plenty accurate, but the grip frame to receiver fit loosened up after repeated disassembly for cleaning.
  13. rwc

    rwc Well-Known Member

    This is kind of like "Ford or Chevy" debates. I've engaged in it myself...
    Whatever fits your hand the best and points well is the one for you.
  14. Technosavant

    Technosavant Well-Known Member

    I have both a 1911 and a 22/45.

    The grip on the Ruger is similar to that of the 1911, with controls in the same places that work in pretty much the same way. You won't have to worry about pushing the safety in the wrong direction, that sort of thing.

    However, I have said before that the 22/45 is more 1911ish than it is a .22LR that mimics the 1911. Kind of "almost, but not quite, entirely unlike the 1911." (Apologies to Douglas Adams.) The only .22LR pistol that is truly like a 1911 is a 1911 in .22LR (Kimber makes a full-up .22LR 1911, otherwise you need a conversion kit to achieve this). However, for you and me that is cost-prohibitive (but nice to dream about).

    I handled the Buckmark, but I didn't want to worry about the sights going off zero after disassembly. That is less an issue with the Ruger.

    In its own right, the Ruger is fun to shoot and inexpensive to purchase and shoot. From what I understand, so is the Browning. I don't think you will find either one to be similar enough to the 1911 for the differences between them to be that significant.
  15. fistful

    fistful member

    Help me out a little. Are the Beretta and Sig in the same price range as the Browning?

    Thanks, guys. I was already leaning toward the Browning, and some posts have pushed me further in that direction. Of course, I won't be buying anything until I sell this old S&W Mod. 19, and get a silly permit to purchase.

    Comments about this being a Ford v Chevy debate are pretty useless, not to mention wide of the mark. I now know more than I did before.

    Thanks again.
  16. HSMITH

    HSMITH Well-Known Member

    Buckmark all the way.
  17. Red Tornado

    Red Tornado Well-Known Member

    Where are you finding magazine parts to assemble? I looked at Ruger's website and only found 22/45 magazines for $22.95. Many thanks if you can point me to these.
  18. ghost squire

    ghost squire member

    I will repeat what I said on another thread about .22s, I hope it isn't considered rude by the moderators.

    What grip do you use on a combat handgun? I use high hold, and thumbs almost touching the slide. Unfortunately, on the Buckmark that I bought, this grip is literally impossible. A variety of annoyingly protruding controls are in the way, and in addition I accidentally engage the safety every other shot with this grip, making the trigger pull either very hard or impossible. This will likely have dangerous implications in the future, I'm worried about the safety just wearing away.

    The trigger is very good on the gun though, and is accurate.

    However my vote must go to the Ruger 22/45 and SIG Trailside, as both have controls very similar to most modern handguns out there, all the better to train with.

    If you are going to use a 1911 or handgun with controls where they are on a 1911, get the Ruger, if you are going to get a Beretta, SIG or handgun with controls where they are on the Trailside, get that.

    They are both very very good guns for the money. I personally don't wish to support a company started by a sellout traitor like Ruger was so my pick is the trailside. But mostly because I like SIGs :)
  19. Mark8252

    Mark8252 Well-Known Member


    I have both a 22/45 and a KMK512 Mark II.
    Looking to get a Buckmark.
    If the Buckmark is equal to either of the two Rugers I will be very happy.
    I have many handguns in many calibers. The 22's are my favorites.
    Fun Guns

    :) :) :) :)
  20. albanian

    albanian member

    I have both and the 22/45 is far more accurate. Both are reliable and neither are 1911 really trainers if that is what you are after but both will give you good practice.

    Its a toss up really, try them both out and see what you think. I think the Ruger is a better gun for the money but some will say the Buchmark is better.

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