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Ruger .22 autos

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Rittmeister, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. Rittmeister

    Rittmeister Well-Known Member

    I fired a friend's Ruger MarkII not long ago and I am in deep smit. Heavily considering selling my Taurus 94 in favor of either a Mark III or a 22/45.

    I am planning on a 5.5" bull barrel, adjustable sight model BUT have a few questions.

    I know the 22/45 is less expensive than the Mark III and I much prefer the 1911 grip configuration over the Luger-style of the Mark III. However - what other differences are there? Wondering about accuracy, ease of maintenance/disassembly, etc.

    Any info appreciated!
  2. bobbo

    bobbo Member.

    Everything's just about the same, but the frame is polymer on the 22/45.
  3. Kiln

    Kiln Well-Known Member

    Yup. Everything but the frame is more or less the same.
  4. sourdough44

    sourdough44 Well-Known Member

    I like the Mark II the best. I have 3 I picked up over the years.
  5. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Well-Known Member

    Big difference is the frame

    Minor difference is the way the bolt latch works, apparently you need to do some fiddling to get a 22/45 bolt latch to disengage when you insert a full mag and pull the bolt back, while that's how the traditional mkIII works

    Both have a useless LCI and internal lock, as well as the magazine disconnect, all but the internal lock are easily removed with aftermarket parts or simple removal, those adjustments are about as easy to do with a steel or polymer frame

    For more detail than you'd ever want on both designs, rimfirecentral or guntalk-online are a wealth of information

    Don't panic when someone tells you either type is "hard to clean" or "impossible to re-assemble" ... they take a bit more skill than a Glock or 1911, but they're hardly impossible. If you've detail stripped a 1911, you can do a mkIII. (skill level similar, not design)

    I have a 5.5" bull barrel target gun with a bunch of Volquartsen internals, and the Mrs has a 6.8" taper barrel (that was actually my first gun) with similar tweaks and adjustments. We're able to shoot competitively in local pin matches (not win, that would take actual skill and optics/weights/etc)

    Bottom line, buy the one that fits your hand best and prepare for decades of reliable operation
  6. Roadking Rider

    Roadking Rider Well-Known Member

    The Ruger MKIII is a fantastic 22 LR pistol. No it's not easy to take apart and put back together the first couple times, but as mentioned it's not all that tough either if you can read and understand directions as they are printed.
    I have a MKIII 22/45 RP Target and it has all the safety features from Ruger still on it. I'm not crazy about them being on the pistol, but I never felt I had to remove them either to have a fine shooting reliable pistol.
  7. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Well-Known Member

    wait until the LCI interferes with feeding and ejection - putting a device in the path of the brass entering and exiting the chamber is just plain dumb
    removing the magazine interlock improves trigger pull significantly - and it simplifies maintenance, and it removed the risk of some idiot stuffing in a full magazine during re-assembly (surprise!)
    the internal lock is harmless junk, at least - except that it makes the gun more expensive to make and thus more expensive to buy

    The mkIII and mkIII22/45 are great guns. They really are a superb design, they're reliable and durable, they function with most ammo (even cheap bulk), they run dirty, they're amazingly accurate, they're not too terribly expensive.
    But some moron lawyers/bureaucrats/politicians stuffed a bunch of worthless junk into the gun - features that have no place in any gun (particularly a target pistol) but get mandated by a few foolish states as "safety features". I wish Ruger would take the KelTec route and just ignore the demands of those places, they'd sell just as many guns elsewhere, look at the inflated price of mkII traditional and 22/45 pistols, they're heavily-used old guns in most cases, and they go for just as much as a brand-new mkIII.
  8. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    ^^^^^^^^^What he said.

    Get a used MKII.
  9. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Well-Known Member

    For the record, I like my mkIII guns
    I just had to tinker with them
  10. Taurus 617 CCW

    Taurus 617 CCW Well-Known Member

    I sold my Mark III stainless hunter for a Mark 2 22/45. I like the grip angle much more and how it points. I have the 5.5" target barrel on my 22/45.
  11. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member


    I love my MK.II with its 5.5" bull barrel. This configuration has always given me the best overall feeling, balance, and sight radius when shooting. Possibly add a set of target grips (which can also help offset some of the forward rake of the MK.II grip), and you're all ready to begin doing some target shooting of your own.
  12. 340PD

    340PD Well-Known Member

    The MK III does have more "features" to deal with. On the plus side, it also has removable grip panels. If you have grave concerns about total dis-assembly there are lots of places to go on the internet for help. Your LGS may even give you some help if they are worth a crap. I personally have never had any issues with the loaded chamber indicator causing any issues and my gun has been in the hands of over a hundred students. A little spray cleaner and a old toothbrush cleans it up just fine. Great gun.

  13. Urban_Redneck

    Urban_Redneck Well-Known Member

    I love my 22/45 :D

    IMHO, the model with replaceable grips is worth the small premium over the standard integral grip panels.

    I will say it's a slippery slope with Rugers... I swapped the hammer bushing (eliminates mag disconnect), Volquartzen sear and trigger, and lastly a HiViz fiber optic front sight.
  14. hwmoore

    hwmoore Active Member

    I would lean towards the 22/45 light I have the 5 1/5 bull it's a hefty gun I'm trying to lose weight LOL
  15. kerreckt

    kerreckt Well-Known Member

    I own 2 models MKll and a 22/45. They have all been good pistols but I prefer the MKll. No real reason just a personal preference. Yes, they are not the easiest pistol to tear down but it is something that teaches you patience and perseverance. Seriously, after the first time I had it down. Get a used MKll.
  16. Frankl03

    Frankl03 Well-Known Member

    I have a Mkiii hunter. Love it! I added a Valq trigger, sear and a Clark bushing. The mags drop free and it has a 2 lbs trigger pull. I added a red dot. Great fun at the range!
  17. ku4hx

    ku4hx Well-Known Member

    I own a Standard model and a Mark II Target; wife owns a Mark III Target. We both are very pleased with the guns. Yes it can be a bit of a challenge at first getting the thing back together. But like any skill worth developing it can be done and for the last 40+ years it's been no big deal.

    Many years ago, I crafted a specialized tool to aid in pulling out the little lever and aligning the internals for reassembly.

    Here it is; it's not patented. I keep it with the screwdrivers, cleaners and lubes, bore brushes and such. The really neat thing is I have to buy new liquids and brushes ever so often but this tool has lasted several generations; wear has been minimal.
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2015
  18. tuckerdog1

    tuckerdog1 Well-Known Member


    I have that same tool:D
    Couldn't get by without it.

    I love my MKIIs. So nice to spend a couple hours at the range & burn up only about $20 worth of ammo.

    When I use a rest, this one is almost wasting ammo. Keeps putting it through the same hole.


    And of all my guns, this one is my wife's favorite.


  19. strange246

    strange246 Well-Known Member

    I have a Model 94 and a MKII slabside like tuckerdog1's, I will NEVER part with my MKII...The 94 is a nice plinker, but is nowhere near the MKII's quality or accuracy...I would also say a MKII instead of the MKIII...Just personal preference....
  20. Onmilo

    Onmilo Well-Known Member

    If you do happen to get a Ruger Mklll that exhibits feeding or ignition issues, it IS usually attributed to the loaded chamber indicator.
    Send the gun back to Ruger, they have come up with a fix and the gun will return running 100%.
    So far I have had zero problems with my 22/45 RST/4

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