Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by InkEd, Nov 1, 2009.
I really like my Buckmark & my Trailside. The Ruger Mk I, II, & III's are great shooters as well.
InkEd, try this page, it has all the Ruger auto-loading .22 pistols listed, and their features/differences.
I would choose a Ruger Mk II or Mk III over a buckmark though, usually they are slightly cheaper (it really depends on exact models though).
The standard Mark II w/5.5" Target barrel is probably the most common and if you check your local pawn shops and online auctions, you can probably get one *easily* around $250-$300.
As for preference between the regular and the 22/45, that's all up to you. I own both models and love each of them. I like the regular model because you can choose from a variety of aftermarket grips, I have the Volquartsen on mine. Also I would recommend the Volquartsen Accurizing Kit, makes night & day difference in the gun's trigger pull.
That being siad I have seen some really good shooting done with a plain jane Buckmark as well. I think both are excellent .22 pistols and you couldnt go wrong with either.
Generally I compress the spring until the guide rod is poking out the front of the slide, and then hold the rod in front while fitting the upper to the lower.
Or I use a section of cleaning rod to replace the guide. It is easier because you get more rod out the front and can wiggle it to get things to line up.
There's a whole Walther sub-forum over on rimfirecentral, plus waltherforums ... most people find the p22 quite easy after they get used to it.
That's OK if you were shooting fairly clean ammo, or weren't shooting much.
But the failures my p22 has aren't because of a dirty barrel or bolt face, they're caused by the crud in the action. Break-free (or CLP, or whatever spray-on solvent you like) coupled with a good compressed air blow-out are the solution I like, but it required at least getting the slide off for cleaning and lubing.
That gun was there for me!!
Ruger MKIII 22/45 Built for a lifetime, Cost a tad more and PITA to disassemble.
Buckmark- Never owned one, But a top pick for most people.
Sig Trailside- Heard good things about.
If you own a 1911 full sized you can get conversions that are very nice.
Dont buy 1911 .22lr only guns, May work fine but not the quality to last a lifetime.
Good buy for the money.
My Ruger Mark I is for sale...I posted it earlier today. We could discuss prices if interested. Pictures are on my listing too. I don't shoot it anymore, nothing wrong with it, I just don't enjoy it as much as my GP100.
So with the buckmark have a better stock trigger, easier dissassembly and reassembly, and being arguably as practically accurate for a pistol in its price range as the stock MKIII. GO with the Buckmark.
All that said, if you can get a hold of a S&W 41 in any way, do so, the tirgger on that baby breaks like a glass string and is incredibly accurate to boot.
P.S.: if you foresee having the time/skill/money to upgrade a MKIII in the foreseeable future, go with a MKIII with a bull barrel, and you can get a nice target pistol built for yourself, not just a plinker!
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