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ruger .22 pistols

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by butcherboy, Apr 18, 2011.

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  1. butcherboy

    butcherboy Member

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    hi, im looking to buy one of the following rugers: mark I,II,III or 22/45.
    condition used or new. blued/stainless no preference.
    adjustable sights a must.

    which is the better of the 4 choices?
    pros/cons of each?
    real world price, i already know the MSRP's.

    thanks.
     
  2. osteodoc08

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    What are you going to be doing with it? I personally like the mark II target models, but that's me. I also like the bull over the tapered barrel. I am currently looking for a 22/45 with removable side panels. Price runs the gamut. How much are you realistically looking to spend?

    Need more info before a recommendation.
     
  3. butcherboy

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    main use: target/plinking,
    secondary : small game

    i just sold a shotgun for $280 ( going into the gun fund)would like to stay around $250-$280 but realistically $350 maximum.

    i have a polymer frame Ruger p95 that i have never had a problem with , and .22 has less recoil compared to 9mm. so i guess i dont have a preference to grip material.

    i also have a fixed sight single six.(have to compensate for different loads and ranges) so adjustable sights are a must have for this purchase.

    range: 25-50 max. usually 25 and under.

    hope this helps, help me.
    thanks
     
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  4. butcherboy

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    ok i just looked at ruger.com

    P512MKIIIRP : msrp $380

    P512MKIII: msrp $335

    whats the difference between the 2 models? just the grips? what would a gunshop price be? any estimate.

    i also see that they are taped for scope mounts a plus
     
  5. Mike J

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    Last week I stopped by a local shop here. They had a used Mark II with a bull barrel that was marked $225 (My guess is it being used that might be negotiable). They also had a new mark III with a tapered barrel marked $299 that was a new gun. Both of these had stainless frames & the barrel etc. on the top were blued. My guess is they must be some kind of distributor exclusive as I didn't see anything on Rugers website that looks like them. Firearms prices can vary some regionally but I hope this helps.
     
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  7. ColtPythonElite

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    Any of them will work just fine.

    Finish is up to you. I have a blue MK I Target and a stainless MK II Target. I like 'em both.
     
  8. BrainOnSigs

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    I own three MKIIs. Best damn .22LR handgun on the planet.

    My latest is a Competition Target model (slabside , bull barrel). I mounted an Ultra Dot L/T red dot scope using a Tactical Solution's picatinny rail.

    It is a laser beam that will put 10 shots into an area the size of your thumb nail at 50 feet.

    [​IMG]

    It is a liitle above your budget. I bought it for $425 delivered. It was listed as 99%+....but I couldn't find evidence that it was ever fired. It came with the box, 4 mags, the base, rings and the orginal warranty card.
     
  9. butcherboy

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    everyone: thanks for the help/suggestions.

    im going to look at my local shop and see what they have. but it sounds like i should have no problem finding a used mark II that fits my budget on the low end. and possibly a new 22/45 on the high end.
     
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    Ditto on the target competition, I've got a mark 3 and it's awesome.

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  11. GLOOB

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    MkI is the only one I'd steer clear of. There's no benefit to it. There's no slide stop, and the mag loading button is on the wrong side unless you're a lefty. The MkII is the best OOB. But the MkIII is the best if you spend some time unfixing some of the improvements.

    The only advantage to the 22/45, IMO, is slightly lower cost and slightly lower weight. The grip is too thin and straight. It doesn't feel the slightest bit like a 1911. And the hockey stick mags don't carry as well in a range bag. I'd do it the other way. I'd get a cheap 22/45 with a short barrel for light weight, and a high end, long barrel MkII.:)

    Or just get two MK's of the same vintage. Then you can load up on 1 type of magazine.
     
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    MY NOMAD out shoots my MKII target AND MKIII 22/45 every time


    the HS SK100 is a close 2nd
     
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    I love my new Mark III. It's more accurate than I am.

    [​IMG]
     
  14. butcherboy

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    i just thought of something..maybe should have mentioned it originally.

    this will be my first .22 semi. ( i shoot alot of rifles and revolvers.) will i even notice the differences between the mark II and III variations?
     
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    I don't see those two minor differences as a reason to steer clear of a MK I, especially a nice one.....I have a 1965 that still shoots tiny groups and has a finish on it that is far superior to the later guns. As a matter of fact, I wouldn't trade it for a brand new MK III and a hundred dollar bill.:)
     
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    The "RP" model with proper grips feels just like a 1911. Balance is just a little different.

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    Love my Hunter!
     

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    I'm with ColtPythonElite on this one. Here is my tack-driving '72 MKI that I won't ever let go. Original bluing BTW........
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    Don't get the Mk 3, they "improved" the design with an ugly loaded chamber indicator and a bad magazine disconnect. The magazine disconnect messes up the trigger, keeps the mags from sliding in and out well, and makes disassembly a pain. I'm currently hunting for a Mk2 22/45 with a 5 inch barrel and blue finish.
    *Note: I do not own a Mk 3 and have very little experience with them.
     
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    I own a Mrk III 22/45 Target Pistol. It's my plinker and squirrel getter. Love to shoot it. Hate to clean it.

    Practice breaking it down several times after you learn how to do it. Because when you forget, it sucks.
     
  22. GLOOB

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    [QUOTE]ugly loaded chamber indicator and a bad magazine disconnect. [/QUOTE]
    At least they made 1 minor cosmetic improvement. The safety billboard is stamped on the bottom of the barrel, instead of covering the left side. The safety indicator ain't pretty, but it's also not very noticeable. At least it's not bright orange. :)

    The mag disconnect doesn't affect trigger pull, so far as I can tell. Once a mag is in, it moves out of the way. So as mag disconnects go, I wouldn't call this one bad. High Power mag disconnect = bad. SR9 mag safety that can damage the gun = bad. The only "bad" thing this disconnect does (aside from the take down dance) is hinder the mags from dropping freely. Course, compared to a heel release, that's not any worse. So this one is a "good" mag disconnect. But if you don't like a mag disconnect, then they're all bad! Mine remained on there for a few days while I figured out how to remove it. :)
     
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    The LCI and the mag disconnect can be removed on the MK III. If I didn't have four MK II's, that's what I'd do. Or just buy another MK II. :evil:
     
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    I think the MKIII with the LCI filler and removed mag disconnect is better than a MKII. My reasoning is, you have a MKII with a better mag release.
     
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    Get the Mark II if you can find one. The Mark III has been sissified by a myriad of unnecessary "safety" features.
     
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