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Ruger Mark III 22 45

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Newb223, Mar 30, 2012.

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  1. Newb223

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    So I went out and bought the cheapest version of the 22 45 that was out. I thought about the more expensive ones, but couldn't rationalize spending the extra money on a little .22.

    In any case, I'm the type of person that likes to tinker with new toys. I pulled that thing apart in about 30 minutes. Almost the whole thing minus the trigger assembly. Came apart easy enough, going back together was another story all together.

    It took me about a week to get it back together functioning. I actually just completed it last night at about 10pm. Who would have guessed it would be that difficult. I still need to test fire it, so here's hoping it doesn't blow up in my face.

    On a side note, there is only one website that I found that gives a good breakdown of how to disassemble and reassemble the entire gun. This is the link to that site:

    http://www.guntalk-online.com/detailstrip.htm#trigger

    The reason that I am putting it on here, is that there are not nearly enough places to find this page.

    Also, if i had it to do over again, I would probably go with a more expensive stainless model with the "normal" grips. Although I don't really have a reason for it, since I haven't actually shot a "normal" one.
     
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    Great pistol. Bullseye's site is invaluable.

    FYI there are ways to get replaceable grips on the cheap version if you want.

    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=651109&highlight=kingshouse

    Also I recommend you remove the magazine disconnect safety and install a Clark hammer bushing (or even a ruger MKII bushing). that will improve your trigger pull, make the mags jump out of the gun when you press the mag release, and GREATLY simplify the dis/reassembly procedure. No more "mag in, mag out... mag in, mag out" crap.

    Also, the Volquartsen trigger and sear are EXTREMELY worthwhile upgrades. :cool:
     
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    I do think those guns have the ability to toy with you. Everything seems to be difficult as far as reassembly is concerned. One minute you're pulling your hair out trying to do something then when you seemingly do nothing different it eases into place as though it were self guided. Monday night I was frustrated and tired wondering how somehow I missed getting the hammer strut in place while reinserting the mainspring assembly and it wouldn't budge when I tried to dissassemble. Vaguely recalling a thread on a different site about the same issue I went to bed and hit it the next day. Within 30 seconds the gun was apart, back together, and functioning normally. Maybe next time things will go smooth?? After another 1000 rounds or so I'll find out.
     
  5. Newb223

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    ku4hx that does look like a useful site, but doesn't look like it is 22 45 specifically. The 22 45 has some different parts.
     
  6. Newb223

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    That is originally why I dug into the guts of the gun. It appears though that I need some more lessons on how to do that with the 22 45 specifically. If you know anywhere to find detailed instructions, I would be very interested. Perhaps links to the parts I would need as well would be very helpful.
     
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    try a search at the rimfirecentral.com forums. Lots of people there have done it. I sent mine out to kingshouse (see the vid) because I wanted it perfect. Cost $46 including return shipping.
     
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    I will suggest a combination youtube and the owners manual for assembly/ disassembly. I have taken mine apart 4 times and can actually do it without instruction now.
    RimfireCentral is a good place for information on the Rugers.
     
  9. Newb223

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    I find it rather difficult to find 22 45 specific sites on the net in general. Lots on the normal Mark III though.
     
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    Does anyone have some worthwhile internal upgrades they would recommend? I am not looking at the V trigger set up just yet. Was thinking the Sear and some other cheaper things. I already put a new front site on it.
     
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    Yeah. See post #3 above. :D
     
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    The first time i tried to reassemble my Mark III i was lost. Then i did the unthinkable...looked at the manual and five minutes later it was good to go.
     
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    Majestic Arms sells a Speed Strip Kit so it only takes an allen key to take apart.
     
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    We (the wifey and I) got the 22/45 with the cocobolo grips... makes a huge difference. The grips changed the gun from "no way would I buy this" to "that's feels really nice."

    I still like my Buckmark better though.

    As for the traditional grip angle of the Mark III, I'm not a fan.
     
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    IMO, the best upgrade is the VQ sear. They are only 25 bucks and can be installed in just a few minutes. Personally, I would skip on the VQ trigger and install a set screw in the front of the trigger (under the pin axle) to adjust pre-travel.
     
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    Removing the bolt and taking the pistol apart are two separate things. The MK rugers are pretty straightforward if you have a basic understanding of mechanical things and can read and follow directions. After the first couple of times reading the directions, I can now field strip and reassemble mine without further consultation of the manual. :D
     
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    http://guntalk-online.com/

    Another good sight that has 22/45 specific information. See the service pages and the 22 rimfire forums.
    Joe
     
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    I have a blue Mark III 22/45 with the 4" slab side barrel, fixed sights. Love it. Cost me $179 new about 5 or 6 years ago. Best plinking gun I've ever owned. More accurate than me, though we are consistently hitting the steel gong at 100 yards. Tons of fun.
     
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    Love mine. I've made a few modifications and I've had it stripped down at least once and I didn't think it was exceptionally hard to get back together. I relyed on that site you posted as well...very useful.

    Hope yours treats you well and you enjoy it.
     
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    Aren't the internals of the MK III, and 22/45 (MK III era) the same? Wouldn't instructions be similar for both?

    I only have MK II's, so really don't know.
     
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    +1. The owners manual clearly defines the entire process.

    I sent my 22/45 to kingshouse as well, highly recommend him.

    Grip mod
    hammer bushing (& grind/polish hammer)
    pretravel screw install
    slingshot mod
    VQ sear install
    $72

    Trigger pull is amazingly crisp, probably around 2lbs or so now. I also removed the LCI and installed a filler plate:

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  23. Newb223

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    I bought the Mark II bushing (at least I think it is the right part) doesn't seem to work right.
     
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    Whats the part number for the bushing?
     
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    It was a beeyatch to fit the Clark one to my hammer (had to sand down the diameter of the bushing) but it worked. What problems are you having?

    Newb, the clark hammer bushing is part CLK-517 (for the 22/45). dunno about the ruger part.

    More info here fyi
    http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=371927

    particularly see the pics top of this page
    http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=364518&highlight=517+1kperday&page=3
     
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