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Ruger Mark III. which one?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by jimbombo, Jul 19, 2012.

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  1. jimbombo

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    Hello. Looking to get a nice range gun. Really like the look and feel of the mkIII. But cannot decide between the markIII standard barrel or bull barrel, or the mkIII 22/45. ?

    Anybody have experience with the different models and can point out the positives and negatives of the standard vs bull barrel, and is the polymer grip of the 22/45 a concern or negative over the steel grip of the mkIII( i am already comfortable with both grip angles, i am just talking durability of the polymer over the steel grip)..

    Thanks.
     
  2. Upstater

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    I personally chose a bull barrel it makes a very nice target pistol when accompanied by a red dot scope.
     
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    The 22/45 was designed as a purpose driven piece to provide inexpensive practice for 1911 shooters (it wil also perform other roles admirably), if that's not a concern I like the bull barrel steel grip frames. Not because of any durability issues though. I doubt very much that durability would ever be a practical concern for the 22/45.
     
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    MK II 5.5 inch bull barrel Target model.
     
  5. 777TRUTH

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    I am very happy with my 22/45 MKIII Target. There are a couple of things I need to work on to get the pistol where I really want it to be.

    First is to remove the mag disconnect.
     
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    MK III (or II) 678, with the 6 7/8 heavy taper barrel. It's only available as the target model, with adjustable sights. Balances like the 5.5 bull barrel but the longer barrel/sight radius gives me better accuracy and slightly more velocity.
     
  8. MrBorland

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    Personally, I prefer the grip angle of the standard MkIII.

    I wanted to try Bullseye shooting, so I got the 5.5" bull barrel, which gave me the option of using the stock Patridge target sight, or an UltraDot, and didn't feel muzzle-heavy. Love the gun, but haven't yet gotten to a bullseye match. :eek:

    Irons (from a recent THR postal match):
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    1" Ultra Dot:
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  9. mdauben

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    For a target range gun, I would always go with the bull barrel. The extra mass makes it a bit easier to hold steady (plus it looks cooler!). As far as the standard Mk III vs the 22/45, AFAIK the only realy difference is the grip; the original pistol was designed to mimic the grip of the old German Luger, while the 22/45 is intended to mimic the grip of the 1911. Its going to be totally subjective which is "best" so just handle both and decide which one feels better in your hand.
     
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    I agree. I don't think the bull barrel is going to give you any measurable benefit outside of looks and a little more heft to help steady it (on a 22 pistol, anyway). The only real benefit it gives you is the ability to have a target crown, which does make a difference. I shoot the wheels off of my 22's and I love to let newcomers shoot them as well as carry them through the woods, so having a recessed target crown protects it from the occasional "whoops" that may or may not happen.
     
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    I use my Hunter as a training gun for beginners. Everyone seems to shoot it well. I have replaced all the innards with Volquartzen parts. It is as accurate as any gun I have ever owned, including my Hammerli and Benelli bullseye guns.

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  12. Greg528iT

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    ANY.. :)
    I like the grip angle of the standard Mark III, but do notice I do have to shift modes from my 1911 and back. When I handed my Mark III bull barrel with red dot on top, he had a heck of a time finding the dot, cause he had just been shooting a glock and 1911, Though with the glock it shoulda been closer. SO.. there probably IS a good reason to have same same grip angles. I was initially turned off by the plastic grip frame.

    If/when I buy another Ruger 22.. it WILL have the threaded barrel. I expect I'll pick up a supressor here sooner or later and having the Ruger ready to go will facilitate that. I believe that Ruger only offers the threaded barrels on the 22/45s and not the Mark IIIs.
     
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    The new "lite" version looks like a winner.
     
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