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Ruger or Browning?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Dimis, Sep 15, 2010.

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  1. Dimis

    Dimis Member

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    ive been looking for a semiauto .22 for a while and i have narrowed it down to the browing buckmark contour urx or a ruger MKIII target model

    pro and cons?
    one prefered over the other?
    anyone own both?

    im leaning toward the browning because as i understand it the rugers are a PITA to strip and reasemble for cleaning
     
  2. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

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    Ruger MK-II's and III's do require some patience to reassemble; therefore
    I shoot a Browning Buckmark myself~! :scrutiny: ;) :D
     
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    buckmark
     
  4. mgmorden

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    Ruger.

    Better grip angle, better feel in the hand. Don't own the Browning. Never shot one, but I have handled one in the store when debating between the two. The Ruger feels better. I've got at least a few thousand rounds through mine now with no failures, and it's my most accurate pistol.

    They're not that bad to strip/reassemble - and realistically you don't need to fully strip the gun too often. Clean the bore and give it a good wipedown after each shooting and I doubt you'll have to do a full disassembly more than once per year (and that's being conservative- I know plenty of people shooting guns that haven't been fully stripped down for cleaning in 20+ years that still work fine - most enthusiasts are a little overzealous on their cleaning habits).
     
  5. waterhouse

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    I prefer the Browning. It feels better in my hand. I would also complain about the field strip process for the Ruger, but I don't really clean my guns often enough for that to matter. If the Ruger felt better in my hand, I'd pick that one.

    I used to own several versions of both, now I'm down to a couple buckmark pistols and a buckmark rifle.

    Both are accurate, well made, and tons of fun to shoot. Pick them both up, and buy whichever one feels nicer in your hand.
     
  6. hardworker

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    I've got a buckmark. It's the most accurate pistol I own. Put untold thousand through it, cleaned it 2 or 3 times. Great for critter blasting too.
     
  7. Bula

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    Buckmarks seem to come with better triggers, but both are excellent choices. I can't beleive how accurate my Bullseye model Buckmark is, right from the box. As for cleaning, I've always removed the grip panels, then sprayed the buhjeebus out of the action, let it dry, then CLP everything, then wipe down with an oily silicone rag. 5 minutes tops.
     
  8. Dimis

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    any cycling hickups or ammo to avoid on either?

    thanks for all the responces to be honest bothe feel good in my hand and i can plink pretty well with either
    i have friends with both pistols and i fired the browning recently and really liked it
     
  9. searcher451

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    I own more than one of each, and I like them equally well. If you can't decide on one vs. the other, buy them both and have the best of both worlds. If that's out of the question, then rent or borrow one of each and take them to the range and put them through whatever paces you need to decide which of the two best fits your hand and eye.
     
  10. hardworker

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    They both might have the very occasional hiccup with el cheapo brick ammo, but's that part of the 22 game. I choose to live with the hiccups when I look at how much more nice ammo costs.
     
  11. lions

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    As far as field stripping guns goes, the ruger is more difficult than just about anything else. But in the big picture I really don't feel it is that difficult. What seems to hang up most people is how, when, and why to tilt the pistol during reassembly. It is easy once you understand what is actually happening during those actions.

    First, the hammer has to be back so the bolt can slide over it.
    Then, the hammer has to be forward to allow the MSH to swing into position.
    Last, the hammer has to be back with the hammer strut against the back of the pistol so it properly aligns with the main spring.

    I prefer Rugers but my brother has a Buckmark that I shoot on occasion and they are solid pistols as well. I don't think you can go wrong either way, which one looks better to you?
     
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    Both do fine with the federal bulk pack HP's.
     
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    Never owned or shot a Ruger, but I do own a Buckmark. Both my wife and I enjoy shooting it, comfortable grip/feel in the hand and very accurate.
     
  14. Top_Gunn

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    Ford.

    Seriously, though, they're both great guns. I have a slight preference for shooting the Ruger, but the assembly and disassembly concerns mentioned earlier caused me to get Buckmark. The part about banging the Ruger on your workbench made me nervous.
     
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    Buckmark fan here.

    Both are great, both are reliable, both are fun. The Buckmark just fit's my hands better.
     
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    Browning.
     
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    I have a Buckmark Camper. My buddy has a Mark III. They are comparable in accuracy, reliability, etc.

    Six of one, Half dozen of the other.

    Of all the .22 auto loading pistols out there, in my opinion you have picked the 2 best ones.
     
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    I have both. I agree both are real good. If you have to choose go for the one that fits your hand better. That's my two cents.
     
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    You can't go wrong. The Ruger is not difficult to dissasemble. If I can do it anyone can. Just read the instructions and/or Youtube vids and you'll be fine.

    Ruger.
     
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    I have one of each. Both are accurate, dependable pistols. Of the two, the Buckmark has the best trigger, the Ruger is prettier.:p
    If I could only keep one, it would be the Buckmark.
     
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    Buckmarks for me. I love the two I have and would buy the same two again.

    Nothing against the Rugers, very fine guns!
     
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    I would go with the ruger cuz thats what i did...ive prob put about 6000 rnds thru my mkII and ive never found a type of ammo that wouldnt run in it
    people say theres are picky...mine is the exact polar opposite
     
  23. Morgo

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    I'd take the buckmark over the MKIII. If we were talking about a Ruger MkII then I'd take it over the buckmark.
     
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    Chevy - Ford. Both are great. I went with the Buckmark because ths LGS had them in stock. More accurate than I will ever hope to be. As a long time 1911 shooter, I wanted a Ruger 22/45 RGP, but, at least in my area, they don't exist.

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  25. FastMover

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    Ruger all the way. I cant even begin to fathom how many rounds have been through my MKII.
     
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