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Which is your favorite Ruger 22 pistol and why?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by breakingcontact, Nov 10, 2012.

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  1. fdashes

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    bet your confused any longer lol
     
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  2. MCgunner

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    Very true. I scoped my 5.5" standard Mk2 and it shoots 1" at 50 yards. it outshoots its 10/22 sibling by 1/2" at that range.

    However, the Mk 2 is a big, heavy .22. The SR22, while only 2" at 25 yards accurate, is a pocketable gun and light at 17 ounces. It's a dandy to drop in my pocket when I'm going fishing, a pocket kit gun if you will. They are completely different pistols with different purposes so I find it hard to pick a favorite. I love to squirrel hunt and the Mk 2 has the accuracy for that. I carry it in an UM's shoulder rig that will also carry my TC Contender scoped barrels. Actually, I bought the rig FOR my Contender with 10" barrels, but the Ruger fits it. :D
     
  3. mahansm

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    Mk II target with 6 7/8 heavy barrel. Better trigger than the MK III and also simpler magazine configuration.

    To me it just balances better than any of the others (except 5" bull barrel).

    Also, when instructing new shooters with a MK III every now and then someone will insert a magazine backwards. It's quite interesting to get it out again, as the magazine disconnect lever lines up with a notch in the magazine, falls in, and locks the magazine in place.
     
  4. Blue68f100

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    My SS MKIII Hunter with the 6 7/8" barrel. This gun has had a lot of mods to it and has a 2# trigger very light. It's basically a MKII with the push button mag release. The fluted barrel reduces the nose weight over the bull barrels. The extra weight makes second shots a lot faster during rapid fire. I have a dot sight on mine and a 2x pistol scope that I can switch back and forth on. I used mine for squirrel hunting one year. I was picking them off at 40 yrds with the scope on.

    There fun shooters..
     
  5. smallbore

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    Although I own several different models, I'm partial to my stainless MkII Competition Target Model.
     
  6. aarondhgraham

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    I prefer the 22/45 over the Mk-II or MK-III Series

    It's just a grip angle preference for me.

    I've owned the 4" barrel version,,,
    And have shot many long barrel models.

    It seems all of my range buddies have a Ruger of some ilk,,,
    So I've been fortunate in having lots to try out.

    My favorite after all of that is the 5.5" Slab-side version,,,
    I purchased a pair of the new stainless steel model 22/45 Mk-III with wood grips.

    The balance of the 5.5" gun is perfect for me,,,
    The stainless slab-side barrels are simply beautiful.

    These are all of the Ruger pistols I will ever need.

    Aarond

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  7. bannockburn

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    The MK.II Model 512 would be my favorite Ruger .22 pistol. With target grips fitted to it, this gun balances perfectly in my hand with the 5 1/2" bull barrel. Along with its target sights and clean trigger, this gun is capable of some pretty amazing accuracy with Wolf Match Target ammo.
     
  8. Vern Humphrey

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    Maybe it's just me, but I don't like the 22/45. I prefer the Standard Model MK II with the 5 1/2" bull barrel and adjustable sights. I fix the annoying Ruger trigger back lash with Mole Foam (avialable in the foot care department at your local drug store.) Put a bit of Mole Foam on the frame, behind the trigger until it just stops the trigger as the sear releases -- cheap, and no worries about doing something that can't be undone.
     
  9. MCgunner

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    Nah, I'm with ya, much prefer the Lugeresque grip angle of the standard Mk 2 to the 1911 grip angle of the .22/45. It's a personal thing, though, why they make both. :D

    The SR22 comes with a hump back grip sleeve that will modify the angle of the grip a bit should you prefer it. I kept the thin one on because it pockets a little better with the smaller grip, not much, though. The hump kinda feels funny in my palm, so I just stuck with the smaller one.

    I kinda think the SR22 is a bit more fun to plink with, but the targets have to be bigger. :D
     
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    MkIII 5.5" bull barrel was my choice and I have no regrets. I also like the look of the slab sides.
     
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    MKIII with 5.5 Bull barrel, I've only had it for a couple months but I have 600 trouble free rounds through it.
     
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    I love my mkIII standard... Simple, sexy, and something ill probably be buried with...
     
  13. CZ57

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    My favorite of all time is the Target model with the heavy but tapered 6 7/8" barrel. Mine was laser accurate and would easily shoot quarter size groups at 25 yards. Don't ask me why I sold it, but I sure wish I still had one. Especially since it has been discontinued. I would have no problem with a stainless version of the same pistol if they still make one. ;)
     
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    I second that. Mine's blued, Mk.II 5½" bull barrel and I love it. I've been thinking about getting a Pac-Lite 6" aluminum barrel/"upper" for weight reduction and rail for red dot. I'd still prefer SS and fluted, longer barrel of the Hunter.
     
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    I have 2 old ruger standards, a MKI 5.5 bull barrel, and a recently acquired stainless bearcat. Had a single six at one time.

    The bearcat has been great fun to shoot lately, and will be with me on an upcoming week long hunting trip just to have as a fun plinker. But my go to 22 handgun when I seriously want to hit what i'm aiming at, my Mark I has filled that role since the early 80's for me. Many thousands of rounds through that one.
    In fact, i'll have it with me on that same trip as I always seem to go back to the most accurate shooter, after the novelty wears off a newer gun,

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  16. Nushif

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    Definitely the Mark 1. Love the Lugeresque looks.
     
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    Best all-around?

    Mark III Target with 5.5" bull barrel.
     
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    I love my Mark III Target.

    It's a hoot to shoot, and in the stainless finish, I think it looks pretty cool.
     
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    MK II or III, they are all good. I like the 5.5" barrels, but buy what feels best to you. They are simple, sturdy, reliable and accurate. Don't forget the 22/45 series if you want a 1911 style grip. IMHO the first thing to do with a MK III version is to remove the mag disonnect and the loaded chamber indicator. Any of them can benefit from trigger/sear improvement.




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  20. FFStreetDoc

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    The wife claims ownership (she LOVES EM) of several including, 22/45 MKIII hunter, SR 22 and single six LR / MAG. each is distinctly different, Make your choice based on what you expect from it. The MKIII is more accurate but slightly more difficult to maintain, the SR is light and easy to clean and the revolver is like 2 guns in one. As far as a favorite??? i love a revolver
     
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    Depends upon the day of the week. Love the Mark III hunter.
    Love the Single Six Hunter.

    There is enough room in my heart to love them both.
     
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    Like most I like the 5.5 Bull on the Mark II frame.
     
  23. Ala Dan

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    Ruger MK-II KMK-512

    Durable & Accurate; I think I gave $299 for mine NIB in OCT. of 98

    *Special Note- throw an old toothbrush in your range bag; and keep the
    breach face clean, after 'bout every 100 rounds or so~! ;)

    Also, its a "BOOGER" too put back together after cleaning; that is why I
    shoot a Browning BuckMark these days~!!:D
     
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    This is my ONLY Ruger pistol so I guess that makes it my favorite :)
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    I have owned a T/C Contender 22lr with a 10" super bull barrell that could shoot 1/2 groups at 50 yards from a rest with a scope.. but i found my single six to be almost as accurate!
     
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