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Thoughts on the Ruger Mark III (esp Hunter)

PostPosted: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 13:38:12
by Mindflayer
Let's talk about guns instead of politics! What are your thoughts on the Ruger Mark III? From what I've read, disassembly is a bear, but the thing is a tack driver. I like my little SR22, but I want something more accurate.

Wife saw the Hunter model and really liked it, and so did I. Tempted... I really don't need another gun, but squirrel hunting season is just around the corner....

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PostPosted: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 13:50:22
by dorminWS
Mindflayer wrote:Let's talk about guns instead of politics! What are your thoughts on the Ruger Mark III? From what I've read, disassembly is a bear, but the thing is a tack driver. I like my little SR22, but I want something more accurate.

Wife saw the Hunter model and really liked it, and so did I. Tempted... I really don't need another gun, but squirrel hunting season is just around the corner....

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The only thing worse than disassemble is reassembly.

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PostPosted: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 13:52:56
by UnderwaterMike
I have a Mark III 22/45 and love it. It's my favorite gun but, as you mentioned, a total PITA to strip.

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PostPosted: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:11:15
by Chasbo00
I have four different Ruger Mark III series pistols and I find them easy and fast to field strip and reassemble. My favorite among them is a Hunter 22/45 model that I've equipped with $45 red dot sight. There are a couple of reassembly gotchas if you don't do it correctly, but there are lots of videos to show you how to avoid these issues.

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PostPosted: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:25:41
by Mindflayer
So, what I am hearing is that I should buy the gun, and when the wife looks at me, say, "Wut. I thought you said it was pretty. Plus, the VGOF guys made me."

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PostPosted: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:36:52
by UnderwaterMike
Chasbo00 wrote:I have four different Ruger Mark III series pistols and I find them easy and fast to field strip and reassemble. My favorite among them is a Hunter 22/45 model that I've equipped with $45 red dot sight. There are a couple of reassembly gotchas if you don't do it correctly, but there are lots of videos to show you how to avoid these issues.


Any videos you found particularly helpful? I went by the instructions ONCE and never did so again...

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PostPosted: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:49:02
by FiremanBob
The Hunter is a great pistol. I prefer the Mk II which doesn't have the magazine disconnect. With practice, the Ruger Mark pistols are fine to work on. But they aren't as immediately accessible as the rifles.

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PostPosted: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:01:04
by Chasbo00
UnderwaterMike wrote:Any videos you found particularly helpful? I went by the instructions ONCE and never did so again...


It has been a few years since I looked at any videos on this, but here is one I found quickly that looks OK. You may also want to look at a couple of others too that go into more detail.


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PostPosted: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:30:32
by Taggure
I have the Ruger Mark III 22/45 and love it. You will not regret it once you start shooting it.

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PostPosted: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 16:45:49
by Jakeiscrazy
I like the Mark IIs a little better just because they don't have the mag disconnect but you can't go wrong with either. Fun guns prefect for teaching people or just shooting cheap and I agree the breakdown as not as tough as some would have you think. Family member of mine has one and I'm always borrowing it to teach people to shoot. I should probably get my own!

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PostPosted: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 18:42:35
by Mindflayer
Me: "So.... I picked up the Ruger this morning..."
Wife: "DID YOU?!? Where is it?!? When are going to shoot?"
Me: "Oh, I was kidding."
Her: "Oh."

So it looks like I'm buying one.

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PostPosted: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 23:15:11
by Palladin
Mindflayer wrote:Me: "So.... I picked up the Ruger this morning..."
Wife: "DID YOU?!? Where is it?!? When are going to shoot?"
Me: "Oh, I was kidding."
Her: "Oh."

So it looks like I'm buying one.



:) :thumbsup:

Reassembly isn't all that bad - we'll worth what you get for tack driving precision.

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PostPosted: Tue, 23 Jul 2013 21:51:00
by Mindflayer
Image

We goin' shooting tomorrow.

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PostPosted: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 00:00:22
by UnderwaterMike
THAT is a beautiful gun!

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PostPosted: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 17:51:06
by Palladin
You

are

gonna

love

that!

:thumbsup: :friends: :thumbsup:

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PostPosted: Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:40:02
by Mindflayer
Wife and I had a little competition at the range. We used 3" targets with the Hunter at 30' and the SR22 at 21. I shot high - nice, very tight groups, but high. She got 'em all spot on the bulls-eye. She won. I am both proud and chastised.

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PostPosted: Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:53:54
by Taggure
Mindflayer wrote:Image

We goin' shooting tomorrow.


:lovegunporn: That is a good looking pistol you have there and i know you will enjoy it

Re: Thoughts on the Ruger Mark III (esp Hunter)

PostPosted: Thu, 25 Jul 2013 16:53:05
by Jakeiscrazy
Awesome! Seriously fun guns.

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PostPosted: Sat, 27 Jul 2013 00:33:08
by dmharvey
Ruger MKIII = the benchmark for .22LR pistols (Browning Buckmarks are a close second)

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PostPosted: Sat, 27 Jul 2013 11:42:06
by FiremanBob
Good choice. That's 3 or 4 lifetimes worth of competition-quality shooting. So if you break it down as cost per year, it's a screaming bargain.