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Ruger Mk III or Browning Buckmark

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by oremike, Oct 18, 2014.

  1. oremike

    oremike Creswell, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I'm thinking about getting a new .22 pistol and was just wondering what you all thought about these two. The price point is about the same, both made in the good old USA and have a great reputation for durability and accuracy.
     
  2. Doc In UPlace

    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    Mike,
    What's the intended purpose? Target, plinking, etc? Do you plan on putting a suppressor on it?
     
  3. oremike

    oremike Creswell, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    No suppressor that's for sure, no red dot or scope, most favorite shooting game is what I call happy can but can be played with golf balls as well.
     
  4. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    I like shooting my Buckmark. My friend who owns a Ruger Mark II likes shooting my Buckmark more than his Ruger.

    But, if you can't decide, you can always buy both.
     
  5. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Either are great guns, I have shot both extensively. The Ruger is tricky to reassemble but once you get the hang of it, its not bad. Also keep in mind the serialized portion of the Ruger is the upper and the Browning its the lower, so if you want a new barrel for the Ruger you have to go through an FFL and pay for a background check as its basically buying a new gun.
     
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    tackleberry Vancouver Member

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    I have 3 browning with tac sol barrels and they all shot flawless ...i also have a Roger 22/45 which I have not grown accustom yet but others that have like them alot. to me its a toss up.
     
  7. oremike

    oremike Creswell, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I bought the Browning, in side by side handling it just felt right in my hand.
     
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  8. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The first handgun I ever shot is still in my safe. Ruger Standard 22. (What they called the MKIII when it first came out) I had a MKII Competition slabside for a while. It was so tight it was a real pain to get back together, but that was the only dislike. Both of these guns were extremely accurate. I've no experience with the Browning, but can recommend the Ruger.
    In fact, if I was looking for another, I'd snoop around for a used one. See 'em on here often enough.
     
  9. Dallas Ken

    Dallas Ken Dallas Or. Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Well oremike...........you made the right choice. Keep it clean, find the correct ammo ;)and it will treat you right!
    Great little guns.
     
  10. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I have both the Buckmark hunter and the MkIII fluted hunter.Never sell either one.They both shoot as perfect as I can.And sometimes that's pretty good.
    I have a red dot on the buckmark but I can shoot it about the same without
    Both are great fun
     
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  11. whiskeybill

    whiskeybill Battle Ground, WA Well-Known Member

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    I have a much older BuckMark (made in Canada) that I don't like nearly as much as my Ruger MKII. Extra magazines for the Ruger are easier and cheaper to come by than Brownings. Parts for Brownings are generally harder to find, and when you do find them, they are at a premium.:eek:
     
  12. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    I have never had a problem finding Buckmark parts and magazines. The magazines can be more expensive then the Rugers, but from what I've found it's maybe only 5 bucks.
     
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    Martini_Up NW USA Well-Known Member

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    22/45 with a TacSol bbl is pretty cool. Very light weight for carrying in the field.
     
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    taroman Willamette Valley Active Member

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    Yankees-Red Sox, Coke-Pepsi, Chevy-Ford, Coffee-Tea, 9MM-45 ACP, Ruger-Buckmark
    These debates go on endlessly.
    Only way to be sure is to get both and decide for yourself...
     
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  15. whiskeybill

    whiskeybill Battle Ground, WA Well-Known Member

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    The last Browning mags I could find anywhere were in Missouri, and they were nearly $75.00 a piece. Then, since they weren't for my particular model, I had to modify the baseplates so they would securely latch up in the magazine well. Such is life.
     
  16. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    I have picked them up at Sportsman's regularly, for 25-30. Wife has 3 extra for her gun. Wonder if it was an early challenger magazine.
     
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    Pandaz3 Cornelius, Oregon NRA Lifetime Member Platinum Supporter Gold Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I have a '53 standard Ruger (Black Bird, not Red) and it still shoots great. I have a 22/45 Lite but I have not shot it yet. I love my SR-22. Wish I had a Buckmark too, maybe later
     
  18. SmokinGun

    SmokinGun TIGARD, OR Member

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    I was having your same debate about a year ago and I settled on the ruger mark 3. I shot both of them and read countless reviews. My only issue with my gun is that it won't shoot anything else besides CCI or Federal. Remington is a guarantee problem. I do have alot of aftermarket parts so that may play a roll in it. Either way you you won't go wrong between the 2. GOOD LUCK!
     
  19. twowheels

    twowheels portland, OR Active Member

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    Both are nice guns. We've got a buckmark, a mark 3 heavy barrel and a 22/45. I prefer the more upright grip angle of the buckmark and 22/45. Between those two, I usually grab the ruger. It is more robust and seems better made than the browning and it has a better trigger with volquartsen sear, trigger, and a few other bits. However, the buckmark has a very good trigger and all it needs is a heggis flip. You really can't go wrong.
     
  20. davef

    davef S.E. pdx Active Member

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    My vote goes for a ruger mark III, red dot sight and a pair of target grips. I like the stock trigger on mine as well but ive added a few extra upgrades like the volquartzen bolt tune up kit and a hammer bushing. Now its all about hitting that tiny red dot at 50 feet one handed...