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Old 09-22-2012, 15:48   #1
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Ruger Mark II: Dang hammer strut!

I know we have been over this before but I just gave mine a good cleaning and it actually went pretty well for a change.

Mine is the stainless steel, slab-sided, 6 1/2" bull barrel. I bought it in the summer of 2005. Now I'm the kind of guy that I always clean every gun I shoot every time I shoot it. However after about 4 years I got to where I'd just clean the bore and breach and lube the bolt on the Mark II. That doggone hammer strut always gave me fits on reassembly. It continued to shoot very well but after 1600 rounds I caved in and took it apart and was totally disgusted with what I saw. It was absolutely gross. I'll never let it get that dirty again. I don't care how good it shoots.

So I adopted a policy that I'd break it down every 500 rounds. For me that's about 3 trips to the range or one trip to the country. Only once in all the times I've cleaned it did it go back together for me easily on the first try. It has taken me as long as an hour to get it back together and one time I had to put it down and come back to it the next day.

Today I gave it a good going over. It has had 600 rounds through it since the last cleaning but it wasn't all that bad. And to my surprise and delight it went back together on the 2nd try. I had a little trouble getting the bolt stop pin holes in the upper and lower lined up but that has never happened to me before.

This is the most accurate .22 I have and almost the most accurate gun I own period. I had a Bushnell Red Dot scope on it for a while but I took it off because It doesn't show up very well in bright sunlight. Besides I shoot it better through the open sights that came on it.

I guess the bottom line is I do love my Mark II after all. It is a real hoot to shoot. It's like I always say, you don't have to have a big gun to have big fun.
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Old 09-22-2012, 17:49   #2
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I have been shooting a lot of .22 myself, even though I am a reloader. I can get more bullets on target for cheap with the .22.


I subscribe to cleaning after shooting, so I have had mine apart so many times. It's almost old hat when it comes to putting it back together. One thing I did do though was make and add a blast shield. It keeps the trigger parts clean so I only have to take the bolt out and clean it. I don't have to remove the upper anymore.
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Old 09-22-2012, 18:20   #3
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Same gun but I had the pin in the bottom of the msh drift to one side far enough to catch on the inside of the frame. Couldn't remove it.

Had to pull the Vgrips, disassemble the mag release catch and go in with dental tools.

Now staked in place to prevent such occasions in the future.


Just in case you ever get the Volquartsen Vcomp, (it's pretty cool) there is a polishing stone Dremel attachment which fits the inside like it was made for it. Buzzes the built up lead and powder residue out most rickytick.
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Old 09-22-2012, 19:53   #4
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Old 09-23-2012, 10:23   #5
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I love the MKII. Once I got the hang of it I never have any issues anymore.
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Old 09-23-2012, 11:58   #6
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I have a Mark I that I bought back in the early 70's, the last time I cleaned it I had to take it to my LGS to reassemble. What a pain, it might be time to look for a 1911 22LR.
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Old 09-23-2012, 14:34   #7
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I have a Mark I that I bought back in the early 70's, the last time I cleaned it I had to take it to my LGS to reassemble. What a pain, it might be time to look for a 1911 22LR.
That is a great idea. I did the same thing. But take a tip from the voice of experience and DO NOT get a Chiappa. It is a jammomatic (weak magazine springs) POS with the worst floating wedge rear sight I have ever experienced.

It looks pretty nice so I use it for a paper weight (really) but I'll never fire it (or try too) again. I'm back in the market for a .22lr in a 1911 platform. I'm workin' on gettin' the $ together for that little project at we type.
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Old 09-23-2012, 15:11   #8
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That is a great idea. I did the same thing. But take a tip from the voice of experience and DO NOT get a Chiappa. It is a jammomatic (weak magazine springs) POS with the worst floating wedge rear sight I have ever experienced.

It looks pretty nice so I use it for a paper weight (really) but I'll never fire it (or try too) again. I'm back in the market for a .22lr in a 1911 platform. I'm workin' on gettin' the $ together for that little project at we type.
Thanks for the advice on what not to get, anything on what might be a good shooter? I know I want a 1911 platform with all the 1911 features.

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Old 09-24-2012, 14:47   #9
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If you want a good 1911 .22, I think you have to start with a real 1911 frame and get a good conversion.
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Old 09-24-2012, 16:24   #10
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i love them. i can field strip, clean and reasseble one in 20 minutes. reassembly takes about a minute for me. one of my buddies builds car transmissions, and i clean his mkII for him because he doesnt want to deal with it. it just takes practice.
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:59   #11
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In regard the dreaded Ruger take-down issue. Get a Majestic Strip kit. Did this on my MKII and now take-down is a breeze. Really.

http://www.majesticarms.com/id10.html
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Old 09-25-2012, 16:27   #12
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Old 09-25-2012, 19:53   #13
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I think my mkiii 22/45 has 4-5k rounds through it since last cleaning.


BRB. i'm going to get you guys pics of the innards.
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Old 09-25-2012, 20:08   #14
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Ahh, here we go:

Make sure to zoom in so you can appreciate the mass amounts of crud.
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Still runs like a champ. A few FTE every once in a while, but i've found it does that no matter if it's freshly cleaned or dirty as a shovel.
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