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Old 12-02-2012, 07:02   #1
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Ruger SR22 vs. Ruger Mark II/II vs. ______

So I'm looking into buying a .22LR caliber pistol. I like the look of the SR22 better, but from what I've read the Mark III is probably a little easier to fire accurately.

Anyone have any comments on the differences between these two pistols, or is there a third .22 pistol I should be researching?

I like Walther's P22, but after reading several reviews stating it has problems with cheap ammo, that is a flaw I cannot overlook.

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Old 12-02-2012, 08:11   #2
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Different animals.

The MK series are target pistols more than anything else.
the 45/22 series is designed to mimic the 1911 for practice.
The SR22 is probably better as a practice pistol for modern combat type pistols. It more nearly mimics the Glock, M&P, SR9, HK, ETC carry and service pistol types.

If you want to plink, either will do.
If you want to target shoot get the MK2 or MK3 with adjustable sights and a Bull Barrel.
If you shoot a 1911, get the 45/22.
If you want to practice cheaply for whatever your carry gun is, either get the SR22 or a conversion kit for your carry gun.

YMMV,
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:25   #3
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Different animals.

The MK series are target pistols more than anything else.
the 45/22 series is designed to mimic the 1911 for practice.
The SR22 is probably better as a practice pistol for modern combat type pistols. It more nearly mimics the Glock, M&P, SR9, HK, ETC carry and service pistol types.

If you want to plink, either will do.
If you want to target shoot get the MK2 or MK3 with adjustable sights and a Bull Barrel.
If you shoot a 1911, get the 45/22.
If you want to practice cheaply for whatever your carry gun is, either get the SR22 or a conversion kit for your carry gun.

YMMV,
John
Ditto...besides those Mark series are a royal PITA to take apart.


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Old 12-02-2012, 13:19   #4
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The MK has a better reputation for accuracy. The SR22 is more of a fun gun. I have one with about 600 rounds through it without a problem. At ten yards I have about a 5 inch group - a good shooter could do a lot better. Super easy to disassemble and clean.
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Old 12-02-2012, 14:06   #5
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Onebigelf summed it up perfectly.

The SR22 is my next planned purchase.

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Old 12-02-2012, 14:34   #6
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The MK III 22/45 is a great fun gun and very accurate too. It takes a little more effort to field strip than a MK II but not much. YMMV. tom.
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Old 12-02-2012, 17:51   #7
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The difficulty in field stripping a Ruger mkiii is way overblown.

If you can't follow a simple YouTube video and field strip a mkiii you shouldn't be allowed to own a gun.

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Old 12-02-2012, 18:01   #8
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It's not hard to field strip a Ruger Mark III.
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Old 12-02-2012, 18:28   #9
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No one has said it yet, you can't have too many guns! The Mark II/III is a great pistol, and the SR22 looks to be a fine shooter, buy both!
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Old 12-02-2012, 18:34   #10
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Different animals.

The MK series are target pistols more than anything else.
the 45/22 series is designed to mimic the 1911 for practice.
The SR22 is probably better as a practice pistol for modern combat type pistols. It more nearly mimics the Glock, M&P, SR9, HK, ETC carry and service pistol types.

If you want to plink, either will do.
If you want to target shoot get the MK2 or MK3 with adjustable sights and a Bull Barrel.
If you shoot a 1911, get the 45/22.
If you want to practice cheaply for whatever your carry gun is, either get the SR22 or a conversion kit for your carry gun.

YMMV,
John
The 22/45 is also a target pistol, is it not? It accepts Volquartsen parts.

To me, the cool thing about them is that it comes with a threaded barrel and rails if you wish from the factory.

If I where buying another, Id want another Mark II or a 22/45.
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Old 12-02-2012, 18:38   #11
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I like the Mark series much better than the SR22. I think they look better too.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:21   #12
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Great advice from everyone, I believe I will go with the SR22. From what I can tell it is more reliable than the walther .22 or the sig mosquito, and doesn't look science fiction like the beretta neos.

I'm mostly buying the gun so I have something a little cheaper to target shoot than my glock 19, and the SR22 seems to fit the bill the best.

I have priced the SR22 locally at just over 300 bucks. Since I don't hand load, the difference in price between 9mm rounds and 22lr rounds will pay for the gun in about 1300 shots, so will probably pay for itself in like six months or less.

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Old 12-03-2012, 12:15   #13
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I have both. Very different.
If I could only have one it would be a MK.
To mimick your glock, I would get the SR22.
Group size offhand rapid fire is about double with SR22 at ~10yds.
Conversion is also available for glock in same price range.
Both are great. SR is easier to takedown but MK is easy to learn.
Both are very reliable.
MK's are capable of same hole accuracy.

Shoot both first if possible.
Buy both if possible.
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Old 12-03-2012, 16:04   #14
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Make sure you take a look at the Browning Buck Mark. I shoot my dad's 20 year old Buck Mark on a regular basis and the thing works flawless!
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