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Old 05-12-2012, 7:11 PM
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Default S&W model 22A vs Ruger mark III VS Browning buck mark

I'm shopping for a target pistol in 22LR, something reliable, accurate, and fun to shoot.

I think longer barrel pistols should do fine for these purposes, and I narrowed it down to S&W model 22A, Ruger Mark III and Browning Buck Mark.
still haven't decided which specific model variation within each model line yet, so any input is highly appreciated.
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You can't go wrong with any of those, but the Buck Mark has the best grip. Once I picked one up, I knew it was the one. I bought it without shooting one & it's now my favorite handgun.
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Old 05-12-2012, 7:48 PM
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Real, competitive, keeping-score target shooting or "I betcha I can hit that golf ball" target shooting?

Goofing around target shooting, they'll all be just fine. Get the one on sale that feels good to you.

Real target shooting, look at the Ruger MKIII Hunter or MKIII Competition.
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I have the Ruger Mark III 22/45 target w/removable grips and it is a very nice shooter
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i just DROS'd me one of these:

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I went with a Mark III 22/45 based soley on it's stellar reputation. But, I also only was comparing it to a 22A. I was able to handle a Buckmark only after I made the purchase and boy did it feel nice too. I would have had a hard decision between the two. I would have probably ended up with the Ruger anyways because it was $30 cheaper than the Buckmark I was looking at.
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i just DROS'd me one of these:

I picked up one of these during the spring sale at Turners. The reason I picked this over the 22/45 version is the full metal frame felt more balanced. It is incredibly fun to shoot and will shoot just about anything. I've run CCI Blazer, Mini-Mags, Remington Thunderbolt, Rem Target, and federal bulk through it with very few FTEs.
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i love my buckmark camper... and you can put a tacsol barrel on it and dont have to dros the barrel.
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I have a buckmark and a 22a. Both are very reliable. I give edge to the buckmark in accuracy. The buckmark has better sights but the 22a has a built in rail so mounting a red dot is easy. The buckmark has a removable front sight which can easily be replaced with a fiber optic front sight. The standard 22a front sight is non removable. If I had to choose I would have to pick the buckmark.
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You can't go wrong with any of those, but the Buck Mark has the best grip. Once I picked one up, I knew it was the one. I bought it without shooting one & it's now my favorite handgun.
Same exact thing happened to me !!! Buckmark , you won't regret the purchase .
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My parents gave me a buckmark (5.5" barrel with flat sides) for my 21st birthday (I'm now 33). It's an awesome gun and very accurate. The trigger is great.
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I agree with earlier post all are good guns...

My choice was the S&W 22a I love it and would not trade it for any of the others... It is very accurate, reliable and has a very good trigger.

BUT if I wanted to go one expensive step better the choice would clearly be the S&W model 41...
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Thank you guys for all the inputs, so far it looks like its either the Mark III or the Buck Mark.

Still a tough call lol
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Thank you guys for all the inputs, so far it looks like its either the Mark III or the Buck Mark.

Still a tough call lol
Don't think you can go wrong with either. See which one feels better and buy that one! If you ever find yourself down here in San Diego you can shoot my Mark III.
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Thank you guys for all the inputs, so far it looks like its either the Mark III or the Buck Mark.

Still a tough call lol
Ya. I was debating between these two and went with the Ruger for it's reputation. Can't go wrong with either.

I would look around at local stores and see what you find. I had a difficult time finding a Ruger 22/45 around Sacramento.
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Real, competitive, keeping-score target shooting or "I betcha I can hit that golf ball" target shooting?

Goofing around target shooting, they'll all be just fine. Get the one on sale that feels good to you.

Real target shooting, look at the Ruger MKIII Hunter or MKIII Competition.
How about Buck Mark Plus?
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I picked up one of these during the spring sale at Turners. The reason I picked this over the 22/45 version is the full metal frame felt more balanced. It is incredibly fun to shoot and will shoot just about anything. I've run CCI Blazer, Mini-Mags, Remington Thunderbolt, Rem Target, and federal bulk through it with very few FTEs.
I did hear that the Mark III eat anything you feed it.
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Buckmark Slabside.
I'm kinda leaning towards the BuckMark Plus
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I did hear that the Mark III eat anything you feed it.
Pretty much. Was at the range again today and no problems; one stovepipe in my 10/22 but other than that no problems with the federal bulk at all. And it is pretty damn accurate too. Now if I could just tighten the nut behind the sights......

Seriously though, go test out the guns(or at least hold them). Like I said I picked the Mark III over the 22/45 based on the balanced feel of the gun.
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Old 05-14-2012, 6:06 AM
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I went with the Ruger Mark 3 Hunter over the Buckmark because of the aftermarket products that are available for it: Volquartsen internals, a lot of grip options, a very slick dedicated Aimpoint mount, etc. If you like to tinker, then this is a good choice.

Both are excellent pistols right out of the box though. A co-worker of mine has just purchased a higher end model of Buckmark and it has a very nice, solid block of metal feel to it. I've heard that the only thing that you really need to do to it is the "spring flip" mod to make the trigger better, so some would argue that you don't really need to tinker with it beyond that.
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Wherever did you get a left handed Ruger???
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I'm shopping for a target pistol in 22LR, something reliable, accurate, and fun to shoot.

I think longer barrel pistols should do fine for these purposes, and I narrowed it down to S&W model 22A, Ruger Mark III and Browning Buck Mark.
still haven't decided which specific model variation within each model line yet, so any input is highly appreciated.
I was in this same exact place 2 months ago. I looked, looked, and looked some more. I looked at and handled everything I could find in multiple shops. As soon as I picked up a Buck Mark Plus UDX, I did not want to put it down. It has quickly become one of my favorite pistols!


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Old 08-09-2012, 11:23 PM
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I've had them all. Sold the 22A, kept the Ruger and bought another Buck Mark. Buy a S&W 422 or 622 if you can find one. No longer made.
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Buckmark.

I regret selling mine.
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I've got the S&W - really like it. I went for it as I didn't want to fiddle w/ allen keys for the Browning, and the silly LCI on the MKIII.

I'm happy so far.
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I just picked up stainless steel mk3 target as well. I was debating between buckmark as well. S&w is nice too, but i just dont like their quality control now days...so that was no

My choice was based on,
1. Stainless steel for easy cleaning since the gun is 22lr
2. Rail attachment for possible optics
3. Longer barrel for better accuracy
4. Buckmark uses screws to fieldstrip, mk3 tool-less(although first few times are very hard. Lol) and with all screws, they will need to be replaced from wear and tear.
5. Easier and larger availability of parts and upgrades on ruger.
6. And the classic looks.

With that said you wont be disappointed with buckmark. Ive shot lot of them and they are excellent firearm.

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all great guns, with different perks.
Good: 22a is typically cheapest of the bunch. Ruger has best aftermarket support. Browning has best factory trigger out of the three, and I think the prettiest.

Minus: 22a has basically zero aftermarket support, IMO the uglier of the three.
Ruger, intimidating/hard at first for some to disassemble, reassemble and MarkIII's mag disconnect is awful and even affects trigger. Buckmark disassembly requires removal of sight bar which potentially could affect return to zero accuracy (I've never however had a problem with mine and iron sights. Something like a higher mounted 2 MOA red dot, or scope may show change of aim more than flush iron sight.

All are great, I have 1 of each and would not hesitate to recommend any of them. My least favorite however is the 22a, and I shoot the Ruger the most, just my preference, nothing wrong with the 22a. One day when I have some time I'll shoot them together and show some range results but for the casual shooter, accuracy is more than adequate from all 3.

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I love the grip on the 22A. I haven't had the opportunity to handle/shoot a buckmark yet. Many years ago I had a MkI 6 7/8 hvy barrel with a factory compensator/muzzle brake. It was a very accurate and reliable gun but it was fugly in my opinion. I had no money in the gun and traded it for a high-end air rifle. If I bought a new .22 pistol today I would buy the Ruger MkIII or the 22/45. Ruger is a stand up company and I will support them when I can.
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I am planning to get one of these too, I don't like the 22/45 because of the plastic frame.
Stainless steel on the entire gun make me feel good.
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BTW, the 22/45 is so so so much lighter......
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But also top heavy
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I am planning to get one of these too, I don't like the 22/45 because of the plastic frame.
Stainless steel on the entire gun make me feel good.
I love mine. The only downside is takedown for cleaning, but just go slow and follow the video and once you've done it once it is pretty easy.
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I'm in the same spot. My opinion after owning the S&W 2206 Target, 422, and a Buckmark. I've shot many Rugers and they just aren't my favorite. I would buy another 422/ 622 first, but they are rarely for sale in my area. I'm debating between the Buckmark, Buckmark UDX and the S&W 22A.
I'll probably hold out for a UDX.
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I don't think you could go wrong with any of them. I own a standard mkiii and I'm looking to pick up a Buck Mark soon.

Just don't over think it.
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I picked up my first handgun almost a month ago and was in the same boat, I ended up deciding to go with the Ruger Mark III 22/45 with the removable grips because of all the good responses from owners. I have to say I am very happy with the purchase not only because of how fun it is to have my own handgun but because you can't really go wrong with it for that price point.
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I bought a 22-A-1 (it has target grips). Cheap, shoots good, digests whatever I feed it and is fun.

If you want to tinker, the Ruger is probably the best choice.
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agreed!
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I love my browning buckmark camper. It shoots really nice and it feels so natural when you hold it.
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Only downside to the browning is the mags are a lil expensive.
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I have the mark lll hunter ss. Fun, fun, fun. Hits your targets. Dosen't like thunderbolts but shoots everything ealse.. Looks greats take down no big deal watch the vids. Fix the mag release with a sam bushing & a new sear for a really nice trigger. You don't have to do the mods, but the improvements are well worth it. Just a suggestion take some .22 ammo to the range ask folks if you can try their guns.
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