The Final Showdown.....

Discussion in '.22-Rimfire Forum' started by WillieB, Apr 12, 2020.

Mark IV or Buckmark?

  1. Ruger Mark IV

    8 vote(s)
    38.1%
  2. Browning Buckmark

    1 vote(s)
    4.8%
  3. Both (Beg wife’s forgiveness later)

    12 vote(s)
    57.1%
  1. WillieB

    WillieB Well-Known Member

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    So my search for a new .22lr plinker has finally been narrowed down to the final two contenders. Either the Ruger Mark IV Target or the Browning Buckmark Hunter.

    Both have their pros and cons.

    The Ruger costs less, breaks down easier and comes with 2 mags. However, it requires more tweaking out of the box to get it where I want it. Also, I will eventually inherit my Grandfather’s Mark I and do I really need 2 Mark pistols? It is still my favorite as far as looks go.

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    https://www.budsgunshop.com/product_info.php/products_id/22347

    The Browning has a better out of the box trigger from everything I have researched on the two. I am absolutely in love with those wood grips. I think the 7.5 barrel might help slightly with accuracy over the Ruger’s 5.5 barrel. I also like the fiber optic front site. However, you have those PITA allen head screws for takedown, the gun costs more and it only comes with one magazine.

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    https://www.budsgunshop.com/product_info.php/products_id/96636


    Decisions, decisions..... :oops:
     
  2. LIKTOSHOOT

    LIKTOSHOOT No Power Options Supporting Member

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    See top model, known as the 678 HT Government Model vs 5.5 HB.
    The 6-7/8" heavy tapered government is one of the best out of the box for both worlds.
    Find an early one and never look back. PS-Browning is butt fugly.
    Pay to play.
    :cheers:
     
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  3. rcairflr

    rcairflr Well-Known Member

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    I didn't vote since it is a toss-up IMO> Either one will give years of great shooting. BTW, I have the Buckmark. I have had it for well over 20 years and it has thousands of rounds through it.
     
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  4. WillieB

    WillieB Well-Known Member

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    That would be nice but out of the 3 I found on a quick online search, 2 sellers won’t ship and one is $850.
     
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    LIKTOSHOOT No Power Options Supporting Member

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    Pay to play.....it only hurts once.
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  6. WillieB

    WillieB Well-Known Member

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    That depends how many times my wife hits me with the cast iron skillet..... :eek:o_O
     
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    Both are fine pistols. I am starting to add a new criteria in my decisions. How hard are the pistols to strip and reassemble? I have been stripping Rugers for decades and have no issues with any Mark models. I agree the triggers have to be tweaked, but that is simple operation.

    Queen Bee bought a S&W M&P 22. It is a fine pistol...but it is ammo finicky and the first time I took the trigger apart I said, "Never Again!!"
     
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    WillieB Well-Known Member

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    I’m a fan of easy disassembly and assembly myself. That gives the Ruger a bit of an edge. The Mark IV has the easiest takedown I’ve ever seen on any gun.
     
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    I’ve been contemplating a .22 target style for squirrels around here. Wife has a little .22 pistol that’s a fun shooter and plenty accurate, but any excuse is a good one for a new gun.
     
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    I originally voted Buckmark, til I noticed that one has Fiber Optic sights. I abhor FB sights. Changed my vote to the Ruger.
     
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  12. WillieB

    WillieB Well-Known Member

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    Those are beauties but I’d have to throw even more at it to change the grips. I’m a lefty so the usual target grips don’t work. :(

    I like the fiber optics. That’s one thing that attracted me to that model!
     
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    howlnmad Old Guy Doing Things Moderator Supporting Member

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    Buy them both.
    Tell her it's your money and you'll do what you want with it.


    THEN DUCK!!!!!!
     
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    WillieB Well-Known Member

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    That would work better if she didn’t have guns too! :eek:
     
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    I buy what I want when I want, she............. oh wait I’m divorced:eek:

    I’m a Ruger guy, at a gun show awhile back one of the vendors showed me how easy the IV comes apart and goes back together I was amazed. I have been looking at them ever since. I did vote for both so you could say “I have one of each”:D
     
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