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Old November 24th, 2021, 12:17 PM #21
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Mk III 22/45

I have a Mk III 22/45, which I chose for its grip angle. My pistol is very accurate and consistent. I concur that it's seriously annoying to disassemble and reassemble. Supposedly, the mainspring housing becomes easier to remove and insert over time, but I haven't disassembled mine enough times to see if that's true.

The Mk IV was redesigned to alleviate the disassembly/reassembly problems for which the Mk I, Mk II, and Mk III were well known.
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Old November 24th, 2021, 12:27 PM #22
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Old Buckmark - New Mark IV

I own an older Buckmark and the newer Ruger Mark IV. Older Buckmarks and Ruger Marks (pre IV) are maintenance pains. The Mark IV is a dream to takedown and maintain. Also, very reliable and accurate. Takedown of my old Buckmark is a bit involved. Very accurate, but cannot go 100 rounds without cleaning. With front and rear adjustable sights, one always seems to get knocked about.
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Old November 24th, 2021, 08:52 PM #23
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I own an older Buckmark and the newer Ruger Mark IV. Older Buckmarks and Ruger Marks (pre IV) are maintenance pains. The Mark IV is a dream to takedown and maintain. Also, very reliable and accurate. Takedown of my old Buckmark is a bit involved. Very accurate, but cannot go 100 rounds without cleaning. With front and rear adjustable sights, one always seems to get knocked about.
Yikes, 100 rounds, really? That's like half a steel match, which is my main motivation for this
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Old November 24th, 2021, 11:44 PM #24
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I don't have any experience with the Buckmark but have a 22/45 lite and have been happy with it. I try to clean it about every 500rounds and it seems to do well. Up to now I have primarily used golden bullets but will be switching it up.
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I have a MK1 and a Buckmark. When I bought the Buckmark I wanted the one with the wood grips. The screw hole edge was very sharp and didn't feel right when I griped it. It felt like the hole was biting my thumb. I bought the plastic grip model. Both are great shooters.
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I have a Ruger Mark IV 22/45 with the bull barrel and it's loads of fun to shoot. Super accurate, and a breeze to disassemble which is good because it needs to be cleaned pretty frequently.
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Have both. The Buckmark is awesome out of the box, flip the stock trigger return spring and it's a light crisp 2# trigger. The Buckmark bolt opens the action wide on both sides to clear, clean or eject. The grip is comfortable, control layout is nice 1911-ish. Have to take out screws to take it apart, but rarely have to do that. The Ruger MK4 design is awesome, takedown is simple, it's well built, and accurate. The factory trigger isn't great, really needs an upgrade, I did the VQ on mine and love it. It will run dirty, but being the receiver is far more enclosed than the buckmark, it gets dirtier and needs to be taken down more. The MK4 has an ambi safety, but i'm not huge on the standard grip shape/angle, the 22/45 is much better IMO, but it's polymer compared to the Buckmark's or MK4's metal frame. The 22/45 lite is awesome, and the poly frame makes sense for that.
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For those with older versions complaining about takedown.

https://www.eabco.net/Speed-Strip-Ki...-_p_13702.html
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I have both. MK III and MK IV Ruger with VQ upgrade, and the Buckmark with spring flip. I like shooting the Buckmark better, but enjoy both.
The MK IV is so easy to take apart for cleaning, and that's a big plus! The Buckmark feels better in my hand. I only take it apart so many rounds for complete cleaning (including recoil assembly to clean firing-pin) and must admit the MK IV can get me a little spoiled
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvaKZh5SMtM Ruger 22/45 Mark IV Complete Disassembly and Reassembly
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