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Old July 10th, 2018, 07:27 PM #1
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Ruger Mark IV worth the upgrade?

It is with considerable trepidation that I am considering selling my stainless, 6 7/8" bull barrel Ruger Mark II to be able to get a Mark IV Hunter. The Mark II has been a constant companion for longer than I remember... probably 25-30 years. It is my favorite target pistol, until it comes time to clean it...

Am I going to regret trading for the Mark IV? The fiber optic sights and the easy takedown are loudly calling my name. Don't have the option of keeping the Mark II, I plan to sell the Mark II and a Buckmark Contour to fund the Mark IV purchase, so it's a commitment. I think I am ready, am I making a mistake?
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Old July 10th, 2018, 07:41 PM #2
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I love my Mark IV. No complaints. It is stupid easy to take down and way faster to clean than the previous generations. Damn accurate too.
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Old July 10th, 2018, 07:54 PM #3
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Can you afford to keep your mk2 and buy the mk4? I have both and love them both. The sights and easy takedowns make it very tempting. I also noticed they machine the mk4 lower from a block not a casting like the mk2 and mk3. To me the mk4 is a more thought out gun. It has the mag release like most full size guns have as well. Still love the mk2. But the mk4 is several steps above.
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Old July 10th, 2018, 07:59 PM #4
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I would not get rid of the MKII to get a MKIV...not really an upgrade other than teardown. Also no way you should have to sell both to fund MK IV. The MKII is probably most desired model, at least IMO. I have 4 MK's going from 1 thru 3, I have a 76 Bicentennial that has been disassembled ONCE in over 40 years...runs great and used often. I spray it out, clean the barrel and lube.
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Old July 10th, 2018, 08:04 PM #5
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I've got a couple of MKII's, including a bull barrel model that has also been a faithful companion for decades. But I haven't touched it since getting the MKIV.
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For all that the Mark IV may or may not prove to be, it'll never be your "constant companion for longer than I remember...probably 25-30 years".

For me at least, no way I can cut loose a favorite handgun with that much history.
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Old July 10th, 2018, 08:20 PM #7
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I've shot probably 10,000 rounds or more out of my Mk ll bull barrel (no exaggeration) and have never torn it down past the grips. Hosed it down with either brake or carb cleaner then spray it all with Ballistrol and bore brush and Hoppe's, good for another 1,000 rounds. Wash,rinse and repeat.
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I have the MKIII Target in stainless. No way I could justify just for an easier to clean gun. I have handled the MKIV and it is simple to disassemble but I have no problem tearing my MKIII down and putting it back together. Just takes a little longer.
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I would not let a MkII go to get a IV. Maybe a III for the IV since I don't like the lawyer stuff added to the III and it still has the annoying takedown.
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Just a thought if you want to stick with the MK II - I installed a Majestic Arms speed strip kit which lets pull the lock pin out with an allen wrench, can always be reversed if you decide to sell later and want it back to original format. I have a MK III but it also apparently works for the Mk I or II. http://majesticarms.com/id10.html
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