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Thread: which markIII should i choose

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    i have 2 different ruger markIII 22 cal pistols i deciding on. they are the same gun except one has a 5in bull barrel and the other has a 6.88in non bull barrel. any suggestions on which one you would choose. i not that worried about the finish so not going to add that so ppl dont base it on the finish. i just curious if anyone thinks that the bull barrel or the longer barrel will make a difference or if it will be about the same on either when it comes to accuracy/ reliability/longevity.

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    If it's going to be carried in a holster then the shorter one is better.
    I have a 1976 Ruger RST6 (6 inch tapered barrel) with a holster and that, to me, is about as long a barrel as I am comfortable with for a holster gun. It is also quite accurate to 25 yds for a non target gun.

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    I've got a MKII 22/45 with a bull barrel and it's a little easier to stay on target. I think the extra weight helps.

    It's not an apples to apples comparison, but my friend's P22 it takes more effort to reacquire your target. Don't get me wrong, it's a .22 so recoil isn't moving your barrel a whole lot but still I find the 22/45 easier to handle.

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    The bull barrel is used for recoil control. The extra weight means less felt recoil and faster recovery time. SO, unless you're speed shooting it really doesn't make a difference which one you choose.

    Personally, I'd probably go for the 5" barrel just because I prefer a barrel between 4 and 6 inches long. It makes the pistol look more balanced.
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    What are you doing with the gun? The goal of the gun will dictate the barrel length, sights and other attributes.

    I train with my 22/45. It has a 4" bull barrel and "combat" sights. This is a good setup for a trainer.

    However, if you need a more target oriented gun, then the longer barrels may be more appropriate.
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    Isn't it 6 7/8th's barrel.

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    I have a 5 in bull barrel and love it. But, I forgot one thing when I got it... in Wisconsin, to hunt with a pistol, the barrel must be 6in long. I got a great price on it, so that kinda clouded my thinking at the time. I would like to hunt squirrels and rabbits with a 22 pistol for the challenge. I will probably end up buying a Tactical Solutions barrel for it now. Good luck.

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    You should get an AWC Ampibian or Badlander. My boss has an Ampib and it is a joy to shoot!
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