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Ruger Mark III Target

Mark III is my most accurate pistol, period. I bought it a few years ago at Cabelas, and have never, ever stopped marveling at its amazing, unbelievable accuracy.

Here are a few targets, all shot from 25 yards with the scope (Bushnell Trophy 2-6x), from the rest. The 10-shot groups are somewhat worse than they should - my hands was getting tired.

American Eagle,5-shot groups

Groups: 0.69 (4 shots in 0.07), 0.64, 0.84, 0.43, 0.63, 0.31, 0.55, 0.55, 0.74, 0.40, 0.68, 0.75.

Average: 0.60"

American Eagle & Federal Target, 10-shot groups

(AE is top 8 groups, Federal is bottom 8 groups)

Groups, AE: 0.92, 1.48, 1.12, 0.80, 0.96, 1.13, 0.98, and a 5-shot group of 0.33

Average (of 10-shot groups): 1.06

Groups, Federal: 0.84, 1.02, 0.91, 1.26, 0.84, 1.28, 1.064, and 1 20-shot group of 1.45

Average (of 10-shot groups): 1.03

CCI Target Standard, 5-shot groups

Groups: 1.13, 0.40, 0.96, 0.57, 0.43, 0.86, 0.48, 0.67, 1.09, 0.54, 0.35, 0.64, 0.91 (the scope came loose in the last 3 groups of the second target), 0.65, 0.91, 0.68, 1.24, 0.72, 0.55, 0.60, 0.60, 0.69, 0.68,0.56

Note: 10-shot groups and groups where paper was torn making accurate measurement impossible were omitted.

Average: 0.70

TENEX Pistol, 5-shot groups

Groups: 0.76, 0.79, 0.72, 0.44, 0.43, 0.58, 0.70

Average: 0.63

CCI Blazer, 10-shot groups

(bottom row, top is CCI pistol match with loose scope)

Groups: .98, 1.06, 1.31

Average: 1.12

Wolf Match Target, 10-shot groups

Groups: 1.26, 1.16, 0.75, 0.79

Average: 0.99

So, as you can see, it really can shoot.

What are other advantages?

  • It comes with a scope mount that does not interfere with the iron sights.
  • Iron sights are adjustable.
  • Bull barrel, steel receiver.
  • We have it in stock!
  • Did we mention it shoots REALLY well?
  • 3.5lb trigger

What are the disadvantages?

  • Disassembly by the seat of one's pants is impossible. You really have to understand the pistol before you can take it apart (or put together). Here is our guide for the disassembly and reassembly.
  • It is pretty heavy - 8 oz heavier than Browning Buck Mark.
  • It is extremely - and I mean EXTREMELY - hard to find.
  • The trigger has a tiny bit of creep. Buck Mark trigger is crisper.

Conclusion?

Everyone should have it!

I own both Ruger and a Buck Mark Camper. They are substantially similar, although Buck Mark turns to be a bit more expensive because it does not include the scope rail (it is approximately $30 extra). Ruger also have infinite amount of improvements and accessories sold by various vendors, most famous of which is Volquartsen. Buck Mark's trigger is better out of the box.

If I absolutely had to choose, I would probably choose Ruger over Buck Mark, but I am lucky and I don't - I have them both.