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Ruger Mk IV vs. earlier Mk.

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Post by Psween 7/30/2021, 10:29 pm

I shoot and like a Mk. II Govt. Target, with the 6 7/8" bull barrel. Trigger is good, accuracy is easily X ring with several different ammos, and it is utterly reliable with just about any ammo. I have it set up with a dot and ergo grips, but I am finding that I just don't like how muzzle heavy it is. Local GS has a Mk. IV 22/45 with 5 1/2" bull but not sure if the accuracy or trigger are likely as good. Any firsthand accounts of differences between the older and newest Ruger. 22s? Thanks!

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Post by Jon Eulette 7/30/2021, 10:42 pm

Have your gov't barrel cut down. I did that to mine. Loved it afterwards.
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Post by LenV 7/31/2021, 12:37 am

Between The mk4 on top and the mk2 in the middle the mk4 feels heavier. Accuracy is nearly identical. The Buckmark shoots smaller groups.
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Post by BE Mike 7/31/2021, 8:03 am

If you like the barrel length that you have, you can have the sides of the barrel cut down to make it a "slab side" or if you want it shorter, do like Jon suggests and have someone cut the barrel off and crown it.
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Post by Psween 8/1/2021, 9:54 am

Thanks all, although I'm not a collector I'd still like to keep this Mk. II stock (it's been drilled and tapped for a rail so it's not purely stock anyway), so the 22/45 (or other) would be a new gun to try. Justhaven't had a chance to check trigger and accuracy of the newer guns.

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Post by hg401 8/1/2021, 10:56 am

Jon Eulette wrote:Have your gov't barrel cut down. I did that to mine. Loved it afterwards.
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My older arms find my pistols heavier than they used to be.  I picked up a 4" bbl Buckmark for 50ft indoor league.  I like that barrel length but the trigger sucks.  Seems to be a lack of smiths focusing on the Buckmark.  I'm tempted to have a 4" barrel made for my HS Victor (not going to alter the original).

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Post by RodJ 8/1/2021, 11:37 am

I can’t speak to new vs old, but if you are really happy with the pistol, you could try to find a 5.5 upper.  Should be cheaper than a new Mk IV and you’ll have the same feel. And if you ever decide to sell it, you’re not selling a cut down barrel.  Then again, cutting the barrel or milling the sides may be the least cost.

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Post by radjag 8/1/2021, 11:42 am

I don't know whether these will fit, but there are a lot of new uppers on GB
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Post by Motophotog7 8/1/2021, 12:28 pm

I don't believe the MkIV upper will fit on previous models since the takedown is different. Also, IDK about the MkIV uppers, but earlier models the upper is the serialized part...

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