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Opinions on SW 22 Victory vs Ruger vs Buckmark

Big ChiefBig Chief Senior MemberPosts: 32,995 Senior Member
I think someone on here has the S&W. Looks like a good one. How does it compare with Ruger MKs or Browning Buckmarks?
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  • Uncle FesterUncle Fester Senior Member Posts: 1,350 Senior Member
    Big Chief wrote: »
    I think someone on here has the S&W. Looks like a good one. How does it compare with Ruger MKs or Browning Buckmarks?

    I have 2 out of 3. Can't speak to Buckmark (yet)

    S&W - relatively easy to clean, very accurate out of the box, great reliabity for me (12 months). A competitive shooter will probably want to tune the trigger, but it is plenty good enough for me. Mine has a low 3 digit serial number - no defects that I can find - quality control.

    Ruger Mark IV - bigger and heavier, very easy to clean, truly shitty trigger prevents great accuracy. I have 500 rounds through it without a malfunction (1 month). But, it is gorgeous.

    In addition to a higher base price, the Ruger absolutely needs a Volquartsen accuracy kit ($100-150) to eliminate the obscene amount of pre-travel built into their trigger design (lawyers?). Once I install that, I suspect it will shoot with the S&W. Right now, it can't.
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,291 Senior Member
    I have a Ruger Mk I, an older Ruger 22/45, and a Browning Buckmark. They're all accurate, but the Buckmark is a LOT easier to disassemble and clean.
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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,122 Senior Member
    I own a Mk II and a SW 22 Victory. The Mk II has an excellent trigger, but breaking it down is notoriously sucky. The SW has a slighlty heavier (3.5 lb.) trigger, but it breaks beautifully and is cake to take apart: literally just one nut removed from under the frame and the whole thing comes into workable pieces.

    I love my Mk II, but the Victory was an impulse buy that I don't regret one bit.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • AntonioAntonio Senior Member Posts: 2,647 Senior Member
    I've briefly handled the S&W, own a MkIII and have a shooting buddy who owns a Buckmark.
    The latter is the best-looking, finest-made of the 3 of them; quite accurate right out-of-the-box.
    The Ruger has the most available options regarding configuration, and more aftermarket accessories than a Barbie doll to fit each user's needs. My Target model needed a few aftermarket parts (Thumb rest wood grips, Volquartsen sear and Truglo front sight) to perform as I expected and be as accurate as the Buckmark without having to suffer when carrying it in the field (Remember: Buckmarks are SCARCE here, seldom imported and quite expensive). Of the 3 options, I find this one as the best quality/price/performance deal.

    Didn't fell in love with the S&W at all. At least the "Pre WWI odd European pistol looks" aren't for me. Night have to test-fire one to have a more informed opinion, but so far, didn't liked what I saw. In the other hand, I like A LOT that Ruger has a competitor for their Mk line; although small regarding sales, it's never good for us to have a single brand & model monopolizing that market niche.
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