Ruger Mark III Hunter

Description

The Ruger Mark III Hunter is a semi-automatic large-frame hunting pistol chambered in .22 LR.

The Hunter is just one of five within the Mark III family of high quality, low caliber rimfire pistols.

The Mark III is blowback operated, meaning the initial explosion of the cartridge
powers the cycling. It uses an internal cylindrical bolt for its action.
How it’s different from a standard design is it recoils out of the
pistol instead of pushing a slide back.

Features include an accurate fluted/bull barrel and a target crown, which reduces vibrations in the barrel. To help improve safety, the Hunter has a load indicator that pops out when a round is chambered and a magazine disconnect that prevents the pistol from discharging when the magazine is removed. It has fiber optic sights, so the front sight is brightly colored and easy to see. The rear sight is adjustable too.

Ruger recommends the Mark III Hunter for hunting varmints, small game, and for leisure shooting.

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Specifications

KMKIII678H
Caliber:.22 LR
Grip:Cocobolo grip
Capacity:10
Sights:Fiber-optic sights and adjustable rear sight
Features:Fluted/bull barrel; contoured ejection port and tapered bolt ears; manual safety; loaded chamber indicator; magazine disconnect; adjustable rear sight
Action:Semi-auto
Material/Finish:Stainless steel
Scope:Drilled and tapped receiver for scope mounts
Size:Large
Website:http://www.ruger.com…
Weight:2.6 pounds
Barrel Length:6.88"
Twist:1 in 16"
Length:11.12"
Height:5.5"
KMKIII45H
Caliber:.22 LR
Grip:Cocobolo grip
Capacity:10
Sights:Fiber-optic sights and adjustable rear sight
Features:Fluted/bull barrel; contoured ejection port and tapered bolt ears; manual safety; loaded chamber indicator; magazine disconnect; adjustable rear sight
Action:Semi-auto
Material/Finish:Stainless steel
Scope:Drilled and tapped receiver for scope mounts
Size:Large
Website:http://www.ruger.com…
Weight:2.4 pounds
Barrel Length:4.5"
Twist:1 in 16"
Length:8.75"
Height:5.5"
KMKIII45CL
Caliber:.22 LR
Grip:Crimson Trace Lasergrips
Capacity:10
Sights:Fiber-optic sights and adjustable rear sight
Features:Fluted/bull barrel; contoured ejection port and tapered bolt ears; manual safety; loaded chamber indicator; magazine disconnect; adjustable rear sight
Action:Semi-auto
Material/Finish:Stainless steel
Scope:Drilled and tapped receiver for scope mounts
Size:Large
Website:http://www.ruger.com…
Weight:2.3 pounds
Barrel Length:4.5"
Twist:1 in 16"
Length:8.75"
Height:5.5"
MSRP$638.00

Editor Review

The Ruger Mark III Hunter is a .22 LR semi-automatic target pistol. It is aptly named, for it is very well suited to hunting small game.  The stainless steel frame and barrel hold up well to hard weather and the adjustable open sights are better than those found on most rifles, let alone pistols.

The Hunter is a handsome, well-balanced pistol.  The fluted bull barrel, just under seven inches, keeps the weight forward and helps stay on target.  Not only does it come drilled and tapped for a scope, but a base is included.  This pistol has a wide, crisp trigger.  Mine isn’t too fussy about what kind of ammunition I need to feed it.  It works well and is fun to shoot.
  
Perhaps you are wondering why anyone would want to hunt with a target pistol when a .22 rifle would probably work better.  Consider the fact that deer season in most areas overlaps with various small game seasons.  If the deer just aren’t moving but the woods are alive with squirrels, wouldn’t it be nice to decide to switch the plan to squirrel hunting?  In my home state of Virginia we can take fall turkeys with any firearm and I find that a .22 LR does the job nicely.  Shooting either a squirrel or a turkey with a deer rifle probably won’t leave much to eat.  Rather than awkwardly haul a pair of long guns around with me, I have taken to putting my Ruger Mk. III Hunter on my hip to compliment a deer rifle.  With this combination I’m ready for just about anything except wing-shooting.

The Mark III is not quite perfect.  Its major disadvantage is the fact that disassembling and reassembling it for cleaning usually turns into a long ordeal.  The gun is like a piece of clockwork with many parts and tight tolerances.  After it has had a few thousand rounds through it and you have taken it down and put it back together again a dozen or so times, the process gets easier as some of the crisp edges have worn a bit.

If that is the worst that I can say about a gun, then that is really pretty good news.  It handles well and shoots as accurately as any .22 LR can out to about 75 yards.  Off of a steady rest, it is not that much different from shooting a rifle.  If your primary purpose for wanting a .22 LR pistol is low-cost practice for centerfire pistols then there are better choices out there (such as Ruger’s 22/45).  This pistol does what it says on the box.  It is a hunting pistol, through and through.