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Hello, I am wanting to know what to look for when looking at a Used MkIII Hunter pistol 6.88 fluted barrel, v-notch sights with optic front sight......I found one in my LGS for 399. it seemed in good shape, it looked like it had been cleaned recently as I could see fresh oil next to the safety button.....with the bolt back & locked, there was just a little play in the bolt....I'm wondering if that is normal..& how much is abnormal.......the shop owner says he has no history on the gun...(how nice for him). I have no idea how many rounds have been thru it or how old it is.....I hear these are one of the best .22 out there & hardly anything can go wrong.....but I have never bought a used gun & don't want to get taken for a ride......the new ones in my area are going for 600-720...any suggestions are much appreciated....Thanks in advance.
 

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For comparison I just payed $525 for a used MKII blue bull barrel here in the Socialist Republik of California, I was searching for a 22/45 hunter or a MKIII hunter but nothing to be found around here. From what I understand it's pretty hard to shoot one of these things out to the point they're beyond repair.
My vote would be buy it, shoot the crap out of it, upgrade anything that seems suspect and enjoy the heck out of it.
 

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For the west coast that may be a decent price... East coast though it would be $50+ less unless there were some upgrades already done on it. With no history figure it has been fired and no mods done for negotiation purposes. A year ago I purchased a previously owned but unfired and unmodified 22/45 LITE for $250.
Offer them $299 and work your way back toward the shops price hopefully settling on a happy medium.
 

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I went & took another look yesterday, a couple of very light surface scratches & one small nick on a grip panel , the crown & barrel looked good as far as I could tell, the tag said 399 used, I offered 300, the owner countered at 325.....sold!!
I am very happy with that,(assuming no major malfunctions).... it comes with an extra mag, rail for an optic, extra fiber optic tubes for the front sight, ruger box & the usual lock & such....
a great deal at almost 1/2 price of brand new.....Even the wife was happy that I got such a nice new pistol for a good price....U know what they say , "happy wife, happy life!"
Now I just gotta get it to the range & get that barrel warm!.....
Thanks for your suggestions....your comments along with a few others swayed me to act sooner & I was able to step into the .22 ruger world with confidence & even managed to save a few bucks for ammo!
Whoohooo!
 

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For the west coast that may be a decent price... East coast though it would be $50+ less unless there were some upgrades already done on it. With no history figure it has been fired and no mods done for negotiation purposes. A year ago I purchased a previously owned but unfired and unmodified 22/45 LITE for $250.
Offer them $299 and work your way back toward the shops price hopefully settling on a happy medium.
What a deal that was! I hope you're enjoying it. I bought a new 22/45 LITE a month ago and it is one heck of a super gun to shoot!
 

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What a deal that was! I hope you're enjoying it. I bought a new 22/45 LITE a month ago and it is one heck of a super gun to shoot!
I had waited a long time to get on the Ruger Mk Series band wagon, and I am having a great time. I've done a lot of mods, and still have a few more to go as budget allows.
 

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I have a 22/45 Lite and a MKIII Hunter. The 22/45 is OK and the MKIII Hunter is awesome. I have a red dot sight on it and it shoots like a rifle. It handles almost any ammo but is more accurate with some. Mine likes CCI Mini-Mags and Remington Golden bullets better than any others. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I have mine.
 

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I paid $425 + tax for my MkIII Hunter new 2 years ago. At $325 assuming it is mechanically sound and in good shape as you describe, you got a good deal. Now, your problem will be keeping it fed. I used mine for Steel Challenge and relied on MiniMag 40 gr. solids until my supply became exhausted with little or no prospect of replenishment. So, I've switched to Federal Auto Match 40 gr. with excellent results. I absolutely love mine and rarely dig out the MkII 22/45 Target anymore.
 

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I paid $425 + tax for my MkIII Hunter new 2 years ago. At $325 assuming it is mechanically sound and in good shape as you describe, you got a good deal. Now, your problem will be keeping it fed. I used mine for Steel Challenge and relied on MiniMag 40 gr. solids until my supply became exhausted with little or no prospect of replenishment. So, I've switched to Federal Auto Match 40 gr. with excellent results. I absolutely love mine and rarely dig out the MkII 22/45 Target anymore.
WOW! That's less than cost even 2 years ago!
 

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I am so glad I listened to everyone's suggestions & acted sooner rather than later.
So a big THANK YOU for this forum & its members.
I am not expecting any issues with it & have heard that ruger has great customer service if anything does come up....A buddy of mine paid 285 for his regular 22/45 a few years ago, so with this one being fluted & stainless steel, I got a very nice deal. I just seem to have a thing for bright & shiny I guess.
Now I can join the rim fire world & complain about the price & availability of ammo.....
(not really).... the .22 world is all new to me & I missed the boat on the 2-3 cent per round on ammo....whenever that was, I am accustomed to paying .50Cents for .45 ACP FMJ & 1.00 or more for my .308 Ruger American rifle, so paying 7-8 cents per round seems like a bargain......
Ill get a range report out as soon as I can & let you know how it shoots...Thanks again.
 

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I went & took another look yesterday, a couple of very light surface scratches & one small nick on a grip panel , the crown & barrel looked good as far as I could tell, the tag said 399 used, I offered 300, the owner countered at 325.....sold!!
I am very happy with that,(assuming no major malfunctions).... it comes with an extra mag, rail for an optic, extra fiber optic tubes for the front sight, ruger box & the usual lock & such....
a great deal at almost 1/2 price of brand new.....Even the wife was happy that I got such a nice new pistol for a good price....U know what they say , "happy wife, happy life!"
Now I just gotta get it to the range & get that barrel warm!.....
Thanks for your suggestions....your comments along with a few others swayed me to act sooner & I was able to step into the .22 ruger world with confidence & even managed to save a few bucks for ammo!
Whoohooo!
What a great buy! Good for you!
 

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I picked up a used (2008) MK111 Hunter with 4" barrel a few months back at my LGS. Paid $410. The PO had put an inexpensive BSA red dot on it, VQ Volthane grips and th VQ trigger kit. It is some smooth and fun to shoot. He didn't do the mag disconnect so will do that later. I'll probably look at the Hogue grips as I like to practice shooting both right and left handed. Also will add a dot sight, looking mainly at the Burris FF3 because of the size, but also looking at one of the Holosuns. They have the dot and/or the 65moa circle. I have an older Adco HOSS sight on my M1 clone. It is a clone of the Eotech, red/green with dot and circle. Have fun, I know I am. I watched some of the vids on take down and find after some practice I can do quite easily.
 

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That's a very nice 4 inch hunter that you have there Woody...Thanks for sharing....I know I will be looking to eventually get at least a red dot on mine....down the road a bit....
I broke down my hunter , & cleaned it, a couple days ago, the insides were much dirtier than what I could tell in the store, once the barrel was off, I could see the wear marks & additional scratches & such…..from the fit/finish it sees this unit was rode hard & put away wet….seems like it has had many rounds thru it…..anyway once it was cleaned & lightly oiled, time for the re-assembly test…..the barrel & bolt were no problem, but i spent over an hour trying to get the main spring housing back in…..watched the u-tube vids about 4 more times, then finally gave up & went to bed…..so yesterday after work I picked it up again, (no vids this time) & within 15 min it was done….phew….somehow I was able to get the pin up thru the bolt all the way & the “dingus” pin was able to catch the housing just right, then I felt the glorious tension of the spring & it was finally finished, phew again! …for a moment, I thought I heard the angels singing!.......A good friend sold me a brick (from his stash) of federal champion 36 gr. for a decent price, now she is ready to rock & roll at the range, & I will get a report out soon as I can....
 

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Any Mark III Hunter is a great pistol and you want to buy it. Very unlikely that there is anything wrong; these guns are close to indestructible.
 

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Used mark III

I have since added a nice tru-glo red dot sight & a tactical solutions holster, & after sighting it in at the range, couldn't be happier.......due to the weightiness of the hunter model recoil is almost non existent & the red dot really helps. its a lot more fun to shoot when you hit closer to the bulls eye..... with my skilz (or lack thereof) I need all the help I can get & the red dot helps a lot.
I also broke it down & cleaned it prior to the range,.....it was a bit more tricky than my 1911 but not all that terrible, I'm sure it will go a bit more smooth the next time......I would post pics' but am computer challenged. I tried drag & drop but it filled up the whole page.......any help in that area would also be appreciated.
Cant wait to get it back on the range again.:)
 
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