You're in Alaska? ALASKA??? Forget the Mod II or Model III. Get the .44 Mag and be happy... and safe. :wink:
I cannot answer your questions, specifically, but I have shot both on occasion. I find the II to be a bit less noisy (clink and clank) than the III, but other than that... I see little performance difference.
Thanks for the response Paul. Yes I live in Alaska, but at one time I was a mechanic at Arnold Jerome Cadillac in Pontiac Michigan. There is an old saying here in Alaska.
WARNING!!! THE FOLLOWING IS A JOKE (for those of you that were born without a sense of humor).
The best bear protection you can own is a pair of running shoes and a .22 pistol. When you see a bear, you stop and put on the running shoes. When the bear charges, you shoot your buddy in the knee with the .22 and then run like hell!!!
I want the Mark II or Mark III for shooting grouse when out hunting.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
I have 2 MK II's. One is a Competition Stainless Target, and the other is a standard MK II blue 4" NRA, Bill Ruger Endowment Model that I just bought. The new Mark III's have a loaded chamber indicator, and the magazine release is a button on the side rather than the little latch on the bottom. They also have gone to Hi-Viz sights on several models. There may be other changes as well internally, but the 2 I've pointed out are the most obivious. Bill T.
I just finally paid off my new 4" bull barrel MKII and brought it home Friday the 29th. I haven't even got to shoot it yet. I wanted to shoot it Saturday, but weather and beer intervened. Anyhow, when the guy at the gunshop handed it over to me, he said, "You're going to want to hang on to this one. You don't want one of those MKIIIs." I asked him why and he told me that a lot of MKIIIs were coming back for warranty work. He wasn't specific as to what the problems were, but he was thoroughly unimpressed with the gun.
I have the Mark111 stainless target model. Have shot it repetedly without a flaw. Extremely accurate. Slightly difficult to field strip until you get familiar with it. I did some trigger work on it and am very pleased. Would highly recomend this pistol.