View Full Version : Red dot suggestions for a Ruger Mark III

September 4, 2007, 10:00 PM
I have a Ruger Mark III with a 5-1/2" bull barrel. I'd like to get a red dot sight for this gun but have no idea what would be the best fit. I'd also like to spend no more than I need to but realize that "cheap" and "value" are two very different things.

Any suggestions?

September 4, 2007, 10:30 PM
I put a cheap Burris red dot I got from WallyWorld on my MKII and it's done pretty good, holds a zero and is bright enough to shoot steel plates at 25yrds during the day. Thought about buying a better one for it but I really can't justify it, this one works fine.

September 4, 2007, 10:59 PM
Preferably with a push button on switch and not a dial type.

September 5, 2007, 10:57 AM
Put a inexpensive $25 BSA on my MK II.


Acually has worked quite well.

Good Luck...


September 5, 2007, 11:26 AM
+1 for BSA. Works great on my MK III. I wouldn't trust it to handle anything with really heavy recoil but for .22's it's hard to beat at 30 bucks.

September 5, 2007, 12:51 PM
My brother and I put a Sightron on a Mk II we built for my mom:



It cost about $200 but has multiple reticles, a polarizing filter, it comes with mounts, and has been rock solid.

Any handgun that will do that, for me, at 25 yards is spectacular.

Tom C.
September 5, 2007, 01:54 PM
I have one of the inexpensive red dots that I like to play with, but when I got serious, I put an Ultradot LT on my MK II 678 GC. Amazing accuracy.

September 7, 2007, 09:34 PM
Thanks for all the tips everyone.

I wound up finding a rather inexpensive Barska Electro Sight Multi Reticle Red Dot Sight which I have ordered but have yet to receive. It's very lightweight, which was different than some of the other red dots I saw at a local gun shop. I figured that the Mark III is heavy enough, especially in the hands of my son, so being lightweight was a definite selling point.

Of course if the sight is poor I'll just return it.

September 8, 2007, 08:12 AM
I found this Ultradot on ebay for $40. It works awesome, and didn't break the bank. Good luck with your new dot!:D They add much fun to your range visit.

September 8, 2007, 08:38 AM
To have sons like you and your Brother MTMilitiaman!!!!

Mom has one fine looking MKII there!

September 8, 2007, 09:15 AM
Here ya go...Ultra Dot L/T


In stock, too...

September 8, 2007, 05:06 PM
I've got a cheap BSA from Wal-Mart on mine. Works like a charm.


September 25, 2007, 08:41 PM
I have a Bushnell Trophy red dot on my Buckmark, the dot stays on target even when you move your head.....

September 26, 2007, 09:41 PM
Getting ready to mount a TruGlo red dot on my MKIII.......should I simply use Locktite to secure the base/rail to the pistol, or is there some new product that I am unaware of???

September 26, 2007, 09:45 PM
Blue Locktite works just fine

September 27, 2007, 01:08 AM
I got a really cheap BSA red dot,


on my .22 pellet gun. I was a little to concerned about it being too cheap, but so far it's holding up just fine. The integral base on it fits the 3/8" rail grooves on most .22s, so I would think it would fit the Mark III just as well.

September 27, 2007, 06:49 AM
I also use the cheap BSA model on my MKIII competition bull barrelled pistol. It has always held zero and will drop squirells out of a tree at 25 yards!!

Magnum Wheel Man
September 27, 2007, 07:03 AM
Mines been on the gun for ( really embarassed ) a "really" long time... the holograpgic style like shown in the link VAROAD posted would be the style I'd use now...

here's mine... it's worked well for a really long time...


September 27, 2007, 02:01 PM
To have sons like you and your Brother MTMilitiaman!!!!

Mom has one fine looking MKII there!

We only got her out with it a couple times before she passed away, but man the pistol paid for itself the first time she hit the can with it.

She had a bad experience learning to shoot when she was a lot younger, and still just dating my dad. It kind of got her afraid of the things. But by the time we had each graduated high school, it had become apparent to her than shooting was something my brother and I had in common, and it wasn't just a passing phase for us, like fire trucks or wanting to be an astronaut. She'd come out to watch us a couple times, and eventually we managed to talk her into some private shooting lessons. We took it slow and were a lot more understanding than my dad was, and we didn't pressure her into do anything she didn't feel ready for. She had problems with iron sights though, so it was discouraging for her to not hit anything and in the end, we knew that she was just trying to spend time with her boys. So we decided to get her that Mk II with the hopes that the red dot would allow her to aim more easily.

We knew it was like eating dessert first teaching someone to shoot a red dot sight before they were competent with iron sights, but my mom was just doing it for fun. She was probably never going to be a serious shooter and my bro and I were willing to take the time to work backwards with her by letting her get the fundamentals of trigger squeeze and such down before encouraging her to work with iron sights. Unfortunately, it was time we never got with her because she was killed in a traffic accident last Dec.


September 27, 2007, 03:50 PM
Very sorry for your sudden loss, but I am sure she knew how much her boys loved her!!

October 2, 2007, 09:17 PM
JDG, if you don't mind me asking what modle is your ultra dot and are they hard to find in the price range you got yours?

Anyone using a BSA did you need to buy a mounting rail or support for that sight or will it mount to a stock gun?

October 2, 2007, 09:28 PM
Unfortunately, it was time we never got with her because she was killed in a traffic accident last Dec.

So sad. She looks like a sweet Montana lady. I think there must be something stuck in my eye...

October 3, 2007, 06:03 AM
I have the cheap BSA on my Ruger III competition model and IIRC I needed to purchase a mounting rail for the scope. This site has never lost zero after thousands of rounds. I can knock a squirrel out of a tree at 25 yards with no problem.

chris in va
October 3, 2007, 03:57 PM
I had a Weigand mount put on my 22/45. It had a cheapie dot at the time, then switched it over to my HiPoint carbine.

Now my CZ Kadet has a Milett 4moa dot on it now, 1" tube. Works really well and not top heavy like the other one was.

Ultimately though I think a holographic would work best for pistols.