February 15, 2008 at 8:57am
Have not shot the hawkeye yet, but I do own two MK IIs.
I also don't have any experience with the Hogue stock, but they are one of the most respected aftermarket synthetic stock makes in the country.
My 2 cents on ALL Ruger products. Mr. Ruger knew how to make a hunting rifle. Nothing fancy, but a good solid as a tank rifle that people could afford. The rifle may look good, but it is 100% about function with Ruger. If it lacks pretty, that's the sacrifice they will always make. I own two Mk II, a 10/22 (the 10/22 and the Mk II Pistol are the standard by which all 22s are judged), and a Red Label and ALL were bought for their function and reliability, not there looks. There will always be prettier guns, but none more functionable. Let me tell you a few things you will enjoy about the MKII:
Integral mounts, absolutely rock solid.
Three position safety that allows you to unchamber a round WITH the safety on.
Control round feeding.
Lightweight, VERY solidly built rifle.
You WILL NOT like the trigger. Might as well bring it to the gunsmith now. They are supposed to have improved on the trigger, but I don't believe it. BTW, for what it's worth, both of my rifles seem to prefer heavy bullets, so you might start with that. Both like the Federal label in the premium line also. This will be an excellent gun for your grandchildrens grandchildren, go and enjoy.