I want to get the Ruger MKIII 22 l.r. in stainless finish but have a tough time choosing the model. I’ve narrowed it down to the following three which are priced similarly. (1) Ruger MKIII Target model with 5.50 inch barrel(black synthetic grip and thick barrel) (2) Ruger MKIII Competition model with 6.88 inch slab barrel (rosewood grip with thumbrest) (3) Ruger MKIII Hunter model with 5.50 inch barrel (flute barrel/rosewood grip); this is a TALO distribution model. I think the 5 ½ inch barrel is best length (not too long as 6.88 inch but not short as the 4-1/2 inch version). Correct me if I’m wrong. I’m in CT so I cannot hunt with a pistol. It’s for shooting practice and target. BTW, I prefer the wood grip to the black synthetic grip. Not sure about the choice of barrel though: thick barrel, slab or flute barrel? What’s the advantage/disadvantage of each barrel? Is the Hunter model on par with the Target or Competition models for accuracy, balance and handling? Please share your experience. Thanks.