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Ruger MK678 Target

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by FW, Jul 4, 2004.

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  1. FW

    FW Member

    Jan 9, 2003
    In my quest to find the right Mark II another version has caught my attention, the MK678 Target (6 7/8 heavy taperd barrel). I know these models have been around a long time (longer than most?). Searching the web has not turned up a lot of information though.

    Among the other models I've considered is the MK512. It looks like the price of the two is the same. Both weight the same too.

    Who has had experience with this? Is there any appreciable difference between the two other than looks?
  2. Penforhire

    Penforhire Member

    Apr 30, 2003
    So. Cal a.k.a. PRK
    My two cents --

    Because the weight difference was small I just ate the whole thing, I went with a full bull barrel 6 7/8" Government model. Doing my own web-crawling convinced me that length was the sweet spot for accuracy. After changing the grips I have no complaint about the weight so if I had to buy again I'd stick with a full bull barrel, though I like the looks of the slab-side.

    I'm still working with the stock iron sights but the day I upgrade to an Ultradot it'll ride in Solow rings (l like that scope position best). So the pre-drilled models have no advantage for me.

    I put in most of the Volquartsen accurizing goodies and a trigger shield. I'm not convinced the accurizing parts made much difference but it was good to get that intimate with the MkII's guts (and I taught mine some new cuss words while I was at it). That trigger shield is a simple part but worth way more than it costs!
  3. Remander

    Remander Member

    Feb 16, 2003
    I have both, and there is a thread going on right now over at MarkII.org on the choice between these two fine pistols.

    If you are going to carry it much, I suggest the 5 1/2 because of the decreased weight.

    I slightly prefer the 6 7/8, but I don't carry it in the woods. I use it primarily for target shooting at the range. It feels better balanced in my hand, and I like the target grips. Your "feel" may vary.

    If I had to holster one up and walk with it all day, no question I would go with the shorter barrel.

    But for range shooting with a red dot (I have an Ultradot), the 6 7/8 is fantastic! I used it yesterday to bang the steel plates, as well as knock down silhouettes and break clay pigeons on the 75 yd rail. What a blast!

    Get one of them. You'll love either pistol.
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