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Old 12-20-2011, 08:52 PM
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Can a Ruger be "accurized?"

I have the opportunity at a local gun store to buy a Ruger MKII 300WM for fairly cheap, due to a shipping blemish that caused the barrel to get a little scratched.

Anyway, my question is: Can the Ruger be headspaced and trued to make an accurate 500-800 yard deer/elk rifle? I already have a MKII in 25-06, but it is completely stock and I havent ever tried to look into customizing it. Ill also be looking into getting a new stock for it, and are there good options for it? Since it's not as popular as a Rem 700 or Savage 110.
Many thanks for any opinions
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:58 PM
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Re: Ran a Ruger be "accurized?"

The head space should not be an issue.

I'd say if you want it, buy it, float it, bed it, shoot it, and see how it shoots.

If it shoots well, you have a great rifle super cheap.

If it doesn't find a gunsmith who specializes in M-77 actions. I know we have a sponsor or two that have built customs on them.
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:35 PM
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Re: Ran a Ruger be "accurized?"

I assume it should shoot extremely well, as my factory MK II 25-06 shoot 1/2 MOA with factory ammo, as long as I can do my part on the controlling end. I just didnt know how easily it could be smithed if it needed, since its not a super popular action, when compared to others.
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Re: Ran a Ruger be "accurized?"

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I assume it should shoot extremely well, as my factory MK II 25-06 shoot 1/2 MOA with factory ammo, as long as I can do my part on the controlling end. I just didnt know how easily it could be smithed if it needed, since its not a super popular action, when compared to others.
I've had 3 M-77's... Two of them were sub MOA out of the box and half that with basic accurizing like I described above with reloads.

The other took a lot of work to get to sub MOA and didn't get any better than about .8 .

There was a breif perod of time back in the late eighties or early nineties where accuracy was a real problem with several of the Ruger models but it didn't last long.

Fifty driver if I remember right is one of the smiths/sponsors here that does or has done quite a bit of work with the M-77 action in the past.
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Re: Can a Ruger be "accurized?"

Wildrose, I appreciate your insight.
There's a good chance Ill try to go get it sometime tomorrow, and Ill report back on my findings.
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Wildrose, I appreciate your insight.
There's a good chance Ill try to go get it sometime tomorrow, and Ill report back on my findings.
What the hell, it's only time and money right?

I did an "impulse buy" recently on a M-70 300 WM. It shot like total crap right out of the box.

I put about six hours or so work into opening the barrel channel/floating and bedding, put a decent recoil pad on it, and it's already vastly improved.

I'll play with it a little more and then maybe post something on it. I only intended it as a medium range "do it all truck gun" anyhow and it's already meeting that criteria.

I consider them all to be projects, good luck with yours.
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Re: Can a Ruger be "accurized?"

Okay I've been reading up on Ruger actions and rifles and it seems as though lots of people dont seem to like them, or at least the people who post on here.
Is it more difficult to true a Ruger action? Do the bolts true up like any other, and are the lugs are easily lapped?
Ive also seen that lots of people seem to hate the crooked front screw when it comes to pillar and glass bedding the action
Ive had excellent luck with my 25-06, but I cant seem to look away from all the negative remarks around this place about the m77 in general!
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