Originally Posted by Chuck Boyer
I have a Ruger 77 .270 lightweight rifle with the thin 20" barrel. The gun is the old tang safety model. It does not shoot that well and I am considering rebarrelling the action. Since I have never played with any of the 6.5 calibers, I am opting for a 6.5x55. My gunsmith is recommeding a 9" twist. All I will hunt with this gun is deer size animals. My main inquiry is why don't you see more rebarrel or semi-custom guns built on Ruger actions? Be honest whats up with the Ruger action. This will be a hunting gun, not a benchrest or F-class gun. Would I be better off selling the Ruger and buying a CZ or Tikka to satisfy my 6.5 craving?
Here's my "custom" Ruger:
I would not intentionally buy a Ruger for a custom build. One reason you don't see more used for a custom platform is because the action isn't as easy to work with. And, the folks at Ruger must have been smokin some nourishing herb to decide and put a screw in at an angle. But, it is a strong action and will work.
My rifle has had a #1 Hart bbl on it for several years now. It was my first rifle to take game about 20+ years ago so I wasn't going to part with it. I've killed more animals with it than all of my other rifles combined. I shot the antelope at 200 yards with the 110 TTSX/H4350. It is currently a designated Barnes bullet rifle.
My rifle shoots sub moa with many loads. But, I probably won't take a shot over 500 yards with this particular rifle. Good luck with your decision. Since you have the rifle already, you can make it into a real shooter. But if you are up for buying a CZ or Tikka in lieu of doing something with the Ruger, the go for it.