Originally Posted by chad44
I own an older ruger m77 in 243. It is totally stock and shoots minute of deer. I would like to make it a shooter. I have asked several people and the general saying is that most guys won't work on a ruger action. Is it necessary to blue print this or would swapping the barrel and stock be sufficient? I don't want to break the bank but is putting a high end barrel on an untrued action pointless?
If you're shooting an "older" factory rifle, don't expect miracles. It is what it is. The best accuracy i got out of my Tang Safety M77 7RM was about 3/4 MOA, which isn't bad considering it was a factory rifle. I burned the barrel out and was interested in re-barreling it and asked the question here in this thread...
Ruger M77 action build???
Bottom line is that the M77 just isn't the best action to do a build from or spend time and $$$ on.
If you really like your M77, go for it. I have spent a lot of time researching rifle actions and quite honestly, M77's are not near the top of the list. Mine is retired will likely stay retired. I've killed a lot of critters with it including a B&C Big Horn ram and I will hold on to it for sentimental reasons but no plans to give it an upgrade.
My smith actually likes M77's and when I asked him about the angled front action screw. He said, well, I re-driil and tap that out, which means you also have to modify the bottom metal and stock.
Whatever you decide to do, good luck and a good plan requires minimal luck.