Originally Posted by FEENIX
Look at one of the links on my response #3, I used a Ruger-to-Weaver adapter by Burris to open up my options on rings.
Thanks for the links. Very interesting reading the threads on the subject. There are more options available than I though but most of them such as Near and Farrel are what I consider in the custom class and a little spendy compared to other common quality options. Also, they still leave those dirt collecting divots in the top of the receiver
The question is, how many hoops and how much $$$ does one invest to make it work? When is it better to switch gears and invest in something a little more upgrade friendly? That was eventually my decision after A LOT of investigation and solicitation of opinions, which included smiths and a well know barrel maker.
Like I said, I may give my M77 a facelift someday because of its history with me, especially since my smith likes them (not Dave Young, my smith down here in Three Forks, Glen Demaray) I sure wouldn't go out and buy one for a donor.
BTW, sweet rifle in your Facelift thread. What did you do regarding bedding, pillars, angle front screw etc.?
Originally Posted by MudRunner2005
Mark, remember, EGW & Near Mfg. both make picatinny rails for the recievers. Only downside, is that you have to have your smith drill & tap the 4 holes for you. However, I think it would be worth the investment since you would be able to use whatever rings and scope you wanted to, after having it drilled & tapped. Just my opinion.
Didn't know that EGW made a rail for the M77. That said, I checked out their site and called them. The rail they sell is the standard and not the HD and they don't make a steel version. I might consider it for a lighter chambering... maybe a 22-250 or 243 or smaller. I'm not sure it would be worth the investment from a practical view. I would only do it because like I mentioned to FEENIX, the rifle's history with me. I find buying Howa/Vanguard actions much more practical as they need no more than a straight forward blueprint job of receiver and bolt. That said, anything longer than a Dakota case and I am going full custom. The Howa actions (and M77's) are a little too short for 300 WM cases and longer with long high BC bullets.
Originally Posted by MontanaRifleman
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...
Miracles do happen. They can be made to shoot.
This is what my old tang safety 220 swift 1976 bicentennial model will do after all these years. I reworked the trigger, and piller bedded the walnut stock and recrowned the barrel years ago back in the late 80s. Don't know the round count, We haven't shot it to death just used it on crows and coyote's. Always heard the Swifts were barrel burners and have been afraid the accuracy would leave it. But it is still going strong. I looked for my 280 ack targets but couldn't find them.
You can hope for a miracle, but don't expect one. You can make anything shoot well if you put enough time and $$$ into it. Also, your lighter chamberings usually produce better groups. When you start climbing the cartridge food chain, things like recoil lugs, bedding and action screws become much more relevant.
How did you pillar bed it it and what did you do with the angled front action screw?
My honest advise to Chad is sell your Ruger and take the money and buy an old Howa or Vanguard at a gun show for about $200-$300 and go from there. You'll get a good shooter for less $$$ and effort and there will be nothing convoluted about it.... unless your are emotionally attached to this rifle.