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Old 08-17-2012, 08:17 PM
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Ruger M77 as a Long Range Rifle?

A couple of years ago, I came across a used .270 Ruger M77 for dirt cheap. It's an older model with a wood stock, the tang safety, and blued barrel/action.
Now, I realize that 99.5% of long range shooters choose the model 700, but what I'd like to know is- why? Can this old Ruger be made to shoot with the 700's? What kind of obsticles am I looking at, compared to reworking something more common?
I've always kind of liked doing things a bit different, and I guess this is no exception.
Any ideas?
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:11 PM
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Re: Ruger M77 as a Long Range Rifle?

I won't diss rugers as I have a couple they will shoot rather well. Most rugers will not hold quite the accuracy that the rems, savages, etc. will. The trued up remmies and custom actions will be under an inch for ten shots at 100 with a good load. The rugers I've seen will do about two inches for ten shots at 100. They are good hunting guns to 1/4 mile or so with pet loads, but that's about it. I have used my #1 in 338 on a deer at 550 yards though. Put him down on the spot. I'm sure you could have one trued up and put a match grade barrel on it, and it would run with a custom grade m70 win.. It's harder to find parts/accesories for rugers too.
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:34 PM
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Re: Ruger M77 as a Long Range Rifle?

Yes it can. It's all in how well it's tuned up. My 7mag is a tang safety m77. When I still had the factory tube on it I could put 5 into a 3" puck at 500yrds day in day out. That was just with a good bedding job and the trigger adjusted to 2.5lbs. Now it's wearing a #6 contour match barrel, and the action has been completely gone through It's very very accurate now.
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:31 AM
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Re: Ruger M77 as a Long Range Rifle?

I agree with above posts.

My all factory stock (except for MB) M77 MKII in .338 Win Mag as shown ...



... shoots Hornady 225gr SST factory ammo ...



I have since changed the stock, trigger, and developed loads using 225gr NABs and stretched it to 600 yards.

Good luck!

BTW, nice screen name!
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Old 08-18-2012, 03:09 PM
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Re: Ruger M77 as a Long Range Rifle?

Bought a used featherweight 270win Ruger 77 tang safety a few years ago. Price was very reasonable, $210 and other than being obviously used, in good condition. Would have been a nice carry rifle if I hunted. Accuracy of it left a lot to be desired when shooting from benchrest.

Will have an inexpensive ($80) heavy contour Midway A&B barrel installed chambered in 7x57 mauser. Will replace the factory trigger sear with one made by Rifle Basix ($45). This is not a complete Basix trigger assembly and only available for the 77 tang safety Ruger. Did some other minor tinkering with trigger, mostly just polishing. May have lightened up the trigger spring, not sure. Results: trigger pull around 1 lb. or less. First time I tried the trigger was shocked at how light the trigger pull was. Needless to say, slammed the bolt hard numberous times and banged the butt of stock on concrete to get it to release, but it never did. But, I learned to keep my finger off the trigger until I was ready to shoot. LOL. Only my Martini BSA Model 12 target 22 has a trigger to match it.

Bought a clearance Boyd Unifit stock ($20) which I inletted for the Ruger, since the factory stock looked kinda odd on the rebarreled rifle and sucked using with a shooting rest. Stock is hardly lovely, but I shaped it to suit me.

Put a decent Nitrex TR2 6-20x50 scope on it.

If I go down to our 600 yd range to shoot, the Ruger is the one I'll take first. Rather good accuracy with it. Day we had grand opening of our 400 & 600 ranges, this resurrected Ruger held its own against rifles costing a heck of a lot more and designed for long range shooting.

So, in my humble opinion, yea, your Ruger can be made to shoot.
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Old 08-19-2012, 01:39 AM
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Re: Ruger M77 as a Long Range Rifle?

The Ruger can be made to shoot ok but dont expect to win many competitions with it.
I've got three Rugers currently thet shoot good but had a 308VLE that was a dog that wouldnt hunt.....A new barrel was the last resort but traded it off to another Ruger fan that thought he could get it to shoot=He failed to get it shooting too.
#1The old tang 7mag has trouble going much under an inch @ 100 but is stays minute of goat/deer/elk to 600 consistantly and has become my go to carry rig.
#2The old sporter tang 243 got rebarreled with an 8 twist 22-250. Kinda fussy about what it likes but does well with 75 grain amaxes and H414 powder.
#3 The old tang was pickt up used in 308Baer with a few modification but has since ben rebarreled to 338 edge and a Sightron 20x scope with 150moa of travel.
#4 bought the 223 V for doggin with back when they first came out, had it rechambered with a shorter throat for 40 grain vmaxes when it was still new. With 6450 rounds threw it I sold it to my shooting partner that still hits more dogs than he misses.
The biggest downside to the Rugers has been the scope bases. It can be difficult to get a 34mm scope mounted and you have to use a scope with a lot of travel as the bases dont allow much adjustment.

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Old 08-19-2012, 07:30 AM
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Re: Ruger M77 as a Long Range Rifle?

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The biggest downside to the Rugers has been the scope bases. It can be difficult to get a 34mm scope mounted and you have to use a scope with a lot of travel as the bases dont allow much adjustment.




Yea those integral scope bases only thing I can complain about with mine. crappy thing to do to a customer if you ask me.

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