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Ruger M77 Tang safety. Uncanny accuracy

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Unread 03-18-2013, 09:20 AM
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Ruger M77 Tang safety. Uncanny accuracy

I kno ruger and accuracy are rarely associated when it comes to the M77's. I picked one up at a gun show a while back in 243 win. Stock and blueing were in great shape, has a varmint contour barrel and was overall a great rifle for my purposes of smoking coyote's. I put a set of red field rings and a NIKON Buckmasters 6-18x40 scope on it and I was able to adjust the trigger down to about 2.5-3 lbs and it breaks very crisp. With factory ammo I was easily getting 1-1.5 inch groups. This is on a rifle without a bedding job and the barrel is not floated, yet the groups are better than what I need out of the rifle. I recently got into reloading, less than a month ago. Living on a farm I can load some and walk out my back door and test them off of sand bags. First load was minimum and I was getting 2 inch group at 100 yards using remington brass, sierra 75 grain HPFB varminters. Worked up to 42.1 grains of ramshot biggame, same bullet, winchester primers seated to a oal of 2.715. Was amazed that I was getting consistent .75 inch groups. So I tried the factory crimp since they would be loaded from the magazine and I just put a light crimp on it. First group was and amazing .25 with following groups no larger than .6 measured with a caliper. Has any one heard of this before out of a ruger rifle?
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    Unread 03-18-2013, 09:39 AM
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    Re: Ruger M77 Tang safety. Uncanny accuracy

    Had 2 in 220 swift and both would easily shoot .25MOA with hand loads. Don't have much experience otherwise but these two shot well enough.
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    Unread 03-18-2013, 09:42 AM
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    Re: Ruger M77 Tang safety. Uncanny accuracy

    I'm just interested because I hear so much negative on ruger when it comes to accuracy
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    Unread 03-18-2013, 10:06 AM
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    Re: Ruger M77 Tang safety. Uncanny accuracy

    Well am glad someone else got the same rifle. But mine is not vermite .. Its 1978 1-9 twist. Loves 80-85 grains bullets.. Now am reloading berger 105 gr hunting vld . With overall length of 2.960. Case trimmed to 2.035
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    Unread 03-18-2013, 10:08 AM
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    Re: Ruger M77 Tang safety. Uncanny accuracy

    I had a ruger 300 win mag that would easily put several different loads into 1/2 inch.
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    Unread 03-18-2013, 10:31 AM
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    Re: Ruger M77 Tang safety. Uncanny accuracy

    Mine is a 1-10 twist. I think it would be a deer eater with some 87 grain bergers and some spicy loads of h4350.
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    Unread 03-18-2013, 12:04 PM
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    Re: Ruger M77 Tang safety. Uncanny accuracy

    I have 2 of the 77 tang-safety models that I have had for years and years, both stainless synthetic skeleton stock models. 1 is 7mm-08 and the other is 7mm RemMag. Both are tack-drivers, especially with handloads.
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