I'm thinking of selling my prized Ruger M77 Mark II Express Rifle in 30-06 Springfield to fund a scope purchase for my 280 AI that I robbed the scope off for the Remington R5 223 I bought for Lori. These were made from 1992-2002 and are now out of production, mine carries a 1992 production serial number 780-778XX. From what I've read there were less then 100 made in each caliber that year (25-06, 270, 7mm RM, 30-06, 300WM, 338WM), but even more odd is this wears a 780 prefix when most carried a 760 prefix for all years from 1992-2002. There were a few other "odd prefix's" as well, a 781 prefix. As noted below:
I sent my gun to Ruger in 2004 for inspection and to have the lower section of the bolt face removed so that it was a CRF, odd as it may seem but the first few M77 MKII were push feed!
Here's the specs:
Ruger M77 Mark II Express in 30-06 Springfield; 22'' BBL. with a Solid Quarter Rib Iron Sights 50 and 100 yard (the barrel and the quarter rib are made from a solid piece of steel); Barrel Band front swivel stud; 13 1/2" LOP; Ruger 3/4" Rubber Butt Pad; Drop Down Steel Floor Plate; Ebony Forend Tip; Nicely Figured Circassian Walnut Stock, Cut Checkering; Factory Box and papers.
The stock has a very light scratch just above the rear swivel stud .0400" long, and a few faint dents just in front of the rear stud. This happened during shipment to Africa in a double gun case, the front bead of my 458 Lott was making contact with the stock of the Ruger. They are very faint and barley noticeable other then the scratch. Sad but true..... hey, it went through a lot of brush without a scratch. But the Air Lines, that's a scary place even in a all aluminum case!
Rifle wears a Leupold VXIII 1.5-5x20 mm scope in Matt std. duplex in factory Ruger Rings. Comes with Butler Creek Corp. push open front cap and std. Objective lines cover.
Asking $1,895.00 insured and shipped to your FFL. I do have something like 195+ pieces of Norma brass, some loaded ammo with the 200 gr. Norma Oryx and 220 gr. Woodleigh Solids. I'll include with the deal. They both shoot to the same POA, and like everything I own shoots extremely well..... for a factory Ruger untouched to shoot under 3/4" MOA that's pretty good!
Great rifle for the African bush, light weight, handles as well as you can point your finger, swings just as fast and can be used with or without the scope in the field. Ruger rings are field removable and no change in POI.
Thanks for looking.
PS: I forgot to mention that the Deluxe/Express rifles have some of the most beautiful wood I have even seen! This is not the ugly dark and dull plane old Walnut found on all other Ruger guns! This wood is gorgeous, bright, has depth, great figure, some nice fiddle back on the left side.... other then the scratches, this gun/scope and hours of hand lapping the barrel are in mint condition!