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Old 02-10-2013, 05:26 PM
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Anyone use Ruger 77 action for build?

I just came across my Ruger M77 in the safe and just got to thinking about using the action to start a build. The rifle shoots great stock but it's a .243 win and it doesn't like anything over 95gr. I haven't used the gun much in years and was just thinking about building it into a long range yote gun maybe speed goat or deer. I like the action but I just haven't heard of anyone building on one. If anyone has any experience using these actions for LRH builds I would love to hear how your projects turned out and more importantly if you would recommend this type of build. The gun is ideal as it sits for my wife and kids but just got the gears turning when I came across her today. Thanks for taking a look and your input in advance.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:44 PM
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Re: Anyone use Ruger 77 action for build?

There aren't many bench rest shooters using 77 actions.I have been told the reason is the funky angled front action screw setup.That doesn't mean it isn't worth rebarreling though.I also know a guy that has one rebarreled in 220 swift that shoots VERY well.He had a Hart barrel put on it and it shoots 5/8" groups on a good day.
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:47 PM
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Re: Anyone use Ruger 77 action for build?

Thanks Chainsaw,
I suppose I should just start with a trigger job and see where that leads. It's good to know that others are having luck with the action.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:30 PM
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Re: Anyone use Ruger 77 action for build?

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Thanks Chainsaw,
I suppose I should just start with a trigger job and see where that leads. It's good to know that others are having luck with the action.
Trigger and better stock is definitely a start. I have a M77 MKII that shoots well within 1/2 MOA with factory loads. Ruger M77 MKII Facelift and Range Report

Don't be discourage, check out this thread >>> Blueprint Ruger Action

Good luck!

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Old 02-10-2013, 11:39 PM
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Re: Anyone use Ruger 77 action for build?

I've got three Ruger M77 tang safties I use. We may not winn a bench rest competition but they all shoot as good as I can drive them!
The first used to be a fair shootin 243 sporter that got a facelift with a new 8 twist 22-250 barrel and a Boyds stock. I like the long range ability of the 75grain max but sometimes miss the handy little 243 it used to be...



The second is a 7mag that has only been bedded,trigger tuned and a better recoil pad put on it. I've kicked around the idea of rebarreling it but its become my go-to big game unit and has done eveything I've expected of it and more......



The third is a full blown custom in 338Edge. The angle lug has been ground off and a remington type lug added along with a trigger and Richards stock. I have to pull the bolt to get a loaded round out.



This is what it looked like when it was a 308Baer. the 338 barrel has a Holland brake and a Sightron 20x with 150MOA of travel sits on top.

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Old 02-11-2013, 11:02 AM
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Re: Anyone use Ruger 77 action for build?

The Ruger has a reputation for being difficult to predict performance because of the angled lug.

When they are good, they are realy good, but when they are not,WeeeLLLLL.

I think I read somewhere that Jim See with center shot rifles Has the Rugers figured out, so you
might give him a call and talk to him. (He is one of the better gun smiths on this site and will
help you).

There are little tricks to building an accurate rifle and you need someone that has lots of them for
the Ruger 77.

I liked the idea of cutting off the angled lug like MachV did and setting it up like a Remington and
will have to try that method on the next Ruger 77. (I do Savages the same way with no barrel
nut and a larger shank with a shoulder to set the headspace and have had excellent results) That
may be "THE" trick that makes them all predictable.

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Old 02-11-2013, 12:29 PM
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Re: Anyone use Ruger 77 action for build?

Thanks for all the great info gentlemen. The threads that Feenix posted explain the unique challenges with a 77 and how they are addressed. Makes since that you don't hear about a lot of builds on them.

MachV, you have some great lookin shoooters there and I'm tempted to build something like your 22-250.

J E, I'm sure there is really no way to predict how well , or how much work it will take to get there but in your experience if the gun shoots well stock will it require as much truing. I know there is probably no hard fast rule. I hate to go to work on a gun that already has very good accuracy just for the sake of putting a fast twist tube on.
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