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Ruger M77 action build???

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Unread 09-12-2008, 03:24 AM
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Re: Ruger M77 action build???

I have a 240 wby with a 26 inch schilln barrel and B/C stock built on a s/s ruger action and it shoots .25 - .5 all day with 100gr hornady sp doing 3350.

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Unread 09-12-2008, 12:43 PM
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The Ruger action would deffinatly not be my first choice but have done it a couple of times.

You run into a couple of obsticles
#1 Finding a smith that can put a barrel/stock on aint hard but doing it right and trueing the action will narrow the field down considerable!
#2 The front angled screw and irregular shaped action make bedding these critters challangeing.
#3 Mounting a scope for normal hunting on a Ruger is easy with the supplied rings but good luck finding 20MOA bases or 35mm rings for these critters!!
The smith that did my 308 Baer cheated He ground the recoil lug off, drilled a new hole for the front screw and added a recoil lug between the barrel and action.
"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler." -Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
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Unread 08-15-2009, 05:19 PM
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Re: Ruger M77 action build???

Originally Posted by MontanaRifleman View Post
Is an old Ruger M77 (tang safety, 1988 vintage) action worth building a custom on??? The bolt works fine and the trigger feels almost identical to my Sako 85.

I would like to chamber it to a 7mm Dakota, put a Lilja barrel on it and a McMillan stock and make a 1K rifle out of it.

Another consideration is will the Ruger style rings hold a 32oz NF NSX well enough?

Is it worth doing some work on it and trueing it up, or, should I just retire it?

Any opinions or comments?


Did you ever do anythng with this rifle? I am in the same boat right now. Bought it when I was 17 and now needs a new barrel.
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Unread 08-15-2009, 10:33 PM
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Re: Ruger M77 action build???

I have not done anything with this rifle. I ended getting a Sendero 300 RUM and the M77 will be put away indefinitely.

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