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Ruger's Classic Model 77 Rifle Review

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Unread 04-12-2013, 07:08 AM
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Re: Ruger's Classic Model 77 Rifle Review

markIIs and hawkeyes are a bit more consistant then the tang safety guns were but you still can get bad ones. Just a month ago i traded off a hawkeye 06 that after spending abou 200 bucks on bullets, powder and primers never found a load that went under a 1 3/4 and most were well over 2. I even floated the barrel and bedded the stock and it still refused to shoot. Ive got two other hawkeyes right now. A 7mag and a 264 mag. The 264 will do one inch with one load it likes but most go around 1.5 inch. the 7mag with its best load is a 1.5 inch gun. thing is with that gun is at least its consistant as most loads go 1.5 to 1 3/4. Whats all this mean to me. Rugers have gotten better but they still suck hind tit for accuracy in out of the box rifles.
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Unread 04-12-2013, 09:31 PM
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Re: Ruger's Classic Model 77 Rifle Review

Yes, the tang safety legacy is what is keeping me from really experimenting with my Ruger 1973 manufacture in 7x57, a cartridge I really admire.

Once I have my reloading facility back I'll undoubtedly try to put something together for both this and my Remington 8x57 "Classic" from a few years ago. I do like both the 7 Mauser and the 8 Mauser, so I'll try. We'll see.

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Unread 04-22-2013, 10:31 AM
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Re: Ruger's Classic Model 77 Rifle Review

I have two of the tang safety M77's one in a 257Roberts Ackley Improved that shoots cloverleafs all day.The other is a 7x57 Ackley Improved that loves 160gr magtips.Had them both bedded and free floated. Nice guns.I also like that they both have the longer action for seating bullets out.

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Unread 04-25-2013, 10:07 AM
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Re: Ruger's Classic Model 77 Rifle Review

I've had 3 m77's, and none shot good. Never again...
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Unread 05-31-2013, 08:09 AM
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Re: Ruger's Classic Model 77 Rifle Review

I only buy the old M77 Tang actions. mostly because of the better positioned floor plate release and excellent adjustable trigger.

The MKII is only good enough for your standard hunting rifle at medium ranges. nothing more.

I have an all original M77 tang in 6mm Remington with the original Varmint contour barrel. It will shoot 1/4 MOA with my hand loads using 75gr Sierra HP bullets at 3480 fps.

My other M77 tang is a custom rifle with a hand made walnut stock and a Lilja barrel chambered in 358 Norma Mag. It shoots extremely well also.
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Unread 07-02-2013, 06:59 AM
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Re: Ruger's Classic Model 77 Rifle Review

I have 77-22 RF, 204 Ruger. 22-250 Rem, 220 Swift, 257 Roberts, Ruger bolt action and a 243 Win and 25-06 Rem single shot falling block rifles. Except for the 204 Ruger Target Varmint rifle some tune up work was required to get them to shoot acceptable 100 yard groups with reloaded ammo. Glass bedding the action, free floating the barrel and adjusting the trigger tune up on the old tang safety and newer safety models improved accuracy.. I found the forearm was more difficult to work on than the falling block rifles but I did get the 243, and 25-06 to shoot deer hunting accuracy.. But the Ruger took less work than some Rem 700 rifles I own where they also needed the bolt locking lapped, and the barrel re-crowned in addition to glass bedding the action, free floating the action and adjusting the trigger. I have not tried out the latest Ruger models but if I were to get a new rifle it would be a Ruger , not a Remington rifle.
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Unread 07-02-2013, 07:19 AM
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Re: Ruger's Classic Model 77 Rifle Review

i have a mid 80s m77 in 7mm mag that i purchased a cpl years ago that was in pretty decent shape. i just did the pillar bed job on and both action and stock glass bedded then free floated the barrel. waiting to get a scope for it. i hope its a shooter after the work in put into the rifle....
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