Re: Ruger's Classic Model 77 Rifle Review
I'm going to jump in here and offer some opinions about Ruger. Ruger rifles were intended to compete in in the same market as Remington and Winchester sporting rifles and provide a better dollar value. At the introduction, I give Ruger great kudos for providing the Model 77 with a well designed classic style rifle stock. That single feature caused me to purchase a 22-250 before there was even a varmint model offered. Another design feature that is admirable is the integral scope mount base. Winchester and Big Green never took the hint on that one. Esthetically, I don't like the blockiness and bulk that go along with the investment cast receiver. If you have ever polished one of Rugers castings, pits will surface that are occlusions in the casting. But, from a manufacturing perspective, it is cost effective. My second M77 was a 7x57, simply because the Ruger was the only rifle in 7x57 that was in my price range. Neither rifle shot to my satisfaction. I traded the 22-250 for a Sako Action Belgium Browning Safari Varmint in 22-250, which was extremely accurate.
The angled front action screw is touted to aid accuracy. That whole arrangement only complicates the rebedding process, which must be done. The Ruger bolt action also has a very short barrel tenon. This is another design flaw. At one time, Ruger produced a prototype target rifle with a longer front receiver ring and barrel tenon to try and break into the Long Range market. Unfortunately, the trigger systems were never improved to make them attractive. Occaisionaly you may see someone using a Ruger in some informal target competition, but the Ruger action was never embraced by the smiths building precision rifles for a reason. It was not good enough, and not easily trued like the Remington 700. The controlled round feed has merit in the game fields but not so in the competitive shooting disciplines.
After the 7x57, I never purchased another Ruger bolt rifle. I currently have a No. 1S 45-70 which is the third N0. 1 that I have had. The others were a 25-06 (1V) and a 270 Win (1B) which went down the road. No. 1's can be found with some very nice walnut and I do love the stock design. No. 1's have their own set of bedding issues in the forend hanger design. That's why I kept the 45-70. It has so much barrel the forend effects are not as significant.
Ruger offers a good value in a hunting rifle with some great stock designs and features like the integral mount base. They are a production gun for the masses so the quality will vary. Their customer service for me has been excellent. When I read some of the accuracy claims that are reported in posts, most often they are not supported by any kind of statistic, like “average of five 5-shot groups”. Just shooting a ˝” group out of a rifle once, doesn’t make it a ˝” rifle. So I take those unsupported reports with a grain of salt.