Long Range Hunting Online Magazine


Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Magazine Articles > Gun Reviews - Discussion


Reply

Ruger's Classic Model 77 Rifle Review

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #29  
Old 07-03-2013, 09:48 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: terlton, oklahoma
Posts: 379
Re: Ruger's Classic Model 77 Rifle Review

Quote:
Originally Posted by C1PNR View Post
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.
I have a 25-06 tang safty that shoots 3 shots in one round hole.
And have 4 of the target models that are also very accurate.
220 swift
243
308
300 mag
Reply With Quote
  #30  
Old 07-04-2013, 05:30 AM
Gold Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 805
Re: Ruger's Classic Model 77 Rifle Review

C1PNR good luck with that 757. They were natoriously poor shooters even for tang safety rugers. the one i had was real lucky to shoot an occasional 2 inch group.
Reply With Quote
  #31  
Old 08-12-2013, 06:09 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 250
Re: Ruger's Classic Model 77 Rifle Review

I have a M77 MKII in 7mm mag and it shoots 3/4 in groups at 200. The stock is all I had a problem with. A little work to float the tube and a good load is all it took.
Reply With Quote
  #32  
Old 08-14-2013, 10:45 PM
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 30
Re: Ruger's Classic Model 77 Rifle Review

I currently have several rugers and had several more in the past. They are modestly priced, fit me very well, and have never had any malfunction in the action. The actions dont look very nice but they do work. However the triggers are the worst. I am not a good enough marksmen to hold steady while the trigger has 10 miles of creep before it breaks and another 10 miles of overtravel after. The trigger has become the deal breaker of an otherwise great feeling rifle. As for accuracy my 223 and 243 are very consistent and not a bit picky about what I put through it. The 338 and 220 swift cant seem to like the same load very long. One lesson I have learned is dont throw more money at a picky rifle. Cut your loss on anything you cant be confident in.
Reply With Quote
  #33  
Old 08-15-2013, 05:56 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 22
Re: Ruger's Classic Model 77 Rifle Review

Quote:
Originally Posted by wackinandstackin243 View Post
I currently have several rugers and had several more in the past. They are modestly priced, fit me very well, and have never had any malfunction in the action. The actions dont look very nice but they do work. However the triggers are the worst. I am not a good enough marksmen to hold steady while the trigger has 10 miles of creep before it breaks and another 10 miles of overtravel after. The trigger has become the deal breaker of an otherwise great feeling rifle. As for accuracy my 223 and 243 are very consistent and not a bit picky about what I put through it. The 338 and 220 swift cant seem to like the same load very long. One lesson I have learned is dont throw more money at a picky rifle. Cut your loss on anything you cant be confident in.
you can grind and polish the trigger to get the feel you want just do a,little,at a time.
Reply With Quote
  #34  
Old 08-20-2013, 11:43 AM
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 34
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.
Reply With Quote
  #35  
Old 08-20-2013, 12:16 PM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: S.E. Michigan
Posts: 3,460
Re: Ruger's Classic Model 77 Rifle Review

BTW...Strum Ruger's side operation (investment casting) is very well respected in the manufacturing industry.

A gun for the masses sums it up quite nicely and they really promoted the rimfire segment too.

I have no less than 7 Rugers. a 223 Target, 10-22, 2 Chargers, 2 semi auto pistols and a Single Six in 41 caliber. Other than the 41, everything has been completely reworked and modified to suit my personal taste, something thats easy to do with a Ruger.
__________________
'It's not about me, it's about we'..........
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads for: Ruger's Classic Model 77 Rifle Review
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
High Grade Remington Model Seven Classic Ultra Walnut Rifle Stocks Stocky Equipment Discussions 2 08-12-2013 11:19 AM
Win model 70 classic barrel 7mm-08 SS new razors Gun Parts - Stocks, Barrels, Actions, etc. 3 04-08-2012 12:23 PM
Model 547 Classic Mike6158 Rimfire and Airguns 0 02-04-2010 04:56 PM
WTT: For High End Rifle Scope, Winchester Model 70 Classic 243 Win. BigBob Guns For Sale 3 09-24-2009 01:33 PM
FS Ruger's 338 stls rifle 454 S-R-Hawk bearclaw46 Guns For Sale 0 12-14-2002 02:12 AM

Current Poll
I currently have hunting preference points in the following states

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:43 AM.


Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
All content ©2010-2014 Long Range Hunting, LLC