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Old 09-02-2013, 06:51 PM
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Re: Ruger's Classic Model 77 Rifle Review

JUST AQUIRED RUGER SCOUT RIFLE. MOUNTED 4 POWER BURRIS COMPACT. STILL PLAYING WITH LOADS. 168 FGM SUB MINUTE, I REALLY LOVE THIS RIFLE!
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:08 PM
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Re: Ruger's Classic Model 77 Rifle Review

One of our group just bought one. I don't care for the flash hider (gives it an AK look) but he says it's a shooter. Don't know for a fact as I haven't tried it but I will. I get to try them all (everyone in the group) at some point because I do the scope mounting, trigger jobs and load builds.

Candidly, my favorite bolt gun (in the group) and I don't own one but will someday is a Sako Fin-lite.
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:05 PM
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Re: Ruger's Classic Model 77 Rifle Review

My brother-in-law has a M77 MkII in .30-06 and it is a good rifle. The CZ 550 series is a good copy of Mauser features with some upgrades. CZ has recently released the new CZ 557 that does not have the single set trigger, but you can work the bolt with the safety engaged. There is always the classic Winchester Model 70 as America's Mauser 98 copy, with modifications that bring it up to date. Ruger and CZ rifles come with factory scope rings, which makes them a good deal. Scope ring bases are integral to the receiver on CA and Ruger, which I like a lot.

CZ has the 6.5mm Swede chambering offered in their full stock Mannlicher style, as well as the American stock style. Winchester Model 70 is offered in 6.5mm Swede as well. Personally, I think the 7mm Mauser beats the 6.5 Swede, as the 6.5 Swede has the exact same powder capacity and was obviously a copy, as was the .30-06 Springfield. The US Government paid the Mauser brothers a royalty, but I wonder if the Swedes ever did. The 6.5mm Swede is actually a closer copy than the .30-06 Springfield. The 7x57mm Mauser was upgunned to the 7x64mm Brenneke for sportsmen, and a couple of decades later the Americans answered with the very similar .270 Winchester. The .30-06 was eventually shortened to the .308 Winchester, and Remington eventually made it a ballistic twin to the original 7mm Mauser by creating the 7mm-08 Remington......this brought the copycat war full circle to the original cartridge. And to make sure they covered their bases, Remington released the .280 Remington to duplicate 7x64mm Brenneke ballistics.

The 7mm Mauser is truly the father of the most useful American centerfire cartridges. And oh yes, Remington paid homage to the 6.5mm Swede with the .260 Remington, with similar ballistics in a short action.

My brother had a real 6.5mm Swede military rifle and the 6.5mm Swede is a good cartridge, but I'm sticking with the original 7mm Mauser. Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, and it was the 7mm Mauser that was imitated. The Swedes decided to bore it down, and the Americans decided to bore it up, with a proportionate powder increase. Since the 6.5mm Swede was bored down without a powder reduction, it is a bit of a magnum and likes a somewhat slower powder than the 7mm Mauser or .30-06 Springfield.

The Winchester Model 70 in 7mm Mauser is not very good because the twist rate is too slow and the barrel is too short and they use the standard length action. Both the 6.5mm Swede and 7mm Mauser should have a barrel of at least 24" and the fast original military twist rates if using heavy bullets. If you slow the twist rates, you might as well buy a .260 Remington or 7mm-08 Remington. The .308 Win case handles the lighter bullets better and you get a lighter shorter action.
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Old 12-12-2013, 12:24 AM
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Re: Ruger's Classic Model 77 Rifle Review

I've got three M77's, one is a tang safety 220 swift and one MKll VT stainless also in 220 Swift and one 77-22 Hornet. I really like all of them but seem to shoot the Hornet more than others.
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Old 12-12-2013, 07:11 AM
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Re: Ruger's Classic Model 77 Rifle Review

My dad has a m77 MKII in a 7 mag that he bought 20 years ago. He doesnt have any problems getting sub moa groups without bedding the stock and with out floating the barrel. The barrel hits HARD with the stock the whole way. I got a Ruger hawk eye predator in a 6.5 Creedmoor on order which should be here today or tomorrow. I will be giving a review and range report when i get it in.
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Old 02-06-2014, 08:56 PM
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I've got 2 Ruger 77 hawkeyes for what ever reason they seem to be a bit picky with ammo. But if you can find the right load they shoot very good. Both rifles are completely stock. The 7mm Rem Mag likes 150gr Winchester super supremes and it shoots those right on MOA for 3 shots. My hand loads run around 0.7 inch@ 100meters (109 yards). When I first got that rifle it was shooting 2-4 inches at 100 meters, I thought I'd bought a lemon and was up for a bedding job but all I had to do was tighten the front action screw a fraction ( like 1/8-1/4 of a turn)
I'm so happy with my 7mm I bought a 338 WM in the same model and with my limited testing to date it appears to like ONLY 200 gr Hornady Superformance groups range from .5- 1 MOA my hand loads don't get anywhere near it. But I've got a whole heap more components to do some more testing.
I would like to buy a midrange caliber like the 6.5x55 or a 243 and Ruger would still be in the running

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Old 02-06-2014, 09:57 PM
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Re: Ruger's Classic Model 77 Rifle Review

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I've got 2 Ruger 77 hawkeyes for what ever reason they seem to be a bit picky with ammo. But if you can find the right load they shoot very good. Both rifles are completely stock. The 7mm Rem Mag likes 150gr Winchester super supremes and it shoots those right on MOA for 3 shots. My hand loads run around 0.7 inch@ 100meters (109 yards). When I first got that rifle it was shooting 2-4 inches at 100 meters, I thought I'd bought a lemon and was up for a bedding job but all I had to do was tighten the front action screw a fraction ( like 1/8-1/4 of a turn)
I'm so happy with my 7mm I bought a 338 WM in the same model and with my limited testing to date it appears to like ONLY 200 gr Hornady Superformance groups range from .5- 1 MOA my hand loads don't get anywhere near it. But I've got a whole heap more components to do some more testing.
I would like to buy a midrange caliber like the 6.5x55 or a 243 and Ruger would still be in the running
If your looking for a midrange caliber then look into a Ruger predator in a 6.5 Creedmoor. Thats what i shoot and its a 1/2 in 5 shot rifle @ 100 yards
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