Ruger M77MKII vs New Rifle

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by fasteddie911, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. fasteddie911

    fasteddie911 Member

    Feb 11, 2009
    I have a 10+ year old ruger M77 MKII .308 with the paddle boat stock. I haven't shot it in a while, but if I remember right I was getting 1"-2" groups with some minimal load development. I have been thinking of using it again and turning it into a more compact rifle, 20" barrel and shortening the stock, possibly adding a new trigger as well. But I am wondering if it's worth the money and effort. I've also been considering picking up a new youth/compact rifle, in particular the marlin xs7y, remington model 7 or 700 sps youth, probably in 7mm-08 though. Do you think it is worthwhile to work on my ruger? Or do you think the price difference between upgrading my ruger(stock, trigger, barrel cut/crown) vs. a new rifle is worth it based on accuracy potential, dependability, quality, etc.? I've always wanted a rifle in 7mm-08, so if I do pickup something new, what would you suggest, either out of the rifles I listed or anything else out there. I am open to any suggestions, thanks!
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2011

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2008
  3. BigSkyGP

    BigSkyGP Well-Known Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    Want to sell your "paddle boat stock"?

    I'd get the caliber you always wanted. I don't think there is any thing wrong with a Ruger 77. Then you'd have two rifles. I'd do some more serious load development, Rugers do tend to be picky.

    Lately I've been looking at the Ruger Gunsite Scout, and Frontiers in .308. Haven't decided if I want to pay new price yet.
  4. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    Rugers M77 does not have the best reputation for accuracy but that does not meen that
    they cant be made to shoot well.

    I would PM CoyBoy (Jim See at center shot rifles) and talk to him because he seems to
    have mastered the Rugers accuracy problems and could advise you on the best way to go.

    I would have to go with a Remington because I can make them shoot but you don't want
    to rule out the Ruger if it can be made to shoot well at a reasonable price.

    Jim is one of the site sponsors and a very good guy to talk with.

    Good luck
  5. frostop

    frostop Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2010
    I own two M77mkII one in 30.06 and the other in .338Jamison
    Both will shoot inside an inch at 100, both have a timney trigger and Hogue overmolded stocks with aluminum bedding blocks.

    I do reload for them and haven't tried any factory loads for years, but now a days I'm sure I could find something that would shoot in the .06!
  6. thewileyone13

    thewileyone13 Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2007

    sounds like you have the same dilema as many others. If you are wanting a factory gun, I would buy the make/ model/ caliber that I wanted and either put the Ruger in the safe or sell it in order to help fund the new gun. It will be cheaper to sell yours and buy a new one versus building up what you have. No one can make your mind up for you on keeping and building vs buying... that is up to you. I am not a ruger fan but that does not mean that I do not have or shoot them, they are good I just prefer Rem or Win.
  7. jessegibson1978

    jessegibson1978 Well-Known Member

    Dec 22, 2010
    Have you considered having the ruger rebarreled. Might be the cheapest way to get what you want without breaking the bank. Just a thought.