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October rifle of the month Ruger M77
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 Posted: Sat Sep 30th, 2006 04:34 AM
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Ruger M77




The Ruger Model 77 Mark II features a controlled feed Mauser pattern action with a flat bottom receiver and an integral recoil lug, one piece bolt, full length Mauser type extractor, fixed ejector, steel hinged magazine floorplate, generous ejection port for fast loading from the top of the action, square bridge action with integral scope mount bases, and an innovative diagonal bedding screw. The M77 Mk. II action has occasionally been criticized for its pivoting (as opposed to fixed) ejector. The barrel is precision hammer forged. The bolt release is at the left rear of the receiver, and the three position (Model 70 type) safety is located at the right rear of the receiver.

The barreled action of M77R Standard and M77MSR Magnum rifles is finished in a polished blue. The bolt is left in the white for contrast on the "R" and blued on the "RSM." The walnut stock was designed in the "modern classic" style. It is supplied with a pistol grip cap, rubber butt pad, detachable sling swivel bases, and cut checkering.

Not so good is the replacement of the previous fully adjustable trigger with a cheaper lawyer inspired non-adjustable version.

The bolt raceways are not polished. They appear to have been left "as cast," so the bolt travel is not as smooth as it should be.

The following specifications for the M77R Mark II Standard rifle are taken from the 2006 Ruger catalog:

    * Capacity - 4 rounds (3 in magnum calibers)
    * Calibers - 22 cartridges ranging from .204 Ruger to .338 Win. Mag.
    * Metal finish - polished and blued
    * Stock - satin finished black walnut with rubber butt pad
    * Sights - none (supplied with Ruger scope rings)
    * Barrel length - 22" (most standard calibers), 24" (most magnum calibers)
    * Overall length - 42" to 44.5" (depending on barrel and action length)
    * Approximate weight - 7.25 to 8.25 pounds
    * MSRP - $695

The M77R Mark II is available in short (.308) and standard (.30-06) length actions. The M77RSM safari rifle comes with an extra long magnum action to accomodate the .338 Lapua, .375 H&H, .458 Lott, and .416 Rigby cartridges.

The M77RSM is stocked in fancy Circassian walnut, features a barrel band mounted front sling swivel base, and is suplied with a ramp front and folding leaf express rear sights. It weighs between 9.5 and 10.25 pounds, depending on caliber. The 2006 MSRP of this deluxe rifle, the top of the M77 line, is $1975.



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 Posted: Sun Nov 19th, 2006 03:35 PM
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I love my ruger 77 in LH SS . I had this rifle rebarreled  to 240 Wby and it groups the 95 gr Hornady SST 1/2 to 3/4 inch . :thumbs:



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I have owned two M77S in 220 Swift and 25-06...both of em were sweet rifles and took care of business.
Scout 243 shoots a m77 compact in 243Win...He is pretty handy with it too..:thumbs:



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 Posted: Mon Nov 20th, 2006 07:12 PM
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This is my Ruger Stainless Laminate Model 77 in .30-06. It's topped with a Leupold Vari-X II 3-9X 40 MM in Ruger Stainless Rings. It's not quite as accurate as I had hoped, but functions well, and the bolt action is very smooth. It's a nicely balanced rifle. One thing I did was to replace the slotted ring screws with some Torx Head Screws from Brownells. I've done this to all my Ruger rings. It allows you to apply more torque to the screws which really helps in preventing scope movement.  Bill T.



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