Featured Need help identifying stock on a Ruger M77

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  1. 67stingray

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    I purchased this M77 in .300 Win. Mag and it has a slanted forearm end on it. It was made in 1988 which was the second series of the original tang safety models which was before the Mark II models. It has a really nice piece of wood on it similar to the early No. 1s and all the checkering, grip cap and other items seem to be correct but the slanted forearm end has me perplexed. Never seen anything like it on a Ruger, any help would be appreciated. Ruger M77 .300 Win Mag. #1.jpg Ruger M77 .300 Win Mag. #4.jpg
     
  2. Dallas53

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    looking at both of mine, neither have a fore-end like that. both of mine manufactured during the 1970's, both have typical rounded fore-ends. i have never seen one on a Ruger rifle that i can recall.

    what i'm wondering, or guessing, is maybe someone modified the fore-end for some reason. and the stock on your's looks like a factory stock. the checkering on yours is identical to both of mine. it's very odd indeed.
     
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  3. 67stingray

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    Thanks for the reply Dallas, the cut forearm is one of the thoughts I had. I know these were offered with 22" and 24" barrels, mine has a 24" and I don't have another one to compare it to. Could you measure yours from the end of the forearm to the muzzle end of the barrel? Mine measures 13 1/4"s.
    Thanks
     
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  4. Dallas53

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    the one i have with a 24" barrel measures 12 and 3/4" from the end of the fore-end to the muzzle. the one with the 22" barrel measures 10 and 7/8".

    i think it's quite possible someone has cut the fore-end on yours given the difference in the measurements. why is odd though.
     
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  5. 67stingray

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    Thanks, yeah that looks like what might have happened, the only angled cut on forearms I've seen were Weatherbys but they have a another piece of a different kind of wood on them. It doesn't bother me it's done that way - gives it character. It also has a better piece of wood used on it then I've seen on other M77s.
     
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  6. Dallas53

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    my thinking as well. it looks like someone did a very good job if it was done like that on purpose. and yes, the wood is very attractive. mine has stain on it that gives it a reddish color, which i have always liked. i wonder if someone maybe modified the fore-end and maybe refinished the stock at some point in the past.
     
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    Yeah that appears to be what was done because the job is done so well that you would be able to notice a partial stain. I just glad whoever did it knew what they were doing.
     
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  8. MisterMcCool

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    Someone cut it longer? :confused:
     
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  9. Dallas53

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    do your math over Mr. McCool! if you cut the fore-end shorter, the barrel length from the fore-end to the muzzle gets longer. :)
     
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    Don’t mind me. I’m sober tonight.
     
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  11. Dallas53

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    then there is no way i would trust you with measuring tape, unless you're drunk! :p
     
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