Ruger 77 .260 Rem

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by aandabooks, Oct 26, 2013.

  1. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    What is everyone's opinion on this rifle? Have the chance to buy one private sale with some reloading supplies but no scope. It would be a bench gun. Something to fit between my .223s and .30-06.
     
  2. Apex-Predator

    Apex-Predator New Member

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    Ruger 77 is a fine rifle, a 260 or any mid range 6.5mm is a fine in between and perfect deer rifle (as is a 25-06)
     

  3. Hairtrigger

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    If you end up buying it I have a set of Redding dies, brass, and a couple hundred bullets for sale
     
  4. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    The 260 Remington is a great caliber,and very flat shooting. It's very easy to load for,and there are many powders that work with it.
    I make all my 260 brass from 243 Winchester brass for mine.
     
  5. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    .243 would be easier to come by. What is the process for that like? I like the ballistics on the .260 round. Since I'm in Illinois I won't hunt deer with it but maybe coyote.

    What is the quality of the trigger on the Ruger rifles? How does it compare to the Savage accutrigger?
     
  6. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Is it a M77 Mark II? Is the safety on the bolt, if yes it is a Mark II. The Mark II's have a decent trigger that can be adjusted.

    The older M77's have a very lawyer friendly safety, but a good 'smith can make some improvements. The older M77s have a tang safety on top of the stock.
     
  7. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    Resizing 243 brass is simple,just lube the neck good and run it through a 260 resizing die. I use a match grade bushing die for my brass,but a standard die will work fine also.
     
  8. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the older ones with the tang safety can be adjusted pretty easily. as easy as a Remington M700. i have mine adjusted dow to a hair over two pounds safely. that is the limit for it to be safe.
     
  9. jigs-n-fixture

    jigs-n-fixture Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    There are two eras of the early M77 Ruger. The early ones were good stock triggers, and readily adjustable. Somewhere in the Seventies, they made them harder to adjust, and not quite as we'll fitted, so the had a little more creep, and weren't as smooth.

    Timney makes a trigger for both the original 77 with the tang safety, and the MkII. The Timney is a great add on to most rifles.
     
  10. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    wrong. the M77 had a tang safety from when it was designed in 1968 until they changed to the Mk II in 1991. the only change they made during the that period was to make their proprietary integral scope bases.

    here, you can read up on them if you like.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruger_M77
     
  11. jigs-n-fixture

    jigs-n-fixture Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    RIGHT. I bought one new in 1970, and have owned several since.

    Not sure which year they changed, but think it was 1984 (that is when the manual changed), they changed the triggers slightly. The early production M77 had a fairly easy to adjust trigger, and a small access hole was in the trigger guard so you could get to the trigger pressure set screw. Up until 1984, the owners manual had a picture of the trigger assembly, and the correct Allen key came in the box.

    After the change the hole was gone, the post 1984 manuals don't have the picture of the trigger assembly. And a tighter set screw for the trigger travel was installed at the factory. You can tell if a M77 has the changed set screw by looking on the action under the bolt handle those with the stiffer screw have a T stamped under the bolt handle. If you have a rifle with out the stamping Ruger will send you a new one, with installation and adjustment instructions.
     
  12. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    I believe these rifles have a 771- prefix in their serial numbers.