Ruger 77 vs Weatherby Vanguard

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by sweeper22, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    I'm looking at getting a decent bolt action 25-06 for some long range target practice, maybe a little varmint hunting. I think I've settled on the Weatherby Vanguard as the best fit in a new rifle, but have an opportunity to buy a like new stainless Ruger 77 MKII for $350.

    I know retail price on the Ruger is quite a bit higher, but is it actually the better rifle?
     
  2. R-BOLT

    R-BOLT New Member

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    It is in my books and I voted with my check book. I was at the same point with a 7mm-08. The bolt of the Ruger and good past experence with Ruger 77 series won out. The Ruger 77 will last you a lifetime. I have owned them in 220 swift, 7mm mag, and now 7mm-08. The trigger on the Hawkeye series is the best of the series so far.
     

  3. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    I don't think you could go wrong with either. For 350 for the rifle that would allow you to buy a better quality scope without breaking your wallet. 1 of the things I look at when buying a used rifle is-was the barrel broken in right? How often/how good has it been cleaned? The Vanguard offers a 1MOA accuracy guarantee if I'm not wrong.
     
  4. Dillinger

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    I think the Vanguard, which is actually a HOWA 1500, action is a superior product right from the get go.

    Now, Ruger may have some other features that add to their appeal, but as far as actions go, the Howa/Vanguard is a one piece, CNC machined, flat bottom action that is rock stable.

    The bolt and bolt handle are one piece, CNC machined as well, so it's built for stout.

    This thread does not address the Ruger, but it has some information about the Howa and what goes into a building a tack driving rifle.

    http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f18/factory-rifle-action-best-4060/

    Best of luck with your selection. I hope you get what you are looking for at a good price.

    JD
     
  5. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    Thanks for the feedback. Most of my experience is with handguns, so I'm learning as I go and doing plenty of research. I saw this package deal on Bud's that seemed like a nice launching point. Adequate, but not great Bushnell Banner scope...but I figure it'd probably make a fine rimfire scope if I upgraded, so the package deal makes some sense.

    What do you guys think of the 25-06 as a caliber choice for mostly extended target shooting? Again, the caliber is more of an educated guess on my part than anything else.
     
  6. cpttango30

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    Ruger is my second most favorite rifle. My dad has 4 of the M7 MkII VT. Not a single one shoots bigger than 1/5" 5 shot groups at 100 yards. The 204 shoots 3/8" groups with the 32 gr V-Max bullets.

    I would say Ruger is a better product just because it is MADE IN THE USA.

    While both are good rifles I think the Ruger is a very big step above the Howa. That is just me.
     
  7. R-BOLT

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    If I was going to shoot targets and small game, I would go for less expensive ammo such as .223. The drawback would be, in some states not a legal round for deer and larger game. 25-06 is a great all around load though for what you are looking at and some larger game.
     
  8. Txhillbilly

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    The 25/06 is a great caliber. It is almost the perfect whitetail and pronghorn caliber.It shoots fast & flat. It isn't the cheapest thing for target shooting though,even if you reload the brass is expensive.I just paid around $53 for a bag of it!

    What kind of range will you be shooting? There are several smaller calibers that would be cheaper to shoot,and still reach out several hundred yards very accurately. 22-250 & 223 are great for targets and varmits.

    As far as what brand to buy,I would take the Weatherby over the Ruger anyday.I have never been impressed by any Ruger bolt action rifle,and I know the Weatherby's are good shooters.
     
  9. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    I might use it for hunting at some point, but I'm not a hunter by any means. I'd just like a quality bolt action to accumilate some distance skills. The place where I shoot has a 12" steel plate at about 700yd that I'd like to play with a little. It would be nice to experiment with all distances between 100-1000yards...see where my skills are, what to improve, learn about bullet drop, scope adjustments, etc. It sounds like the 25-06 might be ideal for this, and also of course a nice varmint gun (as opposed to a 308). The other caliber that made some sense was a 243.

    I was under the impression that the .223 was a little distance challenged beyond 300-400yds. What's the range on the 22-250?
     
  10. R-BOLT

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    I shoot some Federal Fusion ammunition. Their Fusion web site will let you compare calibers very easy. It will show their velocity at several yardage points, bullet drop at 100 and 200 yd zeros, energy at different yardage points, and also wind drift. It was a bit of suprise to me, when I first looked at the .223 charts it is a heck of a small round that stacks up well to a 25-06 at longer yards. I sold a mini-14 and plan on replacing it at a later date with a CZ 527 carbine in a .223 (I have one now in 7.62X39 and enjoy the heck out of shooting it). I have many larger rifles, so the shooting of larger game would not deter me any.
     
  11. Wambli

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    There are SHOOTERS that are distance challenged with the .223. The round does fine, specially with the heavier weight match loads.
     
  12. BlassFemer

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    I've just gone through the same process in either a howa 1500 or a ruger hawkeye. The hawkeye won out as IMO it felt as it was balanced better, slightly lighter, shorter barrel.
     
  13. greydog

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    I have always considered the Ruger 77 to be a rugged, well designed rifle. Stock design is pretty good the rifles fit most people well.
    The Howa is a simple functional design and is a reasonably priced rifle. The action is similar in many respects to the Sako L61 but without the integral scope mount dovetails. I think the Howa trigger is better. I like the Ruger extractor better. I like the angled front guardscrew on the Ruger and the bolt stop. The Ruger scope mounting system is very rugged.
    Both rifles have good service records. That is to say, there are no serious design-related problems. In the end, I would lean toward the Ruger unless the Howa felt better to me. I have built rifles based on both actions and found nothing to hate about either. GD
     
  14. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    OK My favorite Ca Squirrel rifle is a 25-06 It is fast flat and down right makes a mess of any varmint within 500 yards of it.

    Never mine the Dork in the picture. Look stop laughing ok it was the 90's Bright colors were the thing then.... The rifle is a M 98 with a Douglas barrel and a B&L OR Old Leupold scope. If you get 5 shots that are not touching then you suck at shooting. It was also my grandfathers favorite varmint rifle.
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  15. Rumpelhardt

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    I have always liked the looks of the Ruger 77. My brother got one last year in 204 Ruger to use on coyotes. It is the cheaper model I forget what it's called.
    The little rifle shoots like a house afire. Under 1" 5 shot groups at 100 yds with one factory load I can not for the life of me remember which. We were shooting lots of different types. He knows so that's all that matters. The only thing is the trigger is absolutely horrendous. Is this nonadjustable excuse for a trigger common to all new 77s or just the cheaper ones?
     
  16. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    Tango,You always crack me up!!!!!! I still can't stop laughing at that photo.
     
  17. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    You can't see the pink dog with a lime green bandanna the hat was chartreuse, my shoes were white black and pink and you had to have the tongues pushed forward so that your pant legs went behind them.....

    I still have that rock too by the way.