Ruger M77 in 7mm

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by chloeshooter, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. chloeshooter

    chloeshooter New Member

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    Just picked up an older (1988), 90% condition Ruger M77 in 7mm Rem Mag. No rust no pitting, looks like it was taken to the woods once a year as the stock has tell-tale dings here and there. Barrel looks really good

    As a hunter and wanna-be long distance shooter, I have had the round recommended to me countless times due to it's flat trajectory. Not completely on-board with the Ruger scope mounting situation, but then there's locktite if all else fails. The mauser-style bolt is a thing of beauty. This rifle weighs less than my Rem 700 30-06.

    I bought this so my son can join me on mule deer and elk hunts in Montana and Minnesota. If this rifle shoots as well as I think it is going to, I will let him use the Remy lol
     

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  2. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    If the previous owner never had it done, have a good 'smith tune the trigger.

    The triggers on the M77 can be pretty high, 7 - 8 pound or more. A 'smith got mine down to the 4 pound range.

    I have an early 90's M77 in 270, very dependable rifle.
     

  3. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    Nice. I have a Ruger 77 in .257 Roberts and it is very accurate and is a rifle that I would not hesitate to take anywhere. BTW, Ruger scope mounts are really pretty good. With the bases being integral to the receiver, I believe its accuracy potential is increased.
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  4. mdauben

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    Sounds like a great acquisition! The Ruger is a solid rifle and the 7mm RM is a reasonable choice as a long distance elk cartridge.

    As far as the scope mount I've heard few complaints about it. FWIW, I consider Loctite on scope mounts as SOP for all my guns. ;).
     
  5. chloeshooter

    chloeshooter New Member

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    Took it to the range this morning. 100 yd range is closed so I went from 25 yds to 200 meters (218 yds)

    Green and blue were 3 shot groups at 200m, first mine (blue) then another more experienced shooter (green) using Federal Power Shock 150 g. Both is us shot 3" groups, fine for deer or antelope out to 300 or so.

    The red shots (5 of them, 1 is low first shot adjustment) are my attempts using Remington Core Lockt 150 gr. Now we are talking about less that 1.5" with the cheap stuff at 218 yds.

    Can't wait to see how tight we can get with better rounds and different weights, perhaps 160 g. Awesum rifle, think I found a winner
     

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  6. Gatoragn

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    That is darn sure MOE shooting. :cool:

    Minute Of Elk. ;)
     
  7. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    very nice score! those older Rugers are fine rifles. personally i like the intregal Ruger rings.

    i bought an older M77V in 280 Rem. (circa 1978), early last year with the 24" heavy barrel on it. i got the trigger safely down to about 2.5 lbs. sweet shooting rifle.

    you will enjoy the Ruger!
     
  8. chloeshooter

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    I wish I enjoyed is as much as my 700 in 30-06. It is super picky about ammo. Floated barrel. Lightened trigger. The group pictured was the best it ever did. Kind of a bummer as working the bolt is a thing of beauty. I suspect this will be my N. Minnesota woods rifle (200 and under). Which is fine by me.