Ruger M77 bedding


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gimposaurus
August 13, 2007, 11:46 PM
I've got a ruger m77 mkII all weather ultralight.

It's in .223, and groups around 1" at 100m with federal factory ammo, except that the second shot always gets thrown 1.5" to the right, the 3rd 4th and 5th shots then all group with the 1st

I'm going to float the barrel, I think that the contact with the stock is causing the second shot to be thrown... what is the factory bedding like on the M77? Does it need glass or pillar bedded?

I'm going to start handloading, using 52grn Amax bullets to shoot goats and wallabies (I'm in New Zealand) so if the factory ammo no longer groups after I float the barrel it doesn't matter too much

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Richard.Howe
August 14, 2007, 06:42 AM
Don't forget to recrown your barrel. Ruger tubes are not known for their great quality control, and recrowning is cheap.

Rich

gimposaurus
August 14, 2007, 10:32 PM
It shoots okay,


http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g265/gimpsuitjones/P8150065.jpg

.6" at 100m in strong winds, I shot one group, sighted in and went home it was too bloody cold

Regolith
August 14, 2007, 10:51 PM
I'll trade you some of that cold for some our heat. :p

Got the air conditioner running full bore to keep my apartment cool.

gimposaurus
August 14, 2007, 11:19 PM
Sure, but you'll have to come to New Zealand to collect;)

DnPRK
August 14, 2007, 11:43 PM
Wow! You're in for a tough job. The Ruger 77 has the goofy angled front action screw and a glass-filled nylon stock. Some people have had success bedding wood stocked Rugers. The issue at hand is that nylon stocks don't take bedding well - nylon is slippery stuff. (That's why nylon is used for bearings and gears in light duty applications).

The best you can do is drill dozens of small holes in the bedding surface to give the epoxy something to lock onto. Drill at many different angles. The idea is to allow the epoxy to form a mechanical lock with the nylon surface. Good luck.

gimposaurus
August 14, 2007, 11:48 PM
The question was really 'Does it need it, for hunting purposes?' My results today seem to indicate that the factory bedding will suffice, for now. :)

Eventually, I will upgrade the stock to a Bell and Carlson

Thin Black Line
August 15, 2007, 07:14 AM
I glass-bedded a ruger 77V (original factory target barrel) in a mcmillan stock
and was able to easily do groups under 1 moa and even got hole in hole with
it before I sold it to a friend.

Dave Shanks
August 23, 2008, 10:57 PM
Gidday Gimposarus,
Im also in New Zealand, i have a 243 that have had for a couple of years and its accuracy is nothing special either, i have floated mine but not alot of difference at all, what have you done to yours since you posted on forum?

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