opinion on rifle deal


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hdbiker
August 29, 2013, 12:01 PM
I just bought a Ruger 77MK11 in .308 Win. from a collectors consignment at a local sport shop. Flawless walnut and bluing .The rifle was shipped from Ruger in 1992 and in mint, may be unfired . Including fee's and taxes 600.00 out the door. I own several Ruger handguns but never owned a Ruger rifle . Can anyone advise me on my deal and are these rifles good ? thanks hdbiker

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Arkansas Paul
August 29, 2013, 01:10 PM
I think you did fine. Not a screaming deal, but you didn't get ripped off either.
The only experience I've had with Ruger rifles is my wife's .243 M77. It's the older tang safety model and we love love love it. I've got a Weatherby Vanguard in .30-06 and I'd trade it for a M77 any day. Great rifles.

jmr40
August 29, 2013, 01:15 PM
The very first MK-II's had a claw extractor but had no cut out on the bottom of the bolt face and were not true CRF. They only made these for a matter of months, maybe just a few weeks before the design was changed to make them true CRF. Might want to look at that. It is not a huge deal either way in my opinon, but being a 1992 rifle you could have one of these. Many who bought these had the boltface modified to be true CRF. Leaving it original would make it quite rare. I have no idea how that might impact future value, but it might.

Prior to the MK-II Ruger bought their barrels from outside vendors and accuarcy was inconsistent depending on who made that barrel. Ruger started making their own barrels with the MK-II and consistency improved. The triggers on the MK-II are generally poor though.

They have no real collector value (except for possibly the non-CRF versions) and would sell at about the same price as any other used Ruger in similar condition. I'd say $600 out the door is a fair price if in excellent condition, but not a steal. A new Hawkeye is about $650, but after tax would be just under $700 here. I'd pay the extra $100 for the Hawkeye, but many still like the stock design on the older Mk-II's better.

In 2006 Ruger introduced the Hawkeye. It is the same gun with some subtle improvents. The stocks are interchange, but the Hawkeye has a trimmer stock that I like better. It also has a much, much better trigger. They tend to be much more accurate than the older versions primarly because of the better trigger. The first Hawkeye's had matte finished metal which turned off a lot of people who prefered the polished blue on the MK-II. New Hawkeye's are now using polished blue.

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