Ruger M77 for $325?


January 25, 2014, 10:59 PM
Thoughts on this particular Ruger M77
I love Rugers, particularly their M77 With tang safety. I've gotta bead on one that is a 7mm Rem Mag with a stock that shows nice figure. Barrel is clean without issue and blot is slicker than goose poop. The only issue is there was some rust issues with minor cosmetic pitting on the barrel in front of the receiver. It's cosmetic, but does look bad. They want $325. It comes with a cheap Tasco, which would go in the trash and I believe stock medium height rings. I don't have a 7mm Rem Mag, but am seriously contemplating this gun as a beater deer rifle. Something I don't care about getting rained on, mud on or banged around on a stand.

Is it a fair price and would you jump on it?

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January 25, 2014, 11:10 PM
I'd press the rust issue and offer $300 even.

January 25, 2014, 11:11 PM
Yeah I would jump on it

January 25, 2014, 11:16 PM
$325 is a pretty good price, IMO. Those old M77's are really nice looking and nice performing rifles. That rust on the barrel is probably saving you a couple of hundred bucks. That chambering is not particularly uncommon.

January 26, 2014, 10:01 AM
I would offer $300 but would be willing to pay the $325 if they would not budge. I really like 7mm RM.

Sock Puppet
January 26, 2014, 10:36 AM
I agree with the others for your intended use. If the cosmetics won't bother you every time you pull it out, go for it.

January 26, 2014, 10:42 AM
All the above ^^^^^^^^^^^^^buy it:) Throw the scope on a plinker .22

January 26, 2014, 10:47 AM
I would buy it in a heartbeat. I have a Ruger 77 MK II in 7mm Rem Mag (Left Hand) and I really like the rifle. Minor rust damage can be cleaned up with some cosmetic surgery, not a big deal at the offering price.


January 26, 2014, 10:58 AM
Just make sure the inside of the barrel doesn't look like the outside. Pull off the stock and wet it down real well with Kroil or equivalent and let it soak a while. Then rub it down with an old terry cloth towel. Should get rid of the rust.

Some of the Tasco's were not bad, if they were made in Japan IIRC. Give it to somebody here on the ''pay it forward" thing or give it to a kid locally.

January 26, 2014, 12:41 PM
I think it's a great price for a fine rifle. And Redneck's advice is good advice.

January 26, 2014, 12:51 PM
Probably a fair price in the condition you describe. Most of those tang safety rifles were fine, but a higher percentage than normal were very poor shooters. You'll never know until you buy it and shoot it, but at that price, and for a working gun I'd take the chance if I wanted a 7 mag.

The Japanese made Tasco's were very good scopes 30 years ago, but those haven't been made in a while. A lot of current $200 scopes are far, far better today.

January 26, 2014, 01:55 PM
That is not a bad deal considering they were 149.95 1972. That is when I bought mine! I just paid 400 for one in .243.

January 26, 2014, 06:04 PM
If you do go ahead and buy it try using some Flitz on the rusted areas. I have used it for just that purpose on a number of guns and it effectively removed the rust and didn't harm the bluing.

January 26, 2014, 09:21 PM
This isn't surface rust guys. It's actual minor pitting the owner has already addressed. Bore is good. I'm gonna pick it up Friday if he will take $300.

January 26, 2014, 09:35 PM
Throw the scope on a plinker .22

Agreed. In fact, I've been looking to pick up a cheap scope to throw on my Marlin model 60. If you buy the rifle, PM me and lets discuss the scope.

January 26, 2014, 09:44 PM
I got a Tasco scope at a swap meet for $20 and it was an awesome scope. As soon as I rolled it over when I seen it sitting on the table, and seen it was made in Japan, I jumped on it.

January 27, 2014, 12:50 AM
One of my first firearm purcahses was a M77 ultralight carbine back in like 1980. It is still a nice rifle today and has done plenty of hunting. If you don't like the trigger and its lack of adjustment you can buy the timney sear kit its easy to replace and well worth the 40 or so dollars.

Good luck and shoot straight

January 27, 2014, 10:52 AM
Just make sure the rust isn't pitting the receiver/barrel under the wood line. There was a year or two in the 70's where Ruger had the same problem as Browning with salt dried wood. After this much time the damage has been done, but the only way to stop the rust from coming back is to replace the stock.

January 27, 2014, 04:43 PM
There was a year or two in the 70's where Ruger had the same problem as Browning with salt dried wood.

Never heard this before. Where are you getting your information from?

January 27, 2014, 06:37 PM
Never heard this before. Where are you getting your information from?
This is a read on what happened with Browning (

At the end of the letter they mention "other" gun manufacturers but not by name. A Google of the process will show references to Ruger.


January 27, 2014, 06:43 PM
I would go for it, I have a mint condition M77 in .308 that is about 40 years old. Great gun.

January 28, 2014, 11:37 AM
I buy every cheap M77 I can find. I have yet to find one that wouldnt work well/be reasonably accurate. Most of the older M77's I've owned have also been in neglected condition. I enjoy making them look almost new again.:)

January 29, 2014, 08:42 PM
I just inherited my dad's heavy barreled M77 in 25-06.

January 29, 2014, 10:34 PM
My old tang safety 308 has been a great rifle. I love the polished blue and walnut stock. The old ones are just made very well. I always have my eye out for another one in any caliber. I would probably jump all over one that was in good mechanical shape for that price.

January 29, 2014, 10:56 PM
I'll let y'all know Friday when I have a chance to give it the once over again.

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