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Open sights for Ruger M77

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by crazykayaker, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. crazykayaker

    crazykayaker New Member

    Oct 25, 2010
    I have a Ruger M77 Hawkeye Compact chambered in .308 Win. and have been looking around for a way to put iron sights on it. Does anybody have any suggestions? I'd preferably like to not have to drill and tap it.
  2. jmr40

    jmr40 Mentor

    May 26, 2007
    They make a peep sight that clamps onto the rear scope mount. They have been around a while and this appears to be the same product Ruger is using on their new scout rifle.

    You will either have to have the barrel D&T'd for the front sight or have it soldered on.
  3. snake284

    snake284 Member

    Jan 16, 2011
    Texas Coast
    The only other way I know is solder them on. But with all the good scopes out there I don't comprehend why anyone would want to use iron sights on something like a .308 Winchester. If you just don't want to spend a lot of money on a scope, there are some cheaper options. I have a Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40 on my 30-06. It's a very clear scope for the money with 90% light transmission and a BDC Reticle I bought for $160. There's also a Redfield Revolution 3-9x40 you can buy cheaper than that I think. And if you want something more powerful the Redfield comes in a 4-12x40 for about $200 or $210 or so. IT's a very good scope for the money too with 92% light transmission. That's almost first rate. Anything much higher than that will cost you $300 on up. Also, I have seen Pentax scopes for sale at Academy for about $100-$120. They aren't a Leupold VX-3 by anymeans but they are functional, clear, and good enough quality they won't fall apart under heavy recoil. There are just too many scope options out there today. And the chances of a scope going Wonkers on you now days is much less than even 20 years ago.

    Otherwise I would just have it drilled and tapped for the sights. It's not like you're going to devalue it, I mean there aren't but a couple million Ruger 77s out there today. And the cost of drilling and tapping is not much, maybe $20.
  4. CraigC

    CraigC Elder

    Jan 27, 2006
    West Tennessee
    No way to install a front sight without drilling & tapping or silver soldering.

    Some folks actually still use iron sights and prefer them. They are relatively inexpensive, lightweight, far less bulky and rugged. A good peep would be a far more elegant solution than the big 3-9x or 4-12x variables you suggest, especially for the little Ruger Compact model.

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