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Old Yesterday, 01:25 PM   #1
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This will be my last call for help in choosing a compact rifle.

Here are the choices for rifle: M77 compact 16.5 or Micro Midas 20"

Here are the choices for caliber: 243 or 7mm-08

Hunting WT deer and varmints 200 yds and under, very occasional shot over. Lots of brush and trees.
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Old Yesterday, 01:40 PM   #2
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I don't shoot a compact like you are considering, but I do shoot a stainless 77 in 7/08 a lot on hogs and deer. It shoots a really good group and I have killed a lot of hogs with it. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another if I needed it.
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Old Yesterday, 01:49 PM   #3
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7mm08 for me and i like a 20" barrel, ruger,browning or remington would do as would a lot of other makers. my own 7mm08 is a factory 700 left hand youth rifle with a leupold 2.5x8. not to heavy and not to light. eastbank.
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Old Yesterday, 01:52 PM   #4
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pic,s of my 7mm08. eastbank.
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Old Yesterday, 02:05 PM   #5
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M77 in 243.
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Old Yesterday, 02:12 PM   #6
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For a hunting rifle, I have a strong preference for a 3-position safety. Of the choices, then, I'd go for the Ruger. In 7mm-08.

To keep it light and handy, maybe consider an EOTech sight instead of a scope.
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Old Yesterday, 03:12 PM   #7
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Great input.
Eastbank two comments. 1-you're one the guys in your "right" mind here and that's a fine set up, thank you.
MrBorland, so you'd take the Mauser safety over the ease of the tang safety? Hmmm.
Js8588 I hear you, you always get opposing views, " it's crap, need aftermarket trigger""it's fantastic"" It's okay..." and so forth, hard to figure out without actually hands on.
Most are picking7mm-08, my only experience was brief. In 2001 owned a M1A Springfield in that caliber ( was going to collect all three, 243, 7mm-08, 308 job change interrupted that notion, sold the rifle, wish I hadn't..) In that springfield no recoil to speak of, not sure in 16.5" barrel. I currently shoot a 270, feel recoil but doesn't affect me unless at range and do 40+rounds off bench. But at game, never feel it, so 7mm-08 shouldn't be a problem right?
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Old Yesterday, 03:34 PM   #8
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MrBorland, so you'd take the Mauser safety over the ease of the tang safety? Hmmm.
I never found a tang safety to be easier, myself. The tang safety on my Tikka CTR is the one thing I don't like about it (well, I'm not crazy about the über-expensive mags, either). It's not currently used as a hunting rifle, so its safety's not a biggie, but I do find it a bit stubborn to engage & disengage when I try. I find a 3-position safety much easier to manipulate.

Also, it's a personal thing, but loading and unloading a hunting rifle by completely disengaging the safety weirds me out. And the first-hand AD stories (note the plural) I've heard haven't done anything to re-assure me on the matter.
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Old Yesterday, 04:19 PM   #9
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Love my Ruger compact in .308. Light, handy, accurate, 3-position safety.
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Old Yesterday, 05:04 PM   #10
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Duplicated post.
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Old Yesterday, 05:08 PM   #11
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Much as I love my rem 7 in 7-08, my wife has a stainless synthetic skeleton stock compact in .243 Win. It is a pure killing machine. Good quality bullets will kill deer clean and with plenty of oomph. And since you threw in varmints a hot hp load will turn coyotes into dead ones easily, or if you like to keep it simple a 85 grain or so GMX and never switch ammo. I like the little ruger and honestly with your choices I don't see how you could go wrong. Handle them and listen, one will speak your name, take that one home and never look back.
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Old Yesterday, 05:10 PM   #12
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Ruger in 7-08. Excellent choice.
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Old Yesterday, 06:14 PM   #13
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MrBorland, good point. Panfisher I hear you. I hit a nice size WT dead on 165 yds away he flipped straight up and over, fell down, got up and ran off. No blood at all ( figured bullet never exited being a dead on shot in the chest ) I searched all day. That's when I put up the 243 and went to a 270 next one down and quivering on first chest/heart shot. Now want to shed the extra 3 pound weight, reduce some recoil and beat this one a bit more. Am leaning towards 7mm-08 to meet 1st and third desires and call the recoil a wash on 7mm-08 in lighter rifle vs 270 in heavier rifle. The M77 is looking better and better. have one scouted for $649.00 delivered to hand. My Sauer 200 .270 should fetch me around $1,200.00 so more money for scope and ammo. Thanks everybody. Pleasure to be here.
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Old Yesterday, 09:41 PM   #14
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M77 in 7mm-08 if it were me. Sounds like a phenomenal walking around rifle.
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