Boat paddle rugers

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  1. mshootnit

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    There is probably no more vexing issue than the collectibility of the Boat paddle Ruger M77 or Zytel M77.
    One camp loves em. Can't get enough. The other camp can not understand this for two reasons:
    1. It is a Ruger (Read common Jalopy)
    2. They hate the stock design.

    SO when somebody asks hunt or hold it back, the answer usually is heck, abuse it, its just a RUGER.

    Well fellas, if you have one, especially a limited run, better keep that bad boy nice:

    https://www.gunbroker.com/item/738860902
     
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    ...wow.......
    I like the 77/22 etc with those stocks, thought the full length rifles looked a little weird.
     
  3. BigBore44

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    I always wanted one. I really like the way they felt. But they’re just average shooters. Especially in today’s world. Even great shooters (sub MOA) aren’t really anything special today. But if I can ever find one in 44mag at a good price, it’s coming home with me. It will happen one day. I have faith.

    $2,072 for a Ruger Zytel? Uhh.....ok. :thumbup:
     
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    4B94BCDB-1D93-47FB-A2F5-EE675FF70248.jpeg 769CCECC-3879-42DD-A22A-5B36D13D82D9.jpeg My go to gun is a 30/06 that I will never sell. The damn thing will shoot like a varmint rifle. I’ve owned several before they got hot but this is my keeper.

    For me it goes back to being a kid in the late 80’s and seeing them in a magazine and thinking that’s the coolest looking rifle I’ve ever seen.

    Every one I’ve had has been an excellent shooter
     
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    I’ve seen that before - it’s the .264mag part... the boat paddles are popular, but I’ve been lead to believe the .264’s are a rather limited chambering. I’d have to check RENE to confirm, but I’ve not owned one, nor needed to buy one, so I’ve not been motivated to look it up to be sure.
     
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  6. PapaG

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    Had a 77-22m. Sold it. Stupid. Of six 22wmr rifles it was the only one that would consistently stay under two inches at 100 yards. Hello, with a good trigger, it might be a MOA gun.
     
  7. milemaker13

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    Shoot, when I read the title I was hoping to see a canoe paddle with a bolt handle sticking out the side... Now that's a handy little camp carbine;)

    Oh well, I guess the technology just isn't there yet!
     
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  8. jmr40

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    Rifles with those stocks have a small, but vocal cult like following. But everyone I know who loves them hunts them, hard. I've never once heard of anyone trying to collect them.

    That rifle might be special because it is in 264 WM which I'm sure Ruger didn't make many. Add the boat paddle stock and it is even more rare. There aren't many I'd not shoot, but probably not this one. Since I'm in the camp that hates the stock, and don't care at all for the 264 WM it'd make it a lot easier to not shoot it. I'd not touch that rifle with the thoughts of actually using it. I'd only buy it if I thought I could flip it at a profit. I can't imagine paying $2K for it though.

    I had ONE 30-06 with that stock on it. I ordered one of the newer Hawkeye synthetics directly from Ruger for $85 and sold the boat paddle stock online for $25. I see those going now for over $200. I still feel that I came out ahead.
     
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    I get several on consignment. In fact I have one or two now. They sell good and do bring a premium.
     
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    I always thought they were the coolest looking rifle after seeing one on display in a LGS when they where new, I was probably 14 at the time. Wanted one ever since.
     
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    +1 to what Varminterror said. I see those rifles on gun broker for around $1,000. That rifle being chambered in something kind of rare (and a cartridge Ruger doesn't chamber for any more) like the 264 win mag drives the price of that one up.
     
  12. .455_Hunter

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    Way cooler of a rifle than Ruger's current "American" abomination.
     
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  13. mshootnit

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    Right, so most of them have only doubled in value.
     
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    Awesome. I've got a 223 that was by first rifle and I've loved it since day one. And it's a great shooter. Sub MOA with any decent bullet.
     
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    I’d agree. That’s a shame that America has stooped to that level. It’s a good value of a rifle, I’m not saying anything bad about the gun itself. And I’ll admit it’s what Americans want so it is appropriately named. But if I was gonna make a rifle and call it “American” it needs to be a $1000 class rifle in price and value. I’m thinking something the quality of one of tikkas $1000 offerings. The Americans they sell today are a lot nicer than the first batch.

    Ive always wanted a 308 boat paddle to use. One day I’ll find one and not be broke at the same time.
     
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    Wow I wonder what a normal .264 with a boat paddle stock goes for.
     
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    I have two, a .22 SS paddle and a 7.62x39 SS paddle with wood panels. eastbank.
     
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    We called those things barbie doll stocks. Remington puts them on the cheaper 700's too. On the heavy barrels, we replaced them with H&S or Bell and Carlson. On sporters, Boyd's laminates. I have Boyd's laminates on my 700 in 243 and my RAR 308 predator. They look nice and tighten it up nicer.
     
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    I'm a total idiot. Had one in 30-06 I got at Bi-Mart for somewhere around $225 in the early/mid 90's. It wouldn't hit the broadside of a barn with any load I put in it and had the worst trigger I've ever laid a finger on. That stock made it one of the most uncomfortable 30-06 rifles I've fired in terms of felt recoil, as well. Needless to say, I wasn't real sorry to see it go and the money I got rolled right into something I had coveted since I was a wee lad (Sako AV). But if they're going for close to a grand now.....:mad:
     
  20. mshootnit

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    Same here, so is mine.
     
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    My brother has one in 223 that is one of the worst shooting 223 rifles I've ever seen. I never knew they were called boat paddles, and I'm perplexed why they are now valuable.
     
  22. rodregier

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    I bought one in .308 Win many years ago. Cut to 20", not very accurate.
    Think bore diameter at muzzle was .3095" - ouch!
    Like many of my project rifles I did incremental upgrades.

    - Stock bedded
    - Recoil pad replaced with Pachmyr SC100.
    - Flush sling studs installed
    - Replaced barrel with match grade, same contour
    - Bolt lapped for full engagement.
    - Replaced trigger with early generation Timney.
    - Replaced firing pin spring for heavier so it would reliably fire mil-spec primers.
    - Drilled and tapped for 20 MOA rail for long distance optic usage
    - Converted to detachable box magazine operation using CDI kit

    I've shot it at up to 600 meters and been satisfied.
    It's now sub-MOA at 100 when I do my part.
     
  23. someguy2800

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    I called my brother last night to tell him his Ruger that he hasn't shot in 10 years has become a valuable collectible. He just said where and when do I sell it?
     
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    Pretty happy w/ the 77/357 synthetic. Just a little long, but I plan to cut it down an inch and remount the pad. (or, make a steel butt plate for it)

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  25. Danoobie

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    Got one in 30.06. It doesn't shoot MOA because I suck at target shooting. It'll go 2MOA all day, though, from a stand or offhand. My
    favorite bolt action. It's a shooter, and I hunt it all the time. Just cleaned it tonight. Put a decent scope on it, tho. I don't even remember
    what that silver POS it came with was.

    When I got it a couple years ago, I paid 450$ and today, you guessed it, it's worth 450$.
     
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