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Kinda jonesing for a 257 Roberts…

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by marksman13, Nov 18, 2022.

  1. marksman13

    marksman13 Member

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    I used to own a Ruger No. 1 in 257 Roberts and never really did much with it, so I sold it. Lately though, I’ve been pining after a classically styled bolt gun in 257 Roberts. It will strictly be a hunting rifle and something to pass on to my kids one day. I want something with wood and blued steel without completely breaking the bank.

    Let’s say, $1500ish for the bare rifle as a starting point. I think a Kimber 84M Classic Select Grade is probably my best option in the current market, but they are pricey and hard to find. A Winchester Model 70 Featherweight would also do the trick. I know Ruger made some M77s in 257 Roberts, but I don’t know how bad I want another M77. Who am I leaving out? Anybody got pictures of their 257 Roberts they want to share to give me some ideas and make the bug bite even harder?
     
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    I can’t wait to see what you end up with I bet it’s nice and for that kind of money I’d buy a donor rifle and have a custom tube put on that way I know she will shoot lights out
     
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    If custom rifle prices hadn't gone crazy, I'd be tempted to have a nice "Bob" sporter put together on a Mauser 98 action. 24" lightweight barrel and a slim fine checkered stock with some nice figure in the butt. But the wood alone could overshoot your budget...
     
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  4. LoonWulf

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    Really dig my mexican mauser .257......things not really anything "special" but its really consistent and great hunting combo.....tho i wish it was stainless.

    Ill find pictures.....

    Id probably build a semi custom on a "medium" action if i were starting from scratch..... figure id end up between 1500-2000 but it would be stainless, have the right length magazine, nice stock, and a fast twist Barrel
     
  5. Dr T

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    Or you could try to find a Ruger M77 RSI in 257 Roberts...YIKES!!! I just checked the price on Gun Broker...I am beginning to regret the one I passed on for $700 a couple of years ago...
     
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  6. marksman13

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    That was a BUY! I sold an M77 RSI stainless last year for $1500.
     
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  7. lightman

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    Remington used to offer it in the 700.
     
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  8. wgp

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    Bought a used M77 Ultralight in .257 years ago. Killed my first deer with it. Sold it to a friend, regretted it, bought it back. Light, handy, big enough. Always preferred it to a .243.
     
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  9. lightman

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    There is a Ruger for sale in the classifieds over on the 24 hour campfire forum. I don't know the seller and have no connections to it.
     
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  11. marksman13

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  12. Bill_in_TR

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    I have and love exactly what you're looking for, a Winchester Model 70 Featherweight in .257 Robert's. I have used it for black bear and whitetail. I will go out to my gun safe a little later and get an inspirational picture for you.
     
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  14. 1948CJ2A

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    It's a real shame none of the "affordable" rifle manufacturers chamber this for the masses these days. You could probably say that about a lot of cartridges. It's sad that if it doesn't say Creedmore, PRC, or is touted as "long range/tactical/precision/sniper/vomit" or the new best thing since sliced bread, it's just some old POS of our parents/grandparents generations.
     
  15. marksman13

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    Thanks. I’ll give it a look.
    Yessir! That’s a fine rifle.
     
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  16. Rubone

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    I don't have a rifle in .257 Roberts, but I do have a 700BDL in 25-06 that has served me well since the early '70s bringing home Deer, Elk, and Antelope with no issues . I do have a good friend working up .257 loads for his rifle. We may have to have a shoot-off!:)
     
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  17. Gary W. Strange

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    I have a pre 64 Winchester model 70, in 257 Robertds, that belonged to my Grandfather. I also have a Kimber 84M Classic Select, in 257 Roberts. I like the Winchester for what it is, but I love the Kimber. It is a good shooting, very accurate, easy carrying and is just drop dead beautiful. It is perfectly proportioned. It's made no bigger than it has to be. If you can find a Kimber, you would love it. There was one for sale on Gunbroker. I ran across it, doing a search under bolt action rifles and 257 Roberts. I don't remember what it was priced, but it was up there.
     
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  18. kmw1954

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    Sounds fantastic, hope you find what you are looking for.

    I have a hankering for a 250 Savage bolt.
    My vision would probably be a Savage Model 10 receiver with a Shilen or Criterion barrel in Blue then mounted into Richards Microfit Walnut stock.

    I do have the Savage receiver but it will most likely be barreled in 223 or 6BR Norma as a target rifle.
     
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  19. marksman13

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    I’ve got a Ruger No. 1 chambered in 250 Savage. I don’t really need a 257 Bob, but I just kinda want one.
     
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  20. LoonWulf

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    I built that exact rifle, just in .250AI, ill find pictures for both the .257 and .250AI this evening
     
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  21. LoonWulf

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    Or now.....

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  22. .45Coltguy

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    Now that is a NICE rifle! And a Bob to boot. Would like to have that if I still hunted out West here. Beautiful rifle.
     
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    I'd think for that budget, you could find a great old rifle in a similar cartridge and just have it re-barreled? (Like a Mauser?)

    I have my dad's 760 pump in .257, I will always love it, but I have to be careful about what I buy to shoot through it. Most of the ammo I come across on the shelf is +P, which I think is unnecessary, but would be fine in a bolt rifle.
     
  24. eastbank

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    i have a ss syn stocked kimber montana in 257 roberts, and does 2850 fps with a 2x7 compact leupold scope and 115 gr hornady with 44 grs hyb100 that shoots three shot 3/4" groups at 100 yards, and five shots on a quarter at 100 yards. with 47 grs of N-560 it does just about as good. total weight is a tad over six lbs
     
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  25. marksman13

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    Hard to beat that.
     
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