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looking for info on ruger m77 and 338 mag

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by powerstroke79, Jul 24, 2007.

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  1. powerstroke79

    powerstroke79 Member

    May 24, 2004
    any one have any experience with the ruger m77 or 338 mag or both together :) looking for a elk gun. thanks for the help
  2. zgate

    zgate Member

    Feb 9, 2006
    I have that exact gun, I love mine. The trigger needs a little work but once that’s done it is very accurate a long way out. I bought it new about 13 years ago and it has never given me any trouble.

    It’s not something you will want to spend a lot of time on the bench with but prone or sitting it’s not bad at all.
  3. ID_shooting

    ID_shooting Member

    Feb 1, 2004
    Boise, ID
    Wow, how big are the elk where you are from? I got one this last year from my dad (cancer and cant shoot any more), Win M70 in .338 WM that is.

    I dispise shooting this rifle. I litterally pains me to fire it, makes my whole right side go numb after four or five rounds. I shot it just enough to sight the scope in for me and it hasn't seen daylight since. I clean it about every 3 months or so just to rust check but I never plan on using this thing.

    Every elk I have killed has been done with a 30-06.

    Now the rugers, they are nice guns, I have one in .308 and .223. Good solid actions, nice to look at, and hunting accurate.
  4. CB900F

    CB900F Member

    Feb 22, 2003

    I've got a .338WM on a Tikka platform. I handload & run a 225 grain bullet out the muzzle just on 2900 fps. I weigh around 170 & am not a spring chicken. I don't feel that what I shoot is punishing at all.

    I got it simply because I wanted one for a bear, moose, elk, gun. I hunted for decades with a .30-06 & it's a fine round that'll kill any of the three mentioned above. Yup, it recoils more than my ought-6. Nope, it isn't all that bad. Keep in mind that stock fit and design can have as much to do with felt recoil as the cartridge itself.

  5. Malamute

    Malamute Member

    May 12, 2004
    Rocky Mts
    I had an M-77 in .338 a few years ago. It would shoot sub-inch groups @ 100 yards with decent loads. Mine was an older tang safety model that locked the bolt when on. I had a decelerator pad put on it, and it was not unpleasant to shoot at all with 250 and 275 gr loads. I don't think I ever shot it off a bench rest, and that may have something to do with the percieved comfort level.

    I regret trading it off, tho I do like my Whitworth .375 that I replaced it with.

    The .338 is a great round. You can kill elk with less rifle, but I prefer to carry enough rifle for whatever else I may run into when hunting elk or deer.

    If you get an older Ruger with the floorplate catch protruding into the trigger guard, I suggest removing the protrusion. Could lead to an embarrasing moment. I had mine removed right off.
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