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New (to me) m77

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Jeff olson, Apr 9, 2020.

  1. Jeff olson

    Jeff olson Member

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    Lgs shopping today and I found this. Box and papers. Chambered in .220 swift. This gun is beautiful. Spent way too much .
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  2. troy fairweather

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    Nice, should be a good shooter, by chance does it have the early bolt handle.
     
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  3. Jeff olson

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    Flat bolt
     
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  4. troy fairweather

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    Nice hope you got a good deal, I had to pass on the last one I seen, a 22-250
     
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  5. Riomouse911

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    Cool, besides the great looks a fair bit of nostalgia resides in that rifle!

    Let us know how it shoots when you get a chance to stretch its legs. :thumbup:

    Stay safe.
     
  6. Ks5shooter

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    Love the red pad tang safety Rugers. Everyone should have one.
     
  7. mshootnit

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    Ruger m77 in 220 Swift is a great prairie dog outfit, cutting through the wind, getting hits when other rounds fall short.
     
  8. Boattale

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    Mine is a M77 RL in .270 Win. You sir are correct.
     
  9. troy fairweather

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    My 7x57 ts 77 has taken at least one deer every season since I got it, being a sub moa rifle is a plus, even with cheap ppu 139s. Sadly only own one at the moment, sold some nice ones a few years ago to help my dad out.

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  10. sparkyv

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    M77s are hard to beat. Nice find!
     
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  11. witchhunter

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    One of the most accurate rifles I ever owned, try a Sierra 50 gr. in front of IMR4041. Deadly on squirrels and prairie dogs
     
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    She's pretty. A lot of those old swifts got the barrels shot out in short order if anywhere near plentiful prairie dogs or woodchucks. Definitely should check for throat erosion and fire cracking.
     
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  13. Jim Watson

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    A guy here had one so accurate he saved it for benchrest stock gun matches where he won several times its price.
    No barrel life wasted on varmints or beer cans.
     
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  14. illinoisburt

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    Not to be argumentative, but shooting varmints with these rifles is not a waste. It's exactly why the cartridge was developed and the rifles were made in the first place. If anything, it's a waste wearing out a barrel shooting paper with one. Bench guns are designed differently than field guns like this excellent rifle.
     
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  15. Steve51

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    Great rifles. I found a M77 in .243 at my LGS a couple years ago. Whoever owned it, had the scope set perfectly. I have never made the first adjustment.
    Congratulations on your find.
     
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  16. Steve Milbocker

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    If memory serves I paid like 285 bucks brand new out the door. I put a Leupold M8 straight 4x on it. 270 cal. This rifle has been a great one and has made me many memories. Congratulations on a fine rifle Jeff A2646DEB-524B-4E40-9950-B3DF7426E096.jpeg 502FA145-05B2-43DB-8C9F-7A1EBBD28481.jpeg
     
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  17. troy fairweather

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    That's about a perfect combo, I like 270 but my 7x57 is such a sweetheart to shoot.
     
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  18. Hanshi

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    Back about 1975 I bought a new M77 at the LGS and paid the outrageous sum of $140. What I got was a nice little rifle in .250 Sav. I killed scores of deer with that fine rifle and still have it. 99% of the ammo sent through it were my handloads. The fact that this rifle could (and still does) put 5 shots in 1/3" at 100 yds helped me ignore the 2" X 4" stock with all its excess wood. I love this rifle so much I almost bought its twin not long after. But instead I picked up a Sav M99A in .250. Shortly after I picked up a 77 in .338 Win mag. That one will always have a place in my heart. At one point I got a 77 in 7mm but could never get it to shoot so sold it. The M77s were (at least) one of the best rifles one could buy for less than a fortune.
     
  19. Nature Boy

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    $140 then = $671 now

    Still a good value!
     
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  20. Steve Milbocker

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    Troy, While Jack O Connor loved the 270 he also said the 7x57 was the perfect sheep medicine in a mountain rifle. That is a caliber that has always been on my radar but I just never put it together. This day and age seems everybody needs magnum calibers for hunting game that is easily taken with lighter easy shooting calibers like the 7x57. I might be straying off course a bit here. Sorry Jeff, once again you have yourself a very fine rifle in a fire breathing caliber that I think came about in 1935.
     
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  21. Poper

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    [quote/]The M77s were (at least) one of the best rifles one could buy for less than a fortune.[/quote]
    Yes.
    My M77R was in .270 Win. 3/4" groups with its favorite handload of IMR4831 and 130 gr. Sierra Game Kings was the norm. Killed everything it was pointed at. Had to sell it 25 years ago to pay child support during a period of unemployment. It's now replaced by a Tikka T3 Lite that shoots a bit better. Still miss the 77R, though. :(
     
  22. Jeff olson

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    Agreed. I have a bunch of shoulder breaking big bore rifles like the .375 and .460 weatherby. I don't particularly enjoy shooting them.
     
  23. SwampWolf

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    Beautiful rifle, Jeff! Model 77 Rugers are my favorite bolt-action rifles-and I like walnut wood and blued steel on all of mine.
     
  24. Steve Milbocker

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    Dang Jeff! I always heard the 460 Weatherby was the king of the nose breakers!:)
     
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  25. Jeff olson

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    I inherited it from my dad. He let me shoot it once when I was 17. Never again.
     
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