Ruger M77 Compact Rifle, anyone seen any lately?

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  1. Float Pilot

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    I ran across one today but it was in 223.

    The shop owner thought he had one in the back room in 308 so I slapped money on the counter, but he never could find it....

    That is probably only the 2nd or 3rd M77 compact rifle I have ever seen. I am sure they did not make many...

    Just wondering if the Ruger experts here knew about when they were made in in what @ numbers.

    They are cute little critters.
     
  2. stiab

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    Don't see them often for sure, here's mine, made only one year I think in .30-06...
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  4. Float Pilot

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    Well Dang!!!...
    They were listed at $750 north of my place, so for Alaska pricing that was not too bad. One of those in 338 Federal or 358 Win would be the Cat's Pajamas.
     
  5. Jackal

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    Haha, sorry to poo on your parade:) If you get something for even remotely normal pricing in Alaska, your way ahead.
     
  6. Barrett93

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    I'm liking that original M77 in a compact with the open sights. I didn't know Ruger made the old tang safety rifles in a compact. I have had an M77 MarkII Compact in 7mm-08 since I was 11. That's been a fine deer rifle. It's never let me down
     
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    I've been lusting after an SS compact in 308...but I haven't seen one in a while. A guy I hunt with has one in 243, and boy is that thing nice to carry! With a Leupold VXII the thing barely weighs anything.
     
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    The only two I've ever personally seen are in the safe. A Hawkeye in .223 and Mark II in .260.
     
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    Had a MKII 260 Stainless/laminate. It could possibly be the closest thing to a perfect whitetail gun in my neck of the woods. A 120 Speer HotCor behind a bucks shoulder was like lightning. I am still looking for a walnut/blue that I can afford. The little rifles tend to be a little pricey.
     
  10. Float Pilot

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    I wonder if they lightened the action or if the weight saving is only produced by the thin 16.5 inch barrel?

    For a short period of time the made a Hawkeye lightweight with a 18 or 20 inch thin barrel. I have seen one in 7mm-08.


    I compact in 338 federal or 358 Winchester would be pretty nice for my area.
     
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    Got a 243 & 30-06 in the OG Tang Model. My dad had a 279 and let it go. Those are the only ones I think I've seen for sale.
     
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    My local gun store in Leesburg, Alabama had two new ones for a long time. Both in wood with blued steel. One in .308, and the other in 7.62x39. The 7.62x39 finally sold, but the .308 keeps sitting there in the rack. I may have to get it to match my stainless one in .308.
     
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    Too late.

    LGS has a used Walnut/Blue in 260. Wouldn't you know it. I just bought a CZ 912 shotgun and depleted my toy funds.:banghead:
     
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    The action is not lightened , just the shortened barrel and stock .
     
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    I absolutely LOVE the 358 Win round. Its a real thumper with not so bad recoil and can take any North American game down for sure.
     
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    There are Compacts, Ultralights, and Compact Magnums...They all have their differences.
    Compacts have a shorter length of pull and a 16.5" barrel. I believe they were sometimes available with sights.
    Ultralights are standard stocked with a 20" barrel, no sights.
    Compact Magnums were released to feature Ruger's release of the 300RCM & 338RCM cartridges. Standard length of pull and a 20" barrel with sights. These were available in non RCM cartridges. 308 at least.
     
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    There are 2 in my deer camp. I own the compact in .308 and a friend has one for his daughter in .243. I absolutely love the little thing! Fat old men can carry it easily, it works well in a box stand and absolutely shoots 'eyes out'. Both know how to kill deer too!
     
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    They made a few tang safety Ultra-lights with 18.5" barrels and iron sights too. At one time I had one with a clean 20" barrel and my brother had the 18.5" iron sighted version, both in 30-06. They made a few in short action, but most that I saw were in 270 or 30-06.

    They had thin barrels and matching contour stocks, but the same heavy actions which in my opinion did not make for a well balanced rig. But interesting rifles non the less.
     
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    The Compact is fairly common and still in production. The Ultralight has been discontinued for now. Those are a bit harder to come by.
     
  21. Lumpy76

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    I believe I have one in .458 WM packed away. Hurts. Just moved and have not unpacked those rifles. I know it's a M77 and I remember a short barrel. Don't know if I'll ever take that one out again. Kind of a novelty cartridge for me.
     
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