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Old January 2nd, 2010, 03:56 PM   #1
 
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Chime in on any .264 Ruger M77 experiences

I am a NC native who hunts white tails, coyotes, and any other varmints that steps foot or lites on our farm. I would appreciate any (precious) feedback from .264 Ruger owners on this forum as I've found very little about the caliber on line.
Started with a Rem 700 BDL VS in the .308 (been a good beanfield rifle). I also have a Rem Model 7 in the .308 (my son adopted). It's a fairly good woods gun. I own 2 Winch M70's in the .243 (one is Pre 64) both in the Featherweights.

I recently visited a local gunshop some farming brothers operate local to me and they talked me into a Ruger Hawkeye (and a Carhartt coat). I bought the last .264 Win Mag off their shelf. They told me I wouldn't be sorry. Several hunters that witnessed my purchase said I would not like the rifle.

Needless to say, I purchased it and will be topping it with a Nikon Buckmasters 4x12x50. I plan to work on coyotes with it and also utilize it on some of our long beanfields.

Thanks for any and all input on tips and ammo suggestions. It appears my selection is limited on this rare caliber so I may be learning how to handload in the near future.




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Old January 2nd, 2010, 04:54 PM   #2
 
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Is this a 264 short mag? If it's the Win Mag., you've got yourself one hell of a fine shooting rifle. If it's a short mag then I have never shot it, but I will say this: The two most accurate rifles I've ever had the privelige of shooting were a .264 Magnum, and a 6.5x55. (same bullet).

My only guess is that you're gonna need to reload for it or it'll cost you an ARM and A LEG.
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 06:03 PM   #3
 
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Thanks for commenting. I failed to say it is a .264 Win Mag. I've read really good things about this cartridge. I shoot the .22-250 in a TC Encore and have had some really good luck on fox, bobcat, and deer. I am a big fan of the Mauser action, just never owned a Ruger. I'll post my first benchrest results using the factory Rem. CorLok whenever they get some in.
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I have a custom Enfield in 264 win mag that I purchased used a few years ago, It is one of the most accurate rifles I have. The person I bought it from said he "shot out" the first barrel and it's on it's second barrel now. I was told by him and other people if I stay with the heavier bullets like 140gr and didn't let the barrel get too hot it will last forever. He threw in over 100 rounds of factory ammo so when that is gone I'll start to reload for it. I don't hunt with it because it has a very heavy target barrel on it and my Ruger 77 in 300win mag is my hunt everything rifle. I bought the 264 as a backup rifle to my 300, plus he made me an offer I couldn't refuse.
I would think this caliber in an over built Ruger 77 would be a great rifle, especially if you wanted to hunt out west. Key
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Old January 5th, 2010, 06:12 AM   #5
 
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Thanks Key,
I'd love to hunt pronghorn or mulies out West one day, for now I do have some 500-600 yard opportunities on deer and coyotes in my home zone. I truly believe the .264 will fit the billing for my limited needs. I'll never come close to shooting 1000 rounds in any of my guns I own. Thanks for your helpful information. I'm glad you got a great deal on your Enfield. That sounds like a neat rifle. Any photos?
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The only problem I can forsee with your new rifle, is finding the ammo for the gun! Things are tight in a lot of places and off the wall calibers in the WSM line seem to be taking a beating getting stocked on the shelfs for shooters and hunters alike.

I have a .264/06 (6.5/06) and I reload my own, it is a great dual purpose deer and predator rifle. Not to mention it will also serve you well on groundhogs far out youndar way. You can put 160 grain bullets in that rifle, I do believe and go moose or elk hunting if you wished. I know Hornady made those 160 grain in a round nose bullet years ago and still do I was told.

Your rifle has plenty of "smackdown" to harvest antelope to elk! I would not worry about what anybody says about that caliber or your Ruger rifle ok. You just take it out and hunt with the rifle and all will be A-OK.
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You ain't lying Tracer....I just broke the bank ordering several varieties from Nosler. It will be my luck my rilfe will like one of these expensive loads. I am hoping it will digest the standard fare (Winchester and Remington). If so, I will buy in quantity. If not, I'm looking into buying a RockChucker single stage and try to tailor some loads for the .264 saving all my brass along the way. Should be fun. I'm up for the challenge. Appreciate the vote of confidence. I feel good about this rifle.
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Gregor.....right now there is a big shortage of many calibers out there! Your best bet is to get that reloading press and stock up on components. I puchase my powder in 8-lbs, primers 5000, and bullets at least a 1000 at a time or more. This way you safe more money but you will have the proper's to load and go hunting or to the range.
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I have a stainless M77 in 264 WM too. I took a deer with it last year. Needless to say, it had plenty of power. I really like the round and it is a shame that it isn't more popular. It is a bit overbore, so I guess some guys don't like it for that or the muzzle blast. It doesn't bother me so I want to take it to Canada for Caribou sometime.
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I have shot several .264 magnum rifles over the years and all were indeed very accurate to say the least. They are flat shooting and hit hard with proper bullet. Cheap bullets will not stay together at top velocities this caliber can produce.

I have found that if one backs off of those MAX loads, this caliber is fun to shoot and muzzle blast will not intimidate that shooter. It also will not kick you as much at the bench. I plan on shooting Hornady 160 grain bullets in my .264/06.......It is one very good bullet for bigger animals.
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It's a fine round but w/ a 24" barrel you are not going to get all goodness out of it. It really needs a 26" barrel (or more) to shine. With a 24" barrel it's not much different than a 270. It can be a barrel burner if you are not careful. Remington made a lot of history that Winchester missed out on when they took the same case and necked it to 7mm.

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I have been shooting 264WINMAG rifles for 45 years now. Started with a M70 WESTERNER 26" rifle that shot like a million bucks and sold it to get a custom 264WINMAG 26" built on a commercial FN MAGNUM MAUSER action, 26" Douglas XX medium heavy barrel, SAKO target trigger, and a really nice French walnut stock. The latter rifle is so accurate after all these years it is still spooky. IT will also take the 120GR .264" bullets up to 3400fps as slick as you please, all the while shooting flatter than a moonbeam in the process. No foolin', I have shot rockchucks so far away with this rifle you better pack a sandwich and extra water when you venture out to find the corpus delecti.
For many years now I have wanted a RUGER NUMBER 1 264WINMAG with a 28" or 30" barrel. One of these days.....
and so it goes...
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I have been shooting a .264 win mag pre 64 model 70 that was given to me by my dad that was his dads. I have taken many deer over the past 28 years with it. Recently I bought a Hawkeye S.S. in .264 win mag. I have not had a chance to shoot it yet but I am looking foward to getting to the bench with it. I here alot of guys say they are barrel burners, but I have never seen one shot out even in the old "Westeners" like my first one. With the new steel in todays guns I don't see a problem unless you are trying to reach some unholy velocity.
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I have a Winchester Model 70 NIB in 264 W.M. I've had it for years.I remember reading way back in a Speer manual about the 264. It said that reports have it that the 264 cartridge is very hard on barrels. There's been reports that as few as 500 factory rounds the barrel was shot out. I'm not sure if it was shot out or how they said it.The performance declined to that of a 270.

What killed the popularity of the 264 was when Remington introduced the 7mm Rem Mag.

Yes I do have the manul here.
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can't go wrong with .264

I have been shooting the 50th anniversary stainless/synthetic(old boat paddle stock) M77 .264 win mag for about 10 years. I shot my .270 win M77 before that. Anybody who tells you the 270 is every bit as good without all the fuss and muzzle blast probably hasn't shot both cartridges extensively. The 270 is a great round and I recommend it to hunters who are not "gun guys" and want to be able to go to wally-mart to buy shells. That being said, the 264 blows it away. I have yet to see anything that could be better for deer. The 120 nos ballistic tip easily reaches 3250fps even in the ruger's 24" barrel. It shoots flatter than the ballistic charts say it should and positively flattens deer. My rifle shoots the 120 BT's and 140 hornady interlock's so good you'll thing I'm lying. I like the .264 win mag so much I bought one of the new hawkeyes just for a backup.
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