Ruger M77 out of the box accuracy!
I usually don't post much just usually read through the forum. I have noticed some comments about people questioning Ruger M77 accuracy when thinking of buying a new rifle.
I own 6 M77 Hawkeye's/MKII's and recently put my latest purchase (M77 Hawkeye LH 243, Bushnell 3200 5x15) thru the break in process with good results. I fired 2 rounds from 50 yards to zero the rifle, cleaned the bore then 3 rounds from 100 yards. After the cleaning, the first shot from 100 yds was a flyer(cleaned cold bore shot, expected) and the next 2 shots were touching directly in the bull. Was shooting 95 gr Nosler Partitions with 44 grs of IMR 4350.
I was brought up shooting Ruger bolt guns! Time after time, I have taken a new Ruger bolt gun to the range and get this same out of the box accuracy. I have yet to tune the trigger on my 243(plan to in the next month or so) then will tune to the best load the rifle likes.
Hopefully this post brings new comers to give Ruger bolt guns a try!
I have to agree with you on the out of the box accuracy on the M77. I have an M77 that I purchased new in 1970. The caliber is 350 Remington Mag, and it's the most accurate rifle I have. I load my own so I'm able to tweak it and to this day it still shoots 1" groups at 100 yds. I've never done anything to it other than working on different loads to get the best accuracy out of it.
I have have differing results. My 338 is a great shooter while my 264 shot terrible until I floated the barrel. Now it shoots pretty good. I have a little stainless-synthetic in 350 Rem Mag sitting in the safe right now waiting for a scope. Hopefully it will shoot good.
I have a 2006 M77 MK2. Out of the box it was very accurate. about .8-1.2 moa @ 100m with factory ammo and a $85 scope. Still breaking in the barrel.
My Ruger M77 .270 is pretty accurate, a little fussy but still accurate. I've seen it do slightly under MOA with 150 grain Nosler BT's or AB's, but it's usually around the 1-1.15" area. Plenty accurate for my uses! I may replace the trigger soon, because I'm not a big fan of the current trigger, it's a little too creepy for me.
All the Ruger centerfires I've had, including a Mini-14, have been very good to great shooters. Most will shoot well with some variety or other of factory ammo, and all would shoot with handloads. None of my Rugers have been my _best_ shooting rifles (those have. Been Brownings), but they've been close. Perhaps as importantly, my Rugers clean up fast and easy. They have all had the right combination of good to great shooting plus smooth barrels.
I have several M77 MKII's and one unfired Hawkeye in 300 Win Mag. Some of the MKII's I have never fired. The ones I have the accuracy is plenty good enough for hunting. I wouldn't call them a tack driver. That might change if I'd take the time to work up a load for them. All I have fired through them has been factory ammo. Most of mine are the All Weathers and that could possibly be another reason why they aren't a tack driver. The Ruger synthetic stocks aren't the best I've ever seen.
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