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Old March 29th, 2015, 10:37 AM   #1
 
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I recently purchased a used M77 in .270 Win. It dates to 1984-85. I am not sure what variation I have. Overall length is 40.5". Barrel is real skinny, .508 at the muzzle. Barrel is only 19-5/8" long measured from the reciever. serial is 78-26***. Does any one know what model this is? It is real light, did they make an ultralight in 1984? Only shot it at 75 yds. so far but three shots are smaller than a dime. Barrel heats up REAL fast though. Thanks, Stu




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Ruger's Ultra Lite 20" skinny barrel rifle. I bought a Ruger 77RL in 250 Savage in 1983. Sold it prefering at least 22" or 24" barrels to help minimize muzzle blast.
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Yep you have a UL. It will be a pleasure to carry. Nice pick up.
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Yep you have a UL. It will be a pleasure to carry. Nice pick up.
It would be logical to have those ultralite rifles labelled 'UL', but for some reason Ruger used the 'RL' suffix. Not sure why.
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It would be logical to have those ultralite rifles labelled 'UL', but for some reason Ruger used the 'RL' suffix. Not sure why.
Maybe "Ruger Light"?
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I recently purchased a used M77 in .270 Win. It dates to 1984-85. I am not sure what variation I have. Overall length is 40.5". Barrel is real skinny, .508 at the muzzle. Barrel is only 19-5/8" long measured from the reciever. serial is 78-26***. Does any one know what model this is? It is real light, did they make an ultralight in 1984? Only shot it at 75 yds. so far but three shots are smaller than a dime. Barrel heats up REAL fast though. Thanks, Stu
Sounds like a nice hunting rifle. I prefer the light rifles myself in standard hunting calibers. Mine is a Savage 116 FCSS "Weather Warrior" .30-06. Probably heavier than yours but pretty light overall.
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I suppose another company - cough, remington, cough cough - might have thumbed their nose at Ruger if they called theirs an "ultra-light," considering that the Ruger actions tend to be over half a pound heavier than equivalent length 700 actions.

I built a 700 "Mountain Gun" in 6.5-284 for elk hunting. Any lighter and i wouldn't enjoy shooting it As you mentioned, it ain't made for shooting round after round unless you're wanting to grill meat across your barrel.
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One of THE nicest rifles I ever had was a Rem 700 Mt Rifle in .243 Win. Much prefer the 22" super skinny barrel.
The perfect Mountain Rifle, IMO, would be the 700 Mt. Rifle in .250 Savage or 250 Savage Ackley Improved. Same cartridge in the Ruger 77RL only with 22" of barrel.
My Ruger 77 Mark II 250 Savage Ack. Imp. is fitted in a Shilen barrel of 24" length. Could cut it shorter, just seem to like it at 24".

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My first bolt rifle was a m77 rls 308 it was a dream to carry but was not accurate. I wish I still had it now, knowing what I know about ammo and lighter barrels . I loved the sights on that gun . The plus side of story , I traded it (18 years ago) for a Browning Bar 30-06 lwt stalker . That gun will shoot any ammo very accurate, has taken many deer. Still my go to deer rifle. In Maine we can only shoot one deer a season, don't get much chance to try out different riffles.
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my son who was 13 @ the time won a rifle @ game dinner & we trade up [plus the differance] a. ruger m77 hawkeye ultralite in .308 . he now carries my m77/mk2 in 30.06 & i carry the .308 . nice ,quick rifle
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Maybe "Ruger Light"?
R stands for rings included.
L stands for ultralight

I had a "RLS" mark II

It came with Rings
It was an uLltralight(Actually had an 18.5 inch carbine barrel)
It had iron Sights.

Sold it, Found out years later it was a fairly scarce dealer exclusive.... Stupid me.
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I have a Ruger RL in 308 that I have owned since very early 90's.
It is one of my favorite rifles.
Enjoy yours.
BTW, mine is very accurate and shoots sub-moa out of a cold barrel,
but the barrel does heat up rather quickly. That has never been an issue
in hunting situations.
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I have owned a Ruger RL 270 Win since 1984 when I first laid eyes on one. The only thing I did to it was change the beautiful little walnut stock to a MacMillan drop-in after hunting in a heavy rain and having the point of impact change radically. Never had a problem after that. It shoots a really good group for 3 shots, then begins to string a bit due to the barrel contour I suspect. However, this has not been an issue for hunting. In over 30 years it has put down javelina, deer, antelope, elk and bear. When I bought it, I put a 2-7X33 Leupold scope on it, sighted it in with the best handload I could come up with and it has never failed me. My hunting buddy of 40 years nicknamed it "Old Death and Destruction". At this point, I am actually looking for another RL since my son has commandeered it to be his "go to" rifle. I can't say I blame him. Hope yours works out for you like "Old Death and Destruction" has for me and my son. Good hunting!!!
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I bought the rem mt. rifle in .270, couldn't wait to get the wimpy barrel off. It's a .280 now and couldn't be any more pleased with handloads.
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Stubert:

Sounds like you have a fine hunting rifle there. I have a stainless M77 with the synthetic stock in .270 and it will shoot to 3/4" @ 100yds all day long with my handloads. Get it zero'ed in and haul it out deer hunting. Season is approaching.
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