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Old July 6th, 2015, 12:06 PM   #1
 
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Went to the gun shop today and found a NIB M77 30-06 with a Mannlicher stock. It blew my skirt right up but I have never owned a mannlicher rifle. Do they affect accuracy ? Anything I need to know ? It was a good looking rifle and I would like a 30-06.



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Went to the gun shop today and found a NIB M77 30-06 with a Mannlicher stock. It blew my skirt right up but I have never owned a mannlicher rifle. Do they affect accuracy ? Anything I need to know ? It was a good looking rifle and I would like a 30-06.
As a rule, the more wood in contact with metal, the less accurate a rifle will be. That is why shooters with a desire for maximum accuracy will bed the action and free float the barrel. If you were looking for a competition rifle, I would say, "don't buy any rifle with a full length Mannlicher stock." If you are heading to the woods to shoot large animals, it hardly matters and your hunting buddies will all be green with envy, when they see your very cool rifle.
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It would be a hog/deer rifle. I saw how much contact the barrel had with the wood. If it is as accurate as my 45-70 lever action it would be good.
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I had one like that it was a tack driver
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I have one of the first released M-77..Ruger RSI...tang saftey...308....and as far as the full length stock affecting accuracy....mine as not shown any adverse effects. However...Ruger slimmed the barrel down to the minimum...and rapid strings of firing...will heat this up and ...THAT will affect accuracy as the barrel distorts from the heat.
With a cold barrel...slow fire...I have always gotten three round groups ...covered by a quarter at 100 yards.....plenty accurate enough for hunting.
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Another thought, 30-06 in an 18" barrel is probably not good. A 308 would be better in a short barrel.
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I have had 3 mannlichers and as stated they were marginally les accurate than a non mannlicher. I would not worry under 250 yards.
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If I were you, I'd buy it in a minute. It would make a great hunting rifle.

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I think this type of rifle is just out of this world. I've seen plenty in Germany where they are very popular.


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I think this type of rifle is just out of this world. I've seen plenty in Germany where they are very popular.


That's the old tang safety model, I think they shoot better than the 1990s wing safety variety, though I prefer the wing safety.
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I think this type of rifle is just out of this world. I've seen plenty in Germany where they are very popular.


I would so much love to have one of those in .30-06 or 7mm Mauser.
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I have the same M77 RSI in 30-06 in my Mannlicher Collection.
The 3 Rifles in the middle from Left to Right are
Ruger RSI MKII Stainless in 7X57 Mauser
Ruger RSI MKII in 30-06
Ruger RSI 77/22 in 22lr

The 30-06 Ruger 77RSI is plenty accurate, and a joy to carry.
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I have a tang safety .308 M77 International. It will shoot under 1" MOA if I do my part. I have shoot many whitetail with this gun over the years. It likes 3031 powder and 150 grain Speer and Hornadys.
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I inherited my dad's 308 M77 RSI. It is an older tang safety model. It won't shoot MOA, ar least yet, but not far off and way better than a hunter needs for any reasonable shot. That reminds me I need to dust it off and shoot something with it this fall.
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Lipseys Stainless Steel M77 RSI in .308

I was lucky to get a M77 SS RSI in .308 when Lipseys had a run of them in 2011. My wife got it for my retirement in early 2012. It is a great gun, light, trim, attractive and very easy to carry hunting. In the OEM stock the best I could get with my best .308 handloads and a 2 x 7 Leupold scope was about 1.5" 3 shot groups at 100 yards. I swapped it into a stocky's laminated stock and groups were reduced to about half that size. The magazine box tightness was checked, relieved and now has perceptable free float. I suspect that pressure on the fairly trim barrel near the end hardware with the Mannlicher stock needs some sort of adjustment. I will be working on this the rest of the summer until deer season. I did successfully shoot a nice buck at about 30 yds in the deep Maine woods with it and it ran about 30 more yds and piled up. A .308 is great in the shorter distances in the North East. I used 125 gr Nosler Ballistic Tips set .050 off the lands at about 3000 fpm, which is pretty close to .270 130 grain factory loads so it carries a lot of knockdown capability on deer. I intend to try a GSR rear sight on it also as I prefer open sights when possible if my old eyes can see it well enough. A great gun and a family heirloom to pass on to my grandson when I go. Keep on shooting!
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