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Old December 22nd, 2009, 02:02 PM   #1
 
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My brother found a Ruger M77 .270 Win in the woods and gave me it. I'm starting to work on it now and have a few questions. The rifle was in the middle of the woods, not near any trails or anything, and has been there for a long, long time. The scope that was on it was completely toast. Could see light through it. I emailed Ruger and they said I had a Dec 1988 M77R. What does the R stand for? I have been surfing the web and a lot of people have been saying they have terrible triggers. This one brakes nice and crisp with no extra take up or travel. Very nice feeling. The rifles exterior has a ton of rust on it. What's the best way of getting it off? I've seen that stuff in a little blue bottle at Cabela's but I'm not sure if it'll take this amount of rust off. I'd like to not touch the surface metal with steel wool if possible because I don't want to scratch or marr it. I'm not sure if I want to reblue or DuraCoat it. I plan on keeping the stock, it's got character from laying on its side in the sun. Does Ruger still sell the buttpad and bottom grip pad for these guns? Thanks for any help guys.



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Old December 26th, 2009, 12:00 PM   #2
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Hi ...

The "R" designation means that the rifle does not have iron sights. Mine is also a model 77R. Those with sights are designated model 77RS.

Before anything else, you may want to call the local police and tell them what you have and how you got it. They can run a check on the gun and determine if it was stolen and had been reported as such.

While you might run the risk of losing it, you also run the risk of being in possession of a stolen gun if you don't. I'm no expert, but I retired last August after 32 years as a police officer. "I found the stolen gun in the woods" wouldn't keep you out of trouble; bad guys do lie, or at least wouldn't get you out of the trouble of getting yourself out of the mess.

Possession of a stolen firearm (even if you didn't steal it yourself) is a very serios crime, and finding one and not calling the cops to report it might not be deemed to be a reasonable defense.

Just a suggestion ... I'm in no way calling you a criminal ... I'd sure be torn, too. You may even want to call in anonymously and see how they want to handle it. Up here, a person who turns-in found property is legally entitled to claim it if the owner isn't determined. Sorry for rambling.

As far as fixing it, I'd be sure to take it to a gunsmith for a thorough check-up unless I really knew what I was doing. Lots of stuff that could go unnoticed to an untrained eye.

Good luck ... Joe
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That's a good point JAS. It was found in the middle of nowhere Wyoming and they already checked with the local police. They also brought it to a gun smith. He said the bore was in perfect shape as well as all the internals. The only rust was on the exposed metal. I think I'll go to Cabela's and see what they have to say about that BIRCHWOOD CASEY Blue & Rust Remover stuff.
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Old December 26th, 2009, 12:48 PM   #4
 
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I know of an individual who went coon hunting and set a gun against a tree to pull the dog off the coon. The coon bailed out and took off to another tree a bit further down. When he got hold of the dog (remember this is around midnight) he couldnt find the tree he leaned the gun against. Sure it sounds crazy but it happens.
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Old December 27th, 2009, 07:12 AM   #5
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I've done the same. There were a few turn-of-the-century logging camps in the area around our hunting shack.

I'd sometimes lay my shotgun down and go poking around, looking for old stuff. Almost left a treasure for someone else to find a few times. It'd probably still be there it it was a camo patterned gun ...
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