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Old January 22nd, 2017, 03:04 PM   #1
 
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M77 Mark II advice

I found a 1994 model M77 Mark II locally in 30-06 I'm considering picking up. Wood looks great, bore smooth and hardly any signs of wear. Doesn't look like it's been fired too many times. Any advice on things to look at prior to getting it. I've heard reports of barrels in the late 80s to 90s not being that great plus trigger complaints. My only experience with M77's is the Hawkeye's and a 1979 M77. My brother in law just picked up a 1990 model pre-Mark II I believe he likes. Any owner's with opinions out there regarding them? Thanks



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The Mark IIs are a great rifle. They are very reliable and well built.

They are often maligned as not accurate, but they are capable of decent groups, and "minute of deer" for sure! All of my Mark IIs,(4 of them), are capable of at least 1.5-2 MOA with decent factory ammo.

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Great rifle. Have a good gunsmith put a timney trigger in it and you will be happy. My 25-06 will put 90 grain super-x bullets in a ragged one hole group at 100 yards.
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I found a 1994 model M77 Mark II locally in 30-06 I'm considering picking up. Wood looks great, bore smooth and hardly any signs of wear. Doesn't look like it's been fired too many times. Any advice on things to look at prior to getting it. I've heard reports of barrels in the late 80s to 90s not being that great plus trigger complaints. My only experience with M77's is the Hawkeye's and a 1979 M77. My brother in law just picked up a 1990 model pre-Mark II I believe he likes. Any owner's with opinions out there regarding them? Thanks
i have the mark ii in .243 with a boyds stock and a timney trigger and the barrel is free floated.it is very very accurate.i tightened the front stock screw very tight,back screw moderately tight and middle just snug.make sure internal magazine has a little movement or it will bind on action and reduce accuracy.and shoot 2 or 3 shot groups and let barrel cool
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One issue that I have run into:

Remove the bolt and inspect the extractor spring. My brother's sat in a safe for years.....and with just enough moisture in the pacific northwest, the extractor spring rusted.

Other than that, mine runs like a top and accurate all these years later.
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A total waste of time money and credit to replace any trigger Ruger built. I find it utterly disgusting how this generation just spews the name timney as if its the first thing to buy. No different than folks buy a car and put crap wheels on. Tents folded here. Too many idiots
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My Mark II .243 is 100% stock. I took the time to find the right load for it and it shoots beautifully. I am not even a 243 fan and I still like it.

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A total waste of time money and credit to replace any trigger Ruger built. I find it utterly disgusting how this generation just spews the name timney as if its the first thing to buy. No different than folks buy a car and put crap wheels on. Tents folded here. Too many idiots
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Buy it. I've owned a stainless/zytel M77 Mark II .30-06 Ultralight since the mid 90s. It was my first rifle growing up and it's my primary rifle for hunting deer and black bear in SE Alaska. It's an extremely rugged/reliable gun and chambered in one of the most versatile cartridges in existence. These rifles (particularly the stainless/synthetic versions) are getting somewhat difficult to find. I'm a firm believer in the Mauser action and you will be hard pressed finding a modern off-the-shelf bolt rifle that can match the quality of the M77 Mark II.

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a total waste of time money and credit to replace any trigger ruger built. I find it utterly disgusting how this generation just spews the name timney as if its the first thing to buy. No different than folks buy a car and put crap wheels on. Tents folded here. Too many idiots
l.o.l. If i dont like something and im not comfortable using it,ill replace it with what works for me
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Loyalist, I don't know what generation you are a member of but Timney has been around a long time. I had one installed in a '62 Remington 700 7mm in '62 partly because "it was the thing to do" and the factory trigger wasn't all that good. I presently don't have any but I have had trigger work done on my 77s .
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I have a MkII Varmint in .308. here's a link you should read.


M-77 accuracy tip

I followed the directions and now shooting half dollar groups at 100 yds.
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I totally agree with Loyalist!
I own 9 Ruger's all had a range of 4-9 lb. trigger's. Timney takes the time to clean, tune & polish theirs, either have a Smith or do it yourself and you'll be able to achieve the 4 lb. trigger that all mine have.
If Ruger did this to every rifle you'd be paying a whole lot more than you did.
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Holy crap!
I apologize for even mentioning the T word.
OP never mind my first post, the Ruger is great rifle no matter what trigger you use.
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There's no need to apologise
Theres no need to apologise Timney's are great trigger's
Point is, just because you're not getting results it's not always the trigger mfg. installing a Timney is easier than tuning the factory one. But maybe it's the stock fit, type of ammo, shooter stance, etc. For me a mark ll is a great fit, I love them! Found the right ammo for each gun and tuned the stock trigger to get the results I was after.
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