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Old November 13th, 2011, 10:24 AM   #1
 
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Who here really likes their 77/357? This is probably my next purchase. Hope I won't be disappointed.



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Old November 13th, 2011, 11:36 AM   #2
 
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The jury is still out for me. I like the looks, function and feel of the gun. I put a 2-7x Redfield scope on mine. My reservations come from its accuracy. I'm still working up loads. It appears to be very sensitive to changes in loads. I've had the best luck with factory ammo. For reloading I start on the lighter side. It does seem to improve accuracy wise with faster loads. I'm working up to 14+ gns of H110 for my next batch. I working with two other .357 rifles, hoping to find a common load for all. Also, I would like something that falls within the revolver sections of the manuals so the load could do double duty, though I usually shoot .38's in the handguns.
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I'm working up to 14+ gns of H110 for my next batch.
My starting load with H110 and 158 gr bullet is 15.5 gr.
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I REALLY want a 77/357, but alas, i'm steeped in the old no money blues.
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Old November 14th, 2011, 02:09 PM   #5
 
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I'm real satisfied with my 77/357. I seems to like 140 grain and heavier bullets. I'm shooting one inch groups at 100 yards. I have to say this gun has exceeded my expectations.
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Gray Squirrel,

Are you shooting factory or reloads? If it factory, what brand? If reloads, would you provide details?

Thanks,
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I have a pair of 357 revolvers and a 38 special revolver. So I am looking for a 357 rifle so I can use the same ammo. Being of the age that I saw all of the Rifleman, Ponderosa, etc shows as a kid, I lean towards a lever action. But I like Rugers, so I would be interested in hearing any accuracy comparisons between the 77/357 and any of the lever action 357 rifles.
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Are you shooting factory or reloads? If it factory, what brand? If reloads, would you provide details?

Thanks,
I haven't shot any factory loads except Fed 158 gr. SP and Rem 110 gr. HP, nether shot well but they were cheap and I just wanted the brass anyway. My reloads are shooting quiet well using Sierra 140 gr JHC and 19 gr of H110 also the Speer 170 gr GDSP with 15.2 gr of H110 groups about an inch at 100 yds. This data is at or near max load so be sure you get the respective load manuals and work up.

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I have a pair of 357 revolvers and a 38 special revolver. So I am looking for a 357 rifle so I can use the same ammo. Being of the age that I saw all of the Rifleman, Ponderosa, etc shows as a kid, I lean towards a lever action. But I like Rugers, so I would be interested in hearing any accuracy comparisons between the 77/357 and any of the lever action 357 rifles.
my favorite gun is my marlin 1894 357 lever gun. shes my baby, yet sees more use then anything else i shoot
but the 77/357 does peek my interest, then again EVERYTHING 357 peeks my interest. i'm fighting off the urge to buy a 357/20 gauge swappable barrel rifle right now.
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I haven't shot any factory loads except Fed 158 gr. SP and Rem 110 gr. HP, nether shot well but they were cheap and I just wanted the brass anyway. My reloads are shooting quiet well using Sierra 140 gr JHC and 19 gr of H110 also the Speer 170 gr GDSP with 15.2 gr of H110 groups about an inch at 100 yds. This data is at or near max load so be sure you get the respective load manuals and work up.

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wow, those sound HOT! i use 110, mine are hot at 16.8grn with 158 grn lrnfp, but 19 grn?are you shooting these in a hand gun or just the carbine? i load mine for both, but they will leave my wrist sore out of my gp100 4 in.
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my favorite gun is my marlin 1894 357 lever gun. shes my baby, yet sees more use then anything else i shoot
but the 77/357 does peek my interest, then again EVERYTHING 357 peeks my interest. i'm fighting off the urge to buy a 357/20 gauge swappable barrel rifle right now.
Kind of my view too, so would be interested in how accurate your Marlin is. Also, I'm not aware of a .357/20 shotgun. What is th e barnd and model. I would be interested in something like this too.
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H&R makes a combo:

http://www.hr1871.com/Firearms/Combos/handislug.asp
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I bought 2 of the 77/357 rifles yesterday. After a tear down, and cleaning, I took them to the range with a host of ammo. Shot 100 .357's out of each of them, then 100 .38 Special out of each. A grand total of 400 rounds were fired. Rifles were so damn accurate, it was scary. Targets at 50 yards.
1/4" grouping on rifle #1. On rifle #2, groupings were one ragged hole. Fantastic rifles. Easy to clean, drop the mag, press a button on the left by the bolt, and the bolt comes out easily for cleaning and servicing.

5.5 lbs makes it an easy to carry rifle. I had no issues at all loading .38's, and they were 125gr. lead Truncated cone.

I did have a few minor issues loading my .357's with a 125gr Hornady XTP-HP bullet. Mostly the issue was that they hung up a bit on the feed ramp.
But found this to be nothing major. One issue that was a huge pain for me, was loading the mag on them. 3 bullets in was fine. Bullet 4 and 5 was like trying to shove a damned elephant into a small broom closet. Very hard. It really hurt my hand after a while. Pushing a cartridge on top of another cartridge isn't easy on round 4 and 5. However, I was able to load 6 into the rifle with 5 in the mag and one at the pipe.

All in all, I would say Ruger did a fine job with these rifles. And I have no regrets buying both of them. My cost was $599 each.
After taxes and all, I paid $1,271.98

Very fine rifles indeed for the money. When I get some time, I'll post up some pictures.

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All in all, I would say Ruger did a fine job with these rifles. And I have no regrets buying both of them. My cost was $599 each.
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Save some for the rest of us!!! LOL

I ordered one yesterday, haven't heard of a shipping date yet.
I plan to shoot primarily lead. TCBB's in 158 gr and 140 gr and some Speer Deep Curl's I've been saving for this.
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yeah, its the H&R handy gun 357/20ga stainless steel, oh, and my marlin 357 is very accurate. more so then i am. i usually shoot off hand at 65 yard. i'm pretty good at hitting 5 inch steel discs

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