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Old September 4th, 2013, 09:48 AM   #1
 
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77/357 in Matte Blue

Looking over some sites at the 357 carbines and saw a few in matte blue finish. I did not know that ruger started doing this and cannot find anything on their site. Are these matte blue over stainless or standard carbon steel? Prices were pretty attractive. Any other differences between them?




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I just bought one. It's a standard blue as far as I know, not SS. Other than that, it's the same gun as the stainless model. Frankly I like blue guns.

My understanding was that Ruger made a limited run of these blue models I believe for Davidsons
Can't tell you how many were built.

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Would you mind seeing if a magnet will stick to your barrel. You can do it through a piece of cloth so it won't scratch anything.
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Sorry Bud, just finished wrapping it up for the UPS man. It's ready to go back to Ruger.
If you read my thread,"So I went to drift the front sight" in the BOLT ACTION section you will understand.

However, I know I did check the trigger guard/ floorplate, and they were magnetic. I think I did test the barrel and receiver at the same time, but I can't swear to it. Memory ain't what it used to be.

I will be happy to check as soon as I get it back from repair. Shouldn't be long.

The gun is blued, not coated or painted. As far as I know stainless can be blued, but it uses a different process than non stainless. I doubt Ruger would go through all that for one model.

I will report back, when it comes back.

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Well I just read your other post. That's pretty crazy. Honestly, I've never heard of such a thing. With regards to the blueing, I would have thought it would be easier for ruger to simply blue their already existing parts rather than have them made special from a different metal. Sounds like that's what they did though. I can get the blued version for about $100 to $150 cheaper than the stainless depending on where I get it. Money being kind of tight right now it's got me thinking. Thanks for your help.
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I got the SS version, but I would have gone with a matte blue version if it was availible. $100-150 savings is a big difference. The SS is called brushed finish, but it is pretty bright, nothing like the new SS matte that they are putting on the GSR.

Also have you seen the all cammo dipped version? I think that gun is a blued but dipped in cammo. That makes it all weather as well, but I don't know if cammo guns suit your fancy.

I have really liked my 77/357.
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Pictures please!

Sorry, mine just left on the UPS truck.

I had posted a file photo here;Blue 77/357 when I first ordered it. Cost was $550 plus shipping.

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Would you mind seeing if a magnet will stick to your barrel. You can do it through a piece of cloth so it won't scratch anything.
Just an FYI, my stainless Rugers are magnetic.
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Here's my blued 77/357. And, yes, the barrel will hold a magnet. $576 total from Davidsons.


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Here's my blued 77/357. And, yes, the barrel will hold a magnet. $576 total from Davidsons.


That's a nice looking 77! The bluing and stainless looks great on the polymer stock. I bet it shoots as good as it looks!
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Thanks Neon. Shoots great, but I have only shot it short distances at an indoor range with the irons. I'm very pleased. Excellent all purpose shtf rifle at a great price. Chambers 357 and 38 without a hitch. Slight kick from 357. You can barely feel the 38. I will probably put a 1-4 x 20 on it.
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Thanks Neon. Shoots great, but I have only shot it short distances at an indoor range with the irons. I'm very pleased. Excellent all purpose shtf rifle at a great price. Chambers 357 and 38 without a hitch. Slight kick from 357. You can barely feel the 38. I will probably put a 1-4 x 20 on it.
Sounds like a fun shooter! Is it accompanied by a revolver? It's awesome when rifles and sidearms share cartridges.
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...... Is it accompanied by a revolver? It's awesome when rifles and sidearms share cartridges.
Yes it is!! I have a Smith Model 60-14 and just recently (as in yesterday ) acquired an SP 101, both in .357
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