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Old January 18th, 2019, 09:34 PM   #1
 
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First year m77 mark II .243 stainless with green inserts

I have a first year .243 M77 Mark II . It has the zytel (boat paddle/zytel) stock
It has green inserts.The gun hasnt been fired more than 10 rnds to set the scope 20yr
Ago. I was just wondering if anybody has one of the first ones because I cant find
Another one for sale anywhere. Kinda wanting a value range. Thanks for replies



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The Zytel stock Mark IIs have become collectible.

My RENE guide lists your rifle as a model KM-77RP Model # 7805. It should fall within the serial number range of: 780-36864 to 787-84192.

There is a note stating: "KM-77 RP MKII with green forearm and grip inserts. This model obviously exists within the guns listed in the paragraph below, but more research needs to be done to determine the highest known s/n for the variation."

Ruger is very cagy with disclosing the total number of units shipped. Unless one of the distributors that ordered these rifles discloses the number ordered, there is no accurate way of knowing the actual number produced.

Your rifle will bring a premium, but it is only worth what someone is willing to pay. I sold a .257 Roberts for triple what I paid for it...but it was blue, and the production was listed as "only one known example." I have since seen 3 others listed on an auction site.

Still, you have an interesting rifle, and it will, for sure, hold its value. I would leave it in the safe and shoot another rifle were it mine.

Hope this helps.

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Hiddleson, Chad (2010). Reference of Ruger Firearms Pocket Edition #2. Author. Perry, IA

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Thanks for the reply. I am new to this forum, actually to any forum. I almost sold the rifle
850 then had about 30 people offer me what i was asking and some offerd 100 more so I decided not to sell it and do more research. The serial # is 780-18xxx. I have read that only the first ones in 1989 had green inserts. Then went to black by 1990. When I got it,it was new in box but after 20 years and being in my early 20's then I didnt keep the box. BUT it has been kept in the safe along with the 2,10-22 rugers my dad bought at walmart for him and myself when i was a kid. They were green laminate stocks,stainless. His is still new in box unfired in tje plastic bag still. I squirrel hunted with mine some growing up . I love stainless rugers. I never hunted with my m77 because I figured the glare of the sun off the stainless would scare the deer off.
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Thanks for the reply. I am new to this forum, actually to any forum. I almost sold the rifle
850 then had about 30 people offer me what i was asking and some offerd 100 more so I decided not to sell it and do more research. The serial # is 780-18xxx. I have read that only the first ones in 1989 had green inserts. Then went to black by 1990. When I got it,it was new in box but after 20 years and being in my early 20's then I didnt keep the box. BUT it has been kept in the safe along with the 2,10-22 rugers my dad bought at walmart for him and myself when i was a kid. They were green laminate stocks,stainless. His is still new in box unfired in tje plastic bag still. I squirrel hunted with mine some growing up . I love stainless rugers. I never hunted with my m77 because I figured the glare of the sun off the stainless would scare the deer off.
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I agree with cptpoly, they have/are becoming collectable, someone, maybe here or on another site has quite a few Zytel stocked M77 and is out to get one in every caliber available.

I follow the boat paddle stocked Rugers on GB, as far as price I've seen them go on average from $500 to $700, that's not to say they haven't been sold for less or for more. It's more a matter of right time right place so to speak.

As far as the green inserts, those may or may not increase the value, I personally don't like them so it wouldn't be a selling point for me, I'd move on, but the next guy may think they're the best thing since sliced bread came along.

At one time someone offered me $1k for my Zytel 7 Rem Mag but I declined the offer, could I still get a grand for it now, maybe, maybe not. Regardless you have a fine rifle that you will never loose a dime one, shoot or store it's your rifle.

Also something I use to put some life in the stock after a long hunt is Balistol, shoot some on the stock, let it sit for a bit and wiper down, she'll look brand new again.

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I just found only another one like mine, .243 as well
. On gbroker. It also has the green inserts. Serial # 780-23xxx.
According to ruger the srial# 780-3xxxx were later models so
They more than likely had black inserts. Maybe only 1989 and early 90 model years had them??? But I think I will keep it a while. Maybe start a collection of early mark II's with green inserts.
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I agree with cptpoly, they have/are becoming collectable, someone, maybe here or on another site has quite a few Zytel stocked M77 and is out to get one in every caliber available.

I follow the boat paddle stocked Rugers on GB, as far as price I've seen them go on average from $500 to $700, that's not to say they haven't been sold for less or for more. It's more a matter of right time right place so to speak.

As far as the green inserts, those may or may not increase the value, I personally don't like them so it wouldn't be a selling point for me, I'd move on, but the next guy may think they're the best thing since sliced bread came along.

At one time someone offered me $1k for my Zytel 7 Rem Mag but I declined the offer, could I still get a grand for it now, maybe, maybe not. Regardless you have a fine rifle that you will never loose a dime one, shoot or store it's your rifle.

Also something I use to put some life in the stock after a long hunt is Balistol, shoot some on the stock, let it sit for a bit and wiper down, she'll look brand new again.

Welcome to the forum.
I appreciate the Balistol tip, as my 7.62x39 stock has faded a bit....
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I appreciate the Balistol tip, as my 7.62x39 stock has faded a bit....
Not a problem, glad I could help. I generally give it a good shot two weeks before a hunt because the Balistol does linger oder wise . I haven't put any on for awhile but as you can see it still looks good.
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The one I have is in like new condition. Ive had it for so long just sittin there in the safe. Thanks for the stock tip too. Mine still looks good but i will keep that in mind. I shot maybe 5 or 6 rounds through it yrs. Ago to set the scope. Hasnt been out since. I think I will put in a gun sock or something so it doesnt get
Any safe dings now that I know more about it. Lord knows I have em in there like sardines. Lol. If anybody else has one with green inserts let me know if theyd like to sell it. I always wanted one of those in 22magnum . Thanks for any input guys. I joined this site afew days ago just to find out more on these.
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The one I have is in like new condition. Ive had it for so long just sittin there in the safe. Thanks for the stock tip too. Mine still looks good but i will keep that in mind. I shot maybe 5 or 6 rounds through it yrs. Ago to set the scope. Hasnt been out since. I think I will put in a gun sock or something so it doesnt get
Any safe dings now that I know more about it. Lord knows I have em in there like sardines. Lol. If anybody else has one with green inserts let me know if theyd like to sell it. I always wanted one of those in 22magnum . Thanks for any input guys. I joined this site afew days ago just to find out more on these.
Something else worth mentioning, someone, again I can't remember, (old age) where I saw it, makes or made walnut inserts. Now those looked really sharp.

Also, don't be afraid to take that rifle out.......mine hasn't missed a season since I bought it in '94.
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The wood panels came stock on the RPDLX models. IFIRC, Lett grips used to make these.
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I have a first year .243 M77 Mark II . It has the zytel (boat paddle/zytel) stock
It has green inserts.The gun hasnt been fired more than 10 rnds to set the scope 20yr
Ago. I was just wondering if anybody has one of the first ones because I cant find
Another one for sale anywhere. Kinda wanting a value range. Thanks for replies
I can't help with value, but I do have one with green inserts...also a .243. It is a 780 series, serial #11XXX.
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I have three Zytels with green inserts. A 77/22, .223, and .243.. And Two with black inserts. a .270 and .30-06...
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I love the old boat paddle stocked M77's. I have one in .22 rimfire with green inserts and a 30-06 with black inserts. The .22 rimfire is battered and worn but has never failed me. It's perhaps The One firearm I would keep if i could only keep ONE. I bought it used / like new in about 1991 I believe.
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