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Old October 1st, 2019, 08:06 AM   #1
 
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New Hawkeye “Hunter”

I’m a grumpy old curmudgeon, I admit that. I like walnut and blued steel rifles. My Hawkeye Standard is exactly that, and is an outstanding hunting rifle just as it comes out of the box from Ruger.

Today I saw an ad for a new Hawkeye “Hunter.” It’s walnut and stainless- the stainless part I get- but it also adds a threaded barrel and a rail for mounting optics. That part bothers me. It’s sad that Ruger knows they can’t sell many traditional Hawkeyes so they have to make them more “tacticool” to attract buyers.



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I entirely agree.

I enjoy the look of Walnut/Stainless too - so I appreciate that set up. At least Ruger is continuing walnut into new variants.

This model seems a little strange though. With the current "Tacticool" trend, I can appreciate why they added a 20MOA rail on their "Long Range Target" and "Long Range Hunter" models (given the detachable mag and synthetic stocks), but the combination of the 20 MOA rail and the standard floorplate/walnut just looks out of place.

Perhaps I'm part of the problem why they aren't selling new Hawkeyes. I have purchased many M77s (all in MKII, Hawkeye, or rimfire), but have bought only one brand new. My local stores rarely carry them, so they never run sales on them. Plus, I'd prefer to choose my walnut stocks after looking them over (versus ordering them in).

I like the standard models, so its been easy enough for me to find good deals on very lightly used M77s over the years. It just seems nobody values these fine rifles on the secondary markets.

The included rings and milled bases have always been an incredible value though. I really hope this isn't a first marketing move to exit the practice of including rings with their M77 series rifles.
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I guess it’s a sign of the times ditto. I think it’s a different breed of gun buyer than say 30 years ago.

I have a couple of “black guns”, but you can’t beat walnut and blued. . A sign we are getting old maybe???

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Many of us Ruger shooters have been complaining for years about the limitations the fixed positions of the integral rings in Ruger M77 MkII and Hawkeye receivers. Adding a rail on top adds versatility for eye relief and optics selection. Don’t want or need the rail? Take it off. It’s only held on by a few screws.

Many of us hunt with suppressors, many, many more hunt with muzzle brakes. Many of us have paid smith’s for years to thread factory rifles.

There’s nothing “tactical” about a stainless and walnut rifle, simply because it has an optic rail option and a threaded barrel.

The “Long Range Hunter” Model incorporates exceptionally popular specification aspects for, you might have guessed, long range hunting. Sporting stock, light magnum sporter barrel profile, threaded muzzle, stainless steel, and an optics rail. It’s actually VERY close to what I built for myself out of a Ruger M77 Hawkeye All-Weather for big game hunting.
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Many of us Ruger shooters have been complaining for years about the limitations the fixed positions of the integral rings in Ruger M77 MkII and Hawkeye receivers. Adding a rail on top adds versatility for eye relief and optics selection. Don’t want or need the rail? Take it off. It’s only held on by a few screws.

Many of us hunt with suppressors, many, many more hunt with muzzle brakes. Many of us have paid smith’s for years to thread factory rifles.

There’s nothing “tactical” about a stainless and walnut rifle, simply because it has an optic rail option and a threaded barrel.

The “Long Range Hunter” Model incorporates exceptionally popular specification aspects for, you might have guessed, long range hunting. Sporting stock, light magnum sporter barrel profile, threaded muzzle, stainless steel, and an optics rail. It’s actually VERY close to what I built for myself out of a Ruger M77 Hawkeye All-Weather for big game hunting.
I actually ordered one tonight from Gallery of Guns. Same reasons you stated; Rail allows versatility of mounting options, Threaded muzzle for suppressor if desired, walnut for the beauty, stainless for weather resistance, and the 5R rifling won't hurt. All the practical features without looking tacticool.

As well, the 30-06 just comes with the thread protector rather than a compensator.

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What I have read states only the 300 win mag caliber has the brake on it.
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What I have read states only the 300 win mag caliber has the brake on it.
The Target is available in 300, the Hunter so far only appears to be offered in the 6.5’s.
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New Hawkeye ;Hunter”

This is a new model. The Hawkeye Hunter. 6.5/.308/.30-06/.300

https://ruger.com/products/HawkeyeHunter/models.html
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I like that “Hunter” a lot more than the “Long Range Hunter.” I’d assume it’s the same metalwork, only a walnut stock instead of the painted wood stock.
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I like the Hunter better than the Scout Rifle. Which I think is the next closest thing to it in the M77 Hawkeye lineup. I personally think Ruger needs .270 and .243! How can you have a lineup called "Hunter" and not have those two cals.
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