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Old December 10th, 2019, 06:41 PM   #1
 
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77/357 strange safety issue

Howdy, first time post for me.

I understand aftermarket sears can sometimes cause safety issues, but I think I have a different problem that is related to the stock.

I have a second hand 77/357, the safety has exhibited some strange behavior. When the action is out of the stock, the 3 position safety functions fine. When placed into plastic stock, the safety is unreliable in the fully locked (fully rearward) position. The bolt handle can still be lifted perhaps 50% of the time. The middle and forward positions function fine. I cannot identify any part of the stock that might interfere or cause the problem in the fully locked down position. Does anyone have experience with this?

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Old December 19th, 2019, 07:34 AM   #2
 
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That's unusual, and none of my (4), 77/XX's do that at all, ever.

The way that safety works, the only thing that might be happening is the stock limits the travel of the safety lever just enough to allow it to function. Unlike some safety's that only block the trigger, that gen of 77 safety's also locks the firing pin. One of the safest.

It won't be unsafe as far as having an unintentional shot go off on you, but that lock feature also keeps the bolt from snagging and dumping a round on the ground, etc.

You might want to talk to the Ruger people. If you have a non-standard sear, let them know that.
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Old December 19th, 2019, 08:03 AM   #3
 
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I tried to duplicat that on my 77/44 and I could not. Either contact ruger or a gunsmith.
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There’s a slight relief cut in the stock under the safety body. The only way the OP’s described malfunction can occur is if the safety lever is not able to fully swing into the 3rd “safe and locked” position. The nub of the safety switch itself is what engages the bolt locking pin, so if the pin isn’t moving to lock the bolt, it is because the safety switch isn’t fully closing to depress the lock pin.
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Many thanks for the replies, they are much appreciated. I plan to call Ruger.

Thanks again!
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It is most likely the sear. They will function out of the rifle, but not in the stock. I have had this happen with Volquartsen sears on a couple of 77/... rifles. If it is a factory sear, then I am not sure what is going on.
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