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Old December 13th, 2019, 11:35 AM   #1
 
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new Hawkeye Hunter in 6.5cm... any reason not to buy?

Anyone have experience with it? The walnut and stainless look great. Strikes me as a normal M77 other than the threaded barrel... am I missing anything?



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Old December 13th, 2019, 02:24 PM   #2
 
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I've been looking (correction: Drooling) at this rifle as well.

Here is another recent thread on these rifles:
https://rugerforum.net/ruger-bolt-ac...ye-hunter.html

I agree with you on the Walnut/Stainless look. From what I can tell, they are even using the "Satin" stainless they used to use, instead of the "Matte"/bead blasted stainless they've been using on other M77 variants as of late. The satin gives it an even better look.

Besides the threaded barrel and stainless, the other major difference is the 20 MOA rail that is included (instead of the standard ruger rings). This to me is perplexing, partly because the rest of the platform is so similar to the standard Hawkeye models, but also because they refer to the model as "Hunter". I believe you can take the rail off, and purchase the regular ruger rings, but that simply becomes an added expense, and I think they drilled the receiver to add the rail which might leave unsightly holes. The threaded muzzle is lost on me unless I eventually pick up a suppressor to prevent hearing loss while hunting.
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I'll confess that I wish it came with either the standard rings or a 0 MOA rail. (A 22" barrel with the 6.5 doesn't strike me as the setup I want for 600+ yard shots?) However, the rail does give nice options to positioning and I think the scope I've got to put on this has up to 80 MOA adjustment, so I don't foresee a problem getting it zeroed at closer range. (I hope, anyway.)

I like the idea of the threaded barrel because, at some point, I will get my act together and apply for a suppressor to use when hunting. I don't currently wear hearing protection when hunting, but I know I should.

Thanks for linking that other thread. I think the answer to some of the questions asked over there is that Ruger is trying to compete directly with the Model 70 FW's that come stainless... and are admittedly very, very sharp looking.
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Looks like a great rifle. If I still hunted more I might think aabout it.
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I'll confess that I wish it came with either the standard rings or a 0 MOA rail.
The Hunter does have the integral bases, so a shooter is free to remove the supplied rail and use traditional Ruger rings.
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I'll confess that I wish it came with either the standard rings or a 0 MOA rail.
The Hunter does have the integral bases, so a shooter is free to remove the supplied rail and use traditional Ruger rings.
Yup. I just meant I wish it came with rings instead. I'm assuming you can use tye pic rail screws to fill in the taps when not using the rail. Wouldn't want open holes.
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Has anybody own one or handled one yet? Would love to know specifically they attached the rail to the receiver. Description says four 8-40 screws...I assume they drilled the receiver. Any chance ruger included matching (color and length) stainless screws to plug the holes (in case you want to use standard rings)?
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