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Old January 1st, 2020, 05:44 AM   #1
 
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I have m77 mk2 compact, 243 blue/wood that I just purchased used and am having accuracy issues. So I am eliminating the issues as I can. Scope, mounts checked. Several brands and diff loads of ammo checked. Front stock screw tightened to gorilla strength. However, I can’t tighten middle screw hardly at all or floor plate hits wood and won’t latch. Still it groups a couple shots cold (2”) and then jumps up to new location and is all over the place. I read post about mag box needing to be lose. Mine is most definitely not. My questions, any tips on the middle screw issue? Also, has anyone free floated the 16.5” bbl on the compact? Is that a mistake?
This gun is in very great shape and wood stock has never been bedded or altered. My girl loves the feel and I need to make this fun a tight shooter.



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Old January 1st, 2020, 06:47 AM   #2
 
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By middle screw I’m guessing you mean the front trigger guard screw. My experience has shown me the front trigger guard screw doesn’t factor into the accuracy of the rifle, tighten it up just enough to hold it in place. The angled action screw needs to be at 90 to 95” pounds, (not foot pounds).

The rear trigger guard screw is the difference maker though, you can toss out Ruger’s spec on that. I have four M77’s and none are set the same and they are all sub MOA rifles. I generally start with the screw loose, shoot a three shot group, tighten the screw and repeat. I’ll do this until I get my groups as tight as I can get them. I call it “torque tuning “, it’s worked for me.
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