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Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: In the Woods Pa
Re: ruger m77
I bought one new in 1976;it is a 257 roberts with a tang safety. that year they stamped the barrels with the Words "Made in the 200th year of American Freedom". the wood stock is beautiful.
I've killed 4 deer with it and greatly like the cartridge for deer/varmint. Because of it ability to shoot 120 grain slugs it is superior to the 243/244 cartridges for big game. Before buying this gun I shot a pre-64 M70 in roberts.
UNFORTUNATELY my 257 tang safety rifle is just not very accurate. It never shoots under a 2.5-3 inch groups. I've been reloading for 50 years and can't get it to shoot anything well. Tried all the Ruger stock bedding tricks (shims, etc there are lots of these on the internet). It is same with factory ammo. A 3 inch groups will kill deer all day long, but I love accurcy. I haven't dumped it because of the stamp and that I bought this rifle for my son who was born a week earlier.
Back in the day of the tang M77, Ruger did not make their own barrels, but bought them from suppliers. so the quality varied and was never great. After having gotten the reputation as inaccurate rifles, Ruger took control of the qualtiy of the barrels. After the tang safety, MK2. I suspect that was the reason for much of the change, to escape such a bad reputation.
Based upon many years with a 257 Roberts Ruger M77 tang safety (that looks beautiful), I'd not recommend buying one.
I also like the tang safety. But if you can get a Mk2 or a Hawkeye in 257 Roberts, I'd say get it.