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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-23-2010, 02:33 AM Thread Starter
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ruger m77

thinking about buying a ruger m77 tang safety in 257 roberts. would like to hear any pros or cons on this rifle
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-23-2010, 02:54 AM
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Re: ruger m77

Don't have one, but I always thought that was a cool caliber.
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A Roberts is never a mistake....great cartridge....have a first-run 77 ST as well as the Hawkeye.....great rifles....
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Re: ruger m77

I have the M77 with tang safety in .243 and love it. Oh man the meat that thing has put into the freezer! I love the position of the safety in relation to my thumb while carrying. I also have a Hawkeye in 7mm-08...awesome rifle as well although the 3 position safety on the side took some getting used to.

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Re: ruger m77

I have a Ruger M 77 in both 243 and 270....both great guns. I think the 257 Roberts is a very good round, but I try to stay with the more popular rounds.

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I have it in the 30.06, good gun, but am going to get the trigger pull lightened up a little.
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Re: ruger m77

have owned the m77 in both 7mm and 270WSM, good shooting guns, like the safety, really miss the 7mm.

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Re: ruger m77

I have an 77 Ultralight tang safety in .308. My first deer rifle! Love it and it has never let me down with dropping whitetails.

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My tang safety M77 is in 25-06. Fairly stout barrel, shoots very well. Enjoyed hunting with it, but a stepson borrowed it (again), so will make do with another 25-06 next week, in an even older M700.

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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.
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