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Ruger 77 hawkeye compact

Considering this rifle in 243 for my daughter. Do any of you guys have any experience or feedback on this rifle. Seems to be the right fit and overall weight for her. Let me know if anyone has any other suggestions for a lightweight short length of pull deer caliber rifle.
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Re: Ruger 77 hawkeye compact

I would consider the browning micro for about the same money as the laminate compact ruger.
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Re: Ruger 77 hawkeye compact

Nice gun.I considered one but ended up buying a model 7 compact.The model 7 is a little lighter,less money and has an 18 inch barrel.
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Re: Ruger 77 hawkeye compact

I bought one before last season for my 8 year old. His is in 260 Rem, walnut, blued with a Leupold Compact 3x9.

Nice shooting little gun, very quick to the shoulder for me and it fits him very well. The short barrel produces a bit of muzzle blast but its not unbearable even for a kid. My only complaint, if you could call it that, is the safety. I still like the old Tang Safety Rugers and not a big fan of the 3 positions on the new ones. It is loud and a bit tough to manipulate with a glove on. To make it somewhat quiet I always have to use 2 fingers to ease it off.

Great little guns in my opinion!!

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Re: Ruger 77 hawkeye compact

I have a regular Hawkeye stainless/synthetic in .338 WinMag. It is a great rifle IMHO. I used it on my grizzly hunt in AK and for several deer so far. It is very accurate and has a better trigger than most Ruger's that I've fired. I also like the fact that the scope mounts come with it. One less extra thing to buy.
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Re: Ruger 77 hawkeye compact

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I bought one before last season for my 8 year old. His is in 260 Rem, walnut, blued with a Leupold Compact 3x9.

Nice shooting little gun, very quick to the shoulder for me and it fits him very well. The short barrel produces a bit of muzzle blast but its not unbearable even for a kid. My only complaint, if you could call it that, is the safety. I still like the old Tang Safety Rugers and not a big fan of the 3 positions on the new ones. It is loud and a bit tough to manipulate with a glove on. To make it somewhat quiet I always have to use 2 fingers to ease it off.

Great little guns in my opinion!!
What's the recoil like with the .260 in that gun?
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I bought one before last season for my 8 year old. His is in 260 Rem, walnut, blued with a Leupold Compact 3x9.

Nice shooting little gun, very quick to the shoulder for me and it fits him very well. The short barrel produces a bit of muzzle blast but its not unbearable even for a kid. My only complaint, if you could call it that, is the safety. I still like the old Tang Safety Rugers and not a big fan of the 3 positions on the new ones. It is loud and a bit tough to manipulate with a glove on. To make it somewhat quiet I always have to use 2 fingers to ease it off.

Great little guns in my opinion!!
What's the recoil like with the .260 in that gun?
Not bad at all. We are handloading some 120's running right around 2700 FPS. Not max loads but not drastically reduced either. A tad more recoil than the 243 but not a lot. Like I said, my now 10 year old, has shot it for 2 years without much issue.

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Re: Ruger 77 hawkeye compact

My 15 year old daughter claims she's gonna hunt next year.She's been shooting a lot of .223 lately and doing well but I haven't let her shoot anything with recoil yet.I'm gonna have to buy another rifle and want something that my son can work up to in a couple of years so I've been torn between a .260 and a 7mm-08.I reload so making it work with either caliber shouldn't be a problem.I'm not sure how long she'll stick it out so I don't want to buy another .243.

What's the terminal performance been like with the .260?
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Re: Ruger 77 hawkeye compact

I just bought a Ruger American Compact two weeks ago in 7 08. I really like it. It shot WAY under and inch at 100 yards.

I like the safety, love the trigger, love the clip and most of all, loved the price. $299 at Cabelas, with $20 in points going on my club card.

I favor the tang safety, simply because I am used to it.

I also saw on their web site that they are introducing a Stainless Compact this March for another $75 or so.

It is also available in .243 and .308.
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Re: Ruger 77 hawkeye compact

dce,

My fiancÚ has used a laminate .260 for 5 years now. I load 100 grain Ballistic Tips in it and she has killed 6 deer with it-no shot longer than 100 yards. The Noslers have worked well-passed through every animal.

My nephew has killed 2 deer with a walnut stocked.243. I load 85 grain Partitions in that rifle-though both recoil about the same-more than my .243 A-bolt, but neither one of them complain.

One thing about the Ruger's-they are the have the shortest LOP I have found, and they are very small and slim in the stock. I really wanted my fiancÚ to get a Browning micro-hunter, but the Ruger fit her much better. The new micro-midas Browning may be more in line with the Ruger.

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