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Ruger M77 Rifle Question #7660528
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The original Ruger M77 has been around for more than 50 years .I have owned several and I have tried to learn the history of them concerning some of the variations that are part of the M77 model .I know some of the earliest M77 where /are called Flat Bolts Also some where called Round Top They made a Varmint model which had the heavy barrel .And they made a model that was ultra light . My question is does anyone know what calibers where chambered in the Ultra light model I know 308 was one of them and I think they chambered them in 243 270 and 30 06 in the original M77 I do not know if any other calibers where produced .Once they changed the model number to the M77 Mark II they may have added additional lightweight caliber chamberings It was during that time that Ruger made some lefthand rifles .And they make some left hand models under the Hawkeye model And also might have made some in a iight weight chambering .My brother had one in a .308 It was a nice rifle to hunt with because it was short .And it came up quick and easy

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The First 260rem I ever saw was a m77 compact a buddy of mine bought.

I'm not up on them enough to know the difference between a compact and ultralite tho.

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I have a early model 77 with the top tang safety with a 19 inch barrel. Itís chambered in 358 Winchester. It was a limited run made for Jimís Sport shop

Re: Ruger M77 Rifle Question [Re: w side rd 151] #7660546
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Yes 270 light weight for sure, my brother in law has one. Ruger has done a lot of limited runs and kinda crazy stuff. I have a 264 win mag that they only made 35 of! The flat bolt, round tops and red pads are older variations made in many different calibers. Iíll do some digging on the light weight version ďpencil barrel ď we call them. That being said my bother has a .257 Roberts that I believe is the light weight model.

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If I remember correctly, the early M77 UL rifles were offered in 223, 243, 308, 257 Robert's. I'm not aware of any limited run calibers.

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I don't know if they are the "lightweight" model. But I remember when they first came out with the synthetic stock models with the stock that almost looked skeletonized. Our local hound club raffled one off in 300 win mag. It was lightweight with a whippy pencil barrel on it and I shot it after a friend won it. Packed a pretty good whallop to it.

Re: Ruger M77 Rifle Question [Re: arcticotter] #7660582
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Arcticotter thought I saw one chambered in the 257 But I was not sure if that was a Hawkeye or the original M77 Kevin I knew they did a number of limited runs And I heard of Jim's Sport Shop. But a 358 ultralight must be pretty rare . Hippie A 260 would be another great gun to carry and in the lightweight /compact model a nice gun to use in a tree stand

Re: Ruger M77 Rifle Question [Re: w side rd 151] #7660589
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I had one chambered in 25-06. I don't remember what model. Bought it around 1979 and sold it as soon thereafter as possible. I hated that gun. Crappy trigger and it beat the snot out of me for some reason.


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Was that a lightweight /compact model I had a 25 06 in what they called a M77ST Round top .It had I think a 24 inch barrel with fixed iron sights .I put a 4x12 scope on it It was no fun carrying it The iron sights and the large scope where always getting caught in the underbrush ,And it was heavy .But it killed deer just fine

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I really don't remember what it was. I just knew I didn't want to shoot it any more. Would have been OK for caribou but a bit on the light side side for moose


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The M77 Ultra Light was just that, walnut stock, "A" weight 20" barrel, more narrow forestock, no sights, short action calibers other than the 257 Roberts. Basically a scaled down standard M77. These came well before the short stocked, short barreled versions.

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Originally Posted by white17
I really don't remember what it was. I just knew I didn't want to shoot it any more. Would have been OK for caribou but a bit on the light side side for moose

My one brother had a Remington Model 760 in a carbine that was chambered for 30.06 . That kicked me so bad I could only shoot it about 3 times until I was flinching so bad . I was always a skinny kid throughout my teenage years .I finally stopped shooting it because it was causing me to develop bad shooting habits .I realized a long time ago that I really do not like recoil!!

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Report was at least as much an issue as recoil in that particular rifle. Just did not fit me at all


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I have a M77 UL in .270 and .243. They came out in the mid 80's. Tang safety, like a 20-22 inch pencil barrel, walnut stock with a black tip at the tip of the for arm. Accuracy is iffy. Good 2-300 yard gun. That .270 kicks like a mule. These are pre- MARK 77's. Now, some of the full size older M77 came with douglas barrels, then switched to wilson's, then I believe ruger started their own crappy barrels?.?. I have killed a lot of deer with that .270. After a few shoots when zeroing, you have to stop and let the barrel cool or it will start throwing rounds. The UL's are great to carry though.


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I had an M77 Ultralight in .243. Lovely to carry, but I could never get it to shoot. Sold it recently with no love lost.

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The light weight in .257 Roberts would basically become my favorite no matter what else I had at home. That little round can do a whole lot with hardly any recoil at all.


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At one time I had an M77 in the .257 chambering also It was in a standard size model not the ultralight It was stamped Made in the Two Hundredth Year of American Liberty . Now Ruger is producing a .257 chambering in the Hawkeye ultralight model .The Hawkeye model is the current model to the original Model 77.I only used my 257 a few times to hunt with it I really like the ballistics that round has .

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Iíve always wanted a UL in .243 , didnít know they had an accuracy issue. Anyone know why ?

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"Pencil" thin barrels are common on most UL rifles and the barrels heat up quickly. As they heat up, there are many flyers.....unless you wait about 5 minutes between shots to allow the barrel to cool down.

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Iím thinking this would be more of a problem at the range getting sighted in than for hunting is what your saying.

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