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Ruger M77 Mk2 in .223

Discussion in 'Firearms Certificate (FAC) Guns' started by 177, May 23, 2014.

  1. 177

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    Anyone used or owned one ?

    The Browning A-Bolt in .223 that I thought I had a few days ago turns out to have been double sold :(

    I've not lost any money, but I am back to looking for a .223

    I'm teeter tottering on one at the moment but none of my shooting friends can offer any feedback.

    Anyone ?
     
  2. Elk hunter

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    I've a buddy who has a Ruger 77 in .270, very accurate and a good solid action. All he did was put it in a new stock.
    The other option is a tikka 595 in .223 I've owned one for years, been a real tack driver from foxes to deer and 300 yard targets.

    Andrew
    ps not forgot about your pm. It will be done over the bank holiday.
     
  3. terry1001

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    I had a M77 some years ago (in .308) and I didn't like it at all and sold it after shooting it a couple of times. I was never very keen on Ruger pistols or revolvers either. However I've not tried the Mk2 version which may be completely different so you ought to handle it at the very least and, if possible, shoot it as well, I thought that mine felt 'dead'.
    A few years later I bought a Tikka M55 in 22-250 and that was the complete opposite and I always enjoyed shooting that rifle, I even enjoyed cleaning it! As far as I know that model has been discontinued for some while and my experience of current model centre fire rifles is limited.
    Whatever you get the .223 round is excellent with a good choice of bullets particulalry if you get one with the faster rifling twist to stabilise the heavy bullets and that should shoot everything well.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback - the one I'm considering is in a McMillan stock - shove this into the end of gun star's web address: /ruger-m77-mk-ii-stainless-223-rifles-for-sale-in-banffshire/rifles/665208

    Don't worry about the PM - any time is soon enough. I'm on crutches at the moment anyway :rolleyes:

    :)

    When I was looking for a .270 I looked at expensive and inexpensive and ended up with a used Browning A-Bolt that felt better than anything in the shoulder. It shoots nicely and I'm glad I didn't spend what I was considering spending. It has a Leupold 3-9x50 on top at the moment and overall it's a very capable rig.

    The point I am slowly meandering towards is that when I shouldered a couple of Howa rifles I can take them or leave them. A Blaser didn't blow my skirt up either. Quite liked one of the Tikka's that I tried, and along came the little Browning A-Bolt and it just fit, so out came the wallet :)
     
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    hi there I have one im considering selling its the m77 mk2 stainless in .223
    its a great wee rifle but im getting more bother with red deer so I don't use it

    it has a bushnell elite firefly 3x9x50 and the shot count is 24 bullets so pretty much as new and if it wasn't for the red deer I would be keeping it but cant justify the amount of guns

    regards phil
     
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    I bought a CZ a few weeks ago instead:

    :)
     
  7. cloverleaf

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    Looks really nice that - threaded for a mod too, I see :)
     
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    Thank you - it is, and it is :)

    It's amazingly accurate with inexpensive factory ammo - effortless inch groups at 100 yards using cheap blue box PPU s/p ammo. It doesn't shoot the infinitely more expensive Hornady V-Max any more accurately (have to adjust the scope for POI change though) but they do very scary things on impact :D

    I plan on stripping the stock and oiling it during the winter - it has some nice-looking tiger stripe markings going on under the crappy factory varnish, so a little TLC on the stock seems in order for a winter project...

    As a working rifle I can't fault it - about all I plan on doing is to add an ASE Utra moderator at some point. Other than that, it will get shot and cleaned and that will do nicely thanks :D
     
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    Two things....

    Is it an older model due to the barrel length, may be 24inches.
    And second sell the scope to me, it does not look right on that rifle.

    Plus I own one already, I wish they still stocked them over here and it's on my 223 as well (how weird is that)
    Andrew
    [​IMG]
     
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    I've had several offers on that scope Andrew :)

    I figured I'd give it a run and see how I got on with it.

    It seems quite sensitive to eye relief, but I can't fault its clarity and it also manages to be pretty decent in poor light so, at the moment, the Leupold VX3 I had to go on it is staying in its box.

    I put a VX3 on my .270 and my plan was for a slightly smaller scope from the same model range to go onto the .223

    I think I can safely say that the EB scope has surprised me, in a good way :)

    How about you sell me yours instead ?

    ;)
     
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    I've only ever used 6x42 or 4x30 swarovski or zeiss 25mm/26mm on all my stalking rifles, you need nothing more.
    But you EB scope would be perfect in my collection. You know it makes sence.

    Andrew
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    Who ever accused me of sense ?

    ;)

    :D
     
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    No interest in the x bolt ?

    Jones
     
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    I have an A-Bolt in .270 :)

    The .223 CZ came up at the right time and it was local - only 35 minutes away from me.

    All the guns I was particularly interested in were typically a long way away - this one ticked so many boxes and at such a good price, it would have been rude not to ;)

    Had an X-Bolt been on the doorstep, more or less, it would have been very high on my wish list. For now I am more than happy with what I have (famous last words).
     

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