Ruger M77 Magnum in 416 Ruger - Opinions
Me once again! :p
I need your valued opinions once again... I got a phone call yesterday about a Ruger M77 Magnum for Sale, in 416 Rigby :D (for those interested it is going for R12k, and that includes brass, bullets, and dies). The rifle has only fired +-40 shots, but shows slight wear on the barrel (bluing has been rubbed down at the end of stock) and stock has some slight scratches - it was carried by a ranger at one of the private game reserves. The action is as slick as snot ;)
So here's my question-
Has any one had any experience with the Ruger Magnum, especially in 416 Rigby?
Also, I'm looking to add a barrel band, change the front sight, new recoil pad, change the rear sight to a single leaf, bed the action and perhaps shorten the stock (possibly to 22 inches?)
I also obviously plan to reblue the metal work, and looking to either redo the stock / replace it with another? (on that point, do any of our members in the States have any ideas on stock choice as i looked to replace it with a factory offering, but i see they don't offer the Magnum anymore? Are there any other replacement options available in the states? as we're limited here in SA.)
Otherwise I'm going to stain, rechequer, and give it an matt oil finish.
Thanks for the input! :D