Ruger Rifles

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    I have been hearing a lot of complaints lately about Ruger M77 rifles. People complain that they're innacurate, too heavy, look ugly, and many other things. I personally own a Ruger M77 MKII in .270 Winchester and I love it. It isn't the most accurate gun I've owned (it produces 1 1/4- 1 1/3 " groups with its favorite load), but I don't have any complaints. In fact, it is my favorite rifle! So, what are your experiences with Ruger rifles? And please don't let your bias taint your comments.:)
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    I am a huge fan of Ruger rifles, especially the more recent built # 1's. I have owned them in several calibers and find them accurate way beyond their reputation. Ruger started making their own hammer forged barrels some years ago and they are uniformly excellent. Also have a MKII 77 in 7x64 which is quite accurate. Only problem had with it was stock cracking in the trigger well area, but this is quite common in bolt guns of all make because there is so little wood there. Took an early 77 tang safety gun in .338 to RSA and it behaved perfectly. Also love Ruger revolvers. In my mind they are a great gun and excellent value.
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    I have used the Ruger 77 for years, along with my custom rifles and other brands such as Winchester, Rem etc..I have found the Rugers to be accurate and tough, well designed and a very capable rifle. The early 77s in 416 Rigby and other big bore calibers were a bit on the bulky side, and heavy, but they did suck up the recoil and most clients shot them well. The newer models in big bore have fixed that problem. You can hear pro and con on about any manufacturer of firearms.
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    I love Ruger guns...I own a few... and have no need to ever build a custom gun...because I love the way Ruger guns function. They never jam and seem to be very accurate. They are tough too...I've banged my rifles around and have never had a shift in the point of aim. And I have shot 1000's of round of 22's with my 10/22 Ruger.
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    I love the way they look, function, and feel as well. They just feel and look like a rifle should.


    I would like to get a Ruger #1 someday (when I'm older and actually have the money to buy one:rolleyes:), maybe in 9.3X74R or something similar.
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    As an owner of Remingtons, Winchesters, Rugers, Sakos, etc...I find the Rugers to be good solid rifles that excellant value for the money. IMO, they are rugged acceptably accurate and I really love the classic stock styling. I have a 7x57, 338 Win Mag and a 375 Ruger. All quality rifles. The 7mm and 338 have been to Africa with me and performed with out a problem. The 375 will go on my next trip.
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    I have 3 Ruger M77. 2 in 22-250 and my 338 win mag.

    The 338 is anything you want to call it. completely re worked and one of my most accurate gun i have.

    I would not have a problem taking shots out to 400 yards.

    Last year i shot my wildebeest and impala at around 350 yards off shooting sticks.

    Look at trigger work, floating the barrel, recoil pad and polishing the bolt and action area.
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    Christian,

    I had one in 9.3x74 and it shot great. Be aware though that it does kick some being a pretty powerful round. Recently been playing with a new #1 in .303 British. Much less kick, shoots quite well and a classic combo of rifle style and cartridge. Lately Ruger is chambering lots of classics in the #1.
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    I have a friend on here, browningbbr, he has a 416 Rigby, it's one fine rifle in a Ruger...if I had the money...I'd buy one too!
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    How many ft lbs would you say it is?


    I have owned 2 NO.5 MKI jungle carbines in .303 British. They are fun to shoot and are very easy on your shoulder.
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    Heck, that is what I say about everything! Since I'm only 14, money is hard to come by! I had to work for a while (babysitting, doing dishes, shoveling driveways, and other little jobs) to get enough money to buy the Ruger that I have!
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    My dad and I found a load that shoots MOA out of my Ruger. After trying several different loads, we found that it likes Prvi Partizan (made by PPU) 150 grainers. Does anybody know anything or have any experience with this load?
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    I have a big soft spot for ruger rifles and pistols for that matter, but my favorite rugers and the ones I get seem to get enough of are the ruger #1s. I love hunting with these and they have never let me down, although I've let the rifle down a few times.
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    I have had no problems with a ruger. I used to own a 7mm mag that loved 150gr bulets and shot sub MOA with them, heavier bullets also shot well 1-1 1/4" groups. Ruger 10/22 is probably the most popular .22 ever, there are endless aftermarket products availabe, and for good reason, they are great guns. My Ruger M77VT in .220 swift drives tacks. There are actually clubs out there just for owners of the 10/22 or M77VT. They are not this popular because people find them inaccurate of poorly made that is for sure.
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    Ruger rifles (as well as a 20 guage Red Lable shotgun and a Super Blackhawk 44 mag revolver) has been my go to rifles for many years.
    What I like is their no nonsens image, the scope mount systen, their ruggedness, and for me at least, the stock design.

    What some Ruger rifles to a sertain degree might lack is accuracy, but with good handloads, they preform with the best IMO.
    Also the trigger weight is on the heavy side, but can easely be fixed by a competent smith (or repalcement trigger)

    For the time beeing I have three Ruger rifles, a M22/77 in 22LR, a M77 MKII in 35 Whelen, and a Hawkeye in 375 Ruger.
    All three have great accuracy, and I really like them.
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    LOL you just reminded me of my only beef about a Ruger. many years ago I bought an M77 .223, the trigger was so heavy I could actually hold the gun up by the trigger without it going off!!! But as you said this was very easily (and cheaply) fixed by a gunsmith after which I enjoyed that gun tremendously.
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    I'm really looking at the Alaskan 416 Ruger I have not heard many negative reports about them anybody have more info on them?
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    My .270 likes 150's more than 130's, which is what I was hoping for.

    The Marlin model 60 is the most popular .22 ever. I really don't know why, because they are actually pieces of crap.
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    Me and my dad tested some of my130 grain handloads and it shot pretty good with them. It shot those handloaded 130's far better than the factory 130's, but it still shoots most factory 150's as good as the 130 handloads. My dad wants to try some 150 grain handloads in it, to see if it likes those more.


    My .270 has a slightly heavy trigger, but it doesn't bother me much.
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    I have several Ruger rifles and love hunting with all of them. With that said, the first thing I do is either replace the trigger or have a trigger job. I have found mine to be very accurate. I have a wood stocked Hawkeye .30-06, a Hogue stocked stainless/syn .30-06, an Express rifle .270 with a Circassian walnut stock, ebony forend and a quarter rib with folding sights, a #1B .270 with the red recoil pad and the .375 Ruger African. The #1 B is the most accurate of them all. But, I think the .375 is my favorite because of the African memories associated with it.

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