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The Model 77 has a
contoured ramp flip-down
rear sight on the barrel that
allows some windage and
elevation adjustment.
The straight classic-style stock was
designed by the famous gunsmith and
stock maker Leonard Brownell, who gave
it plenty of wood with cut checkering,
making it functional as well as handsome.
I understand that Brownell also felt the
original flat, "dogleg" bolt handle used
until 1973 was ugly, and he replaced it
with the more aesthetically pleasing one
today's Model 77 sports.
When the Model 77 first came out it
was in a short-action version chambered
in the .22-250, .250 Savage, .308, .243,
.358 Win. and a few others.
A longer action was brought out in
1970 to accommodate .30-06 length and
magnum cartridges.
Depending on the submodel, barrel
lengths varied from 20 to 26 inches.
It's hard to criticize the Model 77, but
one weakness with early models was
barrel inconsistency.
Some shot great, some didn't.
The early rifle barrels weren't made by
Ruger. There was a mix of manufacturers. But by 1978, the company began to
hammer forge some of its own.
By the 1990s, it had completely taken
over barrel manufacturing for all of its
models.
Newer models I've shot all have exhibited consistent accuracy.
Today, the Model 77 is called the
Model 77 Hawkeye, and it comes in more
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than 15 sub-models, chambered in more
than 25 different calibers from .204 Ruger
to the .458 Winchester Magnum.
In addition to its better barrels, the rifle
now incorporates a three-position wing
safety similar to the Winchester Model
70's, a full cartridge control-feed design
with blade ejector and a better trigger,
known as the LC6.
There also are smaller-framed Model
77s, such as the 77/44 (.44 magnum),
77/357 (.357 magnum), 77/22 (.22 LR,
.22 magnum, .22 Hornet) and 77/17 (.17
HMR) that share many of the same features as the Hawkeye.
I have tried those in .22 LR, .22 Hornet
and .17 HMR, and they all shot to expectations.
By 1990, more than 1 million Model
77s had been sold and, now, the total tops
2 million.
It's easy to see how the Ruger Model
77 beat the odds and is still going strong.
My own favorites are the International
Mannlicher and the Predator.
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