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Kimble09
July 28, 2005, 09:42 AM
i'm looking to buy a rifle...i went to the pawn shop and found this particular rifle. in doing some research i found there are many different models of this caliber. how do i go about finding which specific model this rifle is, and is there anyway to find the year of production?? thanks for any help!

TATER
July 28, 2005, 12:57 PM
It's a good strong action.

http://www.ruger.com

Kimble09
July 28, 2005, 01:39 PM
tater,
just got the serial number from pawn shop...went to the website, and found that it's a 1978 model m77 original tang safety model. .270 win caliber with a good looking scope allready attatched. they're asking $399.00, what kind of deal is that?? the gun is very clean, no scratches or grooves inside barrel, wood finish is very clean no scratches/alterations. can i get some feedback on this rifle??

thanks!

arthurrh
July 28, 2005, 04:08 PM
Looks like on the internet you can get them in the low $400's brand new. Maybe you can talk them down a little in price, depending on the quality of the scope.

Kimble09
July 28, 2005, 11:06 PM
never mind about the ruger...we went to the third pawn shop and found a british 303 no.4 mk2. all original, i paid $119, they were asking $169. my girlfriend just got through cleaning it, and we are to shoot it tomorrow morning....i'll let you know how it goes!

chemist308
July 28, 2005, 11:37 PM
And I was just about to tell you how much I love my Ruger M77 308. Don't know about 270, though--it seems to get mixed reviews as a cartidge for some reason.
Are you planning to restore the Enfield rifle or just keep as is?

VaughnT
July 29, 2005, 10:41 AM
I have the M77 in .270 and find it to be an entirely reliable, accurate shooter.

Great rifle.

Kimble09
July 29, 2005, 12:19 PM
well, i've been thinking, this 303 is mainly for the girlfriend, she fell in love with it at first sight...so, the ruger .270-.308 m77 standard will be what i'm looking for. the looks of a gun is important to me, so i like the wood stock. sounds silly, but oh well. anyways, any suggestions on year/model ruger i should hunt for??

support_six
July 29, 2005, 03:02 PM
I have a M77 .30-06 from that era, tang safety, more push feed than positive feed, but it holds one more round in the magazine than the newer MkII's. I have used it to harvest deer and it does a great job. I bought it in 1982 on sale in the most expensive sporting goods store in town, for $275. They were going for over $300 at the time. The .270 should be a great rifle. I've not felt the need to "upgrade" to the MkII model. I believe the earlier models have a better trigger than the MkII's.

Sodbuster
July 29, 2005, 05:12 PM
it seems to get mixed reviews as a cartidge for some reason
Huh?? You been reading Elmer Keith again? ;)

Kimble09
July 30, 2005, 09:06 AM
so an early 80's m77 would be a solid gun for my first deer hunting season this year?? i think the girlfriend is using the 303!

Kimble09
July 31, 2005, 09:41 AM
bump for some more input!

MEDDAC19
July 31, 2005, 03:51 PM
Have a Ruger M77 ultra-light in .270. It has accounted for a score, or so, of deer since I got it. I don't think you can go wrong with getting one. Mine has the tang safety, and it's trigger pull is the best of all my rifles, except for a target 22. Bought it back in 1990 or '91. Try it you'll like it.

MeekAndMild
July 31, 2005, 07:56 PM
I wish I could find another mid 70's Ruger in good condition! I got my M77 270 around 1977 or 78 and it has always been a really good gun. It shoots about 1.5 MOA with Winchester Super X white label 150 gr and then shoots 3/4 MOA when I reload them in 130 gr sierras. It shoots about 1.25 MOA with the Winchester Super X 130 gr. Which is pretty good considering I can sometimes hit a pie plate with my Winchester Model 70. :D

If you're interested, Ken Water's book "Pet Loads" has some outstandingly accurate handloads for the 270.