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brit3
May 12, 2007, 08:16 PM
I've just checked the Ruger site, and found that my father's M77, in
.243 was a first year manufacture with ser.# 170X. They were apparently numbered from 1-1911. I knew it was an early one, but had no idea. Interestingly the ser.# is also stenciled on the bottom of the bolt.
My Dad never fired it much - I'm guessing 100-150 rounds max. I'd guess 95% blue, and 90+ on the wood. Can someone guestimate a value on this? Thanks alot.
added: Any idea of the twist rate on this??

Art Eatman
May 12, 2007, 08:32 PM
There was the 77R & the 77RS. The R only had scope rings; the RS had scope rings and iron sights. In excellent conditon, per the 2007 Gun Digest, the R model is $400; the RS is $450. There was also a flat-bolt model through 1972...

Because yours is a first-year, a Ruger collector might pay more...

Art

brit3
May 12, 2007, 08:38 PM
Sorry about that. It is the R model, with the Ruger rings and a Bushnell Banner 3x9 of the same vintage still mounted. I wonder if this vintage likes light or heavy bullets? Thanks for the info.

Art Eatman
May 12, 2007, 09:02 PM
I briefly had a 77R of about 1970 vintage; maybe 1971. Don't remember. I do recall sighting it in with Remington factory 80-grain ammo, and getting inside one MOA...

Art

brit3
May 12, 2007, 09:10 PM
Not bad at all... thanks again.