I picked up an early M77 .270 from an estate sale. (NIB too!) beautiful blueing and wood.
I put a Leupold 3x9 on it, sighted it in, and shot a pronghorn with it.
I don't like the safety as well as a winchester 3-position or the rem but nothing wrong with the M77. Personally, I just won't buy new ruger anything, or S&W either.