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Old December 6, 2012, 11:17 AM   #1
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Ruger Hawkeye Standard Rifle

Does anyone own a new Ruger Hawkeye with the wood stock (standard model). I'm a traditionalist and prefer wood over synthetic and like blued guns. Was wondering if they shoot MOA. I'm think getting one. Owned a Ruger M77 back in the 70s and loved it.
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Old December 6, 2012, 11:38 AM   #2
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I can't tell you how they shoot first hand, but most reports are of MOA or better in standard calibers. I was shopping them a while back looking for one in 6.5 Creedmor. I wasn't super-impressed with the fit and finish. I determined I would either piece together a rifle on a budget action or pay a little more and get a Winchester.
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Old December 6, 2012, 11:54 AM   #3
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I'm also looking at the creedmoor. I'm getting Ruger's target rifle in the 6.5 Creedmoor in the spring. Had one in 223 and it would shoot 1/2'' all day long.
Was curious about their standard rifle. Was looking at Winchester as well but didn't see the Creedmoor in any of their guns
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Old December 6, 2012, 12:36 PM   #4
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Bought a Hawkeye standard in 257Roberts well over a year ago. Maybe a 4 shot 1" group at 100 yds about best I've done with it with various reloads I've tried. Generally, I expect it to shoot 1 1/4 to 1 1/2". Its a very nice rifle and certainly wouldn't hesitate to hunt with it.
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Old December 6, 2012, 02:05 PM   #5
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Have mine for about two years in .308 caliber with an old Redfield 2x7 Tracker scope. My 'go to' rifle. Handles great, shoots better than me, and I got it because of the wood/metal. I guess I'm just old school.
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Old December 7, 2012, 09:29 AM   #6
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I've owned several of the SS/Synthetic Hawkeyes. Most will shoot right at 1" or maybe a bit better. If you want a cheaper gun to throw on a 4-wheeler or for tough duty one of the Ruger All Weather rifles is hard to beat.

If you want a quality wood/blue gun the Ruger ain't bad. But for very little more money the Winchester is definately a step up. I think you'll probably get perfectly acceptable accuracy with a Ruger, but you are more likely to get bragging size groups with the Winchester.
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Old December 7, 2012, 10:41 AM   #7
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My brothers Hawkey will routinely shoot under 1" groups at 100 yards. My Mk II .300 Win will shot cloverleaf or better groups with cheapo factory ammo. Sometimes 1 hole groups if I'm doing my job and the conditions are right. Rugers are as good as anything out there. I've owned most of the others.
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Old December 9, 2012, 09:45 AM   #8
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I bought a used Hawkeye 25-06 All Weather a while ago. It is a 1 inch or better gun with the right ammo. Took a few boxes to figure out what it liked.
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Old December 11, 2012, 05:48 PM   #9
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My brother owns 3 ruger 77's, 22 hornet, 25-06 and a 243, the hornet shoots ok groups but the other 2 are deadly, I have seen him kill ground squirrels out to 300 yds with the 243 and If I would have been doing my job I would have killed a coyote at 450 yds, I just didnt aim high enough, hit right under his belly. I have just bought a new 77 in 7mm-08 getting 3/4 in groups out of one batch of handloads and am going to try some others just for the hell of it. I really like the rifle with the wood stock but I am thinking about putting a Boyds laminate thumbhole on it, anyone out there ever try a Boyds?
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