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Ruger M77 pricing

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by NoVAlooker, Sep 6, 2003.

  1. NoVAlooker

    NoVAlooker What Me Worry

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    I was looking at an older (15 years old) M77 in .308 this morning. It was in perfect condition, not a ding or scratch on the stock, perfect barrell. Looked like it was never shot, or only a couple of times at a range. The shop selling it wanted $500, but the previous owner had etched his social security number into the receiver (just above the serial number). It was not as heavy as I thought either (maybe 8 or 9 pounds)

    I was wondering

    1) How people like these rifles. Are they tack drivers? .308 is plenty powerful to take down a deer, but what else (game wise) can I use it on along the east coast? Bear? Moose? Pigs?

    2) What is a fair price for it? How much should I take off because of the etched identificatino information (and if I buy it, is it possible to etch that out or otherwise remove it?)

    3) What kind of scope would you put on it.

    With Deer Season fast approching, I want to get a rifle to take part. Appreciate any assistance.

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  2. Rebeldon

    Rebeldon

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    I bought one in 1999 for $375 (alsmost $700 with the scope). I didn't like the action so I sold it. Knowing how Ruger keeps raising their prices, I don't know what they cost now.

    Check out some prices at www.galleryofguns.com Dealers will send you their prices.

    I had the .308, and it did pretty good on whitetail. Never used it on any other game. I suppose it would work well on hogs, black bear, but I'd want something with a little more power for a moose.
     

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    Around here slightly used M77's go for $350. I'd take a pass and look for something else.
     
  4. NoVAlooker

    NoVAlooker What Me Worry

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    375 in Florida, CSA and $350 around here are both alot better than $500 in NoVA.

    Hmm, tjpet, where is here?

    Anyway, I will keep on looking. The big gun show in Bealstown is in a couple of weeks, maybe I can score something there.
     
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    tjpet

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    I live in the intermoutain West. A local gunshow as of two weeks ago had M77's ranging from $275-375. The lower priced ones had a few nicks and dings but were all solid, work guns that could be shot as-is or used as the basis for a custom sporter. Ruger never had a big following out this way and M77's are bought and traded for cheap all the time.
     
  6. MedicineBow

    MedicineBow Formerly TFLWYO

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    My wife just got a new Ruger M77 MKII in .308 for $449, and it went on sale for $429 about a week later. I bought a new M77 stainless/synthetic in .338 Win Mag for $429 in 1999. My wife does great with hers, although a lot of people trash Ruger accuracy. She is going to use it for deer and elk this season. It'll work on moose as well.
     
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    vart

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    I bought my M77 All-Weather-Rifle in .30-06 in 2001 for $379 brand-new.
    With cheapo Federal 150 gr. bullets, I shoot 1/2" groups at 100 yds every time. The action is a little clunky, but it is the rifle I take when I'm going to be doing some serious hunting.
    I didn't like all the shiny parts on mine, so I camoed it:
    <img src="http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2002-3/14007/2002322407-0-CAMORUGER1SM.JPG" width=637 height=281>
     
  8. lwt210

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    I had one in 7mm magnum and I don't think that I paid much more that 500 brand new. No way I would go 500 with someone else's SSN etched into the receiver.

    I would go about 300 on that one. Maybe a little more if it came with some glass on it or at least a set of rings.

    Incidentally, that 7mm was very accurate out of the box and I took third in a competition with it. A little much for deer though. I use my .308 for those and have great luck with it. At least I used to when I could get away and hit the woods.:(
     
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    The Timney trigger/sear installed made my Rugers shoot nice. A must have. Changes the whole rifle when you know the trigger is crisp,consistent and accurate. .02