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#6957753 - 11/12/17 09:58 PM Old Ruger M77
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I have a older M77 (was my dads) in a 270 that I shot my first deer with 30 years ago, I want to rebarrel it and go with a different cartidge. I've never re-barreled a ruger before or dealt much with one except this one. Is it worth rebarreling.

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#6957758 - 11/12/17 10:01 PM Re: Old Ruger M77 [Re: spg]
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Probably is, but be prepared to spend coin if you can't do it yourself.

What chambering have you in mind?
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#6957780 - 11/12/17 10:15 PM Re: Old Ruger M77 [Re: RiverRider]
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Probably is, but be prepared to spend coin if you can't do it yourself.

What chambering have you in mind?


Barrel = $350
Gunsmith = $350

=Worth it (if you really like the rifle)

What do you want it to become?
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#6957790 - 11/12/17 10:29 PM Re: Old Ruger M77 [Re: spg]
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That's still up in the air as far as what I'm going to chamber it in, which barrel, and stock. Not looking to make it a 20lb'er or barrel burner. I've got a buddy that is an excellent smith, I'm going to have him do it at a brother in law rate I just have to pay for parts and beer. Actually have no idea what to chamber it in yet but it wont be a .270, its going to be a deer/pig gun.


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#6957830 - 11/12/17 11:27 PM Re: Old Ruger M77 [Re: spg]
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30-06?

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#6957833 - 11/12/17 11:34 PM Re: Old Ruger M77 [Re: gusick]
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30-06?


Nah, something smaller with less recoil. 6.5x284 or something similar.

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#6957838 - 11/12/17 11:42 PM Re: Old Ruger M77 [Re: spg]
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That is a good cartridge and works best in the longer action such as your Ruger so bullets can be seated longer. Work with your smith on how far you want the lands to be out.

Have you ever shot a 6.5-284? recoil is not that much less than a 270 if you are riding it hard. I do enjoy shooting my 6.5-284 and if going somewhere I want longer ranges than I will shoot the Grendels or my old 7mm-08 the 6.5284 gets to go hunting.
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#6957841 - 11/12/17 11:45 PM Re: Old Ruger M77 [Re: spg]
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I already have one. That's why I haven't came up with a cartidge yet, my smith will more than likely talk me into something thats a PITA to load, meaning brass prep.

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#6957846 - 11/12/17 11:51 PM Re: Old Ruger M77 [Re: spg]
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6-284 is an option with a twist rate for the heavy 6mm bullets. Less recoil for sure with the lighter bullets and enough horse power to push them fast. Could also go that route and load lower pressure for longer case life and still get 243+ speed.

Just throwing out ideas.
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#6957850 - 11/13/17 12:02 AM Re: Old Ruger M77 [Re: kmon1]
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I built a 6mx284 many moons ago on a M77 short action. The rifle was a hammer and long before it's time. I havent even sen that thing in years as it sits way back in a safe nowadays. This was before the fast twists were popular. It did shoot Barnes original flat base 75gr X bullets into a bughole at just over 380fps if I remember correctly.

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#6957874 - 11/13/17 05:30 AM Re: Old Ruger M77 [Re: spg]
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I think 6-284 is a very good choice.
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#6957882 - 11/13/17 05:46 AM Re: Old Ruger M77 [Re: spg]
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I have a older M77 (was my dads) in a 270 that I shot my first deer with 30 years ago, I want to rebarrel it and go with a different cartidge. I've never re-barreled a ruger before or dealt much with one except this one. Is it worth rebarreling.


Not sure why you would do this to a rifle with so much history but it's your rifle. I would keep the rifle as is and build another or just by another. My Fathers rifles will remain the same as the last time he hunted with them. As much as I like Ruger rifles that's certainly not the action I would build off of, there are much better actions.
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#6957893 - 11/13/17 06:06 AM Re: Old Ruger M77 [Re: HWY_MAN]
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25/06 is the perfect Texas deer/hog cartridge. smile

Or if you’re wanting a 6mm, a 6mm/06 would give you the same ballistics as the 6/284
With probably smoother feeding and cheap easy to find brass.


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#6957911 - 11/13/17 06:16 AM Re: Old Ruger M77 [Re: spg]
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25/06 is great for Texas but it gets no love on the forums because the 6.5 bullets have much better BCs. I think I would keep the cheap brass and go 6.5-06 or 280 Remington. You would pick up a ton of bullet options.
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#6957926 - 11/13/17 06:38 AM Re: Old Ruger M77 [Re: spg]
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.284 Win
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