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#1 bustabuck

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 01:53 PM

So, am I the only one here with a 77/22? :unsure: A few years ago, I picked up a used all-weather 77/22 for a good price. I had Birdsong coat it with his Black-T coating to kill the glare of the stainless, worked over the trigger to have it break at a nice, crisp 2.5#, and have obtained a factory walnut stock. I like the shadowbox stock, but it just can't compare to real walnut.
Now, I'm in the process of converting it from .22 lr to .22 mag. I've got everything but the barrel and magazine. I'm trying to get by as inexpensively as possible and still have a decent shooter, so I'm waiting on getting a barrel until I can find a deal. I'll probably go with a take-off factory barrel.
Anyway, just thought the Ruger rifle section needed something about a 77/22.

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 02:51 PM

They're Great rifles, at least mine is. I'd never convert mine to the magnum cartridge though. I could see buying another already chambered for it.

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 05:34 PM

At one time, I had one in each caliber (.22LR, .22WMR, .17HMR, .22 Hornet, .44 Magnum). They were good rifles and never left me wanting for more accuracy, but I eventually sold them all in favor of my semi-autos (10/22, 10/17, 10/22M, 10/17M, 99/44 and Mini 30).

I just like semi-autos so much better... yes, I know I'm a bit "off". :D

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Posted 04 January 2007 - 07:46 PM

Well, I have been wanting to try one of these for years. Finally picked one up today. I hope it is a shooter.



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Posted 04 January 2007 - 09:59 PM

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Posted 04 January 2007 - 11:31 PM

Ha Ha.
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Posted 05 January 2007 - 01:05 PM

Well, I have been wanting to try one of these for years. Finally picked one up today. I hope it is a shooter.



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Sharp rifle, what calibur do you have it in ?
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Posted 05 January 2007 - 05:04 PM

Its a .22 LR model.



I decided to mount the T-36 on it for testing. We'll see how she shoots tomorrow.



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Posted 05 January 2007 - 06:16 PM

Danny,

I had a 22Mag Ruger just exactly like that. It would shoot 5 shot groups around .5ctc most of the time at 50yds.

It was a very good rifle.

I wished I still had it.

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Posted 05 January 2007 - 07:24 PM

Danny: That 77/22 is very sharp looking :)

I don't own a 77/22, only a 10/22

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 08:16 PM

Thanks Jordan.

Glad to say, "it shoots"!



I ran the Rapid Fire Rimfire Match this morning and then we had a membership renewal session at 1:00 PM. So, I only had about half an hour to test the new Ruger. The upper left hand group was the last one I tried and it was fired with SK Subsonic HPs. It measures .23" ctc.



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Posted 06 January 2007 - 10:25 PM

Danny,

That first group is mind boggling to me for a box stock factory Ruger.

That's what I call getting the most from the gun in my opinion.

You are a very good shooter.

No doubt in my mind.

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 11:56 PM

Thanks Brad. I can't wait to see what it will do on a USBR target (the ultimate test in my opinion). The rifle's weight and flat forearm really help in holding it steady.
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Posted 26 January 2007 - 12:47 PM

Bought a 77/22 in early 1989 from the Marine Corps Exchange Camp Lejeune. It had a laminated stock in green-brown camo colors. Shot pretty well. I decided it needed checkering in the grip area, so I took the stock off and put it in the checkering cradle and proceeded to put a nice clean simple point pattern on it. When I reassembled the rifle it wouldn't shoot worth a damn; 1" 50 yard groups are not acceptable for a squirrel rifle in my book.

Now, glass-bedding a 77/22 is a little different from the centerfire rifles I'd done before. What to consider the 'recoil lug' for example. I bedded that thing about four times, changing this and that. Finally I got it to shoot into a half inch with the right ammo, of which I promptly bought a couple of bricks.

But the most interesting lesson from the whole exercise was that these rifles are very sensitive to stock-screw tension. Too much or too little, they shoot poorly.

A most handsome rifle. They have great lines. I put in a Dayton-Traister adjustable trigger after a few years, and I'm happy with it.

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Posted 27 January 2007 - 02:48 PM

That group looks SWEET!!! :heartpump:

Now, if only they'd offer it black phosphate coated, with a 16 inch barrel, and synthetic side folding stock! :D

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Posted 26 February 2007 - 03:25 PM

I've got a 77/17 and I'm thinking of finding a 22mag barrel so I can have a switch barrel gun. Would some day like to get a 77/22.
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Posted 14 April 2007 - 04:17 PM

Here's my 77/22. VQ barrel and stock. Shoots 10shot groups in the .3's with Wolf MT at 50 yds.
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Posted 17 September 2007 - 12:02 AM

I finally got around to asking Educator if he could do something about the 5.5 lb trigger on my 77/22. It now has a sweet 2.5 lb pull. Thanks Dwight.



Can't wait to see how it does on paper next weekend.



The rifle simply shot too well to deserve that heavy a pull.
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Posted 17 September 2007 - 07:34 AM

Nope, you're not the only one. I have three, and about 9 additional barrels to go with them (everything from .22Short on up). Great rifles, but absolutely crap triggers from the factory...

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 05:34 PM

They're Great rifles, at least mine is. I'd never convert mine to the magnum cartridge though. I could see buying another already chambered for it.



just searching around and found this old thread. LOL ~ Never say Never :lol:

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 03:50 PM

Well, the accuracy is about the same. But, it sure is easier to shoot with that lighter trigger.



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