Someone Ackleyerized it, so it's somewhere between a 250 Savage and 257 Roberts. It's a 15% capacity increase, which should amount to something close to a 4% velocity increase (ie: 2600 fps with a 115 grain should now go 2700 fps, which is about like a 257 Roberts).
Looks like better than standard wood, plus an ebony tip, which I don't remember seeing on Ruger 77s in the past. Got a good enough deal that it really doesn't matter at this point because it should just be a fun little gun.
Ackley's favorite imp cartridge was the 250 Savage. He said it gained more than any other cartridge by improving it. I used to struggle with improved cartridge's quite a bit. kept thinking what I needed to do was have my 243 improved. never did it and doubt I ever will. I think at this point I only wanted to do it to have something different. A friend has one on a Marlin bolt rifle, 250 Ack, don't remember the model, a newer one. I've shot it once and it it shot very well. It did seem to me that the cartridge didn't chamber as well as it should have. Maybe a problem by the guy that did the rifle.
Looks good, i have always liked ruger rifles. You are lucky to be able to use Gunbrokers: Many times i see something i like and would buy but lots of sellers in there will not ship internationally, eventhough i have a place that has a valid FFL to have it shipped to. I guess on the bright side i save money.
There is one tip I have learned over the years in hunting whitetails in late season snow. Do not overlook soybeans left standing on the edges of fence rows, woods, creeks, buildings wherever it might be, this is where the deer will be while the food lasts during late season. December/January will pull deer in from some distance away to feed on the easy to get to food.
I killed one of my nicest bucks off of a very small patch of soybeans that was left after rains created a...