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Critter or Western (or anyone

Critter or Western (or anyone else), if you know of someplace that has one, please, please let me know so I can contact them!  Not being snarky, I'm dead serious.  Gunbroker doesn't have any, Buds doesn't have any.  I've spend hours upon hours searching and no one I've found online has this gun.

I have also contacted close to 100 gun shops in WI and MN looking for this rifle.  It is not available.  No one carries them as a stock item, only by order, and the distrbutors are unable to get them from Ruger.  I've only been able to find a couple of .223 and the Magnum series (which is not shorter LOP and I don't want the .300 or .338 RCM anyway).  Ruger is just starting to take orders again after taking no new orders for several months due to backlog of orders.  No one can give me any assurance that I would be able to get this gun before bear season opens, which is September 5!  I had not imagined it would be this difficult to find the rifle I wanted.

Gun dealer I was working with told me he could have it in a couple days.  I asked him to double check that, as I had read that Ruger was way behind on getting guns out.  He checked and he is unable to get this gun from any of his distributors.  I don't know how many are out there, but I've asked most places to check for me, and no one can come up with this gun.

As for reasonable price, most places have given me a quote of around $670.  So as for reasonable, if someone had a used one, I'm not about to pay $900 for a used gun that is retailing for $670 on average (I've found one used, and they that's what they wanted).  I would not expect to pay more than new retail for a used gun.  For that money, I'd custom order my second choice, the Lady Hunter special ordered with stainless barrel (quoted $850, and they're a little higher overall, and haven't heard back from the other dealer that's supposed to be getting price and lead time), but I'm still hoping to find the Ruger.

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If you can't find one on line

If you can't find one on line then I would suggest that you get a bag of potato chips and your favorite cool beverage sit down and wait.  It is a sad fact of supply and demand that if it isn't available it just isn't available. 

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Cirtter, that doesn't mean

Cirtter, that doesn't mean someone doesn't have one sitting in a back room somewhere that could be purchased and shipped to my FFL, and that's why I've been calling around to places that don't necessarily have websites, and why I've put out feelers here as well.  Someone may come across one.  Sitting and waiting would be fine ordinarily, but I don't have the time to do that.  I started researching as soon as I got notified I was drawn for a bear tag.  Took 9 years of applying, so this is a big deal and can't just put off and say oh, well, there's always next year.  Thanks everyone for your help.  If someone does come across this gun somewhere, please update this posting.

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Oh, forgot to add it's taken

Oh, forgot to add it's taken several years and the bear tag notification to convince husband that I really do need a different gun,.  We do talk over purchases of more than $500 , as money isn't growing on trees these days.  As such, it's not just that I've simply put it off and now it's rush-rush to find, so please be nice and give a gal a break.

 

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Here is a dealer that you

Here is a dealer that you might want to call to see if they just may have one in stock. 

http://www.championfirearms.com/Ruger-M77-Hawkeye-Compact-Walnut-7mm-08-Blued-p/37140.htm

 

I also found a couple of used ones for sale by using Google.

Good luck.   

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Thanks, Critter.  TI'll try

Thanks, Critter.  TI'll try giving them a call, although they only list the .223 and .243 in the stainless compact.

Yeah, found one used in Oregon, too, but used I would only consider locally or surrounding (WI, MN, IL) so it can be inspected prior to purchase (not that anyone would ever be less than truthful selling something online - LOL).  New, I'll order from out of state.  Anyone ever deal with Adventure Outdoors in Atlanta?  Their website says they have it, but online customer reviews for them are pretty negative, with the theme being that they promise it quickly or tell you they have it, and months later still no gun delivered.

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availability

I guess I wasn't aware that specific configuration of the M77 would be that difficult to locate.  I was thinking in general that a standard configuration Ruger Hawkeye M77 chambered in 7mm-08 would be an easy find,and usually is.  Sorry I misunderstood your original post I didn't take into account that you were looking for the specific Compact SS/Laminate configuration in that caliber.  Good luck. Thumbs up

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Here's the only option I can

Here's the only option I can find right now. Gallery of guns has the Ruger ultra light available for an average of 520 or so plus tax and stuff depending on your local dealer.

http://www.galleryofguns.com/genie/Default.aspx?item=37182&mfg=Ruger&mdl=M77+Hawkeye&cat=2&type=Rifle&cal=7MM-08&fin=&sit=&zipcode=8

Inch and a half longer barrel and then replace the stock with one from Midway. Costs a bit more though.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/636577/ruger-rifle-stock-ruger-m77-mark-ii-short-action-compact-laminated-wood-gray

Got the barrel length wrong, it's 20 inches.

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Throw another wrench in here :)

Okay, I've been able to find the Hawkeye Compact SS/Lam in .308, or new choice that is tempting but a bit more money is a NIB Remington 700 LSS Mountain Rifle in 7mm-08, with 22" barrel and about 1 pound heavier all told.  Would this be a good choice or is the maneuverability afforded by the shorter barrel of the compact the way to go?  Promise, my next update will be which gun I have purchased - LOL.

 

Yeah, I considered the synthetic model and replacing the stock, but that's more time and money, so I'd rather go with one that's good to go out of the box.  The stainless ultralight seems to have availability issue as well (seems all Rugers are currently, due to their backlog).  The 700 LSS I would need to have 1" cut off the stock, but gunsmith says it's easily doable.

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The 7mm-08 and the .308 are

The 7mm-08 and the .308 are close enough that I wouldn't argure on the pro's of either one.  The parent case for the 7mm-08 is the .308 Whinchester so that should explain it for you.  As for a 22" barrel vrs a 16.5" barrel well you will have to decide that for yourself.  The 22" barrel will give you a few more feet per second but unless you are hunting in brush that is so thick that you can't see through it then maneuverability really isn't a consern but if you are backpacking in then a pound is a pound. 

If it was my choice I would hold out for what I really wanted which for you sounds like the 7mm-08  but you wouldn't go wrong with the .308 either.

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