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Way back in your first post you mentioned that you were buying the rifle due to having gotten selected for a bear tag. With that on the venue, my opinion is that the .308 would actually be a better choice than the 7/08. There are a couple of manufacturers that load reduced recoil loads for the .308, should you find the recoil a tad much at the range. It's a simple matter to practice with a lighter load and then simply re-zero with a good 165 or 180gr load for your bear hunt.

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Tndeerhunter wrote:

Way back in your first post you mentioned that you were buying the rifle due to having gotten selected for a bear tag. With that on the venue, my opinion is that the .308 would actually be a better choice than the 7/08. There are a couple of manufacturers that load reduced recoil loads for the .308, should you find the recoil a tad much at the range. It's a simple matter to practice with a lighter load and then simply re-zero with a good 165 or 180gr load for your bear hunt.

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Not very often I disagree with this guy but, rather than go with the 308 and reduced loads, I'd go for the 7-08 and full loads.

Actually the 308 is not all that bad to shoot. I used one for a lot of years, 165gr bullet for everything. My son somehow ended up having one exactly like it about the same time mine came up missing! I do have another now, older mod 788 w/18" barrel. Barrel's a couple inches short but it'll do. My old mod 660 had a 20" barrel, loved it!

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Don Fischer wrote:

Tndeerhunter wrote:

Way back in your first post you mentioned that you were buying the rifle due to having gotten selected for a bear tag. With that on the venue, my opinion is that the .308 would actually be a better choice than the 7/08. There are a couple of manufacturers that load reduced recoil loads for the .308, should you find the recoil a tad much at the range. It's a simple matter to practice with a lighter load and then simply re-zero with a good 165 or 180gr load for your bear hunt.

Good Luck!  Thumbs up

Not very often I disagree with this guy but, rather than go with the 308 and reduced loads, I'd go for the 7-08 and full loads.

Actually the 308 is not all that bad to shoot. I used one for a lot of years, 165gr bullet for everything. My son somehow ended up having one exactly like it about the same time mine came up missing! I do have another now, older mod 788 w/18" barrel. Barrel's a couple inches short but it'll do. My old mod 660 had a 20" barrel, loved it!

 

I've owned both a M600 in .308 as well as a M660 in .308 and you are right they are great guns. I found a rifle for a Buddy about 2 months ago that he quickly snatched up. It was a M600 in .35 Rem. Pretty cool rifle there and not many around. I heard that total production in .35 Rem was only about 1,000 rifles, actually.

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Hi, again. I just wanted to

Hi, again. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for their advice and opinions. I did end up getting that Ruger 77 Mark II in 7mm-08. In hindsight, the .308 was the better deal for price/condition, as the stock on this one is in rougher shape than anticipated, but I'm thinking I may either try to refinish it or order a new Boyd's stock for it after this hunting season (I really love that cinnamon/brown color one they have). Such is the chance you take buying sight unseen other than photos. Thankfully, the bolt and barrel are in beautiful condition and the gun shoots true.

I have found I'm really happy with this rifle. The size and weight are great. I have no issues with cheek weld and seeing through my scope without having to add an aftermarket cheek riser. The shorter LOP and stock dimensions for this rifle seems to have solved that To any other members looking for a rifle for their child/wife/shorter stature individual, I can happily recommend this rifle to them, whenever Ruger gets them back out into the market again (newer model being Ruger Hawkeye Compact). The 7mm-08 is a great all around cartridge with minimal recoil even in such a short-barreled and light rifle.

While it is an extremely loud little gun, there is much less recoil than I expected. I think the Browning A-Bolt had a harder kick to it. Anyway, thanks again, everyone. I'm now sighted in and looking forward to bear season coming up in about 5 weeks.

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GREAT!

Congrats on getting that new rifle! I am a big fan of the Ruger Hawkeye platform (along with the older M77 versions) and have gotten two myself in the last month. I'm glad to hear it shoots well too. Where will you be bear hunting? I will be leaving in about 5 weeks myself on a trip to Maine for bear.

Best of luck and congratulations again on that fine new rifle. Thumbs up

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