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Ruger m77 in 7x57

Hey guys I am new in here but I am glad that I found this site as I have lots of questions and like talking to good people about shooting.

My wife just inherited a Ruger M77 in 7x57 or 7mm mauser however you want to look at it.

This is an older rifle but never had a round downthe pipe so I was curious what to expect as far as value, and what to expect balistically I shoot a .270 and she normally shoots a .243 if anyone can give me any insite I sure would appriciate it.

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Ruger m77 in 7x57

Welcome to BGH.

That brings back a fond memory. In the early 70's when Ruger first chambered the 7x57, I got the first one to come into Montana. A friend of mine was the manager of a sporting goods store in Kalispell and grabbed it up for me. Beautiful rifle's they were. That one was one of my favorite rifles but had one small flaw, all it liked to shoot were 154 gr Hornady RN bullet's, but it was pure poison with them. wish I still had that rifle. Is you wife's a tang safety?

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I am not 100% sure what you mean The safety is in the center behind the action

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A tang safety is like what Savage and Remington use. It's a sliding device located on the top of the tang that blocks the trigger.

The 7 X 57 Mauser is a great cartridge. It is very popular in Europe and Africa. It's ballistically in the neighborhood of the 7mm-08 but maybe not as powerful as the .280 Rem.

If you decide you don't want it I have a 1977 vintage Model 77 in 7mm Rem Mag I will trade you. Wink

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Hello from Germany, the motherland of your rifle's cal!

The 7x57 Mauser is a very common cartridge here and usable for all kind of game from roe up to redstag and wildboar. You can charge it up to 180 grs bullets. It has a mild recoil and a very flat trajetory. Mountain hunters use it for hunting at chamois in the alpes. I would stay with it and do some testing. It is a good choice for your wife.

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Kirrmeister wrote:
Hello from Germany, the motherland of your rifle's cal!

The 7x57 Mauser is a very common cartridge here and usable for all kind of game from roe up to redstag and wildboar. You can charge it up to 180 grs bullets. It has a mild recoil and a very flat trajetory. Mountain hunters use it for hunting at chamois in the alpes. I would stay with it and do some testing. It is a good choice for your wife.

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Wow Thanks for all of the input I shot it the other day and boy I sure do like it Very little recoil and we were picking off clay birds at 300 very easily.

by the way what the heck is a roe or a chamois

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The Ruger M77 is a great rifle. The 7x57 mm from what I hear is a real good biggame cartridge. I've heard it's always been very common for hunting in europe.

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Roe is a small kind of deer, looks similar to your Whitetails only smaller.

The chamois is a also a kind of deer. Looks similar to your pronghorns, only more brown. They live only in high mountain area in the rocks. Sometimes they move down into the mountain forest. It is calles "Gämse" in german.

Google them and you will see!

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There was a recall on the M77. If you don't know if yours has been fixed you might want to call Ruger and check.

7x57 is a good cartridge, the challenge is finding new ammo. Federal makes one load in their power shock line. Reloading will get you more versatility.

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bitmasher wrote:
There was a recall on the M77. If you don't know if yours has been fixed you might want to call Ruger and check.

7x57 is a good cartridge, the challenge is finding new ammo. Federal makes one load in their power shock line. Reloading will get you more versatility.

What was the recall about if you dont mind me asking, and at the cost of sounding stupid but I am a savage guy.
And yeah I had a little trouble with ammo but I think I have that figured out.

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Mine had a trigger issue that they sent me a new part for. You can find out on their website. Have your serial number handy.

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