Ruger 77/22 Rotary Magazine

Description

The Ruger Model 77/22 Rimfire is a family of bolt-action hunting rifles chambered in .22 LR, .22 Mag. and .22 Hornet.

The Model 77/22 was created in 1983 to offer adults a high quality rifle that fires inexpensive ammo. Today, the 77/22 has eight sub-models (check specifications below). The 77/22 is designed to use a rotary magazine, which holds rounds in the teeth of a rotor or sprocket and rotates inside the magazine as it feeds. When inserted, the rotary magazine meets flush with the stock. It has a 3-position safety, so it can’t be unloaded with the safety engaged.

Ruger recommends Model 77/22 for recreational shooting, and to hunt varmint and small game.

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Specifications

R
Caliber: <br />.22 LR
Capacity: 10
Sights: None
Action: Bolt
Stock: American walnut
Material/Finish: Alloy steel/blued
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Weight: 6.5 pounds
Barrel Length: 20"
Twist: 1 in 16"
Length of Pull: 13.5"
Overall Length: 39.25"
RP
Caliber: .22 LR
Capacity: 10
Sights: None
Action: Bolt
Stock: Black synthetic
Material/Finish: Stainless steel/brushed stainless
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Weight: 6 pounds
Barrel Length: 20"
Twist: 1 in 16"
Length of Pull: 13.75"
Overall Length: 39.25"
RM
Caliber: <br />.22 Mag.
Capacity: 9
Sights: None
Action: Bolt
Stock: American walnut
Material/Finish: Alloy steel/blued
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Weight: 6.5 pounds
Barrel Length: 20"
Twist: 1 in 14"
Length of Pull: 13.5"
Overall Length: 39.25"
RMP
Caliber: <br />.22 Mag.
Capacity: 9
Sights: None
Action: Bolt
Stock: Black synthetic
Material/Finish: Stainless steel/brushed stainless
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Weight: 6 pounds
Barrel Length: 20"
Twist: 1 in 14"
Length of Pull: 13.75"
Overall Length: 39.25"
VMBZ
Caliber: <br />.22 Mag.
Capacity: 9
Sights: None
Action: Bolt
Stock: Brown laminate
Material/Finish: Stainless steel/target gray
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Weight: 7.5 pounds
Barrel Length: 24"
Twist: 1 in 14"
Length of Pull: 13.5"
Overall Length: 43.25"
VBZ
Caliber: <br />.22 LR
Capacity: 10
Sights: None
Action: Bolt
Stock: Brown laminate
Material/Finish: Stainless steel/target gray
Website: http://www.ruger.com…
Weight: 7.5 pounds
Barrel Length: 24"
Twist: 1 in 16"
Length of Pull: 13.5"
Overall Length: 43.25"
RH
Caliber: <br />.22 Hornet
Capacity: 6
Sights: None
Action: Bolt
Stock: American walnut
Material/Finish: Alloy steel/blued
Website: http://www.ruger.com…
Weight: 6.5 pounds
Barrel Length: 20"
Twist: 1 in 14"
Length of Pull: 13.5"
Overall Length: 39.25"
VHZ
Caliber: <br />.22 Hornet
Capacity: 6
Sights: None
Action: Bolt
Stock: Brown laminate
Material/Finish: Stainless steel/target gray
Website: http://www.ruger.com…
Weight: 7.5 pounds
Barrel Length: 24"
Twist: 1 in 14"
Length of Pull: 13.5"
Overall Length: 43.25"
MSRP$777.00

Editor Review

There are plenty of new bolt action .22 caliber rifles on the market today and most of them are pretty good.  Ruger’s model 77/22 manages to stand out among the pack for several reasons.

First of all, the 77/22 is a scaled-down version of Ruger’s excellent Model 77 centerfire rifle.  If your primary hunting rifle is a Model 77 then it makes a lot of sense to pick up a 77/22 so that the ergonomics are similar and the low-cost practice with .22 LR ammunition will carry over into deer season.  The Model 77 centerfire rifle was inspired by the classic Model 98 Mauser and although that inspiration is very clear in the 77, something seems to have been lost in the translation to the .22 LR rimfire in the 77/22.  It resembles the model 77 but not so much the Mauser.

Like most of Ruger’s products, the rifle is accurate and made from high-quality materials with exacting tolerances.   You won’t find anything on this gun made out of plastic that ought to be metal.  But what I have always really loved about the 77/22 is the fact that it uses rotary magazines that are very similar to (and in fact interchangeable with, in a pinch) those of the better-known model 10/22 autoloader.  These 10 round rotary magazines fit flush with the belly of the rifle. 

Protruding magazines on the bottoms of hunting rifles are a pet peeve of mine.   I find it distracting to carry and shoot a .22 when hunting small game with something sticking out of the bottom of the gun the way that most .22 bolt action magazines do these days.  It is also just one more thing to catch on brush when trying to move silently in the squirrel woods.  Ruger has solved that problem in an elegant manner that manages to cost nothing in terms of magazine capacity.

Integral scope bases machined right into the action allow a scope to be mounted very low, which can help your accuracy at longer ranges.  Ruger even includes a set of rings with every rifle.  A scope will be necessary, since like most variants of the Model 77, the rifle does not include open sights.

The 77/22 excels for plinking, hunting small game or serious target work.  Yes, there are less expensive rifles that will work well enough for all three jobs, but the 77/22 is more elegant and comfortable to use than most of the competition.   If you plan on hunting with it, note that Ruger offers a version wearing stainless steel and a composite stock that will hold up nicely against the elements.  Versions are also available chambered for the .17 HMR rimfire cartridge.