Ruger Model 77 RSM Mark II Magnum Rifle

Description

The Ruger Model 77 RSM Mark II Magnum Rifle is a bolt-action hunting rifle chambered in .375 H&H, .416 Rigby and .458 Lott.

The Model 77 Mark II family includes both hunting and target rifles and the Model 77 RSM is the hunting side of the family. The Model 77 RSM has a heavy forged barrel that gives shooters a more accurate shot. For comfort, its butt has a rubber recoil pad. It has a wide fore-end, so it can be planted and fired resting on a sand bag or bench rest. It has a 3-position safety, so it can’t be unloaded with the safety engaged. Its sights can be adjusted for windage and it also has integral scope mounts and, when purchased brand new, it comes with scope rings.

Ruger recommends Model 77 RSM Mark II Magnum Rifle for hunting large game.

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Specifications

.416 Rigby
Caliber:.416 Rigby
Capacity:3
Sights:Open
Features:Barrel-mounted front swivel; live rubber recoil pad and metal grip cap
Action:Bolt
Stock:Circassian walnut
Material/Finish:Alloy steel/blued
Scope:Integral scope bases
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Weight:9.5 pounds
Barrel Length:23"
Twist:1 in 14"
Length of Pull:13.5"
Overall Length:44"
.458 Lott
Caliber:.458 Lott
Capacity:3
Sights:Open
Features:Barrel-mounted front swivel; live rubber recoil pad and metal grip cap
Action:Bolt
Stock:Circassian walnut
Material/Finish:Alloy steel/blued
Scope:Integral scope bases
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Weight:9.75 pounds
Barrel Length:23"
Twist:1 in 14"
Length of Pull:13.5"
Overall Length:44"
.375 H&H Mag.
Caliber:.375 H&H Mag.
Capacity:4
Sights:Open
Features:Barrel-mounted front swivel; live rubber recoil pad and metal grip cap
Action:Bolt
Stock:Circassian walnut
Material/Finish:Alloy steel/blued
Scope:Integral scope bases
Website:http://www.ruger.com…
Weight:10 pounds
Barrel Length:23"
Twist:1 in 12"
Length of Pull:13.5"
Overall Length:44"
MSRP$1766.00

Editor Review

Ruger has had a certain approach to gun design throughout its history which shines through in the Model 77.  What Ruger has always been very good at is taking a classic design and unabashedly updating and improving it.  The Mini 14 is a scaled-down M-14; the Mark I pistol clearly started out as a hard look at the ergonomics of the WWII-era Luger; and the Model 77 is Bill Ruger’s take on the Model 98 Mauser.

That Mauser heritage is visible even at a glance.  The huge claw extractor provides absolutely reliable feeding off of the magazine even in the unlikely event that you find yourself shooting it upside down.  Most deer hunters are unlikely to value that feature much, but that trait of the ‘controlled round feed’ system has made the Mauser a favorite of dangerous game hunters for over a century.  This feature puts the Model 77 squarely into potential ‘lion medicine’ territory.

Other mechanical and ergonomic details follow the Mauser pattern.  But even if you’ve never heard of a Mauser before, this is still a very thoughtfully made rifle.  With dovetails for mounting a scope machined right into the receiver, you won’t need to buy a scope base and you will find that you can mount a scope that much closer to the barrel. 

Model 77s made in the last few years are uniformly accurate and will tend to put five shots of the right ammunition into a 1" hole at a hundred yards.  Older rifles on the used market may perform somewhat less uniformly.  Ruger was formerly sourcing their barrels from multiple manufacturers (while making the actions themselves) and this led to somewhat differing tolerances.  One used Model 77 might throw five shots into three inches while another could give you five shots into half an inch.  There is just no telling.  Fortunately, Ruger wised up to this problem and assumed tighter control of barrel production.  A brand-new, off-the-shelf Model 77 will absolutely give you better accuracy than you really need for any kind of big game hunting and plenty of varminting.

Like the other ‘7’ bolt action rifles (the Model 77 was so named as an impish nod towards the competing Remington Model 700 and the Winchester Model 70), Ruger’s bolt action centerfire is available chambered for a wide variety of cartridges in short, long and magnum length actions.  It is also available in various levels of finish, ranging from a steel and synthetic  ‘Alaskan’ model, to versions wearing circassian walnut and folding ‘express’ sights.

A Model 77 does not start as cheap as Remington’s competing Model 700, but then the fit and finish is also superior to a low-end 700.  Ruger’s intended market is probably the experienced hunter who has already been around the block with less expensive rifles and wants to move up in the world.  If you are just starting out, it might not be a bad idea to cut to the chase and pick up a Model 77.