Lipsey’s has announced a limited edition Ruger 77/22. The Ruger Stainless International or 77/22 RSI builds on the time-tested 77/22 design with the addition of a Mannlicher-style full-length walnut stock and hooded front sight.
The checkered Mannlicher stock is carved from American walnut and open sights, with a folding rear sight in case you want to install low-mount scope. This is Ruger’s first bolt-action rifle featuring a full-length stock, and it’s chambered in the economical, practical and popular .22 Long Rifle.
The 77/22 remains functionally unchanged, with the twin locking lugs and improved Mauser-type action with a claw extractor and a 90-degree lift. It has scope mounts integrated into the receiver and includes scope rings, a three-position safety which allows you to open and close the bolt with the safety engaged and continues to use standard 10-round rotary magazines.
For detailed specifications check out the product page here. The Ruger 77/22 RSI has an all-stainless steel construction, an 18.5-inch barrel with a 1-in-14-inch rate of twist. Even with the full-length stock the RSI weighs only six pounds, in line with Ruger’s synthetic-stocked 77/22s. Prices haven’t been announced but we expect them to fall between $600-750.
The 77/22 RSI is not Ruger’s first Mannlicher-stocked rifle altogether. Before this they manufactured a limited edition run of semi-automatic 10/22s with full-length stocks, called the 10/22 International, a TALO exclusive, as well as a couple of Sports South variants with laminate Mannlicher stocks. These are difficult but not impossible to find if you’re patient.
The 10/22 International is also lower-priced, based on the less expensive to manufacture blowback 10/22 rifle. The 10/22 International often runs between $300 and $400, should you be able to find one.
Expect the 77/22 RSI to become available in the coming months. If you just can’t wait that long to get your hands on one of these classically-styled rifles, there are a few alternatives.
CZ manufactures their 455 in .22 Long Rifle as well as in .22 WMR and .17 HMR, as well as their centerfire 527 and 550 with full-length Mannlicher stocks as well, with prices at about $450 for the rimfire rifles and $750 for the centerfire.
So whether you’re a fan of Ruger and have a penchant for rare and interesting patterns, or are just interested in a newly-minted rifle that stands by classic designs for hunting and plinking, you have a good number of options in front of you.
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