Eric at IV8888 continues their rifle meltdown series with a Palmetto State Armory cold hammer forged upper that uses an FN barrel made from what is referred to as “Machine Gun Steel.”
Strapping the M-Lok slathered upper into a registered machine gun lower and stoking it with a steady diet of Fiocchi .223, the gun starts to rock and roll as the molly vanadium barrel gets a rapid break-in. However, (spoiler) it seems like the gas tube tanks after about 430 rounds cyclic.
In the after-action report, it looks like everything is still good to go with a new gas tube, with the classic theory of Eugene Stoner intending the tube to be the “fuse” of the AR system somewhat validated.
The Ruger M77 Hawkeye bolt-action rifle is a robust and budget-friendly hunting companion that will last you a lifetime. From deer and elk to smaller game, this reliable gun offers performance even in harsh conditions.