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Hornet_RN
04-17-2012, 10:04 PM
i already own a 10/22, and it's a whole lot of fun to use it on targets and for small game hunting.

however, i want a more traditional bolt action rimfire rifle, so why not the Ruger 77/22? Ruger is a dependable company, it uses similar magazines as the 10/22, and they're beautiful firearms.

however, i need some convincing whether or not it is worth it. there are many other rimfire bolt actions out there, but I'm really liking Ruger as of late.

PLEASE SHARE OPINIONS ON THE RUGER 77/22! thanks

dg29
04-17-2012, 10:47 PM
I have one that started as a 77/22 in black boat paddle stock with green inserts. I then converted with the needed parts from Brownells to a 77/17hmr. I also had to slightly modify the bolt which was made easy by some advice and photos that I'd received at RFC. I have different barrels for it and can easily go from .22, to .22mag., to the .17hmr. The rifle feels like I'm handling a centerfire rifle which is something that sets it apart from other rimfire rifles in my opinion. You might think that the scope is too big for the rifle, and maybe it is, but looking through it makes driving tacks a real pleasure.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y154/Davemg/IMGP0267.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y154/Davemg/IMGP0268.jpg

norcalcyclist
04-18-2012, 7:16 AM
I have one from '90 with the original synth stock...extremely accurate...it sports a Simmons "Whitetail" scope and has taken countless squirrels, raccoons, small birds, etc...

I like mine enough to have an inquiry into Clark Custom about building another for me.

GunDog
04-18-2012, 7:30 AM
I really like mine. It is a K77/22-VBZ with the 26" bbl. One of the most accurate .22 rifles I have ever shot especially after having it reworked by Connecticut Precision Chambering (CPC). Had the bbl set back and rechambered for match ammo, muzzle recut with a target crown, and the bolt halves relapped and tightened. A real tack driver and deadly accurate on ground squirrels.

http://www.ct-precision.com/

evolution1974
04-18-2012, 10:28 AM
I own a few Ruger 10/22’s and enjoy shooting them. I like them so much that I also purchased a couple of the new Takedown 10/22s (still waiting for the 10 days before pick up). When it comes to the Ruger 77/22 you’ll get no argument from me about its beauty and craftmenship. However, the CZ 452 line of rimfire rifles is where I spend my money when it comes to bolt action rimfires. The CZ 452s have robust actions and are very well made. Out of the box the CZ 452s are wonderful shooters and with a few modifications they can be very precise. The CZ 452 is less expensive than the Ruger 77/22 and you would have to jump up to an Anschutz (54 action) in order to get better consistency and precision. There are many variations of the CZ 452 (FS, Lux, Trainer, Scout, Ulta Lux ….) however, they are being phased out and replaced with the CZ 455 line, so get the 452s while you can. See the link below for more info on the CZ 452 and 455 rifles. Good luck with whatever you choose.

http://www.cz-usa.com/products/by-category/rifles/


Ruger 10/22

http://i808.photobucket.com/albums/zz6/evolution1974/Ruger%20Family/1328796605.jpg

CZ 452

http://i808.photobucket.com/albums/zz6/evolution1974/CZ%20Family/1268597954.jpg

AragornElessar86
04-18-2012, 10:49 AM
Am I wrong in thinking it uses the same magazines as the 10/22? If so that's a bummer because I already have a bunch of those.

Grey1one
04-18-2012, 4:19 PM
Am I wrong in thinking it uses the same magazines as the 10/22? If so that's a bummer because I already have a bunch of those.




They look similar, but have different numbers.

http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/70369-36.html

http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/70368-1.html


I have neither gun.

bussda
04-18-2012, 4:54 PM
Am I wrong in thinking it uses the same magazines as the 10/22? If so that's a bummer because I already have a bunch of those.

They look similar, but have different numbers.


I have neither gun.

The only difference between the magasines is the baseplate.

mdimeo
04-18-2012, 5:15 PM
Am I wrong in thinking it uses the same magazines as the 10/22? If so that's a bummer because I already have a bunch of those.

They are different parts; the 77/22 magazine is flatter on the bottom. But both models work in both rifles.

I have a 77/22. Not a fan. It's had ejection problems since I got it, and they've gotten worse over time. Now nearly every round gets stuck hard to the bolt face, and I need to reach in and break it off (that's what it feels like) with my fingers.

I've seen quite a few other people complaining about this on the net, too.

This only happens with fired rounds, interestingly. Dummy rounds and unfired rounds, and fired rounds from which I pulled the bullet and just triggered the primer, all eject smoothly.

bussda
04-18-2012, 5:18 PM
Older model 77/22's used the same barrel as the 10/22 except for an additional extractor cut. It costs more because people want them and are willing to pay a premium over other brands.

GunDog
04-18-2012, 5:23 PM
The only difference between the magasines is the baseplate.

Bussda and mdimeo are correct. The 10/22 mag has a rounded bottom and will rock when placed on a flat surface whereas the 77/22 mag is flat and will sit squarely upon a flat surface. Other than that, the mags are the same. Suspect the two mags were made the way they were to blend in with the lines of their respective receivers/stocks.

Ripon83
04-18-2012, 5:29 PM
I've had one for almost 20 years or so. I looked it up last year and found out it was the first year they made them, but I had bought it used probably a few years later. I've always enjoyed it. I must have 2k rounds through the thing, and I've used 10/22 magazines without a problem even though I was told not too at one time. As much as I like it - I have to agree with previous posts about today's and getting one today. Its kind of a bummer they are so expensive compared to other bolt 22's that I suspect are just as good - maybe even better. While I own a P89, MKII and several 10/22's and the 77/22 I'm not that big a Ruger fan - really. If I were in the market for a BA 22 I doubt the 77/22 would be on my list unless it was in the classifieds and a bargain.

AragornElessar86
04-18-2012, 10:21 PM
Ah, I see, thanks. Sure wish I could justify the premium.