SOLD FOR: $1375
Make: Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Serial Number: 78-76244
Year of Manufacture: 1984 (RUGER Serial Number Lookup)
Caliber: .250-3000 Savage
Action Type: Internal Magazine-Fed Bolt-Action Rifle
Markings: The stop of the barrel is marked “STURM, RUGER & CO. INC., SOUTHPORT, CONN U.S.A.”. The left side of the barrel is marked “250 SAVAGE” and a Ruger proof mark. The left side of the receiver is marked with the serial number, “78-76244”, and “RUGER M77®”. The bolt is serial matching, and hand-scribed “76244 / EB”. The rubber buttpad and grip cap are marked with the company’s phoenix logo.
Barrel Length: 18 1/2”
Sights/Optics: Express sights are set into the barrel. The front sight is a beaded brass blade in-line dovetailed into a base that is fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a flip-up un-notch with a white diamond that is adjustable for elevation. The sight picture can be adjusted to a square-notch configuration. The receiver rib is cut for Ruger (not included).
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a one-piece Mannlicher-style wood with checkered black-capped pistol grip and black-capped forend, fluted straight comb, and orange rubber Ruger buttpad. There are sling swivels on the belly of the buttstock and forend. There is light handling wear, and scattered light nicks that are most notable on the right side of the grip. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is sharp. The LOP is 13 3/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. The buttpad shows light wear with spots of minor discoloration and minor scuffing along the outer edge. The rubber is a little dry. Overall, the stock rates in Fine-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The barrel has a few minor nicks near to the receiver. The receiver has taken on a very light plum hue. The action has minor operational wear. The screws show light tool marks and strong slots, and all markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Fine-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork and Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: The Ruger M77 is a robust Bolt-Action rifle designed in 1968 by L. James Sullivan during his short three-years of work with Ruger. Intended to be a modernized Mauser 98, and featured simplified ejector updates and a newly designed safety system. This rifle dates back to 1984, several years before the first major M77 re-tooling in 1991, and retains that classic Ruger look, with rich bluing and a less commonly seen Mannlicher-style stock. In Fine-plus condition and largely free of notable wear, this 37 year old firearm is no doubt a strong addition to any modern firearm collection. Good luck and happy bidding!