Ruger Hawkeye African M77 Model 47180 .275 Rigby 24” Bolt Action Rifle 2017

SOLD FOR: $3,531

LSB#: 230926DS001

Make: Sturm Ruger & CO

Model: Ruger Hawkeye African (Model 47180, Lipsey’s Exclusive, Only 250 made)

Serial Number: 712-37418

Year of Manufacture: 2017

Caliber: .275 Rigby (7x57mm Mauser)

Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle Fed By Internal Magazine

Barrel Length: Approximately 24”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade attached to a ramped base. The rear sight is an adjustable U notch dovetailed to a base. The top of the receiver has integral scope ring mounts.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The one piece checkered Walnut stock has a fluted straight comb, pistol grip, and rubber buttpad. The checkering is sharp, there are a couple of light handling marks. The top of the grip shows a small compression mark. The LOP measures 13 ½” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. This stock rates in about Fine Plus overall condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates a 10 out of 10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. The metal shows a couple of light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine Plus to Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions Correctly. We did not fire this firearm. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle includes its original serial matching box, manual, and two scope rings.

Our Assessment: These are bullet points about the Hawkeye African taken from the Ruger Website: “Non-rotating, Mauser-type controlled round feed extractor is the most positive case extraction system ever invented, and features a fixed blade-type ejector that positively ejects the empty cases as the bolt is moved fully rearward.. Three-position safety is easily accessible and allows the shooter to lock the bolt or to load and unload the rifle with the safety engaged.. Integral scope mounts, machined directly on the solid-steel receiver, provide a stable mounting surface for scope rings, eliminating a potential source of looseness and inaccuracy in the field (scope rings included).. Ergonomically pleasing, American walnut stock has rounded contours along the barrel, on the bottom of the stock and on top of the pistol grip and wrap-around checkering on grip and forend.. Hinged solid-steel floorplate for easy unloading without having to chamber each cartridge. Features an engraved Ruger logo and patented latch that is flush with the trigger guard to avoid accidental dumping of cartridges.”

This example is a Ruger Hawkeye African model 47180 chambered for .275 Rigby (7×57 Mauser). This M77 Hawkeye was made in 2017 and it was a Lipsey’s exclusive, with only 250 ever being made. The ballistics of the 7×57mm became popular with deer and plains game hunters. The relatively flat trajectory and manageable recoil ensured its place as a sportsman’s cartridge. The 7×57mm can offer very good penetrating ability due to a fast twist rate that enables it to fire long, heavy bullets with a high sectional density. This made it popular in Africa, where it was used on animals up to and including elephants, for which it was particularly favored by noted ivory hunter W.D.M. “Karamojo” Bell, who shot about 800 African elephants with 1893 pattern 7×57mm military ball ammunition using Rigby Mauser 98 rifles, when most ivory hunters were using larger-caliber rifles. This Ruger Hawkeye African is in great shape, showing little use. This would make an excellent Safari Rifle, we do not see these very often so do not miss this chance to own this well made and well maintained Rare Ruger Hawkeye.


Ruger Hawkeye African M77 Model 47180 .275 Rigby 24” Bolt Action Rifle 2017
Ruger Hawkeye African M77 Model 47180 .275 Rigby 24” Bolt Action Rifle 2017