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Rebarrel a Ruger M77?
« on: November 26, 2020, 09:33:04 AM »
I have a Ruger All Weather M77 with the boat paddle stock, it's chambered in .243 and it is the most innacurate gun I own. I cannot find anything it likes to shoot. I was thinking about rebarreling it in something like 243AI or 260 Rem, or maybe even 22-250 with a fast twist. Does anyone know a smith that would rebarrel and blueprint my rifle? I did some quick looking on youtube and I didnt see a single video of anyone building a M77
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Re: Rebarrel a Ruger M77?
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2020, 10:46:41 AM »
Not all smiths are tooled up to do all actions but some that may be able to help you out and I know does good work would be Karl Kampfeld, Travis Redell, and Benchmark Barrels.  For what you have, those would be my first three choices.

https://rbrosrifles.com/

http://www.kampfeldcustom.com/boltfluting0914_002.htm

http://benchmark-barrels.com/Benchmark_Barrels_Home.html

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Re: Rebarrel a Ruger M77?
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2020, 10:49:05 AM »
Not all smiths are tooled up to do all actions but some that may be able to help you out and I know does good work would be Karl Kampfeld, Travis Redell, and Benchmark Barrels.  For what you have, those would be my first three choices.

https://rbrosrifles.com/

http://www.kampfeldcustom.com/boltfluting0914_002.htm

http://benchmark-barrels.com/Benchmark_Barrels_Home.html
I had intended to ask Travis but I have heard he isn't doing that kind of work anymore, although I guess it wouldn't hurt to ask him.
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Re: Rebarrel a Ruger M77?
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2020, 11:02:26 AM »
I wouldn't blue print it. I'd just rebarrel. :twocents:

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Re: Rebarrel a Ruger M77?
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2020, 11:23:19 AM »
Not all smiths are tooled up to do all actions but some that may be able to help you out and I know does good work would be Karl Kampfeld, Travis Redell, and Benchmark Barrels.  For what you have, those would be my first three choices.

https://rbrosrifles.com/

http://www.kampfeldcustom.com/boltfluting0914_002.htm

http://benchmark-barrels.com/Benchmark_Barrels_Home.html
I had intended to ask Travis but I have heard he isn't doing that kind of work anymore, although I guess it wouldn't hurt to ask him.
If Travis can't hook your up give Kampfeld Custom a call Karl does excellent work, is an extremely nice guy, and has some of the fastest turn around times of anyone I've ever used.

To each his own, but I would never rebarrel a factory action without having it trued up first.  For me, it's worth the extra money to eliminate any potential issue/s and many gunsmiths won't give you an accuracy guarantee if you don't true the receiver.

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Re: Rebarrel a Ruger M77?
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2020, 11:54:52 AM »
Sent a message to a friend who found a guy in Id. or Mt. that does a lot of work on M77s, so when/if I hear from him I will post it up.  I do know he has several very nice M77s and he wanted to use one to build off and the information he was given made him decide to abandon the idea.   :dunno:

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Re: Rebarrel a Ruger M77?
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2020, 11:57:37 AM »
Sent a message to a friend who found a guy in Id. or Mt. that does a lot of work on M77s, so when/if I hear from him I will post it up.  I do know he has several very nice M77s and he wanted to use one to build off and the information he was given made him decide to abandon the idea.   :dunno:
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Re: Rebarrel a Ruger M77?
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2020, 12:02:55 PM »
How many times has the stock been off? I bought a M77 in the classifieds section years ago as a project. Seller told me best the gun would do was 4 inches with handloads. Bought for 300 bucks, cleaned it about 2 hours to get what seemed like all the copper ever shot through it out. Bought  1/4 drive  inch pounds torque wrench  and reassembled to spec...... 3/4 inch groups with Remington core lock 130 grainers. Sometimes starting simple can reveal the fix that is easy. My former coworker is a machinest and amateur smith , his idea to start with deep clean and factory spec reset.

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Re: Rebarrel a Ruger M77?
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2020, 12:17:36 PM »
I did the deep clean, relieved the stock so that it is free floated and re assembled, no noticeable improvement
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Re: Rebarrel a Ruger M77?
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2020, 02:15:26 PM »
Benchmark barrels in Arlington can rebarrel it.
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Re: Rebarrel a Ruger M77?
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2020, 02:19:22 PM »
I did the deep clean, relieved the stock so that it is free floated and re assembled, no noticeable improvement

Arenít those m77ís designed to have some forend pressure?

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Re: Rebarrel a Ruger M77?
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2020, 02:45:41 PM »
Better off selling for scrap prices.  Put the $2 towards a gun that shoots good out of the box.   I have a M77 MKII in .270 and itís hands down the most inaccurate gun Iíve ever shot.  Weíre talking paper plate size groups at 100 yards.  I gave up on it and moved on.  Much happier since doing so. 

Itís not a bad 50 yard and less gun, but Bowtech has that market covered.

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Re: Rebarrel a Ruger M77?
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2020, 02:47:48 PM »
A trigger job turned the shotgun patterns I got out of my boat paddle 30-06 into a 1Ē gun.
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Re: Rebarrel a Ruger M77?
« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2020, 02:53:40 PM »
 Dropped another big buck this year with one shot from a M77 and Nosler Partition. Itís never needed a follow up shot. :twocents:
 
 Iíve got a project M77 Iím working on and am going with a Hart barrel.

 https://www.hartbarrels.com/Default.asp

 They do rebarreling.
 
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Re: Rebarrel a Ruger M77?
« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2020, 02:57:02 PM »
They certainly have their followers.  If you like projects, they fit the criteria.

I think the tang safety m77s were better. Never have been impressed with the newer ones.

 


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