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Posted: 8/26/2018 11:22:10 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/30/2018 4:19:28 PM EDT by jb1001]
Does anyone have any experience with these? I'm shopping for a new bench rifle in .223. Right now I only shoot Savages off the bench and I'd like to have something else to compare to.
Link Posted: 8/29/2018 10:34:32 PM EDT
I have one in .22-250 Rem. and .223 Rem. I've not scoped the .223, it's still unfired, yet but I've shot the .22-250 enough to know it's capable of sub 3/4 MOA performance. I acquired it new in the early 90's. Best group to date was .327" at 100 yards.

My younger brother has one in 220 Swift, my older brother has them in .25-06, .308, and .243 Win. My younger brother report exceptional accuracy with his 220 Swift but my older brother just hunts with his .25-06 and has done no serious accuracy testing, nor has he even scoped or fired the other two.

They are nice rifles.
Link Posted: 8/30/2018 3:59:26 PM EDT
I have read a lot of the same about the rifle in .220 Swift. Almost like it was built for that caliber. But I have heard differing accounts of the .223's. I am loathe to get into a new caliber, really hope I can find a keeper in .223
Link Posted: 8/30/2018 8:22:46 PM EDT
Friend of mine has one in 308 and its been a very solid accurate rifle, read a article a few years ago where they were testing various 223 varminters and the Ruger was the most consistent one in the group and also turned in the best overall group.
Link Posted: 9/6/2018 6:10:57 PM EDT
Well I just picked one up. Can't wait to get it out to the range. Does anyone know the twist rate on these models? I think I've read 1x12 online somewhere?
Link Posted: 9/6/2018 6:21:18 PM EDT
Originally Posted By jb1001:
Does anyone have any experience with these? I'm shopping for a new bench rifle in .223. Right now I only shoot Savages off the bench and I'd like to have something else to compare to.
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If you’re talking the ones from a decade or so ago with the bull barrel, I have several. Some of the most accurate off the shelf rifles I ever shot.
Link Posted: 9/6/2018 6:22:21 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By jb1001:
I have read a lot of the same about the rifle in .220 Swift. Almost like it was built for that caliber. But I have heard differing accounts of the .223's. I am loathe to get into a new caliber, really hope I can find a keeper in .223
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I have one in 220 Swift. It is the cat’s meow.
Link Posted: 9/6/2018 6:26:49 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Oldgold:

If you’re talking the ones from a decade or so ago with the bull barrel, I have several. Some of the most accurate off the shelf rifles I ever shot.
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Serial # range is from 2007 apparently. 26" heavy barrel. Any idea on twist rate?
Link Posted: 9/7/2018 11:51:13 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By jb1001:
Well I just picked one up. Can't wait to get it out to the range. Does anyone know the twist rate on these models? I think I've read 1x12 online somewhere?
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I read 1:12 for the older (last 1990's) 77VT rifles on an old Ruger forum post. I personally won't be shooting anything over 55gr. in my .223 so 1:12 will be ok for me.
Link Posted: 9/8/2018 12:02:13 AM EDT
I have a M77 Mk II VT in .308.

It's a consistent sub MOA rifle. I like the medium heavy barrel profile, and in particular the 26" length. However I like the heavy laminate stock a lot less. Hogue makes an over molded stock with an aluminum bedding block that works well with the M77 Mk II VT. It makes it much more portable in the field.

The major challenge posed by the Ruger if you are into long range shooting is the use of their ring mount system. It's a great system over all, but the options for 20 or 30 MOA bases or rails are very limited. I ended up using a set of Burris Xtreme tactical rings to mount a 30mm tubed scope, but I also had to use a Burris adapter to make it work, and I needed to do a bit of machining on the rear ring to get bolt handle clearance.

Link Posted: 9/8/2018 9:15:06 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Bowhntr6pt:

I read 1:12 for the older (last 1990's) 77VT rifles on an old Ruger forum post. I personally won't be shooting anything over 55gr. in my .223 so 1:12 will be ok for me.
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The closest thing I've found online is a few threads on rugerforum that mention the barrels switching from 1:12 to 1:9 around 2007-2008. My serial number falls right in that time frame so of course I'm totally tortured now. I suppose I could always just call ruger and ask. I'm going to assume it's 1:9.
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