I recently inherited this .338 WM from my dad.
Upon returning home, he purchased this M77. Normally dad was a gas & oil only kind of guy that didn’t believe in a lot of modifications to anything. However, the gun has been ported and has a decent trigger pull of about 3 lbs.
So my next project will be to make this gun a bit more user friendly.
I really want to do this gun proud in my dads honor.
I always thought those stocks were ugly, I just hated the "Ruger" in big letters. I understand that those rifles (and bare stocks) are fairly rare and selling for good money.
But I love wood stocks anyway. Couple of years ago I ordered my first Boyd's and love it, for the money it is fantastic. Optional checkering was $55 but just over $200 with shipping.
The fit is perfect, the finish is flawless and I love the look. IMO fairly cheap for what you get.
I own an M77 Hawkeye FTW I built for longer range targets and this stock is ideal. I haven't weighed them but this one feels a couple of pounds heavier than the original wood stock. In 260 Rem this one didn't recoil much but now I could easily shoot it all day with hot loads.
Boyd's offers some optional recoil pads but I got the standard rubber butt. You could even hollow out the forearm or buttstock and add lead shot for additional weight.
You can save the original stock for restoration one day.
As to scopes, there are very good LR models for not nuch money. It doesn't hurt to go big, you can turn it down if you need to. I bought the Vortex Viper HS-T 6-24x50 with their MOA reticle. Lots of videos recommend that one as a decent 1000yd scope for less than a fortune, usually around $800 but I found it on sale for $500.