I cannot answer your question, but it's an issue which causes me concern. The 77/357 is at the top of my firearms Wish List. I actually went to buy one earlier this year, but none were available at the time. Now I'm stuck waiting another 2 mos. or so before my finances catch up w/ my purchasing desires. I'd hate to get stymied again. It's also my guess that the 77/357 would make a perfect "light" deer rifle for where I hunt in Central PA, as well as making things simpler for me, logistics-wise (I carry an SP101 .357 Magnum). So please, someone tell me sales are just strong enough to justify continued production, but not so strong as to render the 77/357 difficult to obtain.