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I was given a Ruger M77 .243 but it does not have a bolt.. Does anyone know where I might buy one? .....Can I find out what year the rifle was made by the Serial Number?
 

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I was given a Ruger M77 .243 but it does not have a bolt.. Does anyone know where I might buy one?

I checked a few of my sources with no luck, you may need to call Ruger. The up side is the .243 is a short action with a .473 bolt face. I can think of 8 other short action rifles off hand that have the same bolt face diameter, so it’s very common.
 

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It will probably be difficult to find, as Mark said the .308 has the same bolt face, cost will be around $200. Then there's the different type of bolts (Flat, Hollow, Round), unless you have a early gun it has a Round bolt.
 

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Thanks guys I just learned it was made in 1980 and I guess looking at pictures of others this will be a Tang Safety. Its in great shape so I will be continuing to search for one.
 

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Even if you manage to find a suitable short action, .473 bolt face replacement bolt don't assume it will automatically fit your rifle properly. The headspace could be way off, either too tight for the bolt to close or too loose leading to case separation. Have the new bolt fitted by a competent gunsmith or by Ruger.
 

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It will probably be difficult to find, as Mark said the .308 has the same bolt face, cost will be around $200. Then there's the different type of bolts (Flat, Hollow, Round), unless you have a early gun it has a Round bolt.
I found a "Ruger Stainless M77 MK2 .223 Bolt Face SHORT Action Complete Bolt USED"..... mine is a 1980 M77 (Not MK2) ,243
 
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