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Does anyone have an estimate of how many 77s were made in the above calibers?
I started to write an article about collecting Model 77s, but then I saw an article in Rifle Magazine by Brian Pierce,that covered about 75% points I wanted to make, but I thought I might still might print it here. The relative scarcity of some calibers has stumped. I started to become a serious gun collector back in the late 50's when I was a student at the U. of Wisconsin and a lab assistant for Professor Emeritus J. D. Matthews who was working on a 3 volume set on firearms identification. He was quite old (although younger than my 82) and needed help with photography, rifling measurement and research. It was great training for me which enabled me to eventually work at the State Crime Lab. My article as I envision it will be an ode to wood and metal and and a rejection of many of the silly notions foisted upon present day hunters, shooters and collectors.Not near enough.
I completely agree about the 7X57, Back when I still hunted I used my Mannlicher style Brno model 47 bolt action or my Ruger Model 77 .250 Savage.Just behind the .30/06 Springfield the 7X57 Mauser is my favorite caliber thanks to, Mr. .270 Winchester himself, Jack O'conner. His wife, Elanor used the 7mm Mauser to good effect on their hunting adventures and Jack elevated it right up there with the .30/06 and .270, and he was right. There needs to be more 7mm Mauser rifles in the world.