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Never understood why Ruger changed the name of the 77 MK2 to the Hawkeye, but oh well. I owned one of these several years ago and had to sell it after I got divorced. It was an absolute tack driver and I have always wanted another one. Well, I just got this one. Haven't had the chance to see if this one is as sweet as the one I used to own. This is the heavy barreled varmint model in .308

 

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Never understood why Ruger changed the name of the 77 MK2 to the Hawkeye, but oh well. I owned one of these several years ago and had to sell it after I got divorced. It was an absolute tack driver and I have always wanted another one. Well, I just got this one. Haven't had the chance to see if this one is as sweet as the one I used to own. This is the heavy barreled varmint model in .308
I am not sure but my latest Ruger is called an M77 Hawkeye. Though it is in 204 Ruger, it does not have the heavy varmint barrel:



There is also supposed to be a new LC6 (light and crisp) trigger in the Hawkeye. Here is an excerpt from an article in Gunmart Magazine:

This year Ruger announced that with the exception of a few models from their Mk II Specialist range - VT, Ultralight, International and Frontier, they were replacing the M77 Mk II series with the new M77 Hawkeye family.

I first saw the rifles at the IWA show and they looked just like the Mk IIs mechanically. However, the stock design appeared subtly different, and better for that matter, and I was also told that they now all featured the new Ruger LC6 trigger unit. LC standing for light and crisp! A wise move indeed, as in the US this seems to be the way forward with sporting bolt-actions..."


I am not sure what Ruger means by "light and crisp." There is nothing light and crisp about my Hawkeye's trigger. It is crisp but heavy to my taste.

Here is a link to the entire article:

Ruger M77 Hawkeye review | Rifles Reviews | Gunmart
 

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M77 varmint/target

Mine is quite old. Chambered in .223 and will shoot 1/4" 100 yrd groups if I do my part. It loves the Sierra 53 grain match bullet and W748 powder ignited by Federal BR primers. The first shot out of a cold barrel will make a hole that the next four shots will follow. Most of my other rifles need to warm up a bit before they shoot consistently. The only thing I ever had to do was a little trigger work when I took it out of the box. The triggers on the new Ruger rifles seem to be a bit better than they were back when mine was built.
All-in All a fine rifle I would put up against any Model 70 or 700 short of a bench-gun. Toped with a Weaver V-24 AO scope it is deadly on varmints. I will pass this one on to my son one day.
 

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I purchased this 308 Hawkeye Predator this year. The laminate on yours looks more appealing. You've got a good looking rifle there.
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I just saw one of those in the gun shop yesterday. In 6.5C no less, same as my RPR.
Beautiful rifle and the trigger was very nice.
I've been looking for a good bench gun and am wondering if this is it or if I'd be better off building one.

The research goes on...
 

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I have had the sister rifle since 1995 - in .308!

It's dead nuts on at 100 and 200 yards. It's the rifle not me that does it. I don't shoot it as much as I used to though.

When I was a bit younger it was nothing to hump that beauty through the Maine woods today would be a different story.

Every so often I think of selling it but, it's work of art as far as I can tell so, it stays locked in the safe. Ready if I need it.
 
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