Ruger M77 Hawkeye Compact Rifles / Carbines

The new line of Ruger M77 Hawkeye Compact Rifles are very very cool. They are 16.5″ carbines chambered in the intermediate .223 Rem, 7.62x39mm and 6.8mm SPC cartridges as well as the .300 Ruger Compact Magnum, .243 Win. 7mm-08, .308 Win. and .260 Rem.

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Ruger M77 Hawkeye Compact 6.8mm SPC.

They feature a shorter stock and proportionately shortened forends and buttstocks. This shortened forend makes the rifle look longer than it is in the above photo. The intermediate caliber rifles weight 5 3/4 lbs.

I think these will be big sellers, especially the models chambered in intermediate cartridge where the short barrel will not have a significant impact on performance.

From the press release:

These 16-1/2 inch barreled rifles have an overall length of 35-1/2 inches, making them ideal hunting rifles for rugged terrain and heavy brush. The Hawkeye Compact rifles are available in a Hawkeye Matte Blued with an American walnut stock or the Hawkeye Matte Stainless model with a black laminate stock. The slim American walnut stock offers wrap-around cut checkering on the forearm and more rounded contours on the bottom of the stock and top of the pistol grips.

The Ruger M77 Hawkeye Compact rifles are offered in eight short action calibers, including .300 RCM, 7.62X39 and 6.8SPC. The walnut and blued models weigh approximately 5.75 pounds, while their laminate and stainless counterparts average 6.25 pounds each. Magazine capacity is 4 rounds.

The M77 Hawkeye Compact rifles feature the smooth and crisp Ruger LC6β„’ trigger, Mauser-type controlled feeding and a powerful claw extractor. A 3-position safety, hammer forged steel barrels and Ruger patented scope rings (provided at no charge) that install on the integral mounts and never shoot loose are also standard fare on all Ruger M77 Hawkeye rifles. The steel floorplate, bearing the distinctive Ruger logo, provides easy unloading and eliminates accidental “dumping” of ammunition.

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  • I may check that out in 7.62x39mm.

  • It would make a nice hunting rifle

  • alex

    i have been looking for a decent bolt action in 762 39 so this looks like it. affordable ammo as well. plus i love that round! way more power than a 223 right and a decent platform for shooting this round accurately, which has been a big goal of mine. the ak just doesnt have it.

  • Daniel

    I just ordered one of these from my local gun shop. My question is -If you mount the average 3×9 scope, will you have enough eye relief? or are you limited to only compact scopes? If somebody can advise I would appreciate it. Thanks.

    • Malcolm

      I have a 3x9x40 on my little girls

  • chris

    I was at a gunshop this afternoon and saw the new Ruger catalog and saw the 6.8 SPC and 7.62×39. Dealer was not able to get either.
    I will buy both. I will also buy the new Browning X-Bolt Micro Hunter in 308 and 7mm WSM.
    I also plan on picking up a Hi-Point Carbine in the new 45 acp caliber. Ruger also has a new stainless synthetic 77/44 coming out mid year. I will get that also.
    I had the 7.62 and 77/44 Rugers in the past and loved them. Ruger also is making the Hawkeye in 6.5 Creedmoor.
    I would like to see Ruger or Browning make their compact and micro guns in 6.5 Grendel.

  • LB

    I see this as the best alternative to the CZ 527 carbine which is my favorite bolt action. But it is avail in only x39 and .223. This Ruger in 6.8 would be dandy. BTW, a large scope doesn’t look good on the cz carbine and I doubt it would look good either. I figure if I need more than 4x a rifle with longer barrel might be better too, but I seldom need more than 4x. The Burris short mag 4x is good at only 8 inches and 8oz. I have a Weaver 4x shotgun scope on my cz carbine. The cz comes with superb iron sights.

  • Mainsail

    I think for the caliber 7.62x39mm, they may be better off with the stainless, synthetic stock (the skeletonized boat oar) of old.

  • Rick

    I have looked at the Ruger M77 Hawkeye Compact, and it looks to be the same as the Ruger M77 Frontier, but without the forward scope mount rib.
    Im a little confused about something.
    The frontier warns not to reciever mount a scope due to the shortened leinght of pull, however its the only way to mount a scope on the Compact.
    They both have the same leinght of pull.
    Can you explain this. ITS WIERD. But on a positive note.
    My Ruger frontier, is deadly accurate.

  • Rick

    Would someone please explain why it is alright to mount a Scope on the Reciever of the M77 Hawkeye Compact, but not the Frontier?
    They have the same leingth of Pull?

    • Rick, the frontier is a scout-style rifle. The scout design philosophy calls for a scope far forward.

    • Grits.N.Jowls

      No practical reason, functionally and aesthetically they are the same rifle with a rail attached forward for the scope on the Frontier. I removed the rail on mine because I prefer the traditional placement of the scope.

  • Michael

    Got the M77 Hawkeye Compact matte stainless in .308 about two months ago. Mounted with a 4X Nikon Prostaff this is fast becoming my favorite rifle to tote with me everywhere. My M77 7×57 is getting far less use these days. Now the only problem is finding enough reloading components to work up my best loads. So far I’ve been very pleased using BL-C(2), no surprise there, and Win 748.

  • FWIW: This isn’t the first time that Ruger made a Model 77 in 7.62x39mm. Back around the early 1990s, they cranked out a batch with those nasty synthetic stocks they were flogging at the time.

  • iMick

    Is the ruger barrel .310/11 or .308? I own a AIA B10 carbine which is great but way to heavy. Ruger has just released these rifles down under last month.

  • Allen

    I’ve been looking for one of these Hawkeye compacts in 6.8 SPC for the past month or so. I was unaware that the Hawkeye chambered in 6.8 SPC
    was available in stainless. Just as soon as I can find one I’m buying it. It will make a perfect addition to my AR in 6.8.
    For everyone interested in the Hawkeye chambered in 7.62X39, do a little research before buying. Sure, 7.62X39 ammo is cheap, but it’s becoming more and more expensive. The military surplus stuff is not much less than .223/5.56 surplus. And of course with just about anything that is cheap, quality is secondary. Ballistically the 7.62X39 is extremely similar to the 30/30 Winchester. I deem both rounds as ‘pumpkin lobbers’.
    The 6.8 SPC, in my opinion, is the intermediate cartridge of intermediate cartridges. With a 16″ barreled AR, it will drive a 110 gr Hornady V Max @ 2600fps from the muzzle. With a 200 yard zero, I’m 2 inches high at 100 yards, and 9 inches low at 300 yards. The kinetic energy of the 6.8 SPC is mind blowing for such a small cartridge, 1,000 ft/lbs @ 300 yards. The down side , of course, is availabilty and cost of ammo.

  • Angelo Deligiannakis

    I got a month ago a .308 stainless topped it with a 2.5-10×56 Weaver dot and dropped my first 110 pound boar, 150 yard perfect shot.
    That was Hungarian, full moon night, stand hunting.
    Used 180gr Lapua, 1.8 inch group at 100m.
    Haven’t worked on loads yet, but I believe it is an awesome little gun to 200m. Easy to carry and move around on a stand or stalking in brush.
    Gun is short but lenght of pull is OK with the huge scope ( need the X56 and Dot for low light).
    Going back next full moon…

  • miles

    bought this gun for 300 bucks off a guy with not one bullet threw it.almost a week later the third shot(first two to sight it in) i killed my first buck with it.when u go to eject the casing it doesnt hold it and it leaves it in the chamber so u have to “dump” it.i was very pleased but for a gun that expensive brand new out of a shop for like 700 or 800 dollars it shouldnt get covered in rust….wich it did like 2 weeks later…i have the 7mm-08 and it defantly doesnt lack nock down power.

  • tyler

    amazing gun bought 243 model only problem with gun is no clip and system on it is hard to use when hands are cold and with gloves on ruger needs to switch over to clips.

  • Ron

    If you take care of your guns, NONE of the will rust.

  • iMick

    Has anyone shot wolf ammo through their Ruger compact yet?

  • i wanta no if this thing kicks harder than a 243 ???????????? can someone tell mme plz .

  • yea if u dont leave ur gun in da rain and oil it down and make sure u clean the chamber it wont rust . i have a 22 speedster and a 22 golden boy . they are mighty fine gun’s but u gotta clean’em every once in a while. now can anyone tell me if this m77 ruger kicks harder than a 243 cause i miight get one for my son he is only 7 so i need to no if it kics harder than a 243

  • Ron

    Kicks about like a .410 shotgun and is totally managable for a child.

  • Ben

    You can mount a scope in the same position on these rifles as is the case with the other standard length M-77s. Ruger does not advise doing this because of the recoil of this rifle which is supposed to be a little bit more than a standard length (22 inches) model. I have one and I’ve noticed that it’s blast seems to be bigger and louder also.

  • Lynn

    I am looking for a weaver-style mount to go on the m77 compact that I bought. Does anyone make one?

  • charles222

    The .308 version won’t see a serious power loss out of a 16-inch barrel, either. I’d get that before even thinking about 7.62×39 or 6.8.

  • Ben

    Not that I’m aware of. They only use the scope rings of Ruger.

  • The compacts are amazing. I now have 4 of them. 243, 260, 6.8 and 308. If you look hard at specs, you can find scopes with shorter eye relief then mount as far forward as possible. This eliminates moving your head back to get a full scope.

    Recoil can be a little harsh so I use lighter bullets. I’ve killed deer with all but the 260 which I bought recently.

  • .308 Compact Laminate. Booyahh! Forget the Weaver scope mounts. The Ruger mounts are priceless, sight in efortlessly. Leoupold 2-7 x 33 is the scope I used and has plenty of room and looks great especially in silver with the stainless barrel

  • Richard

    The Compact is a far better utility rifle than the new Gunsite model with its ridiculous magazines that are easily lost or damaged, in which case it becomes unreliable as it’s not designed to have rounds fed directly into the chamber thanks to its Mauser type extractor – it’s also too heavy for utility use once you add a loaded steel mag, sling, scope and rings.

    Just fit a decent recoil pad like a Pachmayr Decelerator and back up iron sights to a .308W chambered Compact, along with a light scope like the Leupold 2.5x FXII in low Warne QD rings, and you have a fantastic general purpose rifle you can take anywere and will take down elephants with a 220g round nose solid (150g Barnes TSX for everything else).

    Anyone who wants a true scout rifle that is well suited to hunting and defensive use should look at a Lee-Enfield No.5 ‘Jungle Carbine’. Same weight as Ruger’s Gunsite but a 10-shot mag as compact as the Gunsite’s 5-shot mag, stripper clip loading, will accept rounds loaded directly into the chamber, and is an immensely reliable and durable design.

    All the No.5 needs is a bit of weight trimmed off it and a forward mounted scope mount to make it a true scout rifle, though in my experience forward mounted scopes spoil the balance/handling so I would only mount a small reflex sight forward of the receiver like a Burris FastFire II (which is all you need most of the time).

    • Mack Missiletoe


      Shame on you for losing your magazines πŸ˜€

      There is nothing wrong with a Ruger M77 Compact–I’d put some iron sights on it though. I want a Ruger M77 Standard or Compact in addition to my Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle (aka RGSR & GSR).

      Richard, please do your research before you start bashing something you only saw a picture on the internet. And welcome to my party πŸ™‚

      [Ruger GSR] “blah blah blah…in which case it becomes unreliable as it’s not designed to have rounds fed directly into the chamber”

      –You CAN load a round in the Ruger GSR chamber. Ruger recommends this in their instructions. I’ve done it. Works fine πŸ™‚

      “– it’s also too heavy for utility use once you add a loaded steel mag, sling, scope and rings.”

      If a 7.0 lb full-power rifle (before scope, rings, etc.) is too heavy, good luck with life. All us other men are shooting full power rifles.

      “All the No.5 needs is a bit of weight trimmed off it and a forward mounted scope mount to make it a true scout rifle.”

      Have fun with that… (!) I am sure there is much joy to be had adding a forward scope mount on a No.5, which IS NOT A SCOUT RIFLE without modification.

      Any modern rifle uses magazines these days. That’s what I like about my GSR. It’s modern. Now–I like WWII rifles, but the RGSR is a modern civilian interpretation of a WWII Battle Carbine imo. It seems battle-worthy yet has class.

      The Ruger is a fine rifle. Go shoot one yourself. It’s not perfect, but it’s great. It has more features than a Ruger Compact, therefore it costs more. Yes. Of Course. Want a suppressor? Done. 10 rounds? Done. Iron sights? Forward Scope Mount? Awesome trigger? Beast of a rifle? Done.

      The Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle is DONE out of the box. And it’s more than just a utility rifle. Remember it will last you a lifetime if you keep it oily and take good care of it πŸ˜€

      The only things I’d change is a thinner front sight post for finer aiming, a 17″ barrel instead of 16.5″ to keep it at 40″ overall maximum length, and MilSpec.


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