Ruger M77 Hawkeye Tactical

Ruger really is going tactical this year. The Ruger M77 Hawkeye Tactical is a new line of M77 bolt action rifles.

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They feature
* 20″ heavy barrel
* Hogue OverMolded stock
* Harris bipod! Yes, they actually come standard with a harris bipod.
* A newly designed two stage target trigger.
* Built-in magazine, an odd choice for a tactical styled rifle.

Three calibers are on offer: .223 Rem., .243 Win. and .308 Win.

Specs for the .308 model:

Capacity: 4 Rounds
Finish: Hawkeye Matte Blued
Stock: Black Hogue® OverMolded®
Barrel Length: 20″
Groove: 6
Twist: 1:10″ RH
Overall Length: 40″
Weight: 8 3/4 lbs
Front Sight(s): None
Rear Sight(s): None
Other Features: Two-Stage Trigger; Three-Position Manual Safety
Miscellaneous: Harris Bipod included.

MSRP is $1138.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Rick

    The M77 Tactical Rifle, All I can say is WOW!!
    I would love to have one, in .308 I bet its a tack driver.

  • B. Magoo

    This is awesome! To be clear though, they’ve copied Remington’s 700 SPS Tactical rifle setup. I have one of those in .223 and it shoots incredibly tight. The problem is, Remington announced they were going to drop the sale of their SPS tactical just recently. The reasoning behind this is simple – at $575, it’s outselling their XCR rifles at $1075.

    What I see with this new Ruger are some clear advantages:

    – The Hogue overmolded stock is extremely popular, but not available on the XCR.

    – The SPS Tactical on had one post in the front as opposed to two on the Ruger.

    – Added Bipod on the Ruger.

    – Added two stage trigger on the Ruger.

    – The SPS Tactical only came in .308 and .223 calibers. The Ruger also comes in .243, which will go well with varmiters.

    I bet this Rifle will sell very well! Shame on you Remington for dropping the ball.

  • Tom Coleridge

    Have not shot one yet, but saw one at a store and it is on my list to get, the only thing left to get is a scope and it will be better than a 700 with a shorter barrel and you could probably nail a deer with it, shot placement. Mine will be a .308 for sure.

  • R. Faris

    This looks like a sweet gun, exactly what I’ve been looking for……except for the calibers 🙁

    Too bad Ruger hasn’t jumped on the WSM wagon yet, I’d love to get one of these in 7mm WSM or even .300 WSM.

  • Steve

    I bought one a couple months back and love it ive only put about 20 rounds through it but its a shooter love the trigger. I put the burris fullfield 2 4.5 x14x42 scope on it and im very pleased with the combo.

  • Jim

    I am a dedicated Remington shooter, BUT, as mentioned above, the SPS line is probably being dropped because of two reasons, other than the XCR. And that is the reason for the $575 price tag;
    1) the stock is absolute junk. it is plain plastic with no way to bed or free float. It is only about 1/8th inch thick in most areas.
    2) They have gotten in a fix with this new X Mark Pro “ADJUSTABLE” trigger, that only adjusts heavier, if at all. I had one on the VTR and I even went so far as to remove the set screw completely- it gained 12 oz !
    I traded the VTR in for $450+ reloading supplies. it was a tack driver, but, had to have a stock and trigger, same on the SPS.
    On my new 5R Mil-Spec I ordered a Timney when I bought the rifle. But, it came with an aluminum bedded HS precision stock.
    I have been in contact with Remington about these issues, and like you said above” shame on you Remington”. I have been trying to get accross to them, it is not the SPS out selling the XCR- it is Ruger and Savage.
    I really like the XCR Tactical, with Bell & Carlson stock, and 40X trigger, but, $1100.00 total is the best price I can get from my Non-Profit gun club – which does not charge tax !!! Then I will still have to spend $200.00 (at least) for scope mount and rings. Plus the expensive scope.
    I am really leaning to the Hawkeye Tactical, I love the Mauser type claw extractor, and two stage trigger.
    I have some questions though, how is the stock made??? Ruger`s web site gives no info at all. Is it free floated?? Is it bedded?? Can it be???
    I am also looking at the Savage Tactical, they give all kinds of detail on the stock and trigger on thier new tactical 20″ rifle.
    Also, can anyone help me with any accuracy info??(I exclusively handload all my .308s, the VTR loved 168gn 41.4 gns Varget, and my 5R likes 175s and 180s, both pushed by 42.2gns Varget) I have a friend who beat me to one at a local pawn shop, and it is the most accurate rifle he has ever owned, but, he has never seen a 0.20 3 shot group before, much less shot one. I am ready to spend my tax money and you Ruger guys out there need to help me make this decision.
    Thanks in advance for any info, I want this next rifle to replace my Model Seven as my primary deer rifle out to 250 yds. I use Nikon glass.

    “Sometimes it is not the rifle, sometimes it is not the glass, but, ALL the time it IS the shooter” – Me

  • Ruger factory stocks are throw away’s as are most Savage stocks.

  • HRW

    I went into the gun store a few weeks back set on getting a model 700 Tactical, but after comparing it to the Ruger, I’m a Ruger guy anyhow, I had to go with the Hawkeye. I have only had it a couple of weeks and after initial break-in, 20 rounds, and zeroing at 100 yards, it is a tack driver. Granted the glass I put on it cost more than the rifle (Zeiss Conquest Tactical 4-16×40, but I interchange scopes on my target/varmint rifles). I’m sure it would shoot just as well with a less quality scope. Plus break in-, i’ve got about 20 more rounds down the tube so far. Have yet to stretch it out past 100. But at 100 my best group with run of the mill Hornday 168 BTHP match was about .5″. Not bad. I”ll be shooting it out to 600-800, maybe 1000 for kicks, once I get it set up a little better, and find some hand loads that it likes. But I really like the rubberized stock and 2 sling attachments up front, not to mention it comes with the bipod I probably would have bought anyway if I didn’t get an Atlas. Out of the box, the trigger broke first stage at just over a pound, 2nd stage averaged just over 2#, and very crisp with little to no over travel. Too heavy for me for a hunting rifle, I’ll leave that up to my .257 Roberts compact Ruger Hawkeye, and others.
    But first impression with this setup is VERY GOOD and exceeded my expectations. Can’t wait to fine tune it and break the barrel in good. I’ll primarily be shooting it between 2-500 yards, at paper and steel, and long distance hogs.