Ruger 77/357: Bolt Action .357 Magnum Rifle

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Ruger is now selling a Model 77 chambered in .357 Magnum. The 77/357 feeds from a 5 round flush rotary magazine.

Bruce Rozum, Chief Rifle Engineer at Ruger, says …

“The 77/357 is an effective tool for hunting medium-sized game – especially in heavy cover. Bullet velocities of .357 Magnum ammunition increase significantly when fired out of the 77/357′s 18 1/2″ cold hammer-forged barrel. In testing, Hornady® 140 grain FTX® loads were clocked at over 1820 feet per second. Furthermore, the flush-fit, five-shot rotary magazine does not protrude at the rifle’s balance point and, unlike tube-fed rifles, the Ruger 77/357 can be readily loaded and unloaded” .

Specifications
Caliber .357 Mag.
Capacity 5
Finish Brushed Stainless
Barrel 18.50″
Twist 1:16″ RH
Overall Length 38.50″
Weight 5.50 lbs.
Sights Open SIghts
MSRP (Price) $793.00

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.


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  • chris

    Verry Cool !!

  • armed_partisan

    A Ruger I would actually consider buying. I dig it.

  • Paul

    I like it, but the MSRP on it is absurdly high. Hopefully the dealer pricing is significantly better….like $200-$300 better.

  • Mike

    So, Like If A Company Would Develop A Sub-Sonic Round For This And Maybe A Supressor….LOL. Oh Yeah….Smith And Wesson .38 Special You Say? And A Large 9mm Can? Sweet.

  • Raoul O’Shaughnessy

    Yes! Oh this baby just cries out for a suppressor on the end and some 200 gr. bullets. Excellent! Probably be discontinued within a year or two but, dammit, Im gonna get one!

  • DRod

    Hello “hog in a shrub” gun.

  • greasyjohn

    If somebody can make a top-loading pistol that uses those magazines they’ve got a gold mine. It could even be a bullpup.

  • seeker_two

    This is the rifle I’ve been waiting a decade for Ruger to make….but I really wanted it on the 96 lever-action….I may have to give this one a try….

  • dg

    Finally a 357mag bolt rifle! Thank you Ruger!

  • zeonxavier

    If they want to sell it, it needs to cost LESS than the equivalent lever actions, not more, correct?

  • g chin

    Ruger is definitely going in the right direction with their product offerings. However, I would still prefer the 44 mag version. Now, if they would only make their semi-auto deerfield carbine in 44 and 357. That would be cool.

  • Mechman

    I’d been wondering how long until they produced one.

  • http://www.firearmsafetycanada.com Bill

    I must admit, I love rifles chambered for handgun cartridges. I will definitely check this one out when it comes to Canada and my local gun store.

  • Brian

    Wow…I want one of these. I can’t believe the .357 Magnum cartridge becomes that much more powerful! I hope they plan on making larger magazines for it. I’d like at least 10 rounds.

  • El Duderino

    Meh.

    I can’t get too excited about this one. Too big and too slow on the follow up shot. If I was a cynical bunker survivalist type, I would assume Ruger is preparing for the time when semi auto rifles and full power rifle cartridges (those durn armor piercing bullets!) are illegal.

    I’d like someone to build an IMI Timberwolf-like .357 Magnum pump rifle with a 16 1/2″ barrel, 8 shot tube, and fiber sights with a removable rail on top. Matte stainless with a black laminate or synthetic furniture (no straight grip though please) for $600 and I’m a buyer!

    .44 Magnum might be even better.

  • Jim

    What’s the advantage over a cheaper 357 lever action?

  • TacSKS

    Could it also fire 38spl? I’m guessing no. Bummer.

    But it would pair nicely with a wheelgun if you hate lever actions though.

  • Beaumont

    Certainly a niche firearm, but for a very handy niche. I’m adding this one to my Christmas wish list.

  • Sean

    Were it a semi-auto like their .44 Deerstalker, I would be more excited. Bolt actions do little for me.

  • gaosmer

    I ran into a m77 44mag at the local Gun shop last weekend. Looks more partical the a 357, but if I moved back to Indiana, all of my current centerfire rifles (308, 7-08, 257 Roberts) would not be legal for deer hunting. The price was a little steep for a 44 MAG (690.00 street)

  • Big Jay

    YES!!! YES!!! YES!!! Way to go Ruger!!! The day this appears at Cabela’s, its coming home with me.

  • Don

    Very cool. I’d like to see a .44 mag as well.

    -D

  • j

    i have a question for steve- does velocity increase with barrel length until a certain point?

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/ Steve (The Firearm Blog)

      j, yes, that is exactly how it works.

  • ed

    Cool, but now make a semi-auto version, and magazines that hold at least 10 rounds. Bring back the deerfield carbine in .44 mag too, and make >10 round mags for that too!

  • http://harqueb.us Mike S

    Excellent! That’ll go great with my revolvers and Timber Wolf rifle!

  • JMD

    This would be great with a mini RDS.

  • Woodroez

    The following words are directly from Ruger’s Facebook, in the comments of their post debuting this rifle. Apologies for not know the html code for quotes:

    “The 77/357 will usually function well when loaded with .38 Special. However, the left over space in the magazine allows .38 Special cartridges room to migrate, occasionally to where the rim of the top round gets caught behind the rim of th…e round below, causing a “rim lock” jam. The incidence rate of this malfunction is fairly low, and varies by ammunition type. If you want to shoot .38 Special in your 77/357 you are welcome to do so, but you can’t blame your gun if it does not function perfectly! The gun was designed to shoot, and will shoot best, with 357 Magnum ammunition.”

  • Matt G.

    As cool as I think that action looks I have to say that msrp is ridiculous for a pistol caliber rifle with a plain synthetic stock.

  • Joe

    Why would they spend all that money on developing a new magazine and bolt face when they can do what I did and convert the 44 to 357/44 Bain and Davis. No action or mag work was needed fit straight onto the 77/44 platform and its a real little cannon almost matching factory 30/30 velocities.. I would have thought, with all the new Hornady/Ruger releases this would have really taken off.

  • j

    thx steve

  • Ramsey

    J, for a good idea of the effects of barrel length on velocity Google ballistics by the inch. The

  • Brian

    I, for one, don’t think the MSRP is that bad. Sure it is a bit much, but it’s a gun for a niche market. Plus, I’m sure plenty of dealers out there will be selling it for $700 or less, which I’d be willing to pay. I plan to get one of these once I get my 1911 and revolver needs taken care of. I’d love to get their .44 Magnum version too.

  • http://mjm.luckygunner.com MJM

    Got to admit. I don’t get it. Why?

  • Laftrick

    Ruger made .357 caliber number ones for several years. I have one.

    The only benefit of this over a lever is the drop mag. However the one drawback of a drop mag in a hunting gun is losing the mag.

  • armed_partisan

    Now that I think about it, the price is a bit steep, and why exactly doesn’t it have a threaded barrel? I would hope that they made the magazine capable of accepting rounds well over the standard cartridge length (you can do that with a rimmed cartridge in a rotary magazine) so that you can load 200+ grain bullets intended for .35 Remington in your .357 cases, making a hard hitting subsonic rifle. I think there’s definitely a market for this rifle, but without a suppressor, I can hardly imagine what that market might be. Plinking? Backyard pest control?

  • Bill Lester

    armed_partisan,

    I honestly don’t see much market for a suppressed 77/357. Not everything in life is tacticool. Many (most?) cans cost as much as this carbine will sell for and then there’s the tax and Federal intrusion. The suppressor market is small compared to the overall Ruger customer base. IMO the vast majority of buyers will never consider a silencer due to these added costs. The few that will won’t hesitate to thread the existing barrel.

    Nevertheless if someone wanted quieter rounds they could handload .38 Special equivalent loads in .357 brass, using small charges of fast burning powder. I know from experience with my old Marlin 1894 that such ammo is surprisingly quiet compared to full blown Magnums. Certainly not to the level of a suppressed weapon using sub-sonic rounds but it will be a eye opener.

    This new Ruger has a lot of uses beyond just plain fun shooting with the same ammo as someone’s revolver. The 77/357 could serve as a 100-yard deer gun in states that limit rifle power. I believe Indiana is one. Casual varmint control is also a potential use. I could see this as a popular truck gun for farmers and ranchers. And even though I’d strongly prefer a .357 levergun for such purposes, the 77/357 could serve as a decent home defense gun. Develop a reliable 10-round magazine and it would be even better.

  • howlingcoyote

    Interesting. Now only if they had made it in 357 Maximum!
    Only 5 rounds? i’d like an entended mag around 25 rounds, like ones used in the 10/22.
    Will there be a semi-auto rifle out soon in 357 mag.?
    What about the 41 mag. and the 480 Ruger? Could you imagine the 480 Ruger in a semi-auto rifle? Say, like 10 or more rounds? Very cool!
    Don’t forget the 357-44B&D, 454 Casull, 475 Linebaugh, 45 Win. Mag., 50 Action and 475 Wildey ,500 S&W.. Put them in a rifle too!

  • randy in PA

    My request to Ruger a few months back was for a lever action Model 96 in .357 mag.

  • http://suburbansdomain.blogspot.com/ Suburban

    If they trimmed a little bit more weight off that barrel, it would make a nice, lightweight, hunting rifle. Even if they got it down to 5 pounds or less, the recoil would probably still be pretty mild.

    The suppressed rifle route sounds interesting too.

  • armed_partisan

    @ Bill Lester
    “Not everything in life is tacticool.”
    “…the 77/357 could serve as a decent home defense gun. Develop a reliable 10-round magazine and it would be even better.”
    So, which is it Bill? A hunting gun or is it tacticool? In most states, you can’t hunt with a ten round magazine, in my state, it can’t hold more than five. You realize that home defense applications count as “Tacticool”, don’t you? I would lament living in a world where a five round, pistol caliber bolt action was a good choice for home defense based on my available options.

    For the price, it should come with a threaded barrel. It is NOT an economical hunting option for that extremely small market that exists in places where only pistol calibers are allowed to be used for hunting, considering the myriad of lever-actions in the same caliber that can be had for under $600. What is there? One, maybe two states that require you to use pistol calibers? There’s 35 that allow the use of suppressors. If you have a threaded barrel, you can get a great can from some of the best companies out there for under $600. Oh, and some of us (lots) already own cans, so that’s not an issue. It’s not a small market just because it doesn’t include you personally.

    Of course, if you also have to pay someone to THREAD THE BARREL, that will add an additional $200 plus to the cost, whether you own a can or not. Not to mention the Federal Tax you have to pay even if you make your own can and can thread the barrel yourself. I have a lathe and can do that, but I’d prefer not to have to go through the trouble of a complete disassembly of a rifle I just bought, and paid too much money for, just so I can thread that barrel.

    Also, not everyone on this blog lives in the US, and in some places, Suppressors are MUCH cheaper, and even REQUIRED for hunting. Why should those customers have to pay a gunsmith or machinist to add a feature that their new gun should have included in the first place? I guess it’s probably best due to Ruger’s notoriously poor quality barrels. Hell, if you’re gonna pay to thread the muzzle, you might as well pay for a new barrel that’s drilled on center.

    Not to mention, if the action doesn’t allow for the use of heavy, .35 Remington style bullets, subsonic loads will have the same performance out of your rifle as .38 Wadcutters have out of your pistol. Your loads might need to be LESS powerful than they are out of a pistol, due to the unavoidable increase in velocity you’ll get with a longer barrel. If you can’t use heavier than normal for caliber bullets from the magazine, it’s really just another overpriced single shot from Ruger.

  • Brian

    @armed_partisan: I believe the short answer to that is money. Based on the market and consumers, it would likely not be profitable enough to make a threaded barrel version of this gun. If they can’t make enough money, they can’t stay in business. So, to put it simply, there aren’t enough people interested in having a threaded barrel. At least, that’s the best answer I can come up with. If you want to know for sure, then why not email Ruger? I’m sure they can give you an answer. Also, Bill didn’t say this would make an ideal home defense gun, just a decent one. Of course, I’m sure we all know there are much better choices for home defense purposes. Regardless, I do not see at all how home defense can be considered “tacticool”. Home defense is about practicality and dependability in a weapon that you trust you can defend your home with. “Tacticool” is rails, optic sights, lasers, flashlights, and whatever else you can stick on a rail.

  • Big Jay

    There is a simple pleasure to being able to go out into the field plinking with a rifle. Then there is the ever useful truck/atv gun for those who want it or need it (like the ranchers out here in SD, as well as other states to protect their livestock). Heavy rifles are a bear to carry. Light rifles in rifle calibers kick hard. Rifle ammo is almost always more expensive than pistol ammo. This is a nice, light weight rifle. The .357 out of a 18.5 inch barrel, out to 100 yds, will do everything that a 7.62×39 will do. This gun begs for nothing more than a 1.5-5 or 2-7 scope to keep it under 6 lbs. A couple of boxes of cheap .357 or a ziploc full of reloads for a fun afternoon. I have always enjoyed going out with my .22 for a bit of a shoot, this gun is every bit the same, but with more punch when I need it. A 77/357 to hang out with my 77/22 for a fun and relatively cheap day of shooting just for the fun of it.

  • Brian

    Actually, I did some looking around, and I think I’d prefer a lever-action rifle in .357 or .44 Magnum over the 77/357 rifle. I’ve never really given lever-actions any thought before, but now that I’ve really looked at them, there’s something about them that I really like. The only downside I can see when comparing lever-action rifles in similar calibers to the 77/357 is that it’s probably faster to change the magazines in the 77/357 than it is to reload a lever-action rifle.

  • dodgeb1b

    good point on the “tacticool” comment Brian. I think some people have missed the market this rifle was built for. I don’t believe that Ruger was marketing this rifle to the to the “everything must have rails and lights” crowd. I’m not knocking you if that is your cup of tea, its just not mine. Nobody would use this rifle in place of an M4 on the battle field and its not a full on 600 yard sniper rifle. I feel that if something doesn’t fit in this box people will knock it. I have seen several comments about making one with high cap. mags or make it a semi. There have been rifles that slide into those markets all ready a they never have done that well. This rifle was meant to be a handy little brush gun that can be paired with your blackhawk or gp100. It has the omph to take whitetail (i know 44 mag would be better, but 300 win mag would be too) and it would not destroy smaller game at the same time. I would love to own one and if the money gods shine down on me I will have one to serve as my go to truck/ranch/camp/plinking/brush/hog gun as this rifle was intended.

  • Brian

    @dodgeb1b: Yes, I agree. If I were to get this gun, it’d mostly be a “just for fun” gun. I wouldn’t use it for home defense unless I had to, and I know there are far better practical choices for hunting or a variety of things, but this rifle does fill a nice little niche. Like I said in my previous comment, though, I would prefer a lever-action rifle over this. A lever-action rifle seems more practical to me, and still fills the role nicely. The only main advantage I see that the 77/357 has over, say, a Model 1892 in .357 Magnum, is that it’d be faster to reload the 77/357, considering that it has a detachable magazine, as opposed to a fixed tube with which you have to manually load each single cartridge.

  • Myr

    Jeff Quinn over at Gunblast reported no failures to feed with .38 special. This makes it a plus for me. Having lived on farm my entire life and dealing with vermin and predators at close range is a norm, a rifle in .38 special makes a great equalizer. 140 gr flat nose standard velocity rounds make short work of pests. The .357 extended capabilities in a rifle barrel also give that venerable cartridge some uses as well.
    I like my levergun.. the Winchester 94 has served me faithfully since the mid 70’s ..but I grew up with a bolt gun in my hand and this rifle put to the proper application just makes sense to me. I am sure its not for everyone, but as a ranch rifle its not bad at all.

  • Packrat

    I had a 77/44 some years back and really liked it. Whacked a doe with it at about 50 yards (broadside heart shot) and she went down just like all the other deer I’ve shot in about the same place. The 77/ platform makes for an extremely handy woods rifle, perfect for tree stand use. The only problem I had was the heavy trigger pull which made it tough to shoot such a light rifle offhand. That varies from rifle to rifle and can be fixed with a $40 sear from Timney. The .357 should be fine for the whitetailed rats most of us shoot and with proper loads good for small game and varmint calling. I let the .44 go in a trade, but I’m gonna have to get one of these.

  • critterman

    purchased one for my 7 year old daughter to hunt whitetails with in Indiana. Shoots great, low recoil, lots of fun and she loves it. She shoots a box of shells at least once a week out of it and does extremely well out to 75 to 80 yards and were both anxiously waiting the first day of youth season. She has shot 4 deer with her .410 but loves the little bolt gun much more and I think it’s as good a choice for her as I could find at any price.

  • Big Jay

    Critterman: Did they change the law in Indiana for legal deer cartridges? I used to live in Indiana and I remember it being shotgun slug, muzzle loader, and handgun ONLY. When did they decide that you could hunt with a handgun cartridge out of a rifle?

    But I have to agree, that would be a great rifle for deer out to 100 yds. I love my Marlin 1894, but the Ruger is lighter, easier to shoot with a scope, and built like a tank.

  • daddybob

    Just got one. I don’t have a fully formed opinion of it yet. Here are a few of my observations. It is particular about the ammunition you feed it through the rotary magazine. You can use any .357 magnum/38 special if you load it single shot through the breach. The rotary magazine works flawlessly with Hornady Critical Defense 125 Grain with the rubber thing in the tip. I didn’t have any of the 140 Grain FTX Leverevolution loads but I suspect it will be flawless with this design as well. The magazine was OK with the Fiochhi with the hornady XTPHP loads. I had all sorts of jams with the Fiocchi 125 grain SJHP and even worse with the Remington UMC 125 grain SJHP. Had one rim lock with the Fiocchi SJHP and multiple rim locks with the Remington UMC SJHP. Didn’t even try the Winchester 38 special +P 125 grain SJHP. The iron sights were right on target out of the box. But I’m pushing 55 years old and will probably break down and get a scope if I want to try anything longer than about 50 yards. Bottom line, it was a joy cycling through the Hornady Critical defense rounds, and less than totally satisfying (at best, horribly frustrating at worst) with anything else. Anything with a flattened tip will probably not feed reliably through the magazine (the flat tip gets hung up on the barrel ramp unless you rack it with gusto). Anything that does not have a long enough overall length will be prone to rim lock. It is very light, and very quick with the right ammunition, but frustrating with a lot of the inexpensively available rounds. I still think it is a great companion for my 4 inch GP-100.

  • Brad

    Why not adapt this rotary magazine to the Mini-14? Instant .357 magnum semi-auto carbine!

  • fred beagle

    140gr at 1850 is not impressive. Buffalo Bore 158gr at 2150 is!!!! But if it can’t reliably feed a flat nose cartridge its pointless. This release was such a surprise. I had never heard or read on any post or forum a desire for this gun. But now that its here, if politicians are willing to let us use pistol caliber carbines (essentially the same as any TC contender power and distance wise, but in Michigan where I’m at, I can’t use a 357 mag in my Marlin 1894) than how about Ruger bringing this model out in .454 Casul!!! Now were talking power on par with any 45/70 and a companion to a Blackhawk! And more accurate than the Rossi/Puma Lever actions in .454 That will take anything in North America. Just my thoughts.

    Oh by the way how about a long gun in .327 Mag!!! Marlin isn’t listening, maybe Ruger will.

  • Monte

    First, I have been a .357 Magnum fan for 4½ decades. There is no ‘perfect’ caliber so you have to decide what does, and doesn’t, fill the ticket for you.

    Second, I’ve relied on various .357 Mag. handguns for law enforcement work, personal defense, recreational shooting and competition, and especially for hunting.

    Third, I have owned three very good lever action .357 Mag. rifles and liked them all. Short and handy, lightweight, and functionally accurate for close-distance hunting, especially brush work. A single-shot .357 Mag. was also quite capable of providing ample ‘fun’ as well.

    Fourth, while I favor the lever action, they have been very scarce to find the past 8-10 years, probably due to ‘Cowboy’ firearms groups. When found, they have been more expensive than what I hoped to pay.

    Fifth, what I felt was needed was a light and handy bolt action, complete with very functional fixed sights, and also able to be scoped up if desired. Detachable magazine, smooth bolt function, and generally attractive in appearance, and one that shouldered well for its intended purpose.

    I’ve waited and waited … FINALLY!! .. I now own this excellent Ruger 77/357 rifle. Bought it new from a dealer for $599, which is only about $60 more than the price my GP-100 stainless 4″ revolver is listed for.

    I think they make a great compliment as I have always admired same-caliber rifle/handgun combinations for a lot of outdoor applications. It is what it is, and it is an answer for many of us who value a PRACTICAL rifle offering for ‘fun,’ brush hunting, and even survivalist applications.

    Forget the semi-auto, suppressor, high-cap mag type suggestions other have. If somebody wants a high-cap firearms for serious defensive need, they can grab with Ruger SR9 or KP-345, or SR556 or a number of other guns.

    If being swarmed by ‘bad guys’ is a concern, use a 6-shot .357 Mag. revolver and speed-loaders (like the 6 I have for my GP-100), but if you want to hunt up some grub for the pot, grab the handy 77/.357 Mag. I know it sure works for me. (Now, is those western Oregon deer would just come join the party …. )

  • singlestack

    I got one as soon as it could be ordered, got it for only $600 ..
    it is a great deer gun for Indiana.. the trigger is much better than a lever actions trigger & the strong bolt action allows for handloading some impressive loads..

    it is going to have a small market, hence the higher price than other rifles.. but it is work it..

  • daddybob

    I’ve had this gun long enough now that I can say I’m really pleased with it. Once I ran enough rounds through it to either break it in/and or get used to the action, I haven’t had any jams with JHP, JSP or SJHP 357 rounds. I haven’t tried any 38 special rounds. I learned that if you tap the magazine after loading it, with the rim side down (bullet side up) it eliminates the rim lock jams. The gun is very accurate out to the limit of our local range (100 yards) with either Remington 125 grain SJHP or Fiocchi 125 grain SJHP. I got some 140 grain Barnes Expanders but I forgot to try them when I was at the range yesterday. My son likes to line up empty shotgun shells at various yardages. He digs the open end tip of one in the ground and sets another one on top of the one in the ground. He shot one the other day and put a hole in one side and out the other (both from the single shot) without knocking it down. Needless to say he is impressed with the accuracy.

  • Bill

    I recently purchased the Ruger 77/357 and I absolutely love it. So far I have run Corbon 200 gr, Buffalo Bore 180 gr & 158 gr HP, Rem. 158 gr JSP, Win 158 gr JSP, and have had zero issues with it. Paid $595.99 from Davidsons.

  • Shootist

    Why not bring out a .357 semi-auto, like the old Ruger .44 Magnum carbine? This would make more sense and sell better.

  • Larry Ingwaldson

    now that there is a magazine fed 357, (I have a h&r handi-rifle) when will someone come out with a more pointed type bullet, that performs better? The revolution bullets only has one, a 140 grn. All pistol rounds are so flat nosed they lose energy after about 150 yrds. I have been looking for a better bullet and most sporting good stores say why bother it’s a pistol round? Anyone got ideas?

    • Brian P.

      The only thing I can think of is see if you can find some 9mm/.357 caliber spitzer-type bullets and start hand loading your own.

  • http://www.fannit.com Neil Eneix

    Interesting – nice option for someone who wants to run the same ammo in their rifle as they do with their handgun. It sounds like it keeps on target and is a good sound plinker!

  • ADEMAR

    BOA TARDE SOU POLICIAL MILITAR BRASILEIRO ESTADO DE SANTA CATARINA,GOSTARIA DE SABER SE CONSIGO COMPRAR ESTE RIFLE E QUANTO FICARIA O PREÇO POSTO NO BRASIL?OBRIGADO

    • larrysbaby

      Translated..Good afternoon I’m Brazilian military police state of Santa Catarina, I wonder if I can buy this rifle and how much would be the price set in Brazil?

  • Mike Broaddus

    Can you also fire .38’s?