Ruger DISCONTINUING 77-Series of Bolt-Action Rifles

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Ruger is temporarily discontinuing their 77-Series of bolt-action rifles with no timeline as to when they may return.

Ruger sent out an e-mail today to individuals who are on their registered e-mail list. The message they sent is pretty black-n-white. Ruger is going to discontinue their 77-Series of bolt-action rifles.

This may come as a surprise to many people, but Ruger has been slowly dwindling down their caliber offerings for this model over the years. The remaining calibers that could potentially be ordered or found at your local gun shop are:

  • .17 HMR
  • .17 WSM
  • .17 Hornet
  • .22 Long Rifle
  • .22 WMR
  • .22 Hornet
  • .357 Magnum
  • .44 Magnum

A lot of these caliber offerings are pretty niche when you look around the industry. Few companies are making Hornets or revolver calibers in bolt-action rifles anymore, and that is partly why the 77-Series is desirable to a lot of people.

The e-mail that you may or may have not seen was this:

77-Series

I, for one, am a little disheartened seeing that these Mauser-action rifles will be going away. I would hope that some point in the future they either re-introduce them as a 2nd Generation or 2nd Series type of model or are replaced with an improved, comparable rifle. Their model No. 1 has dwindled over the years as well likely to the popularity and production ease of synthetic stock firearms.

Some of us out there, both young and old, still appreciate a rifle with a good, attractive-looking wood stock. We will see possibly this January if something has been planned all along or if this is just the end of the 77-Series rifle for Ruger.



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  • PK

    For what it’s worth, WalMart has the discontinued rifles for under $200 apparently.

    • CTFish

      Really? Wow, I’ll be sure to check!

    • Swarf

      In .357? That doesn’t seem likely.

    • Sasquatch

      Hmmm

  • Tim

    Personally always preferred levers for pistol calibers. Pretty bolts, though.

  • Anonymoose

    What, is it the 10th anniversary of when they killed the magnum 10/22s and the Deerfield semi-auto .44mag, so they’re killing off the remainder of their premium .22s and PCCs?

    • Harry’s Holsters

      Agreed! I understand why I think they may have done it, but I’m still disappointed.

      Ruger is great about making cool niche firearms that are affordable and then discontinuing them.

      • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

        Unfortunately the reason they don’t continue them is probably because they are affordable. After initial demand is satisfied, an inexpensive niche firearm isn’t profitable.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          Yes but for a company the size of Ruger who produces the number of firearms they do I doubt it would be any more profitable to sell a few less at a higher margin. If their tooling allows it I would like to see them to limited edition runs of discontinued firearms.

        • Gunner4guy

          I would disagree about affordability – Ruger used to be the firearms maker for ‘Joe Six-pack’ but in recent years their MSRP has gotten waaay out of line with the pricing compared to their makes.
          While they used to be innovators they’ve been overtaken by foreign, even domestic makers who can, and have, produced arms at a better price and with QC as good or better than Ruger.
          An SP-101 I got in 2005 has more than doubled in price, the Ruger 77/357 even with a street price around $750 in my area is still higher than it’s worth. How hard is it to make a Mauser type action with a detachable magazine? Not very yet Ruger insists on over-pricing their version of what’s essentially the Destroyer carbine by nearly $400 bucks. It doesn’t HAVE to be in stainless either. I suspect you could take a small Mauser action, inlet it and the stock for a Glock-style mag(for example) and install a catch mechanism borrowed from the Enfield or some other rifle and still under-price the Ruger.
          Oh, in full disclosure I have 7 Rugers of various models, etc. but won’t buy any more until they get real about prices.

  • Tassiebush

    This may be the death of the .17wsm unless they add it to the American rimfire lineup. I just don’t think the remaining offering of the troubled Savage Bmag will sustain it. If I’m right it will be a great shame. As is it’s a shame to see these models going.

    • Art out West

      They probably will add it to the American rimfire lineup. Ruger keeps expanding it’s American line.

      • Tassiebush

        I certainly hope so. I think it would be a very successful move!

      • Amanofdragons

        The American line is what killed off the 77

        • Anon. E Maus

          If they began offering the American line in stainless, and with wood stocks, I think everything would be ok.

          Also of course in .357

  • CupAJoe

    I highly recommend the 77/357. Sad to see it go. Still wish the mags were cheaper and higher capacity.

    • Swarf

      And those two issues are the only reasons I don’t own one.

      If it had reliable, detachable 10 or 15 round mags that cost, say, $25 apiece or less it would likely nudge aside my Marlin 1894c as first choice for a truck/woods gun.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Buds right now for $580ish. Lowest I’ve seen in awhile. That was for the poster above.

  • Xtorin O’hern

    awww, i was wanting one in .357 or .44…..

    • Harry’s Holsters

      And unfortunately if they are like other discontinued Ruger firearms they will become hard to find and demand a premium.

  • Pete – TFB Writer

    Sad times. 77/357 tribute story tomorrow afternoon.

    • thedonn007

      Is the 77/357 the only bolt action .357 magnum available?

  • Frank Martin

    I myself find it sad that they are taking out the 22LR version out..

    • Shankbone

      My checkbook, marriage, and local jaxkrabbit population are all less-than-thrilled about the news.

  • Joseph Goins

    Good! I think what we have here is a failure of traditional manufacturers to adapt to newer weapons platforms. It has been a few years since I (or anyone I know) went hunting with a bolt action rimfire or any form of pistol caliber rifle.

    • bobinmi

      You obviously don’t live in the southern half of Michigan. Lots of states require straight wall pistol calibers if you want to hunt with a centerfire rifle.

      • Joseph Goins

        No, I chose to live in a free state. You can also get an upper for rounds like .450 Bushmaster and .50 AE. Those are straight wall.

        • iksnilol

          And when everyone chooses to live in a free state another state falls. Keep running and you won’t have nowhere to run to given enough time.

          Also, .450 bushmaster and .50 AE are a teensy, tiny bit rarer and way more expensive than .357 and .44 magnum. And available in fewer different guns.

          • maodeedee

            Liberalism is like a disease. You can’t let it take over.

    • iksnilol

      Some of us prefer bolt actions, less noise and weight.

      What I think the problem with the .357 and .44 bolt actions is that most folks prefer a lever action there. Though it does have the advantage of being able to be integrally suppressed.

      • CupAJoe

        And use pointy bullets, and use mags, and you can lock the bolt in a pistol safe in 2 seconds if you don’t have a rifle safe. In regards to less weight, my stock 77/357 with steel scope rings, a 2-7 power scope, bipod and full mag weighs the same as or less than my bare, unloaded Winchester 1894

      • maodeedee

        I’d rather have a 357, 41 or 44 mag pump action like the old IMI Timberwolf or the Taurus.

  • Sasquatch
  • Raginzerker

    Awe 🙁 that 77/357 woulda complimented my marlin and Taurus well

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    Looks like I’ll have to get a 77/357 sooner rather than later 🙁

  • Tim Pearce

    Here’s hoping they’ll introduce some new rifle to be their watermark deer rifle model.

  • Marvinator
  • nova3930

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of them end up in the Ruger American line.

  • Tim

    It’s sad to see them go. I have the 77/357, it took some work to get it accurate, but it is a descent shooter now. I better get another magazine while they are available.

  • Disarmed in CA

    “Temporarily…maybe” sounds like changes are in store. Considering the political madness surrounding semi-auto rifles they may be suspending production to up the quantity of “assault” rifles. Go where the money is…

  • Cymond

    Gotta love how they say it’s a temporary discontinuation, yet also say it may be our last opportunity to buy one.

    • Swarf

      But maybe not. But maybe!!

      Anyway, give us money.

  • CupAJoe

    I’d like to see a Ruger American rifle with threaded barrel in .357 mag. Also takedown. And like we’ve said before higher cap, cheaper mags. The price point of the RAR makes more sense for most people looking for a PCC. A lot of features for the money.

    • AndyHasky

      Man I hope this means they’re going to continue to expand RAR. I’m still waiting on .17 WSM RAR.

    • maodeedee

      I have a Ruger American in 223. The gun is incredible but the magazine is a cheap, flimsy Piece of Trash and the way it attaches to the rifle is only suitable for rimfires.
      That issue needs to be address before the Ruger American becomes their only bolt action rifle option, I’m planning on selling my RAR and buying the Mossberg that accepts AR15 magazines

  • Cmex

    Has been a good run. I will not cry, for the time has been enjoyed.

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    So what about the M77 Hawkeyes? Are they going away too or is it just the pistol/rimfire M77s?

  • Pastafarian

    Probably my favorite gun, period: Ruger M77, stainless/synthetic, in 270. Bought it new, maybe…25 years ago? Not sure. Most accurate rifle I’ve ever owned.

  • Archie Montgomery

    The ONLY reason any manufacturer stops producing a product is the product doesn’t sell enough to be profitable.

    Too many shooters are getting away from decent bolt guns and switching to short-range, semi-automatic rifles. Could have something to do with lack of hunting areas requiring longer range rifles, and lack of urban shooting ranges with distance to shoot ‘full power’ rifle rounds.

    I have several Model 77 rifles. I will miss them.

  • Matt Wilder

    My brother owns one of these fine rifles in .308 and scoped, and both my grandfather and uncle had the M77 Carbine in .308. I’d carry my grandfather’s during bear season in PA. Great, lightweight, but full hitting rifle. My brother’s full length isn’t bad either, and though I’m more of a semi-auto black-gun type guy nowadays, I still wouldn’t hesitate to carry one. It’s a shame to see them go. I do have to say though that the newer M77 of my uncle’s (bought a few years ago), was of significantly less quality than the much older one. The wood stock just wasn’t as nice, and neither was the bluing. I think my uncle has possession of both of those rifles now, but for sure they’ll probably be sacrificed to his next alimony payment or child support bill, I’m sure; four marriages, 4 kids by birth, and one “adopted” charge will do that to you..