Ruger 77-Series Rifle Re-Introduced Due to Consumer Demand


Back in September 2016 TFB broke that Ruger was discontinuing their 77-Series of rifles. Primarily, the revolver calibers (.357 Magnum, .44 Magnum) and the Hornets (.17 Hornet, .22 Hornet). Many of us in the industry voiced our displeasure and Ruger has been listening all along. They now are re-introducing many of the calibers that they were “temporarily” discontinuing last fall. The calibers that you will see available again are as follows:

The rifle configurations you will see available are a good, basic assortment. The MSRPs of these rifles will lie anywhere from $939 – $1,069 depending on the configuration. A simple breakdown of the better features of these rifles looks like this:

  • Integral Scope Mounts Machined into a Stainless Steel Receiver
  • 3-Position Safety
  • Stainless Steel Bolt & Action w/ a 90° Bolt Throw
  • Detachable Rotary Magazine
  • Sling Swivel Studs
  • Cold Hammer-Forged Barrel

Ruger did not present a full-blown press release for bringing back these rifles into circulation. Instead, they simply sent out e-mails to many gun shops and distributors stating what can be seen in the cover photo of this article:

Ruger enthusiasts are talking and we have been listening… Ruger is happy to reintroduce select models of the 77-Series rifle.

To get the complete overview and see the gun porn for yourself, hit up Ruger’s website.

The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


  • Edeco

    Bleh, 90 degree throw despite moderate chamberings and considerable price. Discontinue it again.

    • Gun Fu Guru

      I wouldn’t discount the older calibers. Some states like Michigan and Ohio require straight-walled cartridges when hunting. Modern rounds like .270Win would get people an appointment in front of a judge.

      • Edeco

        Hmmm. I don’t mind the chamberings and I unnerstand there are weird laws. What kills it for me is the anachronistic, unnecessary (AFAICT) long-throw… conceptually, that is, even if it were perfect I’ve no room for a tiny bolt action.

        • Giolli Joker

          Integrally suppressed in .357 or .44 it is a beauty.

      • STW

        Where else would something designed in 1923 be described as modern with (most) everyone nodding their heads “yep.”

    • Jared Vynn

      With a street price likely to be around $800 that isn’t too high a cost. I would hope they come out with a ranch or predator model with threaded barrel though.

      • thedonn007

        I agree. I need a host for my .45 cal form 1 Titanium suppressor.

        • AndyHasky

          Just make all callibers they had in 77 for the American, problem solved, lighter rifle and cheaper. Accuracy is probably the same anyways.

  • RSG

    Attention all manufacturers- please stop enabling FUDDS. No modernized weapon should be made with any wood at all. It just encourages the FUDDS to think they still have a seat at the Second Amendment table within the gun community. They do not, as they have proven to be equally, if not more so dangerous than the anti-gun, would be confiscators who seek to ban our most efficient firearms. The purge of these antiquated FUDDS within the NRA is nearly complete and Pete Brownells ascension to president assures that their destructive voices are no longer being heard. All rifles should be semi auto, black and have detachable magazines.

    • CoastieGM

      This is the most asinine thing I have ever heard. First off it is possible to enjoy both modern sporting rifles and classic wooden hunting rifles. I own both and enjoy both for different reasons. Second some things require a non msr rifle, and I’m not just talking about hunting. Good luck shooting cowboy action with an AR-15. I love my ar as much as the next guy but it’s no where near as beautiful to me as a classic lever gun. Also bolt actions allow for better accuracy for long distance shooters. Taking these fine firearms off the market will only serve to hurt all gun owners as most FUDDS probably own whatever gun they want already and wouldn’t care if they stopped making these rifles. Thus you’ll just drive away new shooters who don’t necessarily want an ar but would love to start shooting cowboy action.

    • Cymond

      You come across as the parkerized plastic equivalent. Many non-FUDDs like wood, too. Plastic and wood both have their place.

    • Paul White

      I’ve got my AR’s and standard polymer guns; I also like wood stocks and revolvers. Kindly shove it.

    • mosinman

      what about an AR-15 with a wood stock? is that a Fudd gun?

    • Swarf

      Shaddup, goofball.

    • lolotski

      Well played sirrah,
      Troll tier level -3

    • Currie864

      So I guess that makes any AK47 or AKM variant with traditional wood a FUDD gun…. you learn something new everyday or hear something absolutely ridiculous.

    • Renegade


      Down vote and move on.

    • Klaus Von Schmitto

      My FAL is a FUD gun?

    • Porty1119

      Gorram trolls. I own leverguns and ARs; your argument is invalid.

  • thedonn007

    Ruger need to make the Ruger American in .44 Magnum.

    • Jared Vynn

      And 357, 327, 454 casull, 380, 9mm, 10mm, and 45 acp.

      • thedonn007

        Yes. Actually, the more I think about it. .460 S&W would be nice, if I could also use it for .454 casull, and .45 LC.

        • Jared Vynn

          Ruger might be able to do a 460 S&W, probably just need enough demand to do it.

        • Adam D.

          Don’t know if it’s possible from an engineering point of view or not, but it certainly sounds nice.
          In a revolver, none of these giant cartridges (.460 S&W, .454 C, .500 S&W) make too much sense IMHO, but in a rifle the .460 could hammer out a performance similar to a .45-70.

          Ruger already has a .450 Bushmaster American though, so not much chance for this to happen, especially considering the .460 is a rimmed cartridge, and would probably be too large for a rotary mag.

          I don’t think they’d go with a single stack mag, especially in the case of the .460, a caliber that can chamber two other, significantly shorter cartridges. This sounds like a magazine designer’s nightmare.
          If the use of 3 different length (rimmed) cartridges with one single stack box mag could be done, they’d already have done it I think, but I’d like Ruger to prove me wrong.

          • Nashvone

            Big Horn Armory puts the X-Frame rounds in lever rifles. I don’t see why a bolt action would be a problem.

          • Adam D.

            Using a rimmed cartridge like the .45-70 or the .460 Smith in a box magazine always complicates things.

            You can find old internal box mag rifles like the Mosin firing a rimmed cartridge, but engineering modern detachable box magazines for such ammunition is a pretty hard thing to do, at least with double stack. (See the SVD’s mag.)

            Single stack is ok, like the VEPR civilian 7.62x54R polymer mags.

            The .460 presents another problem with box magazines:
            cartridge length.

            Being able to fire 3 different cartridges from a revolver is one thing, but a rifle is a different ball game.

            The Big Horn Armory .460 rifles can’t cycle .454 and .45 Colt either, at least to my knowledge.

            They make a separate gun for the .454.

            You’d need a dedicated .460 gun with a single stack 5 rd. box mag in order for this cartridge to work with a bolt action.

            The best solution would probably be using a pump action, but that’s leaving reality’s ground, nowadays no mfr. would come to market with such.

    • AndyHasky

      Yeah, drop the 77 for good and pick up every caliber in the American. Problem solved. Also 17 wsm

      • PaulWVa

        It’s all about the trigger for me….I’ll take the 77 over the American any day.

        • AndyHasky

          Fine, but for the price difference you can afford an aftermarket trigger and wood stock for the American and still end up with a lighter, cheaper rifle. I think the stock American trigger is perfectly adequate.

          • PaulWVa

            Really don’t want a wood stock, don’t want to have to “buy” a better trigger, the 77/44 is too light as it is. And when it comes to guns “cheap” is not part of my vocabulary. Neither gun is particularly expensive anyway. But that’s just me…to each his own.

          • AndyHasky

            dang you’re right, the 77/44 is light, the 77/17 is a full 2 lbs. heavier!

          • PaulWVa

            Actually I added an 8oz recoil reducer from a Beretta shotgun to the hollow part of the stock. It makes for better balance as the light hollow stock makes the gun really muzzle heavy. It also helps slow down the snappy recoil of the .44.

  • Swarf

    This is great news, and what would make it greater is higher capacity mags. 15 rounds, say.

    That would make the 77/357 just about perfect.

    • Jared Vynn

      High capacity is difficult to do with rimmed straight wall cartridges. Just the 10/22 high caps have a serious curve and length to get 25 rounds.

      • Swarf

        I know, and 15 is serious wishful thinking, but I’ll bet 10 is possible, and that would give it the same capacity as my 1894c, which would probably bump the 1894 out of the top spot for me.

  • Brett baker

    If it’s true Martin’s QC problems have been fixed, then a stainless 1894 would be cheaper. The Hornets don’t seem bad though.

    • Jared Vynn

      I doubt Marlin’s QC has been fixed, and you can’t work a lever prone as easily as you can a bolt.

      • Brett baker

        I’m not shooting prone deer hunting.

        • Jared Vynn

          Deer shooting isn’t the only activity for firearms.

          • RocketScientist

            Wha?!? BLASPHEMY

    • MrPotatoHead

      Marlin’s problems have not been solved. I was at my FFL to pickup an online purchase two weeks ago. On the floor was a Marlin box. I asked him about it and he said it was a brand new 1894 and it was going back to Marlin for repair. Lever was jammed. Couldn’t cycle it in any way.

      So much for Marlin QC getting better…

  • Gary Kirk

    No 22lr or mag??

    • Twilight sparkle

      Not sure if they ever discontinued them but if they did it’s because they chambered those cartridges in the American

      • Gary Kirk

        Yes, they discontinued them sadly.. I don’t care for the American rimfire.. Guess I just have to stick to picking used ones up when I can find a decent deal..

        • Twilight sparkle

          Fortunately they don’t seem to hard to find, I see them fairly regularly that’s why I thought they were still in production. The prices did seem a bit high though….

          • Brett baker

            Well, they ARE nicer than the Americans.

  • HenryV

    We have a M77 in .22lr and it is lovely.

    I am glad they are going to make them again in pistol calibres.


  • Raptor Fred
  • Jeff Smith

    I’d love to see this in a integrally suppressed take down version like the 10/22 that was introduced recently.

    Other companies are doing custom versions – a factory 38/357 or 44 special/magnum version would be amazing.

  • Veteran for Trump

    And I can buy 3 Savage Axis rifles for the cost of one Ruger. No Thanks.
    I have no need for a pistol caliber rifle.

    • Kelly Jackson

      I’m sure you could buy 100 turds for the cost of one Ruger

    • Jared Vynn

      The Savage axis is a budget rifle, the 77 isn’t. Comparing the Ruger American to an axis is more appropriate.

  • Kelly Jackson

    As long as you’re listening to the public bring back the Deerfield Carbine and issue it with a 20 round magazine please.

  • valorius

    I’d give my left nut if Ruger (Or marlin or winchester, etc) would introduce a modern tube fed .357 magnum pump action. Ok, i wouldn’t give my left nut- but i’d definitely buy one.

    • Swarf

      Hell. Yes.

    • Blake

      Just get a Henry Big Boy Steel Carbine:
      (& save your nuts for later 🙂

      • Swarf

        Not a pump action.

        I don’t understand why pump action rifles and carbines aren’t more popular (yes, I know about the Remington. I own one). You never have to remove a hand from shooting position.

        • Jocephus Beneathus

          Likely due to the masses that shoot from benches? With a bolt or lever gun you don’t have to move the forend which may be laying on a rest.

      • Jocephus Beneathus

        So hard to choose. A quick action lever gun with only one magazine to purchase (included), or a near weather proof and much lighter Ruger bolt gun?

        It’ll probably just come down to the pricing, won’t it?

      • valorius

        That’s not a pump action. I do like lever guns, but a pump is (for me at least) a bit faster and easier to use.

    • Adam D.

      That one is a long time dream of mine as well, although it will probably stay unfulfilled.
      I’m actually quite surprized no major manufacturer jumped on this one,
      although it wouldn’t be much more complicated than a .410 pump action.
      Probably mfrs feel like most people wouldn’t bother, since the .357 is traditionally associated with lever guns.

      The range I work for has an IMI Timberwolf, a now discontinued pump action .357.
      It’s a bit dated gun now (wooden stock etc.), but a nice design regardless!
      Fast shooting, pretty compact and no cumbersome levers to worry about,
      just your good old pump action shotgun muscle memory is needed.

      I’d take a modern .357 pump gun with some good synthetic furniture and quality irons any day! I’d be a typical “smile maker” at the range, a gun that everybody enjoys.

      • Brett baker

        Me 4

      • Avid Fan

        I saw the Timberwolf at a gun show years ago. Seemed very well made.

    • Jocephus Beneathus

      Most people only use their right nut, so why not?

      • valorius


      • Scott Willbanks

        Lefty is only for decoration, right?

    • borekfk

      Chiappa my man.

    • RyeOnHam

      I’d give my right one… but the left one stays where it is. They already have the “Deerfield” design which is a semi-auto 44 magnum like a hybrid between the old tube-fed semi-auto and the Mini-14. That went out of production quick, but would make a good basis for a pump action. Screw the tube-feed. Give me a 4-round rotary box with an adapter to take Desert Eagle mags!

      • valorius

        That is a neat weapon, but the mag only holds 5 rounds, and no one makes high cap aftermarkets.

  • Bill

    I got really excited. Then I saw the price.

  • a_b704

    I miss the old semi-auto Ruger .44 mag carbine

    • Klaus Von Schmitto

      That was a great gun. My uncle had one that he loaned me for several years.

    • Amanofdragons

      We’ve got one in the store I work at. First one I’ve ever seen.

      • a_b704

        I missed getting it way back when. But I did get one of the Marlin camp 9 and camp 45 carbines. The 9 takes S&W model 59 mags, the 45 takes 1911 mags.

      • a_b704

        It’s claim to infamy: one was used in an attempt to assassinate Hustler publisher Larry Flynt. Gut shot, left him in a wheelchair for life. As far as I recall, they never got the assassin.

    • Archie Montgomery

      Both versions seem to be well made, well thought out and useful rifles. That not enough folks wanted to buy. I have always wanted on – especially the Deerstalker (first version) – but never wanted one enough to spend the money it one of them rather than something else.

      Manufacturers have to make enough profit on ANY product to keep making it.

      • a_b704

        As I recall, they cost more than a Mini-14, AR-15 or HK-91 back in the day. Still wish I had picked up one though.

        • Archie Montgomery

          As do I. Sadly, I have more desires than elective funds.

  • Tassiebush

    I think if ruger offered the .17wsm in the American rimfire they would guarantee the future of that round.

    • AndyHasky

      I think the reintroducing the 77/17 makes that less of a possibility. Ruger is driving me nuts right now with this decision.

  • Andrew

    Instead of selling the $800 Ruger 77 in .357 and .44, I think most people would me more interested in a $350 Ruger American rifle in .357 and .44.

  • Bill

    Ruger is just adorable. Had they actually been listening, however, they would never have dropped those calibers in the first place.

  • Archie Montgomery

    Response to consumer requests/demands. Ain’t capitalism great! I like the 77 series. Off the rack, they aren’t the most accurate rifles ever built, but they are certainly adequate for the purpose intended. They are well built and classy.

    The all stainless steel, plastic (generic word) stock rifles are absolutely useful. In my opinion they are also breathtakingly ugly. The high level gorgeous rifles made individually by master gunsmith craftsmen are lovely. And far too expensive for this old retiree.

    The Ruger 77 series are a suitable middle ground for average consumers.

    Good to see.

  • PaulWVa

    I got the 77/44 right after they announced they would be discontinued. I love this rifle. I’ve added a Leupold 1×4 scope, a better recoil pad and a sweet para-cord sling. And using a trigger kit from Timney and some careful polishing I’ve reduced the trigger pull from 8 to 4 pounds and crisp. The cheek piece is a add-on from a Beretta shotgun, stops that sore cheek bone after 50 rds. A great range gun that never gets left at home. Would make a nice short range deer gun too. If anyone tells you these guns aren’t accurate….it’s not the gun. Mine shoots one hole at 25 yrds with my reloads. It flattens 6″ plates at 50 with ease and can stay on the 8″ plate, off-hand at 100. Glad to see them reintroduced…I want a .357!