Ruger M77 Hawkeye Tactical

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

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

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
Steve Johnson

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  • Grandpa Grandpa on Nov 07, 2012

    Ruger factory stocks are throw away's as are most Savage stocks.

  • HRW HRW on May 18, 2014

    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 4-16x40, 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.

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