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Ruger M77 Hawkeye African .375 Ruger

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The African Hawkeye had a redesigned and restyled stock of decent walnut. The thin recoil pad worked very well. The new .375 Ruger cartridge has lots of power, and in this rifle without a scope, it produced 54 foot-pounds of recoil energy.

Ruger M77 Hawkeye African .375 Ruger

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Note the cross bolt to help keep the stock in one piece. The always-clean lines of Ruger rifles are now even better in the M77 Hawkeye series. The front checkering wraps the forend, and it has a controlled-feed bolt. The stock is free-floated, and we'd change that. This was a well-balanced and fast-handling rifle.
Hornady and Ruger combined forces again to produce a modern version of the old .375 H&H Mag. Time alone will prove its worth and popularity, but we predict a happy future for it. We liked the package, but we'd load the ammo down a bit.
Here's how the .375 Ruger compares to .375 H&H rounds in size. The shorter rounds on the the right are Hornady .375 Ruger 270-grain spire point and 300-grain round-nose soft point bullets. From left are Hornady's .375 H&H 270-grain JSP and 300-grain "solid." Third from left is Remington's Safari-Grade, with 300-grain Swift A-Frame bullet in a nickel-plated case. Fourth is our handload, using Alliant's Reloder 19 powder and a 300-grain Nosler Partition bullet. All but our handload are loaded way over the Holland's traditional ballistics. Our handload gave the finest accuracy of the test in the CZ, less than 1-inch groups.

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