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Ruger 77/22 HS .22 Hornet

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Classic American styling of the Ruger 77/22 will make countless friends among those who like this clean look. This rifle had lovely wood on the butt stock, though it was plain in the forend. Fit and finish were very good to excellent.

Ruger 77/22 HS .22 Hornet

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Ruger’s Hornet (street price $465) featured a six-shot detachable magazine that fit flush with the bottom of the stock. The rifle had a fancy-walnut stock and all-blued metalwork, all of which was excellently done in typical Ruger high-quality fashion. We found exactly none of the sharp edges that in the past were commonly found on Ruger bolt rifles. With its slim, 20-inch barrel, this rifle had (excessive) between-the-hands balance, more than decent wood, and it looked just great.
No iron sights, but the 77 came with stout scope rings. The trigger pull was very clean at 3 pounds. The flush-mounted six-shot rotary magazine makes for a clean profile.
We thought the checkering panels could have been larger, but the work was well done and did its job. Ruger's wood finish is dandy.
Not many surprises with the Ruger, just a very good rifle well worth your consideration if you want a .22 Hornet.

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