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Ruger M77 Mark II Magnum Model 7501 375 H&H Magnum

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Although the Ruger had classic lines and worked perfectly, we didn’t like the inexpensive-looking stock, which is supposed to be Circassian walnut. The Ruger shot well, and had outstanding metal- and woodwork, but the weight was a bit much at 10 pounds without the scope. A scoped 375 doesn’t need to weigh almost 11 pounds, unless it has a poor recoil pad—which the Ruger has.

Ruger M77 Mark II Magnum Model 7501 375 H&H Magnum

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The checkering and stock finish were all you’d ever want. Ruger does them very well. Ruger also does a great job of fitting and finishing the metal. Ruger provided the excellent rings at no extra cost. Note the integral scope bases.
Only one crossbolt goes through the stock, but Ruger’s system and secondary recoil lug will keep the stock in one piece forever, we believe. In fairness, the grain of the wood used here should provide exceptional strength. We just didn’t like it.
Note the very sharp corner of the bolt release. Ruger still needs to round that over, we thought. See also the lump on the bolt, similar to that on the Winchester Model 70. The lump helps the bolt run smoothly, and the Ruger’s bolt was the slickest of the test, our team said.
The joint between the quarter rib and the action is essentially invisible. This is workmanship of the highest order. Still, the rifle needed nicer wood and a suitable recoil pad.

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