Flatbolt 77R .308

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Cedar Creek

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My son and I went to the Tulsa Gun Show today and I brought home a really nice 1970 vintage flatbolt 77R in .308. I'm really excited about getting some ammo loaded and trying it out! I have a Leupold Compact 2-7 to go on it; should be a really good whitetail deer rifle. :)

I saw quite a few nice older Ruger rifles. I looked at one 77RS in 6.5 Rem Mag priced at $1675. :eek: I have one that's a little nicer than the one I looked at that I have been deer hunting with - may need to rethink that.

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Hi nice find I have only come across 3 or 4 308 flatbolts and only seen 1 in 6.5 and it was priced about the same I do not have ethier in my collection :(

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Cedar Creek

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I shot it yesterday evening and it has a light, crisp trigger. I shot a load using 150 grain Hornady bullet with Varget powder - it was OK. I was getting the rifle sighted in and shot about a dozen shots or more before shooting a couple of hundred yard groups. The first was about an inch and the second opened up more. The rifle has a slim barrel contour and I think it heated up on me.

I will work on some different loads tonight. I need to get some more powder next week when I get a chance to go to town.

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mcknight77

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The 6.5 and .350 cover a lot of hunting territory. I have both also, but use the .350 more than the 6.5RemMag. I need to dig it out of the safe and work up some loads for it.
 

chet15

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R77PA":2yeujq1i said:
I actually nver heard of a 458 flatbolt. I know anything is possible but has anyone ever heard or saw one?

No. The .458 doesn't begin to show up until about 71-10xxx. There are two in .416 Taylor known with the sn's of 70-71165 and 70-71644, but these have round bolts. These two are also probably considered prototypes for a large bore M77 as the "regular run" of .416 Taylors (if one could call 12 guns a regular run) didn't occur until 1976.
There may be a prototype .458 earlier than the two earliest known .416's, but if the two .416's were prototype of the large bore, then ????
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