M77 Liberty 7x57 barrel questions

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Have a chance to purchase a M77 7x57 Liberty rifle in as new condition. Seems to be alot of barrel issues with the early 7x57. Any thoughts on the Liberty rifle barrels ?

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Pete
 

kwg020

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It's my understanding that the older Ruger's had a long throat and worked best with the 175 grn bullets. kwg
 

dunnyboy

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Although I have no experience with the m77, I do have two liberty number one rifles in 7x57, and have owned others of that vintage and even earlier. I have found all of them to shoot very accurately. I shoot nothing but handloads, but have put quite a variety of loads through these rifles. As one would expect, some rifles like some loads better than others, but I have never had one that would not shoot to my liking, and none of the rifles were inaccurate with any of the loadings I fed them. I have fired lots of the lighter 140gr bullet loads and they have performed as well as the heavier bullets. Assuming that the M77 was chambered to the same specs as the number one of that era, I would not have any hesitancy in purchasing one of the former. It is an outstanding caliber - probably the best all-around for N America.
 

mcknight77

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I have both a No.1A and an M77RS in 7x57. The 77 has a longer throat.

The 77 took some load development to get it to MOA but I did get there with 140gr Nosler Partitions at 2895 fps.
 

hadjii

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I had a Liberty in 257 Roberts. Without a doubt, the worst rifle I have ever owned. I floated the barrel, then glass bedded the barrel, went through a plethora of bullets and powders, played with seating depth, you name it. The best accuracy I could get was slightly more than 1 1/4" at 100 yards. finally got tired of wasting money on it, and sold it on the auction block. No doubt it had to be the barrel. couldn't have possibly been anything else. I have seen a few NIB Liberty's in the same 257 Roberts as recently as today, and they're asking $900. Wow!
 

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