Stopped by one of the local Sports Authority stores on the way home from work yesterday......, the same place I bought the new M77 MK-II blue/walnut 30-06 on closeout less than a year ago for $299. I asked if they had any more Rugers, the gal went back in the stock room and brought out a MK-II in .243 - she scanned the price and it came up $259, new in the box with rings and all! I almost broke my wrist getting the wallet out! This one even has very nice walnut. They even still had the MK-II .270 with the missing bolt (figured they would have sent it back by now?).