Have a chance to buy a mint Ruger 77 .30-06 for about $400 which seems like a good deal to me. In researching them on Gunbroker, etc some say "tang safety". What other kind does it come with and does that affect value?
The tang safety was on the first generation M77. The Mark II has the 3 position safety located at the end of the breech (I think my terminology is right - if not someone will correct me). The Hawkeye has the same safety as the Mark II as far as I can tell.
There is another difference that coincides with the safety- the later, 3-position safety models are controlled round feed (like Mauser 98's, pre-'64 Winchester Model 70's, etc.) and the earlier, tang safety models are push feeds (like a Remington 700, but with a much larger extractor).
Personally I wish they'd combine the two and make a controlled round feed model with a tang safety...
Thanks for the explanations. I have no real use for the gun as I don't hunt and I have a nice pre-64 Model 70 in .30-06 that I haven't fired in 15 years but you know how it is when you see a pretty gun.
Like TDF said, they have a Mauser-looking extractor but they are push-feed actions. A lot of people don't care one way or the other, I just wanted to point out that the safety isn't the only difference.
TDF- is that factory wood? Great looking either way.
Yep, Factory wood. Plus it's a liberty model to boot. It was covered in a heavy coat of Lacquer when I spotted it in a gun shop. A really heavy coat. There were runs all over the place and a lot of lacquer was on the metal, but I could tell there was some nice wood underneath so I stripped it and hand rubbed in some tung oil. I should get a close up of the back section of it sometime. It's unreal how much figure is there.