Rger Model 77 safeties

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claydoctor

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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?
 

308dave

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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.
 

Trey Whitley

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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...
 

claydoctor

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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.
 

TDF

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mattsbox99":16hpmoi5 said:
Actually the tang safety models have the controlled round feed as well...

Actually they don't. If you watch one close, they have a huge extractor like a Mauser but they're push feed.

TDF

Here's mine

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Trey Whitley

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mattsbox99":2zj5tccc said:
Actually the tang safety models have the controlled round feed as well...
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.
 

TDF

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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.

TDF
 

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