Ruger m77 Hawkeye african 223

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These are not common guns. Anybody have experience with one. I have NIB on the way and excited to get it. Ive watched several sell for much higher than this example I won on gunbroker. Planning to put an old Leupold vxll 2-7 x 32 on it.
 

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I'm totally confused. You say you have a Ruger M77 Hawkeye AFRICAN in .223? I thought they only came in calibers for dangerous game like .375 Ruger and .416 Ruger. One chambered in .223 makes no sense to me and if you do have one it must be 1 of 1 ever made.
Please elaborate.
 

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Some yearfs ago Ruger did offer the rifle and I also wondered why the caliber selection for a big game rifle?? Answer was the rifle was very similar in proportions, weight, etc. and could be used for practice shooting at far lesser cost of ammunition.
 
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I'm totally confused. You say you have a Ruger M77 Hawkeye AFRICAN in .223? I thought they only came in calibers for dangerous game like .375 Ruger and .416 Ruger. One chambered in .223 makes no sense to me and if you do have one it must be 1 of 1 ever made.
Please elaborate.

Threads about this rifle date all the way back to 2011 on RugerForum.com…

 
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My rifle came in today. Its much neater in person. Im excited to shoot it. Thats my 35 whelen to the right.
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southernbuck101

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I'd love to happen across one of those 223 Express rifles when I had the funds.
I've always admired the original safari rifles with the quarter rib rear sight,and had planned on purchasing one In 30-06 or 25-06.
But seems every time one came up for sale, I was financially embarrassed.
But the current in 223 would actually get some use, where the others I'd be afraid to take in the woods
 

Bullthrower338

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I have the Lipseys Africans in 275 Rigby, 9.3x62, 6.5x55 and 35 Whelen. Passed on 280AI and disappointed I didn't get the 223. What I would give for a re-run of the actual M77 Mark II express rifle! Mine are reserved for Sunday and very fair weather hunting. Bill Ruger did a fine job with the express and RSM line of rifles!
 
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I guess that depends on the definition of 'AFRICAN' rifle.
IMHO, the 'typical' African rifle is a heavy (both caliber and weight) bolt rifle that can deliver dependable BIG GAME stopping power. Overall weight may not be a factor if the rifle is carried by a 'gun bearer' between uses. Caliber is a big question mark but most will agree that .223 is barely legit for anything other than small deer/antelope type critters.
 
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The 223 African is currently my most used centerfire rifle. It balances nicely, it's inexpensive to shoot, very accurate and with the 24" heavy barrel it swings nicely at my club's monthly running Deer matches. I also have the African 275 Rigby but that one doesn't see much use.
 

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