Reviewed By: Lee W on 12/04/2009
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
AWESOME TACK DRIVER!!!
I purchased this rifle from Buds about 2 months ago and have been extremely happy with it. I also bought 8 boxes of Hornady ammo for it at the same time (4x120, 4x140). The rifle comes with a pair of Ruger Target Grey 1" rings that will work fine on anything up to a 50mm obj. Unfortunately, I was using a 30mm scope with a 56mm obj., so I couldn't use them. I picked up a set of Leupold rings (#51043) that worked perfectly for my situation. I mounted a Centerpoint CP832AORG 8-32x56 (laugh if you want, but the fact that it outperforms my friends' Nikons and Leupolds that cost 2~3 times more, works for me) on it and in 4 shots had it zeroed in @ 200 yards. The next 4 shots were less than an inch from my 4th shot (120 grain Hornady factory loads). I can live with a sub .5 MOA rifle on factory ammo for less than $900 including scope.
Full floating 28" (not 26" like the other Ruger target models) SS target barrel w/ target crown, beautiful laminate wood stock w/ swivels for a sling or bipod, and it DOES HAVE a 2 stage, adjustable target trigger. Having never done any trigger adjustments before, I was able to adjust mine down to a safe 1 lb. pull by following directions I found on the internet ( Google "Ruger Model 77 V/T Trigger Adjustments"). After adjustment (for step 3, turn pull weight screw CC to reduce trigger pull), it had a nice clean release with no creep (2nd stage).
Fit and finish are excellent with all major parts being SS (no plastic or aluminum). I don't know if this is ok or not (please remove if not) - but here is a recent review of the rifle:
I am not sure why the author had such a difficult time adjusting the trigger. Even with a 4lb trigger, he was able to shoot nice groups.
I picked up the Hornady custom grade die set for it and some day I will work up some handloads for even better accuracy. When I do that, I will probably use the Berger 130 or 140gr VLD bullets that have an even better BC than the A-Max's that Hornady uses. This will be easy since Hornady puts the "recipe" for the round on every box of ammo for it.
I did a lot of research before buying this gun and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I just hope that the new 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge will become more popular with hunters and shooters so there will be continued support for it.
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