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Remmington 700 (bolt) 30.06 16 61.54%
Remmington 750 (semi) 30.06 0 0%
Ruger m77 (bolt) 30.06 10 38.46%
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Old 11-21-2011, 05:00 AM
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Remington has had some issues in recent years so I guess I would lean more toward the Ruger.
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Old 11-21-2011, 05:30 AM
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I may be biased as Ruger is just down the road & I have family & freinds that work there but I have & do own many. My Fav. being my generation 1 M77 All weather (custom) but with that said the M77 is a ruged reliable straight shooter & Ruger's customer service is awesome if you ever need it. long story so I will make it short lent my rifle out to a freind & was left on their porch all hunting season barrel got rusty called Ruger & they reblued the gun for free. I have never had any issues with a ruger firearm mechanicly or cosmeticly the only one I didn't care for was the P-series pistols & only because I have small hands & the gun were fat gripped & the best part All Rugers are made 100% in the U.S.A.
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:38 PM
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There are 3 versions of the Ruger M77, early model with thumb safety, mkII with a 3 position safety similar to a M70, and the hawkeye version with a modified stock and hawkeye trigger. I liked the original thumb safety model location of the safety, but the new hawkeye stock and trigger are an improvement over the mkII. I would be happy with the new hawkeye version.

All Remington M700s are not equil. There are alot of different versions available for the M700. The lower pricepoint ones are not as good in my opinion as the top of the line versions. I have read about unhappy customers with the entry level SPS versions. At one time an ADL was the same as a BDL with a cheaper stock, this is not the case anymore. If you are looking at the CDL or Mountain rifle M700s you will not be disappointed. I think these are quality rifles with care taken on assembly.
I have seen the cheaper SPS versions shoot well at the range but would be nervious after buying one until I verified that it was a good shooter at the range.

You are looking at quality rifles, handle both and go with the one that feels the best in your hands. Make sure you tell us which you ended up with. I am a lover of the 30-06, but in reality a Deer doesn't know different whether it was hit by a 7mm-08, .308, .270, or 30-06. There are real advantages to short action rifles, with few disadvantages.

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Old 11-22-2011, 05:33 AM
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Thanks so much guys. So much good info here!
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:06 AM
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For a "newbie", I would NOT recommend the semi-auto version primarily due to needing to learn what I call rifle marksmanship basics - safety, breathing control, etc. Go with a bolt action - less moving parts, better overall reliability, highly stable shooting platform, etc.

I have two Remington rifles, both are semi-auto, both of them either as old or older than I am. Both were purchased new by my grandfather and I inherited them. Model 81 in .300 Savage and Model 740 in .244/6mm Remington. I recommended the bolt action over the semi-auto because I've been around firearms most of my life. I learned safety and breathing control from my grandfather. It was reinforced with a 20 yr career in the military. I have several bolt action rifles and am using one of those this season as my 'preferred' choice. Last year I think it was the Model 81 . . . or was that the year before??? (Have CRS syndrome - y'all know what I'm talking about . . . . Can't Remember Shhhtuff)

But like others have said, this is a personal choice. I think the first rifle I bought for deer was a Marlin 336C in .30/30. The multiple safety options with half-cock, hammer forward, button safety, etc. makes it a very safe to carry, but that is also only as good as the person carrying it. I trained both my son's first on the Marlin primarily due to its many safety features. They've moved on to bolt action models in .270, but that's another story.

Please let us know what your final choice is . . . . pictures would be nice. <grin>

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Old 11-23-2011, 07:16 PM
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I will definetly post pics. I still haven't made up my mind and am still saving money. I am married and a father of 3. It might take awhile. Lol.
I have shot the remmington 742 and the remmington 7400. However i have heard so many good things about the remmington 700 and the ruger m77. Only time will tell.
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Well, I shot the Ruger M77 today. I went to the range today with my buddy selling the M77. It feels so good. I shot some pretty tight groups. I'm real happy with it. Saturday I will be taking it out hunting. If all goes well I think that will be the one. Once I own it pics will follow.
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I cant honestly offer advise against the Ruger because I have never shot one. I have however shot and own several Remington long arms and can attest to their quality. at least ones older than 15 years or more. I have a 700 BDL that is very nice to shoot. never had any kind of adverse issue with either.
good luck with whatever you choose.
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Old 12-05-2011, 07:46 AM
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I have a 5 year old Ruger M77 MkII.Laminated stock,stainless barrel.I've killed two doe with it.Love it..243 caliber.
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I have a 5 year old Ruger M77 MkII.Laminated stock,stainless barrel.I've killed two doe with it.Love it..243 caliber.
This is a 30-06 with a black synthetic stock and a stainless steel barrel. Let's see if I can post a picture.
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