I like this rifle too GFD. Does it have the same bolt as the M77? If not, I'm sure it's still well made like all Ruger stuff. I got my M77 in 1976 and I love that rifle. My wife got it for me for my 28th birthday. I've hauled that gun through 6 or 7 Western states over the years on huntin' trips. Killed my antelope in Montana last year with it at 410 yards. I know you're a Ruger fan, as am I, but Weatherby has a rifle kind of similar to this Ruger called a Vanguard Series 2, supposed to be super accurate also, cold forged barrel and nice adjustable trigger. Priced like the new Ruger as a good affordable hunting rifle. Just a little info.