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    Default Got the old tang-safety Ruger up and running, BUT

    This is the rifle that I was working on, as a present for my oldest daughter.

    I whacked off a couple inches of stock and smoothed out a few f the sharp edges that the old M-77 Rugers seem to have. Plus I reduced the thickness of the stock around the pistol grip area for her smaller hands. the I installed a Limbsaver recoil pad. Then about 5 coats of Tung Oil.

    Well it shoots great as far as accuracy is concerned....around 3/4 of an inch at 100 yards using 180 grain Winchestwer factory ammo. Which averaged 2,630 fps from this 22 inch barrel.

    BUT,,,, It does not extract 100% of the time. In fact only about half the time. The rest of the time the extractr loses its perch on the rim and lets go when the casing is only half way out.

    I e-mailed Ruger to see if I can buy a new extractor from them.

    We will see what happens.

    Another side note: This is the first time I ever played with the older original M-77s with the tang safety. I have noted that they are not a contyrolled feed as are the newer M77MKIIs. This is really a push feed with a claw extractor. But instead of a fixed ejector, it has a Remington type spring loaded plunger type. HOW WEIRD.
    I can see why they changed it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    ...BUT,,,, It does not extract 100% of the time. In fact only about half the time. The rest of the time the extractr loses its perch on the rim and lets go when the casing is only half way out...
    Interesting, never had this problem with either my 7mm or 270 M77.

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    I am thinking that whoever owned it at one time or another goofed around with the extractor claw.

    As it is now, you could not count on a follow-up shot.
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    Default Your diagnosis COULD be spot-on, but...

    in the meantime, do you have full travel on the ejector? No crud, hardened grease, or any such that's keeping it from bearing pressure after the case is captured or inhibiting full travel? You'd know in a heart beat if the case doesn't ride against the right chamber and receiver walls during extraction. Easy to check for, and easy to fix with no $$$ outlay for cleaning instead of replacement.....jist don't leggo o' that there springy thing underneath it if you remove it. It'll go into a sub-orbital trajectory that'll make it nigh impossible to find!
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    Well,,
    I was thinking about that while out at the range, but the ejector plunger seems to move all the way down and back. But it was a little stiff.
    So I took it out last night, and then spent two hours looking for the spring. It is back in there now after a good soaking in Hoppes #9.

    I noticed that sometimes the extractor claw is not flush against the lug of the bolt head. There were a couple of burrs under the extractor and on the bolt head itself that were keeping the claw from grabbing the rim as much as it should. I buffed those off and it seemed to help.

    Now it only fails to extract/eject about 10% of the time.

    It works just fine with live ammo, but with empties, the ejector pushes the cartridge over so hard that it makes the rim disengage from the rim before the neck is back far enough to clear the side of the receiver.
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    Called Ruger on the phone today and they said,,, That they are sending an extractor for $27 shipping included.

    So now I wait....
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    Well,its the 28th and till no extractor in the mail...

    Dang....
    this is almost like trying to buy something from SWFA...super slow....
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    Default Don't know what to tell ya...

    'cept that they've got that danged recall thing going on with the SR9's. We sent one of those back, and it came back in four weeks. Fastest turnaround out of those nice folks I've seen. Not sure what the bottleneck is there, but it can be frustrating!
    BTW, was the extractor available from gunpartscorp, Brownells, or Midway? I usually get parts out of those three outfits in four days via USPS......

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    Just called Ruger and they admitted that they forgot to send out my extractor.

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    At least they admitted it

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    Yeah that is better than SWFA who were kinda rude in their response about slow service. They just sent out scope bases that I ordered back in the first week of July.
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