Ok, I've posted on a few different threads about this rifle, but finally got out today to shoot and thought I'd post some thoughts on it. This is a Ruger M77 Hawkeye All Weather in .338 wm topped with Ruger rings and a Leupold VX3 1.5-5x20 and capped with a Limbsaver one inch recoil pad. At sixty-seven dollars a box, I only took one box of shells to the range to sight it in: Federal Premium 225 gr Barnes TSX.
I originally took this rifle to the gunsmith to have the scope mounted and boresighted until I saw a link on this forum of a how-to-mount-a-scope-on-a-hawkeye video. It looked super easy so I went back to the gunsmith and since there was a long line of work in front of mine, I took it back and mounted the scope that evening, no problem.
My initial reaction today was that the recoil was very manageable. The only thing I've shot before this was a .25-06 and a 12 ga and I was a little aprehensive about shooting this gun. In fact I was surprised at how easily it was to shoot and now I almost wish I'd have bought a .375 HH.
I sighted this in, then shot two three shot groups. The first was 1 1/4" center to center with two holes touching, the second was 1 3/8". So nothing to brag about but enough to get the job done, especially as a backup gun which is what this gun is for. I am curious how this rifle would shoot the 210 gr and 250 bullets.
The 26" barrel is going to be a bit long for the thick stuff and after this season I might have it cut and recrowned at 22". Also I'd like to replace the plastic stock with a walnut stock from Accurate Innovations or possibly Serrengeti. Overall I like this rifle just fine, especially after taking Pinehavenredrockets advice and slicking up the action and the safety with JB paste, which worked great. Also, the trigger isn't bad, but on the range I really tuned in to it and it could definitely use a bit of work, take out the creep and lighten it up a bit. Overall its a nice rifle and I got everything mentioned for under a thousand dollars, so a great value as well. Cheers