I picked up a M77 Hawkeye in .338 Win Mag at a gun store today to take a closer look at one. All my M77s are earlier guns so I had never really examined a new Hawkeye.
Being familiar with Mauser, Springfields, 1917 Enfields, M70s, Rem 700s etc. I was surprised to find that the Hawkeye had no metal at all surounding the exposed end of the cartridge. The M98 mauser uses the ring in the receiver while the Mdl. 70, 03s, 1917s use a funnel breech and a cutout for the extractor. The Rem 700s and the Japs recess the end of the barrel for the bolt. The early M77s use a different bolt nose and it appeared more of the cartridge is enclosed by the bolt nose and perhaps the base of the round was less exposed.
Perhaps it is unnecessary with modern brass but my first impression is that Ruger tried to cut two many corners with this design. I would much prefer to have a breeching design that enclosed the base of the cartridge more.
Any thoughts on this or did I miss something? I did a google search but didn't find anything.