The new Ruger M77 has a new face lift and, as most have read it is now called the hawkeye. Permanently moulded into the side of the receiver is the name, "Hawkeye".
As most know Ruger uses "lost wax" casting of receivers and many parts of their bolt action rifles. This is a big cost savings in the manufacture of rifles. It minimumizes the machining operations and speeds up the process. It does leave a rather bulky receiver however and heavier than some. Some have criticized this process others brag about it. Either way, Ruger pioneered this technique in rifle manufacture and they also make cast parts for many other gun companies, as well other manufacturers.
COMING SOON TO A SHOOTING FORUM NEAR YOU:
I will be giving a piece by piece (literally) review of one of these new rifles. If interested, keep watching this thread for updates. I will include pictures of parts and assemblies with my evaluation of them. Of course this will just be my opinion, but I will try to be as objective as possible. Consider that I am not being paid by Ruger's advertising dollars, and I did not receive a free rifle from Ruger to evaluate. I paid for it and I will disassemble it. I will evaluate every part and rest assured I will have an opinion about it. I will do this, as I said one piece at a time so as not to make such a long post each time.
I think you will find my evaluations thorough and from a different angle than is usually seen in print in the gun magazines.
As some of you may have seen on another thread the pictures of the new Ruger L6 trigger. Well...it is a trigger, ....designed with the full collaboration of corporate attorneys. More on that later.
A few of these guns are on the shelf at your local dealers in various calibers and configuations. Stainless/synthetic (a redesigned stock) and blue/walnut. Still a Ruger, but it's getting better. There are some improvements but I would still like to see some more changes. Keep watchin'.