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    A new deer rifle!

    How's about a change from all the gloom and doom of late?
    I've been looking for something a little lighter to take deer hunting next fall. I like to still hunt but am getting older and found last fall that having a lighter rifle would be a good thing. The old family standby, a Winchester made, sporterized P17 30-06 tips the scales at a little over 10 lbs! That's OK for a sit, or short hunt, but as an all day carry, well... I'm showing my age.
    So I decided to look for something a little lighter. As my forum name implies, I tend to be old fashioned, so walnut and blue were my guidelines, along with a medium length bolt action.
    Came up with this...

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    Bought it at a Gettysburg gun auction last week. It came without the scope or mounts.

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    Ruger M 77 Mk II ulltralight with the black recoil pad. Auction had it listed as a Compact. Because of the caliber, I paid a little more than planned.

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    20" barrel, hinged floor plate, three position safety. And I've always had a hankering for a 257 Roberts. Been assembling reloading components and only need a set of dies, which I expect to win on Ebay tonight. Oh, and by the way, with the scope it tips the scales at around 7 1/2 lbs. Could put a smaller scope on it but, as is, it should be a dandy replacement for the old '17 rig.

    John
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    That's two and a half pounds lighter, nice.
    Makes a world of difference when humping over rough terrain.
    Good hunting.
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    I've got an old M77 MK II, with the composite "Canoe Paddle" stock. It's my walking hunt go to, dead nuts accurate. Loaded, with the scope, it comes in at just over 6 pounds.
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    Thats a beauty. Congrats on the new rifle. I think you'll like that scope too.
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    Very nice! I believe you'll like it!
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    I went with a CZ USA 527 CARBINE, 7.62x39mm to lighten the load.
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    Good choice....I like the 257 Roberts as well.......

    Lightened my load with a Kimber 275 Rob. to 6 3/4 lbs including Leupold scope.

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    Hey John,

    That .257 should be just the ticket!

    Good for you!

    Later, Mark
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    Great looking rifle and in a fine caliber!
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    I went with a CZ USA 527 CARBINE, 7.62x39mm to lighten the load.
    Passed on a nice CZ 550 in 6.5 x 55 two weeks before. Beautiful rifle in a caliber that I like. But it was a little on the heavy side and went for more than I was willing to pay. But the fun was in the hunt!
    Can't wait to get the Roberts to the range. I suspect the light barrel is going to make sighting in a little tedious.

    John
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