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mso-para-margin-left:0in; text-align:justify; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--> Howdy, Foax! I’ve come into possession of a like-new Ruger M77 in .22-250, but because I presently reside among the heavy forests and swamps of Coastal Georgia and have no intention of varminting, it’s a rifle & cartridge combination I can’t use. Of course I can sell or trade it without much difficulty, but my real question is – and I apologize if this leaves y’all on the floor in paroxysms of gut-wrenching laughter – whether it’s possible and/or economically feasible to upgrade to a larger caliber, and what that caliber might be?


With grateful thanks for your patient indulgence, Walt
 

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Due to the magazine and bolt face the most likely choices to rebarrel for would be .308 family of cartridges.
 

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Due to the magazine and bolt face the most likely choices to rebarrel for would be .308 family of cartridges.
Yep Monty nailed it. Anything in the .308 family would be as simple as a new barrel. .308.260,243 etc. What are you looking to hunt with this might help us narrow it down?
 

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Re-barreling can get expensive, by the time you pay for a good barrel, have it installed and re-blued you could have bought a new rifle the calibre you want.
 

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Re-barreling can get expensive, by the time you pay for a good barrel, have it installed and re-blued you could have bought a new rifle the calibre you want.
I agree! Even reboring & chambering, has become expensive too. Also if a new barrel is installed then you'll [MIGHT] need to restock the rifle. Cheaper just to trade for another rifle in a desired caliber.
 

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I'd bet hogs (some very large!) and deer would be on the menu. That in mind, if you might be interested in the .358 Win., you may want to give this fella a ring. I actually used a M77 Hawkeye in .358 Win to take my Georgia hog earlier this year.

Good Luck!

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would the current bolt head work for the 308 or is that on the list to be replaced too? if so it adds yet another $$ or two.
 

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Not sure how large of a caliber your thinking about but there's the 250-3000 Savage which is the parent case for the 22-250, just a thought.
 

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Looks to me that the rim diameter is the same and a re-bore will run well under half of what a re-barrel will/would cost. ;)
 

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My appreciation and thanks to each of you, gentlemen. It's good to know that I'm in the company of other great minds; I've been out of the rifle net for some years and was unsure of my instincts. Because this rifle has some sentimental value to other members of my family, I'll think I'll first investigate the potential for a re-bore to 358, as TnHunter suggests. Otherwise, the state of the economy being what it is, it'll be off to the next gun show (reluctantly) for sale or trade. In any case, every one of your suggestions was sound, and I could not have asked for more or better.

Thanks again for your generous support, [email protected]
 

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Look for a nice Ruger take-off barrel on *Gun broker* and have your smith screw it on and headspace it. Shouldn't be too expensive at all. HD1
 

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In addition to the 250-3000 Savage already mentioned, don't forget the venerable old 300 Savage, itself. It's a fine cartridge or modest proportions and manageable recoil. If you don't need or want something in 35 caliber, go with the actual parent case for what your gun is already chambered in.
 
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