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BenjiEDF
01-09-2013, 19:20
I just picked up a new bolt action rifle that I intend to use for hunting. It is the Ruger m77 Ultra Light in 30-06, I'm a fairly skilled shooter but not familiar with hunting and I want to get into it. I'm in the northwest of USA and would like to make this into a lightweight deer rifle. Don't bother bashing my selection of rifle brand or caliber... not interested. Looking for advice on what scope to put on it.

http://www.galleryofguns.com/genie/default.aspx?item=37183

Looking for advice on what scope to slap on this rifle for hunting. I would like to keep it lightweight and handy. I've been thinking about a Nikon or Redfield in a 2-7x what do ya think?

MrMurphy
01-09-2013, 19:28
Lightweight and .30-06 usually shouldn't be in the same sentence, if you're hunting out of a blind the weight won't matter. Mostly depends on the type of hunting you're doing.


Scopewise, a 3-9X40mm Nikon would do well, as would most Burris's or a Leupold VX-II (if you have the $, get the Leupold). Again, depends what you're hunting for, and where.

Dawolf
01-09-2013, 20:07
I have a Redfield Revenge on my M77 in 220 Swift. Very good for up to 300 yds. Yotes beware.

G23c
01-09-2013, 20:26
thats a great hunting rifle. I have an older M77 (1970's tang safety) in 30-06, with a Leupold VX-II 3x9. works great for me in the South Texas mesquite scrub for whitetail.

savage16
01-09-2013, 20:30
just went out shooting with a Remington 30-06.
of course he had to jinx me by saying "better not miss"

http://youtu.be/vcI63cL1P6M?t=25s

(semi-offtopic question, how do i embed youtube videos?)
(**EDIT** oh, just link it)

bushhogg
01-09-2013, 20:40
Yep, I have a 77 in 7mm mag. good platform. the scope depend on area you hunt....

true believer
01-09-2013, 20:48
Lightweight and .30-06 usually shouldn't be in the same sentence, if you're hunting out of a blind the weight won't matter. Mostly depends on the type of hunting you're doing.


Scopewise, a 3-9X40mm Nikon would do well, as would most Burris's or a Leupold VX-II (if you have the $, get the Leupold). Again, depends what you're hunting for, and where.

ditto!!
2x7 is great for 30-30 but a 06 go with a 3X9...:cool:

bushhogg
01-09-2013, 20:59
if you hunt a 100 ac field the 3x9 might not be enough...if your in hard wood and its thick a 4x will be fine... I hunt 600 yd. gas line up 1100 yds. Im older use a Bushhell Elite 6x26

JimM_PA
01-09-2013, 21:15
thats a great hunting rifle. I have an older M77 (1970's tang safety) in 30-06, with a Leupold VX-II 3x9. works great for me in the South Texas mesquite scrub for whitetail.
Similar setup here with a Leupold 4x scope for the same amount of time. It has been reliable and accurate in deer season.

WarEagle32
01-09-2013, 22:11
Fine gun!!! The M77 is a great rifle and the 30-06 is as good as it gets. All damn business. I would stongly suggest a 3x9 instead of a 2x7. JMO. I think Nikon makes very good glass for the money. Their Prostaff is a great scope for the money. That rifle will do anything you want it to. If you want to keep to a light style gun then I would surely shoot the lightest ammo out of it. 150 grain are going to be the easiest to find light 30-06 bullet and will do wonderfully against anything. I strongly suggest using pure copper bullets for maximum effectiveness. Barnes TSX's are the best bullets on the face of the earth and I don't consider that opinion. They are lighter than anything, faster, and will drop anything you use them on! Good luck and enjoy

slumpmaster
01-10-2013, 02:25
I think you are on the right track. I have lived/ hunted in WA for 32 of my 43 years. If you are hunting the coast or the mountains of NE WA or Idaho panhandle, you will appreciate the 2x end of a low power variable. If you are going for mule deer or elk in the pines, sage and wheat of the Columbia basin, 7x is enough for a shot at reasonable range. If you are going for varmints and coyotes, I'd go with a .243/.25-06 and a higher power variable.

As to brands, I believe that Nikon, Redfield, Burris, Sightron are good values.

slumpmaster
01-10-2013, 02:38
As to loads in your rifle, if you are going to hunt big game in the Northwest, I strongly recommend finding a 165 grain spire point load that your rifle likes and stick with it. You can do it all with that weight, and when comparing to similarly constructed 150 grain loads, you will typically experience higher energy downrange with somewhat less meat damage. And a little more recoil. If that gets to be too much, I would trade for a standard weight .270.

PISTOLHUNTER
01-10-2013, 08:21
Fine gun!!! The M77 is a great rifle and the 30-06 is as good as it gets. All damn business. I would stongly suggest a 3x9 instead of a 2x7. JMO. I think Nikon makes very good glass for the money. Their Prostaff is a great scope for the money.

I agree.:supergrin: Here is my 30-06 with 3x9x50 nikon. This combo has worked well for me.

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu90/PISTOLHUNTER/SS852538.jpg

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu90/PISTOLHUNTER/SS852539.jpg

faawrenchbndr
01-10-2013, 09:51
Optic power selection depends on the shooter, the intended target &
the intended max distance to a target the shooter wishes to take.
I have a 2.5-8 power scope on my M1a,......I can hit a 10" target
all day long at 600m
For a hunting situation, if I were to hold my shot distance to <250m
I could see a 2-7 working just fine for ME.
Seems light weight is a concern for you. Smaller, high quality optics
let in good light. If you stick to the above distance, you will be fine.
A smaller objective also allows for a lower optic centerline, thus
a much more comfortable & solid cheek weld to the rifle stock.

Just my opinion..........others' opinions will vary.

byf43
01-10-2013, 10:15
Optic power selection depends on the shooter, the intended target &
the intended max distance to a target the shooter wishes to take.
I have a 2.5-8 power scope on my M1a,......I can hit a 10" target
all day long at 600m
For a hunting situation, if I were to hold my shot distance to <250m
I could see a 2-7 working just fine for ME.
Seems light weight is a concern for you. Smaller, high quality optics
let in good light. If you stick to the above distance, you will be fine.
A smaller objective also allows for a lower optic centerline, thus
a much more comfortable & solid cheek weld to the rifle stock.

Just my opinion..........others' opinions will vary.

wrenchbndr makes a lot of sense.

Everyone will have their favorite scope(s) and brand(s).
Where you hunt and the type of brush/woods/trees will play a role in what magnification will be best.

The wonderful .30-'06 has 'done the job' for many, many years, and shows no sign of letting up.
(You'll NEVER hear me say anything bad about the '06!!)

My preference for the '06 is a good 3-9x40mm scope.
Leupold VX-II or III or Nikon ProStaff or BuckMaster.
(I've owned all of those and all have been excellent scopes!)

The 'new' Redfield "Revenge" scope is supposed to be nice, and is now made/owned by Leupold.
A good friend got a Ruger American (.308 Win.) and put a Redfield "Revenge" on it, and took it to Nebraska for 2 weeks (snow, rain, sunshine) and he is now SOLD on that scope!

TexasVine
01-10-2013, 14:32
First of all, buy as nice as scope as you can afford. You get what you pay for. Good glass is good glass. Secondly, as far as magnification, determine what distance you are shooting at and take a look at several different reticles. I prefer Nikon and Leupolds. For hunting I like the BDC reticle by Nikon using the spot on software that allows you to zero in on different distance at different magnifications.

This is a pic of the laminated print off on my gun stock from the Nikon Spot On Software for the BDC Reticle.
http://i359.photobucket.com/albums/oo36/Klozures/DSC_0001-4_zps1301516a.jpg

jeremy1
01-10-2013, 22:20
I have 2 M77's and love them. I dont think you can get a hunting rifle from any manufacturer that gives you quality and price. As for the scope, I would recommend a 3-9 x 40. Your choices are all good quality, and I would choose the Redfield. Check into the Leupold VX1's. They are awesome scopes and worth a few extra bucks. I am not sure what prices are like in your area, but you may be able to find one for a good price.

Overall you made a great choice and will be very happy. I don't shoot 30.06 but there is nothing that it can't handle in North America. Ammo is plentiful and cheap.

Enjoy your rifle and post pics!

AK_Stick
01-10-2013, 22:38
if you hunt a 100 ac field the 3x9 might not be enough...if your in hard wood and its thick a 4x will be fine... I hunt 600 yd. gas line up 1100 yds. Im older use a Bushhell Elite 6x26

3x9 not good enough for 100 yds? Jesus how bad are your eyes?

It's just about all I hunt with, and I've made first round kills out to 500 yds.

PISTOLHUNTER
01-11-2013, 00:55
3x9 not good enough for 100 yds? Jesus how bad are your eyes?

How bad are yours? 100ac > 100yds...:supergrin:

collim1
01-11-2013, 14:24
The Ruger M77 is a fine hunting rifle, and the .30-06 is a great easily available round. I would recommend a 3-9x40mm hunting scope of good quality. I have a Zeiss Conquest on my hunting rifle, and its hard to find a better hunting scope at that price point.

Where I hunt 3 0r 4x zoom is all I ever use, but its nice to have the 9x for sighting in and if I get a chance to hunt a friends property that my have some 200yd open field shots.

MrMurphy
01-11-2013, 14:35
Optics also depend on glass quality. A cheapo 3-9 can look like mud at 100m.

That said, with a 3.5X ACOG i've made first round hits at 500m on a man sized target.

A good quality scope at 4X is clearer than a Simmons at 12X.

La26
01-11-2013, 14:37
Have to agree with collim1 post above. Zeiss Conquest 3 X 9 is an exceptional value. They can be had for $399.99 if you shop around. I have one on my .340 Weatherby Elk rifle, and one on my 30/06 deer rifle. They are excellent for low light hunting (early morning and late afternoon) which is when you will probably get most of your shooting opprtunities.

Bren
01-11-2013, 14:43
I've killed a lot of deer over the last 25 years and every single one has been killed with a cheap Bushnell or Tasco you could get for under $100 at Walmart.

Buy the best scope you can afford, but the cheapest scope you get will usually work too.

Faulkner
01-11-2013, 20:08
Great rifle . . . I have a Burris 3x9 on mine.

http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL488/1124764/2120947/176793304.jpg

Aceman
01-11-2013, 20:40
I like Nikon. 3x9 will get you pretty far. FArther than I'll be shooting...

Very nice gun. Wouldn't mind having one!

MB_G19
01-11-2013, 21:09
I have a Redfield Revenge on my M77 in 220 Swift. Very good for up to 300 yds. Yotes beware.

I have the M77 in 220 Swift heavy barrel with a Weaver 16x, not a lite weight for sure but very accurate. My M77 in 6mm Remington has a Weaver 3x9, served me well back when I used to hunt. Good rifle.

bushhogg
01-11-2013, 21:20
3x9 not good enough for 100 yds? Jesus how bad are your eyes?

It's just about all I hunt with, and I've made first round kills out to 500 yds.
its not my eyes I was worried about...I have alot of land and we trophy hunt here.dont want to make a mistake,that could cost me money. when I shoot I know what Im shooting at, at 100 yds. 6 power is just fine... in a 100 ac. wheat field a 3x9x40 aint gona cut it for me..

bushhogg
01-11-2013, 21:32
I have the M77 in 220 Swift heavy barrel with a Weaver 16x, not a lite weight for sure but very accurate. My M77 in 6mm Remington has a Weaver 3x9, served me well back when I used to hunt. Good rifle.
MB_G19 Sir you have good taste in great guns,cal.and optics.

Guntrainer
01-11-2013, 23:47
My primary Game Rifle is a Ruger 77MKII 30/06 with Leupold scope.

My go to gun is a Ruger Gunsite Scout, with Leupold scope.

I prefer the '98 type Mauser action, and the Ruger is very close.

My favorite vintage rifle is a 1948 Husqvarna M640 Sporter. It IS a '98 Mauser, although commercial.

Can't beat the '98. Paul M. got it right.

EL COLONEL
01-12-2013, 16:31
Go with a leupold 4x12x40 vx3..

69HEMI-R/T
01-12-2013, 16:58
I bought a brand new Ruger M77 in 1975 in .338winmag as I was planning a moose hunting trip to Canada. I put a Leupold 2x7 scope on it and had plenty of scope for ANY range I cared to shoot. I ended up not going on the trip but still have the rifle. A 3x9 Vari-Xll Leupold will certainly be more than enough scope for you. Actually, a Leupold 2x7 is a great choice for your lightweight rifle.

A previous recommendation of a Zeiss Conquest 3x9 scope is a great alternative. That is a lot of scope for the money!

Jim in MI
01-12-2013, 21:24
Get a Leupold fixed 4 power, try to use low rings instead of mediums

Sight it in at 200 yards

Go hunting

You may want to look at Spec Tech triggers and you should look into shooting slings like the Ching sling

Austen S
01-13-2013, 11:57
I have a M77 in .270 with a leupold 3x9 taken a few elk in nw MT with it. I sight my rifles dead on at 300yrds inch and a half high at 100 cool rifle have fun!

jeremy1
01-13-2013, 12:11
I have the M77 in 220 Swift heavy barrel with a Weaver 16x, not a lite weight for sure but very accurate. My M77 in 6mm Remington has a Weaver 3x9, served me well back when I used to hunt. Good rifle.

I have a 220 made in the early 80's with the heavy barrel. I mounted a Bushnell 3200 7-21 x 40 mildot. That gun reaches out and heavy is an accurate description. I have shot ground squirls at 300 yards with this setup. I love rugers and the 220 swift!

Just_Me
01-13-2013, 12:29
The area you are hunting will dictate the power of your optic. I have a .30-06 with a mounted Leupold vx-III 1.25x5. I also have a .30-06 with a Zeiss 3x12x56.

Buy the best scope you can afford. A 2x7 is a good balance. Low power for easy tracking and finding and 7 power for any length of shot you and your .30-06 can safely and humanely take on a hunt.