December 06, 2013
Gunfight Friday: Remington 7 vs. Ruger 77
By Phil Bourjaily
Today's gunfight is between a couple of deer rifles—a short-action Remington versus a Ruger in the ageless .30/06. Both are bolt actions, both are made in the U.S., and both have the number "7" in their name, and they would seem to be exceedingly unlucky rifles for whatever animal finds itself in their crosshairs. One was a little bit of project, the other a killer out of the box. Neither rifle needs any more introduction than that, so here they are:
Robert Jones's Remington Model 7 in 7mm-08
This is my old Remington Model 7 in 7mm-08. I purchased it new and have killed many a critter with it. I could never get better than 3-inch groups, even with hand loads, so I finally had a No. 4 contour Shilen barrel installed and had the lugs trued up and lapped. It's had a 2-pound trigger job and with careful hand loads I can shoot little bitty groups, but that accuracy came at a price. It now weighs 9 pounds. It carries a Burris Compact 2-7x33 that is bright, clear, and bulletproof. I have no problem pushing down barbed wire or paddling with it and once used it sideways to pull myself out of the mud. It was stolen in the mid '90s and recovered by local police along with several other firearms. I will never part with it again!
Mickey Rountree's Ruger Model 77
This is my Ruger M77 Mark 2 in .30/06. I bought this new in 2006 when all .30/06 caliber firearms were on special in honor of the 100th anniversary of the cartridge. It is topped with a 3-9x40 Nikon Prostaff scope. It is my go-to rifle for big-game hunting. It has accounted for my best deer and, in my opinion, is the epitome of a classic rifle in a classic caliber.
There you have it—.30/06 vs. 7mm-08, both in classic packages. Let's hear which you like and why. And, of course, keep the gun pictures coming to email@example.com and please remember to write a few lines about the gun you choose to submit.