Q: I have read that the Ruger M77 has a slightly oversize bore and is therefore less accurate, and good only for shots inside 200 yards. Is this true?
—Kevin Watts, Metamora, Ill.
A: In a word, no. How could a major rifle maker stay competitive if it used substandard barrels? Ruger has used a number of barrel suppliers over the years, and some of them have been less wonderful than others, but others have been very good indeed. I have shot some very accurate M77s.