Sturm Ruger M77/17 .17 HMR 22” Bolt-Action Rifle MFD 2005 w/ Scope

SOLD FOR: $1,725

WOA#:  WY240318RU105

Make: Ruger

Model:  M77/17

Serial Number: 703-18918

Year of Manufacture: 2005

Caliber: .22 LR

Action Type: Bolt Action, Fed by Detachable Magazines.

Markings: Left side of the barrel is marked “.17 HMR” Left side of the receiver is marked “703-18918 RUGER 77/17” with the Ruger Logo. Barrel is marked “BEFORE USING GUN-READ WARNINGS IN INSTRUCTION MANUAL AVAILABLE FREE FROM STURM, RUGER & CO. INC., SOUTHPORT, CONN. U.S.A.”  The top of the rear of the bolt is marked “SAFE”.

Barrel Length: 22”

Sights / Optics: The top of the receiver is installed with a Bushnell Banner 3.5-10×36 Riflescope with Duplex Crosshair Reticle.  The sight picture is clear.  The scope rates in Excellent condition.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a Ruger “Zytel Boat Paddle Stock” (discontinued) with semi-pistol grip with serrated inserts on the grip and forend, rubber buttpad, and sling swivels on front and back. The stock rates in Excellent condition. There is little to no handling wear.

Magazine Quantity & Condition:  One Ruger 10 round rotary magazine in Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is very bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 9.5/10. There are some fire marks on the muzzle.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows very minimal wear.  There is only slight operational wear around the Bolt. The receiver has turned a slight plum hue.  The screw heads are sharp. The pins are clean. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions as intended. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes with its attached scope as mentioned above and a Butler Creek sling in Excellent condition along with a total of one magazine.

Our Assessment:  The Ruger 77/17 is a bolt-action rifle designed to provide shooters with a high-quality, precise shooting experience, particularly tailored to handle the .17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire (HMR) cartridge. This model is part of the popular Ruger Model 77 series, which is renowned for its solid construction, reliability, and elegant design.

Introduced to complement the existing lineup that included models for larger calibers, the 77/17 was specifically developed to exploit the capabilities of the .17 HMR, a cartridge known for its flat trajectory and high velocity, making it ideal for varmint and small game hunting as well as for target shooting at longer ranges. The .17 HMR has been praised for its accuracy and minimal recoil, which are qualities that the Ruger 77/17 enhances through its precise engineering.

The rifle is equipped with a synthetic stock, further enhancing its durability and making it less susceptible to changes in humidity and temperature compared to traditional wood stocks. The stock is designed for comfort and stability, contributing to the rifle’s overall accuracy and ease of use.  The boat paddle stock was quite literally a laughing stock when it first came out.  Most hunters swapped the Boat Paddle stock for something more sleek and traditional looking.  However, a small niche actually found it to be a decent looking rifle and kept the original configuration with swappable grips and inserts. But regardless of how it was received, given its discontinuation these stocks are becoming more and more collectible.

One of the hallmark features of this model is Ruger’s integral scope mounts that are machined directly on the solid steel receiver. This design provides a stable and secure platform for mounting optics without the need for additional bases or rings, ensuring that the scope remains zeroed in even with heavy use. The rifle also features a rotary magazine that fits flush with the stock, providing reliable feeding and a sleek profile.

Overall, the Ruger 77/17 is a superb choice for anyone looking for a high-performance rifle in .17 HMR. It combines the dependable features of the Ruger 77 series with specific adaptations to fully harness the potential of the .17 HMR, making it a precise, reliable, and aesthetically pleasing option for varmint hunters and precision shooters alike.  Please see our photos and good luck on your bid! – L.S.

Sturm Ruger M77/17 .17 HMR 22” Bolt-Action Rifle MFD 2005 w/ Scope
Sturm Ruger M77/17 .17 HMR 22” Bolt-Action Rifle MFD 2005 w/ Scope