Ruger M77 Lefty project - need help with stock

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  1. jmkasza

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    I’m looking to re-barrel my Ruger M77 Mark 2 from 30-06 to 280AI. It’s currently stock, but the twist is I’m left handed. I’d like to go from a sporter barrel to something more like a no. 4 /varmint profile on the new barrel. So far in scouring the internet I can’t find a LH stock with a barrel channel bigger than No. 3 that fits my Ruger. Any suggestions? I don’t want to pay big bucks for this as it will be a hunting rifle… let’s say $300ish and I’d be happy. Preference is not to buy a brand new stock just to modify the channel. I feel like I need to get this figured out first before getting a barrel picked out.


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  2. waltkrafft

    waltkrafft Gold $$ Contributor

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    Why not openup the stock you have?
     
  3. jmkasza

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    My current stock is wood and, I should have mentioned this above, I'd prefer to move into synthetic.
     
  4. Dusty Stevens

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    How bout boyd’s?
     
  5. jmkasza

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    Does Boyd's do synthetic? I've only seen a handful of their stocks in person, they are awesome, but I'd have a hard time wanting to use one for a hunting rifle that is likely to see it's fair share of dings, scratches, and exposure to moisture. I realize it may be my only option for this gun, but I'd like to see if anyone knows of other options.
     
  6. Dusty Stevens

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    I guess all i read was your first post. I bet boyds will be the only place to get a stock for that- you could possibly wait for a mcmillan if theyll make one
     
  7. jmkasza

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    So far the only synthetic stock I have found (that fit's my <$300 budget) is the B&C Carbelite model. Really this would be fine, but the channel maxes out at a no. 3 barrel contour. I was hoping to go one size larger, but that may not happen. Not a big deal for a hunting rifle, but I have it drawn up in my head that more of a medium/varmint profile would be perfect.
     
  8. Prose

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    They don’t make the carbelite anymore. I have a #2 inletted into my wood stock and it’s a hummer. Synthetic options pretty much top out at the Tupperware level for rugers.

    Edited to add that if you actually found a carbelite you better buy it.
     
  9. jmkasza

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    Confirmed, that is one less option... I thought that was decent backup, but its an old website and the B&C stocks are no longer available through them. Looking like it will be Boyd's.
     
  10. waltkrafft

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    Easy button would be to sell the ruger and get a Remington.
     
  11. jmkasza

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    Yes, that would be easier, but no I can't do that. Too much sentimental value. I bought it myself the summer after graduating high school once I had decided I had been borrowing Dad's right handed rifles long enough. Shot my first deer with it, learned to handload for it, etc. After 21 years of use and quite frankly not enough proper care in the early years it's ready to be spruced up. I've never had a custom rifle built before and I think it would be neat to build one with the first gun I bought. My kids are both right handed so I'm not too worried about passing it down in it's original condition.
     
  12. Dusty Stevens

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    Is there not enough meat in the barrel channel of the synthetics youre looking at to inlet it to fit? Maybe get stan taylor to custom contour you an inbetween size- a varmint/#3 combo?
     
  13. jmkasza

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    About the only thing I've found (since discovering the carbelite is no longer available) is a McMillan that will accept the larger barrel. Naturally its about double the amount I wanted to spend, but I probably deal with it.
     
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    Richards Microfit. Don't forget to look at the sale list of finished stocks. You just might get lucky. They are broken down by rifle manufacture
     
  15. STOMP442

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    There is plenty of room to inlet a B&C stock for a #4 barrel and it is easily done. About the only reasonable cost option out there is Boyds. The Pro Varmint stock is my favorite. It is plain laminate wood with a durable paint overlay. They are surprisingly comfortable and easy to open the barrel channel on those as well. You can also get them in any of the laminate colors they sell as well for an added cost. If you are looking for a stock that will get a lot of use and don't care if it gets a little scratched up the boyds is a nice option, especially at 150ish bucks. I think Hogue made a stock for Rugers at one time as well.
     

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