Do you take the shot?

Range: 105 yards

Firearm: Ruger 77/357

Ammo: Barnes VOR-TX 140 gr. XPB-HP

Sight: XS Ruger 77 Backup with striped front post

I would. Just finished a review of this rifle which should appear soon in a new magazine from Harris Publications. I was really taken by this lightweight carbine which is a joy to carry and shoot. The Gunwriter Assistant liked it too. It could make a great rifle for young hunters and anyone still hunting thickets. At 100 yards the Barnes 140 gr. XPB-HP bullet will penetrate 25 inches of 10% gelatin and expand to almost a half inch.



About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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4 Responses to Do you take the shot?

  1. jon spencer says:

    My answer is as follows.
    Can I put the bullet in my minute of dead deer?
    If yes then shoot, if not then no shoot.

  2. Travis Ahrens says:

    At first I was wondering why they didn’t make it in .44.

    Then I realized I didn’t care … ’cause I’d rather use my Marlin ’94.

    Ruger would do very well to make 1892’s.

  3. -J says:

    What height front sight did you end up going with? I just got a 77/357 & this gun just cries out for a good set of peep sights and the XS solution looks like the best bet.


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