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I bought my first one around that timeframe, maybe a little later.
I canít remember exactly what I paid for it but I think it was between $250 and $300. It was like new and had a scope. I still have it. It isnít super accurate, but it is a keeper.
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I took my 11 year old son to huge gun store in 1986 and left him at the counter to pick out a .22 rifle...
Rifles were on wall behind counter so you could not read prices....
Plenty of $89 .22's like marlin, savage, mossberg ect...
Oh no, I come back and he picked a Ruger 77/22, the bill for rifle, extra magazine and box of ammo came to $300...

Best thing to do with child is to tell them its yours, the adult's rifle... I told to the kid to pick out a rifle for me... This solves a bunch of problems when kid is a teenager, when he reached 25 and settled down I gave him the rifle....
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I have 2 77 s, and a bunch more CZs. But when I thin the herd, most of the CZs will be culled first, before I get to the 77s. There is just something comforting about that action that the CZ rimfires just dont quite have. Like bacon , potato cheddar cheese soup vs French onion, its just a matter of taste.

Id rate the RAR as Chicken Noodle, out of a can
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I am looking at $800 for a stainless 77/22 and $400 for a stainless Ruger American Rimfire. Is the classic 77/22 worth twice the price?
This is pretty simple question. Nothing to do with CZ, Anschutz or anyone else. Yes, in my personal view, the 77/22 is worth 2x the American. My current 77's are 77/44 blue in wood stock and a full size 77 6.5x55. No rimfire 77. They are all very nice guns. You are paying for the old school features. These older Rugers are what made the company what it is today. Times have changed. I like the American for a modern hunting or a fun shooter. You pay the extra for nostalgia and quality. Do YOU want that extra classy touch for the cost. They both do pretty much the exact same thing.

A person attracted to the older (older is key) 77/22 is most likely to sample a few other up scale rimfires. Long term it is not an either-or situation. These up scale guns are a luxury. Any logic tends to be more made up than real.
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I sold my American and bought a 77. I like the weight, feel and looks. I have 3, 77-17hmr, 77-22, 77-22H. All are stainless steel and in walnut stocks. All shoot under 1" at 50.
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Just looked at the Ruger website, MSRP on the American is $599, so you are asking if the 77/22 is worth $1200. I have a first year 77/22 bought that first year of production or the next year, used. I have not seen in person or handled an American so cannot commet about fit/finish or feel. Just looking at pictures I prefer my 77/22, but doubt that I would pay $1200 for one now.
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