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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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I also use 10/22 mags in my 77/22 as the only difference I can find is that the one is flat, while the other is curved just al little. Both feed my gun fine. My 77/22VBZ is a first year manufacture and I would not let it go for anything. The first year made has or had a small chamber, and if feed a HV round Yellow Jacket, or Stinger. it had to be shot , otherwise the round could not be ejected safely.
I had Randy at CPC do a few tricks to it , and it will shoot with the best.
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Yes.
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77/22

I just picked up my 77/22 had a majestic arms light weight 920 barrel shoots better than I can decided I wanted to convert to 77/17 so picked up a barrel and bottom metal and shoots great now waiting on 22 mag barrel to arrive.If anyone has a 17hm2 barrel they want to sell let me know.I think I got it pretty reasonable compared to most others I saw paid $575 converted it to 17hmr for $205 and picked up a green mountain 22 mag barrel for $100 Its stainless laminated.The stock was modified for 920 barrel so picked up stainless bottom metal and factory synthetic stock for $108 all in under $1000 edit forgot the burris fixed 12x scope for $150
Wont ever sell it
I also have a 22 RAR predator its fun to shoot and is very accurate just need the wind to cease for few hours
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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.
I've owned a few 77/22, 77/22 Hornets. The 77 series rifle is probably the best thing Ruger ever came up with along with their SAA revolvers. No, it's not a target rifle but with a $20 Volquartsen trigger kit it becomes an excellent hunting rifle and remains a thing of beauty.
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