I can have spectacularly bad luck with guns. Especially with Rugers. I bought a 77/22LR and 77/22M new after they had been discontinued. I spent about $400 each for them. In a weird twist of fate, these guns that are not known for accuracy have given me excellent accuracy. Go figure.
Same scope on mine but it is a late model with screwed barrel and fiber stock. I did do the VQ sear and spring Much improved..Critterman
I have had my 77/22 since 1992, it now wears a Nikon Target EFR 3-9x40 AO. Great looking, well made rifles. Your 60 mile trip will be well worth it. Enjoy.
I have one I purchased new in 1988, would that have been in the Wilson barrel era? It wears a Leupold 6X Compact AO scope which fits it perfectly.Congratulations on your acquisition, your 77/22 is built to last for generations. A rifle manufactured in 2002 will have a slip fit or "switch barrel" receiver. As remembered (someone will correct me if wrong) Ruger contracted with Wilson Barrels up to some point, Wilson supplied barrels of various quality depending on the specifications of contract, Hand lapped, Cooper is (was?) one such purchaser. If your rifle doesn't shoot to your satisfaction CPC or Clarke will fine tune your rifle. As another option it's an easy swap to one from Lothar Walther, Shillen, or Lilja. With the exchange of barrel, trigger guard and magazine, your rifle can be adapted to .17hm2, .17hmr or .22mag. Your rifle is built for the long haul but if needed parts are relatively reasonably priced from Midway or Natchez. If you think it an improvement an easy exchange of trigger spring will give it a pull you can live with or love.
Enjoy your new rifle!
My Shilens made things better.I would drive 60 miles if I didn't have a 77/22, even at today's gas prices.
If you are dissapointed with how it shoots, I would send it off to Randy at CPC for his full tune up.
You won't need an aftermarket barrel AND it will be an accurate rifle when you get it back