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Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR), the nation's largest firearms manufacturer, is proud to announce the introduction of two new Ruger® M77 Hawkeye rifles chambered in the new .375 Ruger. The cartridge, co-developed with Hornady Manufacturing, perfectly fits the Ruger standard length action, the same one used for .270 Winchester and .30-'06 Springfield. The new cartridge delivers performance from a 20" barrel that equals the venerable .375 H&H from a longer magnum-length action with a 24" barrel.
The M77 Hawkeye "Alaskan" chambered in .375 Ruger features a matte black finish, a handy 20" barrel, and a Hogue® OverMolded™ synthetic stock. It will be available in early 2007. The M77 Hawkeye "African," also in .375 Ruger and available in early 2007, features a 23" blued barrel and checkered walnut stock. A left-handed "African" model will be available in mid-2007.
"We are extremely excited about this new co-development between Ruger and Hornady," said Sturm, Ruger President, Stephen L. Sanetti. "The .375 Ruger cartridge has already been tested in Africa by both Ruger and Hornady staff with excellent results. The shorter-barreled 'Alaskan' rifle is the perfect gun where quick handling and hard-hitting cartridges are needed, while the 'African' rifle will provide the same performance in a classic hunter's rifle."
Both rifles feature windage adjustable shallow "V" notch rear sights and large white bead front sights for instant sight alignment. They also are delivered with Ruger's patented scope rings, allowing the shooter to choose which optics to install on the integral mounts. Both rifles also have new, more effective recoil pads and new light and crisp Ruger LC6™ triggers.