Monday, October 12, 2009
Ruger M77 Mk2 VLE
Caliber: 7.62x51mm NATO (.308 Win), 5.56x45mm NATO (.223 Rem)
Length: 46.0" (1168mm)
Weight: 9.51 lbs (4.32 kg) no optics
Barrel Length: 26 inches (660mm)
Lands and Grooves: 6
Twist, Right Hand: 1:12"
Magazine Capacity: 5 rounds
Sight: Integral Scope base and 1" rings included.
Stock: Greyed laminated wood
Accessories: Harris bi-pod included.
The Ruger M77 MkII VLE is Ruger's little known Law Enforcement tactical rifle. The rifle is based off of the M77 MkII VT target/varmint rifle but has a few changes. All the metal work is a flat black finish vs. the flat grey color of the VT rifles. The VT and VLE rifles have a laminated stock which is nicely contoured with a very wide forend. The VLE stock is different in that it is composed of darker grey colored laminates, vs the brown colors of the VT. Both rifles are the same beyond that. The barrel is a 26" medium weight barrel. The barrel is not as heavy as most tactical rifles, which keeps weight down a little. The trigger is a decent 2 stage trigger, which I personally prefer. The scope mounting system is typical ruger with the integral scope mounting rails for the provided rings to mount to. The VLE also comes with a Harris bipod standard which is a nice touch.
How does the rifle shoot? Well, they are typical ruger, you either have a sweet shooting tack driver, or a semi-accurate shooter. Ruger's are somewhat notorious for being hit and miss. Ruger claims that the VLE should consistently shoot sub 1 MOA with match ammo, and thats about right. On average, I would say they are a .75 - 1 MOA rifle. Also, while laminated wood is better then straight walnut, it will still shift more in weather changes then a synthetic stock. But I will admit that I like the contour. I also like the mauser style action and especially the 2 stage trigger, I wish more rifles were available with the 2 stage. The VLE is a reasonable cost rifle, at about $600 (give or take) but they are supposedly for LE only, and somewhat hard to find. Overall, not a bad rifle for the money.