A few years ago, Ruger replaced its Model 77 Mark II bolt-action rifle with what they called the Model 77 Hawkeye. There were a number of improvements over the Mark II, including the contour of the stock, wrap-around checkering on the forend, a more cushioned recoil pad, and a crisp trigger that feels much lighter than its actual four-pound pull. To help pay for these improvements while not asking for a large price increase, the hand finishing of the barreled action (mostly polishing for a high-gloss blue or lustrous stainless) was replaced with a fine job of media blasting to produce a perfect non-glare matte surface. Meanwhile, Ruger discontinued their famous (but quite heavy) 77 Magnum Rifle in 375 H&H, 416 Rigby, and 458 Lott. These expensive rifles, last retailing for over $2500, were replaced by the 77 Hawkeye African. The new African was chambered for the also new 375 Ruger, a powerful and accurate round that puts out more energy and velocity than the grand old 375 H&H. That rifle was priced at an unbelievably reasonable $1079, complete with open sights and an express-type rear. In the months to come, hunter after hunter found great success with the new combination. It received very favorable reviews in magazine articles. Many were sold out of our predecessors shop, and headed to elk country, Alaska, and Africa.
With quite a number of these rifles being sold, the owner of the former shop carefully inspected each one of them upon arrival. He set aside the best of them, making that determination by the quality (color, grain layout, density) of the stock. Today we have that choice rifle, still new in the box, at Northwest Magnum; and it is for sale. We also have a large supply of 375 Ruger ammunition, by Hornady.
We can't get rifles just like this one anymore. The current production Hawkeye African has a muzzle brake, is also available in 416 Ruger (which matches the old 416 Rigby), is longer and heavier, and is priced at $1199. Our price for this last of the first style of Hawkeye Africans is just $839.00, plus shipping. Ammunition, which must be shipped separately, is readily available. The one thing that seems to surprise people the most when they first pick up a Hawkeye African is its extraordinary balance and handling characteristics. Do yourself a favor... Own a rifle that can really get the job done. And don't take a chance by going after just any rifle in a box. This one has been hand picked by an expert.
$35.00 flat rate shipping to a current registered FFL in the lower 48. There is a 3% fee for the use
Trades Accepted: No
Northwest Magnum is devoted to customer service. We are a dealer for Cooper Firearms and we carry Remington Custom Shop rifles. We also carry Savage, Winchester, Sako, Beretta, Ruger, Smith and Wesson, and Browning. We have a small but classy gun shop in Salmon, Idaho (hometown of Elmer Keith).