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Went to my dealer to pick up a check from a handgun sale and came home with this Ruger Hawkeye Sporter 338 Win Mag.  It's not like I need another project with a 700 still waiting for a scope since last Fall.  But this was such a strikingly good looking piece.  It's built like a tank.  The action is a little rough and the trigger measures a consistent 4#'s which is passable but not great.  The 'target grey' color was a surprise as the catalog and internet pictures look like matte stainless.  The recoil pad measures about 1/2" and although it's better than past 77's I'm thinking it's still going to hurt in 338.  I'm hoping this one gets to shooter status.

EDIT:  As was pointed out to me the finish is 'Hawkeye Matte Stainless', not 'Target Grey'.

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Nice hunting rig. The extractor on Rugers has always seemd to me to be one of the strongest made. The choice of calibers should allow you to hunt anything on North America.
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I have zero experience with a 338.  I've shot 300 Weatherby's but that's the heaviest so I'm concerned with recoil.  I'm thinking it's going straight to the gunsmith for a Pachmayr or Kick-Ezz.  I'm also hoping I can get the action smoothed out some and the trigger massaged a little (both are quite a contrast to may regular hunter, a Sako 85).  I've been wanting to experiment with both a Hawkeye and the 338 so maybe I'm "killing two birds with one stone", ha ha.  Anyway, I'm an old 30-06 guy and not crazy about lots of recoil so I know this is going to be a challenge.
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Timber...........You`ll do just fine with the recoil. Good looking piece.
 
As with both of mine, the action should  smooth itself out a little with more use, which is typical Ruger. I`d rather have the strength and durability of a very strong action, which the Rugers are and put up with just a little lack of smoothness.
 
Along with a new recoil pad, slap yourself on a 2-8x32 Monarch, a 2.5-8x36 VX3, or a Zeiss. Imo, just about as perfect a magnification for the 338 Win as you`ll ever need. 
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I was hoping you'd say something about the action.  It's not terrible but it's a little rougher than my Featherweight 6.5 Swede.  It has a light oil coating on the action rail and I thought about wiping it off and putting on a very thin coating of grease.  Bad idea?  Maybe just use it and let time take care of it?

I haven't decided on a scope yet but I've got a big fat 4.5-15x56 VX-L I'll probably strap on as a mule to try out the recoil pad.  I've had pretty good luck with Pachmayr Decelerators so that's what I'm trying first.  Kick-Ezz's are softer but I want something more durable for this rifle.

I'm still surprised what a good looking rifle this Sporter is with the Target Grey finish.  The forestock is very slender, maybe even more so than a 700 Mtn. stock.  They also slenderized the pistol grip but the shape is not quite as good as the Mtn.  I'm wishing they hadn't gone smaller with the buttstock but it's not too small.

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I would not use grease on the action as all kinds of gunk gets caught up in it. (powder residue, dust etc. Rather use graphite powder.
The best option would be to let a gunsmith polish up the action.
 
Nice rig though. The 338's are quite popular in South Africa.
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You're right.  Let the gunsmith polish it or let it wear in over time.  I'm not sure though how rough is too rough to start out with on a Ruger.  He should know. 

There's also a small gap between the magazine floorplate and the stock (the box is inset 1/16").  It's seems tight when shut but there is some movement if pressure is applied.  Does yours have this Big Squeeze?

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congrats on the rifle--nice looking piece ... go with a Limbsaver ....I have both a 338 Win Mag and a couple 300 Wby's-- not all together that much difference in recoil...
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the .338 doesnt kick anymore than the .300roy does you will be fine.
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I have a couple of Rugers, they started off a little rough, but more I used it, the smoother it got, don't worry, it will smooth up.  I'm a big fan of the Limbsavers, have them on all my rifles and my shotgun.

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Originally posted by timber timber wrote:

You're right.  Let the gunsmith polish it or let it wear in over time.  I'm not sure though how rough is too rough to start out with on a Ruger.  He should know. 

There's also a small gap between the magazine floorplate and the stock (the box is inset 1/16").  It's seems tight when shut but there is some movement if pressure is applied.  Does yours have this Big Squeeze?

Good to hear from you 8shots.  
..........Those gaps are normal with mine and not to worry. Both my Frontier and Alaskan are the same way. It affects nothing.
 
I read your scope choice to play around with. I HOPE IT DOES NOT STAY ON THERE!! A 4.5-15x56 on a 338 Win???..........Shocked
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i was looking at new rcms, one was a .338rcm in composite stock, and it felt stupid when i shouldered it. the 300rcm was in wood, and it on the other hand felt very nice when shouldered. i like rugers in general, but there composite stocks leave something to be desired, except the hogue overmolded stock.
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Thanks for all the comments and thanks for checking Squeeze.  I don't remember seeing the gap on the others I handled but I didn't check that carefully.  It feels pretty tight even though it can move around some if you push on it.

I don't know what scope I'll use.  Honestly, I want to see if I can shoot it competently before I commit to a scope.  It's got to start with another recoil pad as I know myself and know the factory pad won't be comfortable  - at least to me.  I haven't fired a 300 Weatherby for years but it was a Mark V Deluxe.

I did handle a standard Hawkeye Synthetic in 270 win and it felt okay but was noticeably lighter than the wood standard Hawkeyes.  I haven't seen/handled any of the RCM's.  Here's a couple more pictures with a Featherweight for stock comparison before it goes to the smith.  Notice how slender the forearm is even compared to the Featherweight.


 


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Originally posted by timber timber wrote:

Thanks for all the comments and thanks for checking Squeeze.  I don't remember seeing the gap on the others I handled but I didn't check that carefully.  It feels pretty tight even though it can move around some if you push on it.

I don't know what scope I'll use.  Honestly, I want to see if I can shoot it competently before I commit to a scope.  It's got to start with another recoil pad as I know myself and know the factory pad won't be comfortable  - at least to me.  I haven't fired a 300 Weatherby for years but it was a Mark V Deluxe.

I did handle a standard Hawkeye Synthetic in 270 win and it felt okay but was noticeably lighter than the wood standard Hawkeyes.  I haven't seen/handled any of the RCM's.  Here's a couple more pictures with a Featherweight for stock comparison before it goes to the smith.  Notice how slender the forearm is even compared to the Featherweight.


 


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........................That barrel looks like a matte stainless to me. Still, very good lookin!!!
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You are absolutely right.  It's called "Hawkeye Matte Stainless".  My bad.  It's allot darker than a Remington bead blasted stainless.

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Pre-fit pads apparently aren't made for Hawkeye's yet so we settled on this grind-to-fit Pachmayr D750B 1" pad.  Anybody have one on a heavy kicker?

EDIT:  In reference to the Sims below.  Although the Sims is a great pad my experience has been it doesn't finish as nicely in a grind-to-fit application.  Not sure why.  I like the Sims in a pre-fit model though and wouldn't hesitate to use them again.



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I have a Pach. slip-on that I move around on some of my guns....It's pretty good.  I would suppose the grind to fit is the same material???   I prefer a Sims but the Pachmayr is fine too.    
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Originally posted by timber timber wrote:


EDIT:  In reference to the Sims below.  Although the Sims is a great pad my experience has been it doesn't finish as nicely in a grind-to-fit application.  Not sure why.  I like the Sims in a pre-fit model though and wouldn't hesitate to use them again.





They had a run where the sims did have trouble when ground.  I did one over Christmas for my brother-in-law and it turned out real nice.  Did not ball up and was not gummy.  We were real happy with the results.  My .02.
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Heard that too.  We tried it and I guess we got one of those.  The sides turned out very 'streaky(?)'.  It's hard to describe.  They looked uneven and inconsistent.  He did tell me that some of them had turned out well in the past.   This was about a year ago so maybe that inventory has been depleted? 

Both the Pachmayr and Kick-Ezz (when done correctly and not over-heated) looked great.  The Pachmayr model we used had that custom rifle look IMO.  I'd give the edge to recoil reduction to the Kick-Ezz but I'd give the edge to finshed look to Pachmayr.  But it's close.  JMHO.
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That ruger sporter is S-H-A-R-P ! I just wish they offered it in one of my favorites, the .280 Rem.
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Timber, sorry that you had bad luck with the sims.  Given current technology and how different pads are made, not a whole lot of difference.  Glad at least one worked for you.
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Originally posted by bricat bricat wrote:

That ruger sporter is S-H-A-R-P ! I just wish they offered it in one of my favorites, the .280 Rem.


Email and tell them.  I did for a 338 win mag.  Companies periodically review customer request, complaints, etc. now more than they ever did. 
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Originally posted by swtucker swtucker wrote:

I have a Pach. slip-on that I move around on some of my guns....It's pretty good.  I would suppose the grind to fit is the same material???   I prefer a Sims but the Pachmayr is fine too.    


I have no idea if the material is the same.  Good question.
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Originally posted by bricat bricat wrote:

That ruger sporter is S-H-A-R-P ! I just wish they offered it in one of my favorites, the .280 Rem.


The Sporter comes in 223, 22-250, 243, 270, 7mm Rem Mag, 308, 30-06, 300 Win Mag, and 338 Win Mag.  No 280.  Ruger's website shows the 'All-Weather' in 280 even though it's not in the catalog.
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