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What's everyone's opinion of it??? I'm getting a Hawkeye Left-Handed Standard (blued/wood) in .308 win.
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I know Bill Wilson (wilson combat) is quite fond of them and has several and recommends them.. actually recommended one to me yesterday
the stainless / laminate 308
they do a package that cuts the barrel to 20", re crown, trigger job, glass bed, freee float and tuff coat

he's got a few like that
that's a very strong endorsement
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I was considering getting that model in left hand but it only comes in long action.
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I like the mauser style extractor.  Rugers dont have a big reputation for accuracy like Sako & Tikka which have an accuracy guarantee of 1 inch or better and also come in a left hand version.
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The Hawkeye is among the better bargains on the centerfire bolt-rifle market these days.
 
The accuracy of Ruger rifles has improved vastly since they started making their own barrels in the 1990's. I have owned a bunch of 77 Mark II's since then (the Hawkeye is simply another version of the Mark II) and have always been able to get 1" groups at 100 yards, and often much finer accuracy.
 
The trigger is also vastly improved, and even if it's not perfect out of the box is one of easiest factory triggers to fix. The stocks are much slimmer and lighter than in the older 77's, and they always come with Ruger's excellent scope mounts, which not only work very well but save money. What's not to like?
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Loved mine (Hawkeye Sporter, 338 win mag) but couldn't get it to group (2.5" at 100 yards best), so regrettably I sold it.  The new trigger is really quite good, if still a little heavy (mine was 4#'s).  But man was it a looker!  And built like a tank.


 

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I have a Hawkeye in 308 (right-handed) that I purchased a couple months ago and love it.  With cheap 150 grain federal soft points I can keep the groups with 1.00 to 1.25" at 100 yards which is more than accurate for my purposes (deer hunting). 
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My wife loves her little Hawkeye Compact. I think they are tough, dependable and reliable. 
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Have a Ruger MKII in .22-250 and .270, they have worked very well for me.  I like the mauser extractor and the 3 possistion safety.   Accuracy has been great with the .22-250 and if I had more time I'd post the pics of .270 from this weekend, shot pretty decent (lot better than with my .204 Sad).
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I gotta MK II International in .308.  Fantastic woods gun (short & light wt.).  Get 1-1.25" groups with handloaded Nosler 165g BT's, which out of an 18.5" barrel is pretty good to me.  Plenty good enough for deer and yotes in the South Ark. woods.  Wouldn't mind having a Hawkeye with sights in .35 Whelen, .350 Rem. Mag. or .358 Win.
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Although I don't have the new Hawkeye version, I have a custom rifle that is based on the MK-II action, minus the new trigger (mine has a Timney aftermarket trigger).  I also have 2 of the original M77s with the tang safety, 1st gen trigger, plunger ejector and non-CRF bolt face.  I like the MK II action quite well, and if it came with a fully adjustable trigger, I could find very little to fault about it.  Fortunately, despite the fact it is non-adjustable from the factory, it isn't too hard to get a good trigger pull with this rifle, either by stoning the sear surfaces and replacing the spring, or by replacing with one of several good aftermarket triggers. I definitely prefer the MK II improvements over the original M77, and I like the slimmer stock, nicer looking checkering, new metal finishes, and steel floorplate of the M77 Hawkeye.  The M77 MK II in general is a very solid, totally reliable, foolproof rifle with some nice features (integral receiver mounting system, 3 position safety, controlled round feed w/ Mauser style extractor, robust bolt stop latch...).  I can't say I particularly like the angled front action screw, even though I can appreciate the concept, simply because it makes glass bedding, particularly pillar bedding a little more difficult.  The most recent examples of the M77 MK II I've shot were reasonably accurate -- about average for what can be expected of an out-of-the-box factory rifle.  Like most rifles, I've shot a few that were very accurate and a few that were horribly inaccurate.  I do believe that accuracy of the typical Ruger rifle has improved in the past decade.
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Thanks for the replies. I got mine for $1150 Aust. Dollars. I wanted a Remington 700 CDL but the price over here in Australia for one is a rip-off. With the Aussie Dollar trading at above 0.80c US Cents you'd think that it would be cheaper than $1700-$1800 Aust. Dollars!!! Shocked Whacko Thumbs Down
 
Compare the R.R.P. for the Ruger Hawkeye and Remington CDL over where you guys are.
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I just had a look at the Remington website and the 700 CDL doesn't even come in the calibre I wanted anyway (.308 Win)!...WTF!
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Originally posted by The Apostle AK The Apostle AK wrote:

I just had a look at the Remington website and the 700 CDL doesn't even come in the calibre I wanted anyway (.308 Win)!...WTF!
 
Get it 7mm/08.
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........or an M7 CDL in .308
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