Ruger 77 serial number dating
A year or so ago there was a guy making the rounds of gun shows with brand new, still in the box with all accessories, pre-warning Ruger Model 77 rifles. To tell you the truth, I thought it was a petty good deal.
While the books show the value at a bit less for the Model 77 generally, a pre-warning gun, especially one with a Douglass barrel, is a bargain at 0. Regards, JP yes sir that helped alot any way to tell if this has the douglas barrel the only engraving on the barrel say sturm ruger&co inc and some punctuation with it.
Personally, I would gladly pay a 0 premium for a Douglas barreled M77 over a Wilson barreled example in the same condition.
The Average Joe gun buyer might not (and this includes some gun shop owners).
it also is in great to excellent condition having only minor aesthetic dings.My guess is that Ruger specified that they not be so marked when they ordered them (but that is just a guess). You might try using the email query address found on the company website.