Ruger Model 77 in .35-284. An unsigned custom logically attributed to Lenard Brownell by the donor, the action serialed 74-64998 was made in late 1979. (Brownell passed in 1982.) Most certainly, design characteristics including the profile of the Schnabel, the cheekpiece and its shadow line and aspects of the checkering pattern are strongly suggestive of Brownell’s hand. Features include a 22-inch McGowen barrel, hooded front ramp with Lyman blade and what appears to be an ivory bead, banded sling swivel stud, island rear sight with one fixed and one folding leaf (appears green) recontoured tang and custom tang safety. A Leupold M8-4x with Duplex reticle rides in factory rings. In addition to the graceful Schnabel forend tip and heavy crossing grain, the stock is finished with fine borderless wrap-around 26 lines-per-inch checkering, bottom metal pedestal and a sculpted pistol grip. DIMENSIONS: Weight (with optic) is 7.8 pounds and length-of-pull is 14.25 inches. CONDITION: Bore is bright, as the rifle is essentially unused. Under magnification, the bore has what appear to be very light machining marks, suggesting a proper lapping is in order. Finish is new, other than minor anodizing imperfections on the aluminum floorplate. The price is firm and layaway is available. $5,000 plus shipping. Proceeds benefit the Boone and Crockett Club.


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