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WTB 257 ROBERTS RIFLE

Discussion in 'Want to Buy/Trade Threads' started by gunfighter001, Feb 9, 2013.

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  1. gunfighter001

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    wtb 257 ROBERTS, WINCHESTER OR REMINGTON, would concider 98 mauser custom.
    PM with info
     
  2. chuckie68

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    Are you sure? Ammo, if you can find it is about $40 a box of 20. If you are sure I hope you reload. I do and that is the only way to afford to shoot it.

    Chuck
     
  3. timberfaller

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    Don't pass up a Ruger if you come across one!!!
     
  4. 6chuter

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    ...or you can make .257 Roberts brass from 7x57 Mauser brass.
     
  5. Joe Woods

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    I once had a Winchester Model 70, Featherweight, 22 " Barrel, A real shooter.
    Today if you are going to be a 257 shooter I recommend being a reloader. Ammo not so plentiful these days.

    Joe Woods/Ontario
     
  6. Doug Brown

    Doug Brown Well-Known Member

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    I have one (257 imp) that shoots a 75gr bullet 4000fps & is accurate.
     
  7. SC trapshooter

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    Any interest in a pre 64 model 70 Super Grade ? Not cheap.
     
  8. Chris Dunlap

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    I own two .257 Ackleys that my father built. The .257 Ackley is one of the best all around calibers for North American animals. It works great on White Tail Deer, Mule Deer, Antelope, Javelinas and Groundhogs. I load a 115gr Barnes TSX bullet for deer and use a 75gr bullet for groundhogs. It's a flat shooting caliber and a very accurate one. The fist .257 Ackley is one my dad built for my mother 37 years ago. He kept it in their divorce and gave it to me when I was 16. Well over 200 deer have been taken with that rifle. He restocked it for me in 2009 and ordered another blank that was cut out of the same block of walnut. He built another .257 Ackley that is identical to mine. I gave that one to my son (10 y/o) for Christmas this year. He also built a .257 Ackley last year on a Winchester Model 70 Pre-64 Super Grade action that he found still in the white. He used English Walnut for the stock with a piece of ebony on the forend. Once he checkers it, he is going to donate it to the Wounded Warrior Project to auction / raffle off to raise money for them. While I was on my second tour in Iraq in 2005 he built a .280 Ackley for me.

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    .257 Ackley #3 (WWP Gun)

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  9. Chris Dunlap

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    I added some pictures of the .257 Ackleys. Couldn't get the pictures to post when I replied earlier.
     
  10. 7mag

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    Beautiful guns Chris. Thank you for your service.
     
  11. halfmile

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    Ackley's best. This caliber is the most efficient in terms of how much energy is delivered for the powder used. Considered a little obsolete now but in my opinion the top.

    25-06 performance in a short action.

    HM
     
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    You can run 6mm rem brass through a 257 rob dies,and get 257 roberts brass,but why bother........there is plenty of Bob brass for sale.Its not like its obsolete.I own 1 257,and my son owns 1.Great cartridge....Thanks Ned.

    D.P.Reynolds
     
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    most attractive rifles i have ever seen. seriously. not the most ornate, but the most elegant.
     
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    I have taken a couple of pronghorns and several good size mule deer bucks with my .257 Roberts and found its performance to be almost ideal for this size game. It also is a real pleasure to shoot and something you wouldn't mind shooting at varmints all afternoon. Never had a problem getting loaded ammo or brass. Often overlooked and under apreciated round good for all but the biggest game in the lower 48.

    Really like the look of Chris Dunlap's rifles, wish my old M700 looked like those beauties!
     
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    I've had two, both Rugers. The first was a standard weight M 77 with the tang safety. I traded it for a M77 varmint .220 Swift that I still have. I don't remember whether I ever fired the .257.

    The second is a M 77 Ultralight with the tang safety and a Leupold compact 6X scope on it. I've taken one mule deer doe with it years ago, but now it just sits in the safe. In my experience the Ruger bolt guns are either very accurate or pretty poor. I have one of the first 7x57 guns they put out in the early '70s and have never been able to get it to group better than about 3". The .257 is about the same. It is sweet to carry and shoot, but when I have a couple of #1s in .280 and 6 mm Remington that will group inside 3" at 300 yards, and M 77s in .270 and .25-06 that will do about as well, there just isn't much temptation to use the .257.
     
  16. Chris Dunlap

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    Pocatello,

    One of the problems with the earlier Ruger M-77's is they have a pressure point in the barrel channel. In dry, arid conditions it will shoot and group fine. Any humidity, combined with heat from firing the rifle and that pressure point will push up on the barrel ever so slightly. This will effect the accuracy. I had an early M-77 Tang Safety in .243. It had an aweful pressure point in it and would not group tighter than 2" or so at 50yds even with handloads. I opened up the barrel channel and glass bedded the entire action and barrel channel which resulted in a free floating barrel. The rifle shot sub 1" groups at 100yds using a 105gr RN bullet.
     
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