The Ruger M77 Hawkeye is Ruger’s prime hunting rifle. The M77 utilizes a controlled feed action that is based very heavily off of the Mauser action to the point that it is nearly identical. The claw extractor ensures proper loading and extraction of cartridges from the internal box magazine into the chamber.
The Hawkeye is the third generation version of the M77, which was originally designed to compete with the Winchester Model 70 and the Remington Model 700. As with the Model 70, it has a three position safety, with the first position locking up the bolt, the second position freeing the bolt but preventing the trigger from being fired, and the third position allowing the weapon to shoot.
The M77 is today available in a wide number of different configurations and calibers, including .270 Winchester, .308 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield, 7mm Remington Magnum, and .300 Winchester Magnum to name a few.