Ruger 77/357

Being able to feed a long gun and a handgun from the same box of cartridges can reduce ammo costs, and is one of the oldest, most tried-and-true shooting concepts in the industry. While the lever-action has been more often associated with that role, Ruger has recently released a line of bolt-actions that are more than capable of handling your favorite handgun loads.

The company originally released an all-weather configuration M77 Mark II bolt-action in .44 Mag. The line has since been expanded to include a model chambered in .357 Mag., which we present as the latest Gun of the Week—the Ruger 77/357 Rotary Magazine Rifle.

Watch the video below and learn all about the 77/357 from American Rifleman's Senior Executive Editor Brian Sheetz. Are you glad this classic concept has returned? Let us know in the comments section below.

Technical Specifications:

Action: Bolt-Action
.357 Mag.
Brushed Stainless Steel
Black Synthetic
Front Sight:
Gold Bead
Rear Sight:
Barrel Length:
Overall Length:
8 Groove; 1:16” RH
5.50 lbs.
5+1 Removable Rotary Magazine

For Further Reading:

Ruger 77/357 Rotary Magazine Rifle Review


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22 Responses to Ruger 77/357

Scott wrote:
September 19, 2014

This is one flexible gun. 38's work fine and shoot like an oversized 22LR. They are sub sonic, low noise and no recoil. Off the shelf 357 ammo has a trajectory like a 22 Mag. Flat shooting out to 100m. Hotter loads are available from the factory and with hand loads. Here is Australia we can get a 158gr HP Federal with a quoted revolver velocity of ~1400fps. In the carbine it does 2100fps. That is 1600ftp of energy and right up with 30/30. I shoot out to 150m with this. Lots of noise and recoil to match though.

Mike wrote:
February 10, 2014

In LOVE with the ruger 77/357 . Nice short action rifle. Please make a semi-auto version.

Ron Snick wrote:
February 21, 2013

Can I use a 77/44mag clip on a 96/44mag lever action? Thank you Ron

JPC wrote:
January 23, 2013

I have one and it shoots great. I use high powered 158g rounds for deer. These leave the muzzle in the range of 2088 to 2150 fps. I have these zeroed at 150 yds. Brands I use are Buffalo Bore, HPR and Underwood Ammo. These do the same thing as a 30-30 out to 150 yards. My hottest loads still have over 600 ft-lbs at 200 yards. I have used the Hornady 140g Leverloution and they are sub 1.5" for three shots at 100 yards. However, Hornady 140gs are a bit under powered. The 125g, 1450 service load also works well and provides about 2000 fps. These would make a great varmit round to 125 to 150 yards. I also have hot 125g loads that leave the gun at 2200 to 2350 fps (Underwood & Buffalo Bore). So depending on the load I have a rifle that can vary from 1000 to 1600 ft-lbs of muzzle energy. At my current scope sighting I have a low-powered load with a 75 yd zero, a medium load (140g hornady) with a 100 yd zero, and a hot load (158g, 2150 fps) zeroed at 150 yards! If you spend some time at the range and learn the ballistics you can do a lot with this little carbine. It is also a great gun to carry in the woods all day! I finally got my hands on one at a local gun shop and paid $619 + tax. That is about the price of a good revolver but I get way more out of the cartrige.

noodles wrote:
January 13, 2013

This gun could be used for home defense in areas where getting a pistol permit is near impossible. However, the rotary magazine looks flimsy, easy to break and near impossible to repair properly. I would stock-up on extra mags if they’re available. Anyways, I’d usually always go with a lever gun, with a tube magazine, over a bolt action when using pistol ammo.

Don wrote:
January 13, 2013

It wholesales at just change below $460. But, try and find one. I can price Cadillac's at $1 as long as I do not have to deliver.

Left Coast Chuck wrote:
January 12, 2013

A rifle in .357 maximum would make more sense. It could handle .357 mag and the maximum cartridge. With the increased velocity of the 357 maximum, using the Hornday bullets, you would have a long range, .35 caliber rifle that would be useful

Jeff wrote:
January 12, 2013

The .357mag is a wonderful deer cartridge,,but I'm thinking about running a .357 maximum chamber reamer through it,,,should make an awesome little rifle then!

t wrote:
January 11, 2013

Bring back the pc9 & pc40 please !

Alexander wrote:
January 11, 2013

Is there a reason nobody is doing this in 460 or 500 mag.because I would definitely buy one of those

Kevin wrote:
January 10, 2013

Where in the world can this gun be found? I can't even find any used ones for sale!

Ted wrote:
January 10, 2013

Do you think they could make it just a little more expensive?

Kyle wrote:
January 09, 2013

Little practical use? Learn to shoot. We take whitetail here in Indiana with .357s all season long with no problem. Shot placement is key folks, not caliber.

Roger Combs wrote:
January 08, 2013

I have one and love it. But the coyotes around here sure don't. It has accounted for some out to 150 yards. While it's possible to use 38 special ammo in it, you have to resight for more than about 40 yards and the 38s shoot quite low. But it is a great gun and well worth the money. I have not cronographed it, but the 357 has more whack than that coming out of a 4 inch revolver so it is a good little hunting gun that fits in tight spaces, has no felt recoil, and is almost weatherproof.

FrogSwatter wrote:
January 08, 2013

I like the idea of it but would like to see semi-auto calibers along with other revolver calibers too. The concept is great but the price point is rather high for just (what I would consider) a walk in the woods gun or for small game. It is a good looking rifle, just priced too high for me.

Terry F wrote:
January 07, 2013

They sell for around $650, which is still TOO much!!! AND, try and find one! In California anyway.

Jerry in AZ wrote:
January 07, 2013

A $793 MSRP seems a little high. I've been keeping an eye on one in my local gun shop for about three months now with a price tag of $599. It would be in my gun cabinet right now if I could figure out how to justify the expenditure.

chieftf wrote:
January 07, 2013

I have all the Ruger Model 96's. .44, .22 Mag., 22LR, .17. For .357 I have a Marlin Carbine and I love the gun. I'm a cowboy at heart, all levers actions.

Tim wrote:
January 07, 2013

Seems to me you could with 158 grain bullets take small deer with this since the velocity is greater. All the way down to coyotes.

eric b wrote:
January 07, 2013

it is a cool gun with very little practical usage. Too big for small game and not enough for even a 100 yard shot anything larger than a coyote.

BigFoot wrote:
January 07, 2013

$800 for a rifle that's only good for plinking and small game? Isn't that why we have inexpensive .22 rifles? And since you would now have a .357 handgun AND a .357 rifle to feed, you would have to starve them both in order to save money on ammo. Take the $800 and buy another handgun or another rifle. Something that makes a meaningful addition to your collection.

Joe wrote:
January 07, 2013

Could you use a .38 special as well? i mean most .357 can shoot a .38, so why not the rifle?