Survival Gun the Ruger Alaskan Review – In-Depth Overview

This is a rifle that you would use for hunting in some of the harshest conditions available. What really makes this rifle great is the non-rotating Mauser-type controlled round feed extractor.

The ruger Alaskan weighs eight pounds and has an overall length of 42 inches, a matte stainless finish, a windage-adjustable shallow V-notch rear sight, and large white bead front sight.

The rifle also features the Ruger Muzzle Brake System that includes a removable, radial-port muzzle brake to reduce felt recoil. The ruger Alaskan rifle features the smooth and crisp LC6 trigger, three-position safety, and integral scope mounts for included scope rings. The hinged solid-steel floorplate as found on other Hawkeye rifles

Survival gun the Ruger Alaskan Review

Survival gun the Ruger Alaskan review


The M77 ruger Alaskan is a stainless steel rifle available in two finishes: matte or Alaskan black. The Alaskan black is an applied coating that adds another layer of protection to the gun. It’s done with cutting-edge technology.

The gun is put in a vacuum and electrically charged. The finish material is introduced as microscopic particles that are oppositely charged. Opposites attract, and the coating mates with the metal. This is a closely controlled process-both in time and rate of deposition-that results in a thin, even coating that bonds exceptionally well to the metal.

The barreled action is then matched with a Hogue OverMolded synthetic stock. The “OverMolded” outer skin of this stock is rubber, which provides a positive gripping surface in any weather.

The fore-end and pistol grip features a pimpled, textured surface to further enhance gripping. The bottom of the pistol grip features an inletted, pewter-colored emblem with the Ruger eagle.

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The ruger features the angled front action screw found on all Ruger bolt-actions. This screw fits into the recoil lug, so conventional pillar bedding will not work. Instead, Ruger installed a larger-diameter column on an angle and then machined the top to match the profile of the recoil lug. It’s a simplistic genius.

The Ruger M77 Hawkeye Alaskan comes with the new LC6 trigger. It’s no secret that Ruger rifles have long had a problem with their motivations (they were often too heavy), but no more.

The factory trigger on the gun breaks at 4.5 pounds-still a bit stiff, but a vast improvement over the older Ruger triggers. This new trigger is crisp, clean, and about damn time. The M77 Hawkeye Alaskan is shipped with a rather unique set of iron sights.

The front sight is a barrel band with a ramp. It’s topped with a sight blade featuring a large faux-ivory bead. The rugged, shallow V-notch rear sight is non-adjustable for elevation but is adjustable for windage.

A Ruger spokesperson told me the sights are regulated for the Hornady ammo but that they have sight blades in other heights available if the factory standard blade does not zero with the load you use.

The rear sight has a vertical, inletted white line to lead your eye to the bottom of the V


The trigger-blocking safety is a three-position design. The rotating “wing” locks the trigger and bolt when in the rear position. The center position unlocks the bolt but continues to block the trigger for safe loading and unloading. Full forward is fire. The floorplate is steel and is tough enough to withstand a landmine.

It also has the Ruger logo engraved on it. Like all Ruger rifles, the receiver is machined for integral scope mounting, and the rings are shipped with the rifle. As anyone who has ever been tasked with purchasing scope rings and bases know, this is a real bonus.


  • It is cheap
  • It is durable


  • The trigger is heavy

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The Ruger M77 Hawkeye Alaskan is a big game gun that any Alaskan would be proud to hang from his back truck window. It comes in .375 ruger, and .416 ruger 2 rather large loads meant to take care of business no bologna.

The Hawkeye Alaskan is designed to be used in the harshest weather on Earth. As anybody who has spent much time in coastal Alaska in the fall knows, the name was well chosen. Ruger’s latest rifle is up to the task

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  • Kyle Lee

    Kyle Lee was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and he always had an interest since childhood in wildlife. Due to his awareness that the USA and other countries had tension with one another, he studied methods to prepare himself if any type of disaster happened. He learned about how to prep if a natural or human-made disaster occurred. That became his passion, which led him to establish Survival Straps, and Kyle is the chief editor. He works as a manager at a camping and outdoor store, lives by himself with his cats, and enjoys watching war documentaries.