• Manufacturer: Ruger
  • Model: M77 MKII VLE
  • Caliber: 7.62x51mm NATO (.308 Win)
    5.56x45mm NATO (.223 Rem)
  • Barrel Length: 26" (660mm)
  • Twist: 1:12" RH
  • Magazine: 5 round internal box magazine
  • Stock: Dark laminated wood
  • Metal Finish: subdued stainless
  • Weight: 9.51 lbs (4.32 kg) no optics
  • Overall Length: 46.0" (1168mm)
  • Additional Notes: Integral Scope base and 1" rings included.
    Harris bi-pod included.

The Ruger M77 MkII VLE is Ruger’s little known Law Enforcement tactical rifle. The rifle is based off of the M77 MkII VT target/varmint rifle but has a few changes. All the metal work is a flat black finish vs. the flat grey color of the VT rifles. The VT and VLE rifles have a laminated stock which is nicely contoured with a very wide forend. The VLE stock is different in that it is composed of darker grey colored laminates, vs the brown colors of the VT. Both rifles are the same beyond that. The barrel is a 26″ medium weight barrel. The barrel is not as heavy as most tactical rifles, which keeps weight down a little. The trigger is a decent 2 stage trigger, which I personally prefer. The scope mounting system is typical Ruger with the integral scope mounting rails for the provided rings to mount to. The VLE also comes with a Harris bipod standard which is a nice touch.

How does the rifle shoot? Well, they are typical Ruger, you either have a sweet shooting tack driver, or a semi-accurate shooter. Ruger’s are somewhat notorious for being hit and miss. Ruger claims that the VLE should consistently shoot sub 1 MOA with match ammo, and thats about right. On average, I would say they are a .75 – 1 MOA rifle. Also, while laminated wood is better then straight walnut, it will still shift more in weather changes then a synthetic stock. But I will admit that I like the contour. I also like the Mauser style action and especially the 2 stage trigger, I wish more rifles were available with the 2 stage. The VLE is a reasonable cost rifle, at about $600 (give or take) but they are supposedly for LE only, and somewhat hard to find. Overall, not a bad rifle for the money.




rich ralston

Gotta smile at what I read on “sniper” forums. I own a Ruger VLE in .308 – Bedded, recrowned, Timney, handloads, Lupo scoped w/Kenton tuned turrets, etc; I’m bleach bottle accurate at 800 yds. All day every day. Paper ? Ok. 3/8ths at 200. Rugers don’t shoot? Whatever. They’re a mechanical device. Some do & some don’t. Mine happens to do.


I’ve got a vt, .308, that -I- consistently shoot 3/4 minute with Factory federal boattail rounds. My gunsmith (now deceased) unerringly shot it 1/2 minute.

The weapon is factory stock except for having been drilled to mount a weaver base.

I have always been a Ruger fan and never owned one that wasn’t a shooter.


I also have a vle in .308 and I guess I got lucky because I would put mine up against any rifle in the same category made. It’s a nail driver


The VLE are nice rifles i have three and the calibers are 223,243 & 308 all look the same and have the bipods i had the opportunity to purchase a 22-250 but that slipped away and regret it.
I tried to get get information on all calibers made in the VLE but are aware of only 223 & 308


Is it a VLE? We might be interested to add it to the museum collection. Shoot me an email.


Yes, it’s a VLE. Black lam stock with blued hardware. Factory bi-pod, lapped rings and bedded action. It shoots into 1.5″ at 300 yards. It will hold 20 round groups into that spread as demonstrated several times at the Cheshire County Fish and Game Club.


I have one and would put it up against any rifle at a comparable price out there out to about 800 yards.

Lt. Ken Keough

I’ve had mine for almost 25 years and have maybe 500 rounds through it. I don’t shoot it much, but it has always performed flawlessly. Mine is the EARLY version, which featured a polished finish, chambered in .308, and has a 1:12 twist barrel which HATES the heavier loads. It will consistently shoot 1/2 MOA cold-bore with 155gr. match-grade ammo, provided I do my job. About five years ago, I put a Horus scope on it, chopped it to 21.75″ and re-crowned it. After doing that, I’ll agree that 800 yards is a reasonable figure, maybe 900 on a GOOD day. I’m about to (hopefully) complete a police basic precision rifle course with it in October, and I’m confident it will do its job. I’m the real variable in that equation, but I need the certificate for liability reasons, so…


I have one in .308 and would match it up against any comparable rifle made,
it has served me well for many years.


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