Single shot rifles....


February 12, 2008, 10:50 AM
Anyone own one, and what do you think of them?

Why did you buy one?

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February 12, 2008, 10:56 AM
I have a Springfield Trapdoor 45-70
A Remington Rolling Block in .357 mag.
And a Shiloh/Sharps 45-70
Sold a Ruger #3 in .223 a year ago.

Why did I buy them? I guess I just like old stuff and learning the skills and mystique of yesteryear.

They are a hoot to shoot and if you are a hunter, they make you take better shots.

February 12, 2008, 01:00 PM
I have an H&R Handirifle. I usually keep a 20-gauge shotgun barrel on it, becaus that's the only shotgun I have, but I have a .30-30 barrel for it (I think that's what was on it when I bought it, and therefore what the paperwork says).

I like mine for a number of reasons:
1. They are super simple. Mine has only three parts that a user needs to manipulate: the lever for breaking the action open, the hammer to cock, and the trigger to fire. That makes it easy to hand the gun to someone with little or no experience and have them be able to operate it.

2. As Iggy said, having one shot when hunting makes you be damn sure of your shot and really take your time with it. You also get good at quick reloading (see all the discussions of single-shot shotguns for home defense in the Shotgun section).

3. With the Handirifle in particular, you can get a barrel in essentially any caliber you want for under a hundred bucks. ( That's like getting a whole new gun basically!


February 12, 2008, 01:15 PM
I owned and hunted with several Ruger #1 rifles in .243 and 25/06 for years.

Far as I am concerned - they are GREAT !

All my hunting is with handguns now but if I decide I need a rifle it will be a Ruger #1, regardless of caliber.



The Annoyed Man
February 12, 2008, 01:38 PM
There's a local Academy sporting goods store that sells a Handirifle package that comes with 3 barrels: a shotgun (unsure of gauge), a .223, and it's either a .22LR or a .243 (I can't remember which. It seemed like a pretty good idea for a long term survival gun.

February 12, 2008, 01:39 PM
I don't own one. I've thought of maybe putting a rifle barrel and stock on my contender frame. Don't really have the NEED, but it'd make for an accurate, short, light hunting rifle. You don't need more'n one shot for hunting. I hunt with the contender in .30-30 and have taken 5 deer with it so far. Never needed more'n one. I can think of only one deer I needed a second shot on....because I didn't do my job and missed the first and he ran out and stood still broadside (moron deer for a nice 8 point mature buck) and allowed me to have a second chance. I had time to reload a single shot on that one, anyway, LOL. I've kicked a few up and missed on the run, but a second shot was not possible if I'd been shooting a ma deuce. Amazing how a whitetail can get the hell outta Dodge when it wants to. LOL

February 12, 2008, 01:58 PM
I have used a Ruger #1 in .270 for my deer rifle for over twenty years. Something about just having one shot sums up the way I like to hunt. They're not for everyone.

Sav .250
February 12, 2008, 02:34 PM
I would think having just (1) pill available to send down the pipe would make you think twice about your shot selection. Which is a good thing.

February 12, 2008, 02:41 PM
Hi Sav. .250....

You're exactly right. And it's funny how having just one shot seems to increase the number of one-shot, DRT kills one accomplishes.


February 12, 2008, 04:01 PM
I currently have seven (7) Remington 40XB's in calibers from .22 BR Remington to .25-06 Remington with one more on order (in .220 Swift) and one being rebarreled to 6mm/250. I like them because they are single-shot heavy barreled target rifles that are far more accurate than I am! :eek: Since I shoot one shot at a time at the target range I prefer to load one cartridge at a time. With repeaters I am not sure if loading singlely would hurt the rifle's extractor or not. With a single-shot bolt action rifle I don't have to worry!:D

February 12, 2008, 05:35 PM
I have a H&R in .357 maximum that's a tackdriver. Also have Ruger #1's in .30-06, .22-250, .45-70 and .405 Win. Bought the H&R because of the chambering. Buy the #1's because of the classic style. I definatly will have more #1's.

the fool
February 12, 2008, 06:00 PM
remington #4 22 lr 16" barrel
fun to plink with (

February 12, 2008, 06:53 PM
I have a Stevens/Savage model 72, and I love it!!!

February 12, 2008, 07:10 PM
I don't have one, but I think a .357 Max H&R will be my next rifle.

February 12, 2008, 08:00 PM
a single shot .22 is my first love.

February 12, 2008, 08:28 PM
I have a Harrington & Richardson 1871 223 Bull Barrel. I love this rifle. Below are couple of links to my reviews on it:

February 12, 2008, 08:29 PM
T/C G2 rifle. Bought it because I could buy multiple barrels/calibers. Neat thing is each of my barrels have their own scope. I had a Mike Belm trigger job (2lbs) and this thing is accurate. I can reload pretty fast too.

February 12, 2008, 08:54 PM
Have had a Ruger No. 1 since about 1977 or so, .270 cal. I have a heavier model, maybe 1B model with a 26 inch barrel, but without the action to add length like in a bolt, the balance is very good, nice rifle.

February 12, 2008, 08:56 PM
Pedersoli Sharps in 45-70. Crazy accurate and about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on.

I like old stuff, and I've always thought the 1874 Sharps was the most beautiful rifle ever made. The Ruger #1 is a very close second. Single shots are just elegant looking.

February 12, 2008, 09:01 PM
Browning 1885 BPCR and 5 Ruger #1s from 22 Hornet to 458Win mag. all for the fun of it and the elegance of the single shot.

February 12, 2008, 09:01 PM
I have a Remington 514 that was my father's first rifle as a boy--one with which he put squirrel and rabbit on the table, helping to feed his family at a time when they didn't have much else to eat. I hope to pass it along to one of my own children when they are old enough to understand the importance of the family history that goes with it.

February 12, 2008, 09:50 PM
I have a Browning 1885 in 45-70, very good gun.

February 12, 2008, 09:56 PM
I have a Browning 1885 low wall in .243, its a beautiful little rifle.

February 13, 2008, 02:02 AM
+1 to jimbeam.

Action is shorter than a bolt rifle, permitting a carbine-length rifle with a 22" barrel.

I have a Ruger #1 in .30-06 and another in .243. With 3-9X Leupolds, they make very nice hunting rifles.

As I don't hunt dangerous game, these are fine for deer hunting in country that permits taking a careful, deliberate shot.

(However, if I have to hunt deer in dense cover, I prefer my old Ruger .44 Mag semi-auto. :) )

February 13, 2008, 05:41 AM
I believe all my single shot rifles were from the CMP....all 22 rimfires. 4 assorted Remington 40X rifles, 3 Winchester 52D rifles, 2 H&R M12 rifles, and a Kimber 82G. If you'de have told me 5 years ago my collection would someday include that many single shot rimfire rifles, I wouldn't have believed you!!

February 13, 2008, 08:41 AM
I'm interested in getting a single shot myself. Would be great way to introduce new shooters, I learned on a single shot .22LR (bolt action).

February 13, 2008, 11:18 AM
Thanks for all the replies.
It's given me alot to think about.


Dave R
February 13, 2008, 02:23 PM
Have an NEF in .223 as a varmit gun.

I would think having just (1) pill available to send down the pipe would make you think twice about your shot selection. Which is a good thing.I believe that's true.

One more thing I like about single-shots--they are safer for training. You have to go through several deliberate actions to get it to shoot. A semi-auto, like a 10/22 or Marlin 60, all you have to do is twitch wrong to have a negligent discharge.

February 13, 2008, 08:44 PM
I have a Handi-Rifle in .223 with a 24" heavy barrel. It shoots very well and did not cost a fortune.

Chuck R.
February 13, 2008, 08:51 PM
Shiloh Sharps #1 Sporter in 45-100
Ballard High-Wall Special Sporting in 45-90
Ballard High-Wall Special Sporting in 40-70
Ballard Low-Wall Special Sporting in .22LR

I like single shot BPCRs and use them for Silhouette & long range. The .22 is built to the same specs as my .40-70 for cheap practice.


February 13, 2008, 09:43 PM
I would like to get an NEF survivor in .308 and then get the .223 barrel also. They have a very heavy barrel, and from what I hear are very accurate, plus I would have every major NATO round covered then.

February 13, 2008, 09:58 PM
Ruger #1B in .25-06.

I bought it from a co-worker to help him out when he was having medical problems. I never intended to keep it, having heard so many stories about how hard they are to get to shoot well.

First load I tried was sub-MOA.

It ain't going nowhere except to my heirs.

February 14, 2008, 12:03 AM
I've got an encore in .45-70 .375H&H and .257 Roberts. With an Uberti rolling block .357mag in layaway right now.

February 14, 2008, 06:53 AM

NEF Handi-Rifle in .223


price, single shots are generally cheaper

performance, single shots lack alot of moving parts, they lock up tighter and generally speaking are darn accurate

February 15, 2008, 07:16 AM
I have a Contender 357, H&R utra slug 20, Yesterday bought the New SB2-S44, Knight Disc (first version). Like they say, If you can not make the shot- go back to the range.

February 15, 2008, 11:22 AM
Remington M1867 rolling block ( in .45-90 (best I can figure, anyway - it's switchable between rimfire and centerfire), made at Copenhagen Arsenal under contract in 1887, IIRC, and surplused from the Danish Navy. The story goes that my great-grandfather bought it out of a hardware-store barrel in the '50s for a song and put .45-70 cowboy loads through it now and then. It's ridiculously accurate, but since CAS started getting popular a few years back it's been impossible to find mild cowboy loads. She's solid as a rock, but I'd rather not tempt fate putting full-power rounds (of the wrong caliber, no less) down the tube of a 120-year-old gun.

I've always wanted a modern repro 1867 in .45-70 because of that thing. The rolling-block action is genuinely the coolest thing I have ever seen, and I've always liked the idea of single-shots - seems to me it would greatly improve one's shooting in short order having only one round on tap.

February 15, 2008, 11:36 AM
I have a ruger #1 in .300 win mag, works great, beautiful rifle. What I really want is the ruger #1 international with the mannlicher stock.

I also have an H&R single shot .17 HMR with the bull barrel, works great too. Very accurate and I can reload it fairly fast for squirrel shooting.

February 15, 2008, 10:34 PM
Single shots really make you lear to choose your shot, and hunting one is more of a challenge for those who like that kind of thing. I love drop blocks, and am currently focusing on 1885s because the shoot well and look so good.

Old Time Hunter
February 16, 2008, 08:54 AM
Original Springfield Trapdoors:

a couple more:

Also have Uberti reproduction High Wall in .45-70 and a Sharps businessman.

Like the challenge of the originals though! And they are less expensive.

February 16, 2008, 10:28 AM
Old Time Hunter,

Those are beautiful Springfield trapdoors, thanks for sharing the photo.

February 16, 2008, 03:03 PM
I have others, but this .30-06 Ruger is my favorite.

February 16, 2008, 07:06 PM
Not as accurate as it should be yet, but it is a rugged, simple rifle. I've free floated the fore end and done the o ring trick and the groups have tightened up to about 1.5 moa off of a rest. The next two steps are going to be glass bedding the fore end and shimming the rifle for a nice tight lock up. I bought it as a gun to play with, a back up hunting rifle, and to finally start reloading all the 7.62 brass I have in my closet.

February 16, 2008, 08:06 PM
Let's see....Six single shot .22s, an 1884 Trapdoor, and a Ruger #1...I think I need more :)

Single shot rifles are great, they force you to be a little more careful where your shot is going, and a Ruger #1 just exudes class!

February 16, 2008, 09:12 PM
I took my Sharps to the range today. Every time I shoot it I get admiring comments from other shooters. It's especially gratifying to shoot groups comparable to a guy with a scoped .223 :) Not only does it look nice, it shoots nice, too.

I looked at Handi Rifles at the gunstore today. I can see how they would be a lot of fun, especially since you can buy another barrel and have essentially a new rifle for dirt cheap. It would be cool to shoot 500 S&W and 17 HMR out of the same rifle.

February 16, 2008, 09:36 PM
Ruger #1-V in .22-250.

The rifle is more accurate than I am.

February 17, 2008, 12:02 AM
I have three single shot rifles. All are .22s. They shoot fine and are great for teaching the youngsters just getting started. One has been with me since 1960...when I was 10 years old.


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