Dear Ruger,


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TarDevil
May 8, 2012, 12:08 PM
Why have you made the line up of chamberings for the classy #1 so boring? Years and years I've waited for the chance; now the kids are grown, I've got a job with decent pay and good bonuses and you've taken away my dream - a #1 Light Sporter in 7X57 (yeah, I can get it in the International, but it ain't a sporter!). If I couldn't have 7X57, a 9.3 in a Medium Sporter would do just fine, but alas those are gone in place of a few ho-hum regular rifle bores and a couple of revolver cartridges.

Ruger, oh Ruger, the #1 deserves better! Please bring back the chamberings deserving of such a classy gun!

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desidog
May 8, 2012, 12:27 PM
You'll have a long wait...more time to work on your meter :) ... Ruger production can't keep up with the current demand for what they do offer.

TexasPatriot.308
May 8, 2012, 02:06 PM
I love Rugers and own quite a few, you got to question their decisions lately, especially since Mr. Ruger died. they seem to discontinue what works and sells good.

Dr. Sandman
May 8, 2012, 02:08 PM
I wish that they would make a 7.62x39 revolver. That would be pretty cool!

CoRoMo
May 8, 2012, 02:12 PM
...they seem to discontinue what works and sells good.
Right. That's what created a backlog of orders so large that they had to notify all distributors that they would not take another single order until they could catch up with the standing orders. When your manufacturing can't keep up with the demand, that's a sure sign that you are producing products that don't 'sell good'.

RPRNY
May 8, 2012, 02:14 PM
Eh voila:

Ruger No. 1 Medium Sporter in 9.3x74:

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=284971791


And a 7x57 in very nice wood:

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=285287416

TarDevil
May 8, 2012, 02:26 PM
Eh voila:

Ruger No. 1 Medium Sporter in 9.3x74:

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=284971791


And a 7x57 in very nice wood:

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=285287416

Both sweet! Hope something like these are available when bonuses are doled out!! Thanks!

CraigC
May 8, 2012, 05:02 PM
...they seem to discontinue what works and sells good.
Yes, that's why Ruger has turned a profit every year of its existence, operates on cash and has no debt. Most folks would say that Ruger has been much more responsive to customer demands and more forthcoming with new models since ole Bill died but I reckon everybody sees it differently. :rolleyes:

blarby
May 8, 2012, 05:06 PM
Dear Ruger :

Please build more factories, so that we can at least dream of ordering guns from you this decade.

Sincerely,

Everyone who wants a Ruger not on the shelf today.

Nullcone
May 8, 2012, 05:06 PM
Tar, turn the sarcasm down a notch and use the "email an executive" feature on Ruger's website.

(no offense, I would have to turn the knob so far it would probably break)

Ruger No. 1 Medium Sporter in 9.3x74:

A shame there is so much fine print on that rifle...

do not (unless stated) have the gun up for auction in stock, and the auctions do have "stock" photos

we now require payment, (in full) up front before placing the order with our distributor.

There ought to be a law...

jmr40
May 8, 2012, 08:55 PM
That is why you build custom guns. Ruger is in business to make a profit.

...they seem to discontinue what works and sells good.

While it may work well, and you and I may like it, that does not mean it sells enough to show a profit. Ruger has done a pretty good job of making guns that work and that they can make a profit on.

None of the gun companies top of the line guns sell well. Too many cheap shooters not willing to pay for them. All of the gun companise have given up the race to build the best gun. The goal now is to produce the cheapest gun they can sell. It is not the gun companies fault. They are only responding to what consumers are buying.

BBQLS1
May 9, 2012, 12:44 AM
I love Rugers and own quite a few, you got to question their decisions lately, especially since Mr. Ruger died. they seem to discontinue what works and sells good.

Ruger knows what they are doing and they know what sells. The oddballs never do as well. Ruger is building guns at full tilt and can't keep up.

DC3-CVN-72
May 9, 2012, 03:15 AM
I had been wanting RUGER to make the M77/.357 MAG. for yrs. & they did. I finely get to pick mine up on friday ! I know it will be worth the wait ! :)

TexasPatriot.308
May 9, 2012, 03:23 AM
to address the scarcasm, I own lots of Rugers dating back to the 70s including old minis. what I was saying is rifles like the #1 which I love and own a few of, are chambered in great calibers, then discontinued in that caliber (.308, .220 swift, to name a couple), their SR9 had to be basically recalled, the problem with the SR11 also is the same, problems with the safety kept it off the market and back orders are a result. I have bought 3 rugers in the last year, a #1Varmint in .22-250, a .357/9mm convertible revolver, a mini 14 tactical and am waiting on an M77 in .257 Roberts. I aint putting Ruger down by a long shot, but I see problems with management when you got back orders like they got now. if any of you scarcastic guys buy more Rugers than me, then feel free to make light of me. I plan on buying at least 3 more in the next few weeks, great firearms, dependable that I really like, but for whatever, something aint right in the management department.

elrowe
May 9, 2012, 09:15 AM
to address the scarcasm, I own lots of Rugers dating back to the 70s including old minis. what I was saying is rifles like the #1 which I love and own a few of, are chambered in great calibers, then discontinued in that caliber (.308, .220 swift, to name a couple), their SR9 had to be basically recalled, the problem with the SR11 also is the same, problems with the safety kept it off the market and back orders are a result. I have bought 3 rugers in the last year, a #1Varmint in .22-250, a .357/9mm convertible revolver, a mini 14 tactical and am waiting on an M77 in .257 Roberts. I aint putting Ruger down by a long shot, but I see problems with management when you got back orders like they got now. if any of you scarcastic guys buy more Rugers than me, then feel free to make light of me. I plan on buying at least 3 more in the next few weeks, great firearms, dependable that I really like, but for whatever, something aint right in the management department.
Great choice - .257 Roberts M77 has been my favorite rifle since I bought mine in '87. Still mad at them for moving the safety to the bolt though. I do question the business sense of most of their dealers, at least around here. I've drooled over No. 1s for years but never actually handled one. When I finally got enough saved up to get serious, I called all the local dealers and none stock any - "too expensive" - what, really? I finally had to drive over 100 miles to Bud's just to get one in my hands. They'll get my order if I ever figure out what model (all weather probably) and caliber (that's the hard part).

TexasPatriot.308
May 9, 2012, 01:30 PM
as much as I love .308s, my dream #1 would be in 7mm-08, but I doubt they will offer that chambering anytime soon. my No. 1 Varmint .22-250 shoots 1/2" groups, though most people will tell you No. 1s are not known as tackdrivers.

sig220mw
May 9, 2012, 02:45 PM
I happened upon a ruger no 1 in 270 win which is my favorite caliber. It was on consignment in a gun shop that I frequent that is very reputable. The minute I saw what caliber it was I knew I was screwed and about the spend some money that I hadn't planned on. It belonged to a retired man that was selling off all of his collection. I have always wanted one but would have preferred the stainless version with the laminated stock. Ruger quit making it though and this one also. This one is the sporter version with a 26 inch barrel. Now I need to spend even more money on a good scope. I'm thinking Zeiss Conquest 3x9-40.

Flatbush Harry
May 9, 2012, 05:25 PM
I have 3 Ruger rifles and 3 Ruger revolvers at the moment. The rifles are a No. 1 in 6.5x55 Swedish, a Ruger 77RSI in .308 Win in Stainless and a 77RSI in .270 Win in matte blue. I have toyed with getting a 9.3x74 No. 1 or a 77 Hawkeye African in 9.3x62. I have also thought about a No. 1 in .35 Whelen (which is sitting on the shelf in one of my favorite gun stores.

The revolvers are old model Vaqueros, two 5-1/2" .45 Colt/.45ACP convertible and a Birdshead grip 4-5/8 in .45 Colt.

Their guns may not be the most accurate (though all three rifles are sub-MOA shooters) but they're the strongest and most fun.

There will be more in my future.

FH

bailer
May 9, 2012, 10:18 PM
Both sweet! Hope something like these are available when bonuses are doled out!! Thanks!
Pm me when you're in the market. I have one for sale. Not putting much effort into it, so should be around for you.

Watergoat
May 10, 2012, 12:25 AM
Like bailer, I can probably hook you up with a 9.3x74R. Drop us a mail when ready. Curious - where are you in NC?

BBQLS1
May 10, 2012, 01:55 AM
to address the scarcasm, I own lots of Rugers dating back to the 70s including old minis. what I was saying is rifles like the #1 which I love and own a few of, are chambered in great calibers, then discontinued in that caliber (.308, .220 swift, to name a couple), their SR9 had to be basically recalled, the problem with the SR11 also is the same, problems with the safety kept it off the market and back orders are a result. I have bought 3 rugers in the last year, a #1Varmint in .22-250, a .357/9mm convertible revolver, a mini 14 tactical and am waiting on an M77 in .257 Roberts. I aint putting Ruger down by a long shot, but I see problems with management when you got back orders like they got now. if any of you scarcastic guys buy more Rugers than me, then feel free to make light of me. I plan on buying at least 3 more in the next few weeks, great firearms, dependable that I really like, but for whatever, something aint right in the management department.

The back orders aren't because Ruger management is messed up. Demand for their products has risen. That's good for the bottom line. The question is how long are they going to be selling rifles like this? If sales stay this way, then they'll add capacity. If the high sales is only temporary due to the looming election or other seen factors, then they'll just catch up.

Ruger is doing a good job as far as running a company.

Chief 101
May 10, 2012, 02:19 AM
"Dear Ruger :

Please build more factories, so that we can at least dream of ordering guns from you this decade.

Sincerely,

Everyone who wants a Ruger not on the shelf today."

Quoted from Blarby.
That would be the end of Ruger as we know it today...The reason they make good stuff is because of who they are and their limited abilities for mass producing their goods...Chief aka Maxx Load

goon
May 10, 2012, 02:22 AM
I love Rugers and own quite a few, you got to question their decisions lately, especially since Mr. Ruger died. they seem to discontinue what works and sells good.

I respectfully disagree. I think Ruger is more on the ball lately than many gun companies.
They're cranking out things shooters want like small, concealable handguns. They figured out how to use polymer to make a revolver. They rebuilt the high capacity 10/22 magazine into something durable and reliable and delivered it to the public. They tackled the Scout concept, albeit with some flaws (that I could probably live with). They also just came out with the 10/22 take-down, which I think will prove wildly popular.
To the OP, who wants a No.1 in 7x57mm, maybe find a used rifle with the same size cartridge head and have it rebarreled to get exactly what you want. I've not looked over that round for a long time, but isn't it the same size case head as 30'06 and that general family of rounds?

bailer
May 10, 2012, 11:30 AM
Like bailer, I can probably hook you up with a 9.3x74R. Drop us a mail when ready. Curious - where are you in NC?
I wasn't clear in my first post, typing on my phone that time. Mine is a 7x57. There should still be an add with pics up in the classifieds. My boy didn't draw a tag, so I'm not in a huge hurry to sell. That said, it's available to a good, loving home.

TarDevil
May 10, 2012, 11:41 AM
Pm me when you're in the market. I have one for sale. Not putting much effort into it, so should be around for you.
Thanks! Will certainly do that!

dprice3844444
May 10, 2012, 11:46 AM
sandman,magnum research makes a bfr in 30-30.why not ask them if they can do one in 762x39

highlander 5
May 10, 2012, 12:06 PM
Bottle neck cartridges don't work well in revolvers. Google 22 Rem jet/S&W model 53 and you'll find the answer.

TarDevil
May 10, 2012, 01:07 PM
Like bailer, I can probably hook you up with a 9.3x74R. Drop us a mail when ready. Curious - where are you in NC?
Varies between the foothills and coast. I spend generous time in both areas. Currently looking to consolidate in a permanent spot on the southern NC coast.

Would really prefer a lighter caliber like 7X57, or Flatbush Harry's 6.5X55 (my favorite deer cartridge). But if either can't be found at an affordable (for me) price, a 9.3 would do nicely on all these hogs. I could probably sit on my back porch at night a pick 'em off (assuming NCDNR approves hunting pigs at night!)

goon
May 10, 2012, 01:50 PM
But would a 7.62x39mm revolver sell? What's the practical application? You lose a lot of efficiency from the shorter barrel and even more from the cylinder gap.
I wouldn't buy one.
I don't know if anyone else would or not, but I bet the reason Ruger isn't making such a gun is because they'd be unsure about how it would sell.
But LCP's, LCR's, and take-down 10/22's make the shooting public happy and they sell. Coupled with the great customer service I've gotten from Ruger, I'd say they have a really good thing going.

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