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Got me a Ruger No. 1. Which scope now?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by geojap, Jul 25, 2007.

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  1. geojap

    geojap Member

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    I picked up a mint condition Ruger No. 1 from a nice gentleman in Austin yesterday. It's about 15 years old and has a Mannlicher stock. The caliber is 30-06. It was one of those lucky days when the stars and the moon line up just right and you are able to pick up a really, really nice rifle.

    I'm going to use it for some target practice every once in a while out to 300 yards or so, and treat it like a spoiled baby the rest of the time. I need to decide which scope to put on it now. The rings are the original Ruger rings made for the No. 1. Does anyone know if a size 42mm lens on the fore end is too large? The rings look like they are riding a little low.

    I was thinking about a Burris 6x32mm like this:
    http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/productview?saleitemid=486914&t=11082005

    or one of these Leupold scopes in 6x36mm or 6x42mm:
    http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/productview?saleitemid=769858&t=11082005
    http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/productview?saleitemid=410184&t=11082005
    http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/productview?saleitemid=672109&t=11082005

    Would you choose any of these, and why or why not? I've owned a few scopes before but never one quite in this league. Thanks for the help.
     
  2. Outlaws

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    The 42mm should fit, I had a No.1 with whatever stock Ruger rings came with it and had a 40mm with plenty of room to spare.

    If you ever plan to hunt, I wouldn't get the target knob Leupold. But if its just for the range, the target knobs are a nice thing to have.

    The III series of Leupold scopes are excellent.
     
  3. dmazur

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    I have a Leupold VXII in 3-9X and another VXII in 6-18X, both with the LRDV reticle. (This reticle provides 2 additional "hold-over" points for 300 and 400 yds for a rifle zeroed at 200 yds.) The 6-18X model has an adjustable objective. I choose the 3-9X for hunting in timber and the 6-18X for open country. I love both of them.

    I use them on a Ruger No. 1. I found the original rings required "crawling" the stock and I corrected that with Leopold extended rings. (These are made to fit the Ruger integral mount or 1/4 rib and one of the rings is extended to the rear around 1".) Two sets of these, one for each scope, and I was in business. Ocular end of scope located just behind the trigger...
     
  4. rangerruck

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    a weaver T6 , will smoke 'em all day, and someones blowen them out right now, can't remember who, for a little over 100 bucks!!!!!! totally sick.
     
  5. Skoghund

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    I've got a Schmdt & Bender 6x42 on my RSI No1 mounted with ruger rings and that fits OK
     
  6. jkingrph

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    I cannot remember all the #1 model varient numbers, but that sounds like one of the compact models they call the international. If so it will look better with one of the smaller scopes.

    Like you I got lucky, but a gun show and picked up what they call the light rifle model, shorter barrel, open sights, Alex Henry foreend in 7x57. The wood looked awful. The finish was clouded and missing in places but luckily no dents or gouges. Metal was excellent. After a lot of scraping , light sanding, filling. I have a drop dead gorgeous little rifle.

    It currently wears one of the Leupold 1.5x5 scopes, the smaller model that has no bell on the objective end. It looks good and is more in proportion to the smaller rifle and performs quite well.3

    Hope you enjoy your #1 as I have, I currently have 5 ranging from 22 hornet to 458 Win mag. and all are fun shooters.
     
  7. S&WKING

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    on all three of my rugers 2 M77 MKII and 10/22 i have nikon buckmaster and monarch
     
  8. Essex County

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    I've always felt trim scopes look great on trim rifles. For years my go to scope was the fine, discontinued Leupold 3X. I wish they were still on the market. Today I'd opt for their 1-4X variables. Anybody see things in a similar light? Essex
     
  9. jkingrph

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    Absolutly!
     
  10. GunTech

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    If you are like me, you'll need the longest eye relief possible. Even with offset rings, I still needed long eye relief. My solution was a Leupold 6x fixed.
     
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