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Ruger No 1

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by speed_kills, Dec 22, 2007.

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  1. speed_kills

    speed_kills Member

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    Does anyone have one of these or have shot?Was wondering how they compare to a bolt action for accuracy
     
  2. highorder

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    the Ruger #1 is great to superb. I had one in .257 Ackley that shot sub moa all day.
     
  3. skinewmexico

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    From the stories I've heard, it varies wildly.
     
  4. Educated Hillbilly

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    I own one in 25-06. With only using a sling and shootin prone I can shoot 1-1 1/4 inch groups all day, at 100 yards. Have not tried it with a bench, but I am sure the rifle will shoot much better than I can. Just my experience, some others might now be as good.
     
  5. steveno

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    I have had a #1A in 270 , 1B in 270 , 1A in 7 x 57 , 1B in 22-250 & 1S in 45-70 and all have shot an inch or less at 100 yards. these rifles span the time frame from 1978 to 1995. I agree that there are some problem guns out there but I have heard of Remington 700 or two that didn't shoot well also. sometimes it is just the luck of the draw
     
  6. Shawnee

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    I've owned four. One was accurate, two were very accurate, and one was unblievably accurate.

    :cool:
     
  7. gunmn74

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    I love them but sadly dont own one. They are beautiful rifles.
    I have shot a friend of mines in 300 Win Mag and it is a tack driver.
     
  8. Geno

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    I had a No. 1 in .45-70 Gov't. I shouldn't have sold it.
     
  9. speed_kills

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    I like the looks of the number 1 Did handle 1 at a store 1 day felt very good.
    But have never shot 1.What i do like the sounds of is I like the 25-06 and you can get it with a 26 inch barrel.I just wondered about the accuracy.
    Also can you get the number 1 rebarreled for about same price as a bolt action
     
  10. critter

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    I have a #1 in 45-70. AWSOME! Accuracy is really good and it is a REAL game thumper! You WILL get a big hole in and a big hole out. If they don't fall down RIGHT THERE (which they usually do), you will NOT have trouble blood trailing them.

    The #1 is fantastic and the 45-70 is good for anything from wimpy "BOOM-wait-wait-wait-WHOOMP" target loads to low-end .458 loads.

    GET "ONE"-pun intended.
     
  11. Twud

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    I had one in 22-250 that would not shoot. I played with load variations for an entire summer and eventually gave up. I sold it and bought a M77 Bull Barrel in 22-250. After some tuning it shoots very well. I've killed a mess of ground hogs with it and 2 yotes.
     
  12. Shawnee

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    My #1 in .25/06 was very accurate with nearly everything I fed it. Seemed to have a slight preference for IMR 4350.
    The deer I shot with it all went down as if swatted by the Hammer of Thor.

    :cool:
     
  13. DDawg

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    I Have A number one in 223 with a target barrel. you can almost write your name with it at 100 yds.

    Beautiful gun to boot.
     
  14. Z71

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    I own a No.1 B chambered in .243 Winchester. Shoots just fine.

    You can find some info online about problems with the mainspring/forearm hanger system on these rifles. Somehow or other it must cause some accuracy problems on certain rifles. A fairly simple modifacation can be done to alleviate or improve the situation.

    Not for sure, but the mod seems to involve drilling and tapping a hole in the hanger, then installing a set screw to keep the forearm from bearing on the barrel.

    My Ruger doesn't seem to need it.
     
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    I had a #1B in 30-06. It didn't dhoot very well from the begining. All it needed was a little pressure on the forend to clear it up. I just used a small thin piece of cardboard. Groups went from almost 2" at 100 yards down to just under 1". Pretty easy, and cheap fix.
     
  16. Zeke/PA

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    I just love #1's.
    My first, a 200th Year model in .270 Win. shot dime size groups at first.
    It started shooting eratically and some on line info was in order.
    I free- floated the barrel and installed a.020" shim under the hanger.
    Once again, dime sized groups are the order of the day.
    The rifle likes 140 grain Sierra Game Kings best.
    A recently acquired #1 in .25-'06 would not group.
    Some tender loving care and reloads and it now groups 117 Grain Hornadys under an inch.
    I dream about a #1 in 7x57 Mauser.
    Zeke
     
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    I've got one (given to me by my Dad) in 30-06. Fantastic gun, feels great in the hand, and with my particular loads shoots inch sized groups at 100 yards as long as my shoulder holds out. :)
     
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    Speed;

    Ruger #1's have a well-known quirk concerning the fore-end pressure & accuracy. Any competent gunsmith should know of both the cause & cure, if the gun needs it. If you have questions about that aspect, I'd suggest taking them to the gunsmith's forum here. I'm sure you'll get more information than you ever thought you would.

    I have a #1V in .220 Swift. It shoots.

    900F
     
  19. learningman

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    I have one in a 300wm. Its a nice gun for sure. They are also a neat conversation piece around the fire at hunting camp.
     
  20. rangerruck

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    the number one has a "flaw" in it's design during how the forearm/bbl hookup occurs. There are some common fixes for this problem, and there should be a few gunsmiths in your area who are familiar with the fix. I have seen a couple of them over the net, but don't remember where I saw the fixes.
     
  21. def4pos8

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    I have a Heym-Ruger HR-38DL (a much-modified #1) in .30-'06 and a #1H in .375 Hollands' Magnum. Both are 1MOA rifles. My best trophies were taken with these, rather than my bolt rifles. My best-ever, three-beer-story, shot was made with the Heym. Neither of these rifles is "finicky". Any reasonable load goes where I point it.

    My best fun is freaking out younger shooters by whacking steel gongs at 200 meters with the .375 "cannon", standing, off-hand. Set up the way mine is, the .375 is easy and gentle to shoot. Most young folks simply have never seen a good, single-shot rifle.

    I've read about problems with #1s. My guess is that during a production period that Ruger depended on a certain contractor for barrels, the quality just wasn't there. At this time, I don't know if Ruger does the barrels in-house or contracts for them but all new production does use a hammer-forged barrel of very good quality. Any #1 of recent production ought to deliver good accuracy.
     
  22. SaxonPig

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    IMO the #1 is maybe the most beautiful rifle ever made. I have 3, with 2 being A1 models (22" barrel and small forend) in .243 and 7x57 and the 3rd is a .458 Tropical which is the same as the A1 except for some crazy reason they used a 2" longer barrel.

    The #1 will sometimes string its groups vertically due to the way the forend hangs on the barrel causing pressure. A smith can fix this. All of mine shoot pretty good as is (many will) with the .243 posting a best of 1.25" at 100 yards and the 7mm delivering just a hair under 1" at times. Haven'treally bench tested the .458 yet.

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