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Ruger Number 1 Now Limited Production

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  1. Dr T

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    It looks like Ruger has moved the Number 1 into limited production in just a few chamberings.

    This may drive me to pick up another if I come across one I like. While my RSI in 30-06 is one of my all time favorite rifles, I like the way the 1-A points and and handles. I was sorely tempted by the 1-A in 303 a couple of years ago. And, I have regretted not getting a Number 3 in 30-40 when it was still in production.

    HOWEVER, If you ever wanted to get a Number 1 (Tropical) chambered in 275 Rigby, now is your chance. As we all know, the 275 Rigby is a much better elephant cartridge than the more mundane 7 x 57 (http://www.ruger.com/products/no1DE/specSheets/11399.html).
     
  2. Sergei Mosin

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    They started doing that a year or two ago. I hadn't seen the latest offerings until now though. I've always wanted a No.1 and the 7x57 is a classic cartridge, perfect for this rifle, and having it marked .275 Rigby is just too cool. I might finally break down and get one.
     
  3. Llama Bob

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    Check on gunbroker - there's much more available than the Ruger website implies.

    Currently available new:
    7.62xx39
    .223
    .375 H&H
    6.5 Creedmoor
    .45-70
    .300 WSM
    .22-250
    .450/400 NE
    .270
    .280 Rem
    .35 Whelen
    .243
    6.5x55
    .458 WM
    .25-06
    .257 Roberts
    7mm-08
    .308
    .257 Weatherby
    .30-06
    9.3x74R
    .220 Swift
    .222 rem
    9.3x62
    .303 British
    .338 RCM
    .405 Win
    .204 Ruger
    .416 Ruger
    7x57
    7mm mag
    .357 mag

    I think there may be enough options to satisfy most shooters :eek: Just because it's not on the Ruger website doesn't mean you can't buy it.
     
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    Just because there are NIB on GunBroker doesn't mean Ruger is 'producing' them. Several years ago Ruger went to only producing a couple caliber per year on a rotating basis. I wish I would have bought a No.3 years ago when they were still made. Glad I found a deal on a No.1 last year.
     
  5. CB900F

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    Dr T;

    May I ask sir, how far did you stick your tongue into the cheek?

    900F
     
  6. BWB

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    If this isn't all a joke, I believe the #1 has only been available from Lipsey's for several years and in very limited options.
     
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    The #1 S in .44 mag for this yr (20" not 22" bbl) is tempting.

    But I snagged a RSI .243 win ('85). Does halfway decent, so gets the nod this deer season.
     
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    Years ago at Ft Campbell I could have had a #1 carbine in 243 with a scope for $250. As a poor E5 at the time, it may as well have been $2500.
     
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    Lipsey's brokered a deal with Ruger to be the exclusive distributor for the No. 1 rifles. There are only a limited set of chamberings/configurations to be produced each year. Were it not for them, Ruger would've discontinued them completely.
     
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    As mentioned the no. 1 has been in this position for a couple of years. I picked one up in 9.3 x 74r, now I'll have to think about the .275 Rigby. I already have a custom Mauser in .275 so this would go well with it.
     
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    Well "darn!" A #1 in .275 Rigby would just about put all my other hunting rifles out of a job. But a #1 in .44 magnum would be a neat little piece of artillery too...

    I foresee some OT in my future.
     
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    Mr T, a 275 Rigby IS a 7MM Mauser. The two rounds are one and the same. The former was usually loaded with a 140 gr bullet so I suppose the Brits felt compelled to re-name it.

    But of course you knew that........you were just being silly....
     
  13. Dr T

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    I believe that Mr. Bell used German 7x57 ammo with solid bullets, believing it to be more reliable than the English 275 Rigby ammo (He also is reported to have said that no soft nose bullets had polluted the bore of his rifle).

    I have also read that the English ammo boxes were printed with 7x57 and that a sticky label printed with 275 Rigby was placed over the 7x57 (probably with an increased price). This may be true, or may be an Internet legend. If there was a price increase, this may have lead Bell to prefer the German ammo. He was first and foremost a business man. He is reported to have calculated that he used an average of 1.5 rounds of ammo per elephant, and ammo costs money.

    In terms of shear Internet misinformation, I saw one discussion board where someone made the claim that the 276 Pedersen (which is a 7x51, or close to a 7-08 but with a much more tapered case) was the same as a 275 Rigby.

    All this leads me to correct my earlier (somewhat tongue-in-cheek) comment that the 275 Rigby was a superior elephant round when compared to the 7x57. It appears to be the other way around. Mea culpa.
     
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    I saw a No. 1 tropical with some really pretty wood chambered in .458 win mag at a gun show this weekend. Asking $1,500.
     
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    Paid $700 for my used RSI in .243 win.
    Dropped another $200 for a used Leupold.

    Means the $700 Contender carbine will sit in the safe this NOV.

    Never liked the RSI..........grew up shooting a 1B. Got it to rebarrel, since price was decent. But nooooooooooooo it shoots halfway decent, and IN changed the deer rifle regs.

    Now I wonder how big that 140" dude that slipped through last yr will be??????
     
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    There's one in a local shop for $900.
     
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    Fella's;

    I now have to wonder how many of them were made in .475 Linebaugh. I know there was a production run of them, but I can't imagine they were any too popular. One of the rarer calibers in the #1? And no, I don't have one. Strictly a wish-list item, but then I'd have to get the pistol too.

    900F
     
  18. rodregier

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    OTOH if your hobby in the past was hunting elephants, I would think that ammunition cost would be small potatoes compared to the other expenses :)
     
  19. CraigC
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    I'd be all over one in .450/.400 if the Tropicals weren't so damned heavy.
     
  20. Llama Bob

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    I can't imagine what use a .450/400 in a light gun would be though, unless the idea was to load it way down...
     
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    I never said I wanted it in a "light" gun, just lighter than the Tropical. A single shot shouldn't weigh as much as a double. It's already pushing things in the .458, goes double for the .375H&H, 9.3x74R and even .450/.400, although to a lesser extent. The problem is that the Tropicals all have the same barrel contour so the .375's are significantly heavier than the .458. Which is why Ruger also came back with the 9.3 in a lighter "S" model.

    Nor would I load down a .450/.400 while I have a .405WCF.
     
  22. Zeke/PA

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    I truly love the Ruger#1 and I own three, .270. , .25-06 and a .30 -'06.
    Years ago, single shot lovers had to pay big bucks to have a custom rifle built.
    Bill Ruger did his thing and a classic single shot became available to all.
    My .270 is a "200th year edition" but I still hunt with it.
    Shot a Maryland buck a few years back at a measured 325 yds.
     
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    There seems to be some mixed "truths" here regarding the No.1 and I will try to clear some of them up since I'm a dealer and will have knowledge that most other members will not.

    No.1 rifles have been limited in production for SEVERAL years now. This is old news. After Bill Ruger passed away, the No.1 started losing it's class and beautiful stocks in favor of mass produced cheaper models.

    Lipsey's is not the only distributor who carries the No. 1 rifle. Last month I ordered one from Williams Shooters Supply for myself and a couple years ago I ordered another one from Davidson's for myself. Ruger may very well be transitioning to using Lipsey's as their exclusive No.1 distributor, but there are still rifles to be had from other distributors.

    And I think someone already pointed out that all the NIB No.1 rifles that you see on GunBroker are basically New Old Stock rifles. Rifles that have been bought by dealers many years ago and have never sold or rifles that got bought in big batches by big box stores that went under or who sold their inventory for dirt cheap to other dealers.
     
  24. CraigC
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    I don't think you understand either. Lipsey's IS the exclusive distributor right now. Period. No if's, and's or but's. Those shown on the Ruger site are the only ones produced this year and Lipsey's is the only distributor. If you got one from Williams, it was old stock. CDNN still has some too. They have some that are several years old.

    Before Lipsey's became the sole distributor, which has only been in the last year or two, every variation was still produced in myriad chamberings. Now it's a handful.
     
  25. eastbank

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    i owned nine ruger # 0ne,s, but over the last year i sold four and will sell one more. a #one in .458 that i have never fired that i bought to take to africa last june, but used a .375 H&H cz 550 instead. i will keep the other, .223,3006,300 win mag and a 35 whelen, the 35 whelen may be my favorite deer rifle. eastbank
     
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