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Single shot rifles....

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by easyg, Feb 12, 2008.

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  1. easyg

    easyg Member

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    Anyone own one, and what do you think of them?

    Why did you buy one?
     
  2. Iggy

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    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.
     
  3. joshk-k

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    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. (http://www.hr1871.com/Support/accessoryProgram.aspx). That's like getting a whole new gun basically!

    Josh
     
  4. Shawnee

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    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.

    HTH


    :cool:
     
  5. The Annoyed Man

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    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.
     
  6. MCgunner

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    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
     
  7. CZguy

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    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.
     
  8. Sav .250

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    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.
     
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  9. Shawnee

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    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.

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  10. dmickey

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    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
     
  11. BlkHawk73

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    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.
     
  12. the fool

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    remington #4 22 lr 16" barrel
    fun to plink with
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    I have a Stevens/Savage model 72, and I love it!!!
     
  14. Vicious-Peanut

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    I don't have one, but I think a .357 Max H&R will be my next rifle.
     
  15. Packman

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    a single shot .22 is my first love.
     
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    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.

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  18. jimbeam

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  21. Seminole

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    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.
     
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    I have a Browning 1885 in 45-70, very good gun.
     
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    I have a Browning 1885 low wall in .243, its a beautiful little rifle.
     
  24. dmazur

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    +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. :) )
     
  25. Sheldon

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    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!!
     
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