The true test of a long range is distance shooting. Unable to get to shoot at 1000 yards; I settled on 450 yards. The rifle was a pleasure to shoot and the load shot a group just a little larger than ½ MOA. This rifle indeed was a keeper.
The actual block that falls down for loading. This is built like a bank safe.
The Ruger #1 dimensions: 5lb factory trigger which was very crisp, 26” varmint barrel, 42 ¾” overall length and a total weight with scope of 10lbs. 5oz. This may not be the rifle you want to carry on a mountain hunt but the weight did make it very comfortable to shoot with almost maximum loads. The barrel has a 1-8” right hand barrel twist which will take the lighter 6.5 bullets and up to 142 gr.
Over my life I have owned and used several Ruger #1’s in various calibers. I have to admit that the 6.5 Creedmoor and this rifle shot the best out of all of them. Some say that they are slow for a backup shot, not so. I am right handed so if a situation may demand a follow up shot I just put two rounds between my fingers of my left hand. With practice you can get off three rounds just about as fast as some bolt actions.
This rifle had a very nice walnut stock with a polished blue metal. The wood to metal fit was excellent. On the varmint model the scope mounts are mounted onto the barrel directly. The remainder of the #1 models have a barrel rib where the rings attach. Some people say this is an accuracy weakness. I personally have not found that true. To me there is no difference between that rib and screwed on scope bases of bolt actions.
When I asked the Ruger folks if the 6.5-284 will stay in the lineup, I was told it depends on sales. So if you want one of these rifles, get it quickly. The Ruger Company is still listening to the customer’s needs and desires.
After twenty-five years with a major law enforcement agency, John Johnston retired to the hill country of central Texas. His law enforcement career was diverse with assignments with the tactical/motorcycle unit, patrol, and criminal investigation. After retiring, writing became his calling. He started with a newspaper column which, he still writes and then moved up to major magazines in the area of shooting and hunting. He is known for his unbiased product testing and evaluations. Having a full size range from 25-450 yards next to his home was his dream come true. 2010 marks his fiftieth anniversary in the hunting, shooting and reloading sports. You will notice his writing style is quite relaxed and he prefers to write like he is speaking to you around a camp fire. John welcomes questions and comments whether good or bad. You can reach John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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