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Old 01-30-2006, 04:06 PM
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Ruger #1

Has anybody tried to make long range rifle out of a #1?

Of course doing something with the front end, and changing barrel, but is the action god enough?

Im not sure how to eliminate the front end...and putting a bi-pod on it. I was thinking of a custom stock, but I belive that would cost to much.
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Old 01-30-2006, 04:22 PM
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Re: Ruger #1

Ad one thing.

On a rifle with a barrel block, you bed that to the stock, and the action is free floated.

What would happen, if I put a barrel block on the barrel and a bi-pod on the barrel block. It would not be free floated, and my hits would change each time I used a different position.. right?

How can I make a ruger free floated, by removing the front end..?
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Old 01-30-2006, 04:39 PM
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Re: Ruger #1

You can free float the barrel on a Ruger #1 by putting a shim between the forearm hanger screw and the forearm.
I have done this on several with good results.

As to your original question. I built a 338 Lapua Mag (PAC-NOR Sendero barrel) on a Ruger # 1 action for long range hunting.
I haven't had a chance to shoot it at long range yet.
But at 200 yards 5 shots will touch.
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Old 01-30-2006, 04:54 PM
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Re: Ruger #1

Do a search and see if you can find where Kirby discusses the Ruger #1 for long range work. By long range I mean no closer than 700 yds. He has plenty of experience in out towards 1K yds..

I know of another fella who has a #1 in 300 Tomahawk. Does well except every "once in a while"

Buffalobob has one in 7mm Wby that he has experience with and I'd venture to say that he knows of what he speaks regarding it.

For me, I love the Ruger #1. I've had several. Now have a 375 H&H, its a sweetheart. Good for all day.

Having said that, I would say further that for loooonnng range shooting having a #1 would be pretty much like being married to the wrong woman. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
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Old 01-30-2006, 05:15 PM
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Re: Ruger #1

I was thinking of maybe using a Ar-15 handguard tube on the Ruger.. I know it would look kind of... well, ugly. But you would fully freefloat the barrel.

Any thoughts?
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Old 01-30-2006, 05:33 PM
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Re: Ruger #1

I have Ruger #1 and have defended it many times as a long range gun. It is not for everyone and I would not ever build another as a long range gun but if you treat it right it will deliver extreme accuracy at extreme ranges.

This particular gun was bought new in about 1978 (back then they had an adjustable trigger and this gun has a delightful trigger) and rebarreled with a Shilen heavy sporter 26 inch barrel in 7mmWby. Gun delivered 0.6-0.8 MOA at every hundred yards out to 1200 yds with 5 shot groups repeatedly. During final dial in it delivered two consecutve five shot eight inch groups at 1200yds. I am not a benchrest shooter and these were just bullets loaded with regular RCBS dies with no brass prep. The way the groups were shot was with a 12+ minute cool down between each and every shot so the barrel never got even slightly warm. After one shot I threw the brass in a can that was never fired for anything other than practice because most of them would not hold a primer for a second shot.

All of the above said, I have made some spectacular misses with the gun because it will not shoot off of a hard surface. The foreend must be muffled in something soft and giving like a sandbag or bath towel. Yes, I have hunted with a bath towel and I made the greatest shot of my life off of a rolled up bath towel with that gun. All of that was long ago. After putting the gun away for 25 years I got it back out this year and tried my best to make a 1000yd shot but I could not find any cooperative deer.

Here are some pictures of the gun. It has a rear stock that I rasped out and then had my prototype put on a duplicating machine.

P.S. There are a lot of people that say that groups size opens up with range and my opinion is that ‘their” group size opens up with range.










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Old 01-30-2006, 05:48 PM
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Re: Ruger #1

On the foreend. It is on a hanger. The hanger is a cantilever rod and has flex. There are three or four methods of dealing with it and none of them are really great. You just live with it and get to know it and understand what you can and cannot do with it. Every method has its drawbacks

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