Welcome aboard. The #1s generally shoot pretty well but point of impact can shift as a result of differnet holds on the rifle while shooting. There are some tricks to do like adding a forend hanger adjustment on the rifle which helps quite a bit at times but they can still be prone to POI shifts.
Accuracy generally is not effected much, just where the bullets hit. Some will be slight enough to hardly notice, others will leave you scratching your head as to why the bullet hit where it did.
As a precision rifle builder, I love the Ruger #1 for its looks and as a general big game rifle for hunting out to 400 yards or a bit farther. Certainly there are #1s out there that will shoot WAY past this range but for the money a good bolt rifle will get you far more consistancy on average.
I have a #1 in 458 Lott and love it. She is a little pissy to shoot with a 510 gr pill at 2400 fps but its always fun to shoot and is suprisingly accurate for a big bore with open sights. It will easily hold 1.5" at 100 yards with open sights.
I have always wanted to scope the rifle but it would just take away from the true purpose of this type of rifle, up close and personal with open sights!!
Its a much different beast they you are talking about thought. IF you have the rifle now, best way to find out what it will do is shoot it at longer range and see. YOu may have one that will give you want you want!
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As said, the #1 can be sensitive to what and how you rest the forend. The foreend is on a hanger bar. The slanted foreend screw can be used to adjust barrel tension and find a good pressure that gives good groups. The screw will work loose and you have to reset it so you have to know where you had it set. Various shims can be attempted and there is the Hicks accurizer as Kirby mentions. What I have found is that a towel or your hand underneath the foreend absorbs recoil and helps prevent the forened from causing everything to jump randomly up in the air. Many guns are heat sensitive and my #1 is such a gun. I can get two rounds out of the barrel before it starts to walk. If you can't kill what you are shooting at with two rounds you need to quit shooting anyway and figure out what you are doing wrong. For what ever reason the scope placement is not right for many people and we use extension rings to get it back far enough to make us comfortable.
There are some guns which are just pleasing to shoot and to carry around and the #1 is one of those. But, I am going to rebarrel mine sometime in the next six months or so into something like a 22-250AI. If you are going to build a longrange hunting rifle from scratch then you should take Kirby's advice and get a good bolt action and throw the magazine away and have a benchrest follower glued in so it is single shot. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
thanks for the welcome and info. I do not have this gun but was considering it. I would like to start some long range shooting/hunting. I oringinally wanted a 300wm , but talking to some people they suggested 338. So I thought I would get the opinions of others. Always liked the remingtons and have heard/read lots of good about the savages. To some it up looking for a stock rifle and cartridgecombo to shoot big game out to 1000 yards.( maybe 300 or 338 rum? )