Ruger No. 1, any thoughts?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by JMHNL, Mar 18, 2018.

  1. JMHNL

    JMHNL Well-Known Member

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    A little bit of an update here. I ended up buying another #1 in 300 win mag. I hunted with the 25-06 a few times, and it was sufficient (for axis deer), but what can I say, I like magnums and what a great excuse to get another one! I tracked down a SS model and I'm happy with that. I also installed Hicks Accurizer and Jard trigger into this rifle. The accurizer was a fairly easy install with a dremel and a few hand tools, took about an hour. If your #1 does the shot stringing thing, try the accurizer. It solved the issue completely for me. The 300 was horizontally stringing shots, so I adjusted the accurizer up about 1/64" and the groups tighten right up. With Hornady factory ammo, I'm shooting 3/4" 5 shot groups at 100yds, which is perfectly acceptable for my needs. I bet reloading would tighten that up even more....maybe one day!

    The trigger also helped a lot, both my #1's had ------ factory triggers. One thing I will say though is that the install was not easy, I had to have a more experienced gun-smithing friend come by and rescue me. But it transformed the gun from a hard and weird feeling trigger to a tuned/crisp 2.5lb trigger.

    Next task is to grind down the safety button a bit so it stops catching the ejected brass, an irritating problem that I'm surprised exists....anyone done this on a SS model?

    So, the 25-06 is in the safe for now, maybe my son will use it one day. The 300 is my go-to hunting rifle at the moment, nothing like hunting with a single shot. Hope this info is helpful to someone.
     
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  2. Canhunter35

    Canhunter35 Well-Known Member

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    I always thought the safety button was a feature so your brass didn’t drop on the ground and just sits in ur channel
     
  3. JMHNL

    JMHNL Well-Known Member

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    I guess it depends on the application; for me it slowed me down on quick follow up shots a few times with brass sitting where I wanted to be reloading....
     
  4. barleydog

    barleydog Well-Known Member

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    I had a 7 mag ruger number one....I loved that gun...sold it and want it back...
    the fore end is a delicate little gizmo...the front of the forend is routered specifically for your guns harmonics and it applies a certain amount of pressure on the barrel when the bolt that holds the forend on is torqued to the correct spec....if yer guy starts opening up you can adjust tension on that bolt to bring it back in..

    wonderful gun...ya just have to know about the forend….
    I shot a one hole three shot group out of my 7mag...
     
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  5. Phillygunner

    Phillygunner Well-Known Member

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    The Ruger No. 1 is a classic rifle. I love the falling block action and straight stock comb. I had one years ago in 338 win mag. It was by no means a precision rifle, but it shot accurately enough to be enjoyable. I used to say it held a constant Minute of Elk or Minute of Mulie. It hit a tad bit hard, but that's what they make limb savers for. I would definitely own another one and the compactness of them makes them a joy to handle in the woods. Good luck!
     
  6. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    A synthetic stock, pillar bedded fore end and butt stock, will cure a lot of sins.
     
  7. coop2564

    coop2564 Well-Known Member

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    I have a standard stainless in 3006! It was very fussy! Shoot one day 1” next in different temps and humidity 3” had built in pressure on barrel from forend! Never trust that! Sanded forearm for complete 1/8” barrel clearance, bedded forearm to receiver and right around hanger screw leaving everything else floated! Now she shoots without changing POI in different weather. Current hand load is 130gr TTSX .425” 3 shot @3280fps! Did a trigger job too, factory sucks.
     
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