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#5706628 - 04/18/15 06:33 PM Ruger No. 1
257.Bob Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 02/07/15
Posts: 41
Hey guys,
Thinking about getting me a Ruger No. 1. Have no problems with a used one...has the quality of the firearm changed over the years, or is a new one just as good quality as one from yesteryear? If the older ones are nicer - anything in particular to look for?
Thanks
Mitch

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#5706676 - 04/18/15 07:18 PM Re: Ruger No. 1 [Re: 257.Bob]
Buzzsaw Offline
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Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 5023
Loc: Frisco, Texas
Not a pro at them but I do love them, only seen a couple which shot really MOA accurate but sure are cool guns. There is a place, I think called EBCO? who has accurizing stuff for them
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#5706682 - 04/18/15 07:26 PM Re: Ruger No. 1 [Re: 257.Bob]
JCB Offline
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Registered: 02/06/07
Posts: 22837
Loc: M.I.A.
Some of the earlier ones used various barrel makers and some of them shoot lights out!

The biggest noticeable change over the years is the quality of wood. The early ones had some really premium pieces of wood in them and the more recent ones are pretty plain.

ElNumeroUno is our resident Ruger expert so hopefully he will be along to fill you in on them.
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#5706702 - 04/18/15 07:43 PM Re: Ruger No. 1 [Re: 257.Bob]
pertnear Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 12/31/14
Posts: 267
Loc: Kingsland, TX
I own several & have bought & sold (regrettably) a couple of Ruger #1's since their introduction. The quality has always been top notch & the price has always reflected an above average firearm. On the very early models Ruger used Wilson barrels & there were some accuracy problems. But after the first few years of production Ruger started fitting their own barrels & the accuracy has been good to excellent on the #1 ever since. The only tip I can give you about the #1 is to how you mount the scope. For most people it is hard to get comfortable eye relief unless the back ring is offset & allows you to set the scope back a little more. Of course this depends on the individual & the scope used, but it seems to be a universal complaint.

My personal feelings are that this is a classic, beautiful rifle & a joy to hunt with. I was a little disappointed to see Ruger come out with a stainless steel & laminated stock version of the #1, but to each his own. If you haven't guessed, it is my absolute favorite hunting rifle!

IMHO
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#5707211 - 04/19/15 10:29 AM Re: Ruger No. 1 [Re: pertnear]
colt45 Offline
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Registered: 08/19/06
Posts: 5387
Loc: bastrop county
Originally Posted By: pertnear
I own several & have bought & sold (regrettably) a couple of Ruger #1's since their introduction. The quality has always been top notch & the price has always reflected an above average firearm. On the very early models Ruger used Wilson barrels & there were some accuracy problems. But after the first few years of production Ruger started fitting their own barrels & the accuracy has been good to excellent on the #1 ever since. The only tip I can give you about the #1 is to how you mount the scope. For most people it is hard to get comfortable eye relief unless the back ring is offset & allows you to set the scope back a little more. Of course this depends on the individual & the scope used, but it seems to be a universal complaint.

My personal feelings are that this is a classic, beautiful rifle & a joy to hunt with. I was a little disappointed to see Ruger come out with a stainless steel & laminated stock version of the #1, but to each his own. If you haven't guessed, it is my absolute favorite hunting rifle!

IMHO
misinformation here...the early models 1967 to about 1974 were the shooters,which WERE NOT WILSON barrels, after owning a couple of dozen I stayed clear of the 1974 to 1986 models had a few 1990's which were decent accuracy. one the most accurate was stainless/grey lam. n 22-250
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#5707312 - 04/19/15 01:10 PM Re: Ruger No. 1 [Re: 257.Bob]
257.Bob Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 02/07/15
Posts: 41
Fellas,
What's the difference between a 1-A, 1-B, and 1 Light weight sporter?
Thanks

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#5707444 - 04/19/15 03:35 PM Re: Ruger No. 1 [Re: 257.Bob]
Poke81 Offline
Tracker

Registered: 09/22/13
Posts: 513
Loc: Granbury TX
I have had and have several. As mentioned above the most accurate ones I have had were the stainless laminated models. After that its a crapshoot on accuracy. I have had examples from all over the spectrum new and old. In most cases a hicks accurizer will help but sometimes theres nothing that well fix accuracy issues other than a new barrel.

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#5708082 - 04/19/15 10:41 PM Re: Ruger No. 1 [Re: 257.Bob]
texaspatriot.308 Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 07/15/08
Posts: 1090
Loc: Luling Texas USA
I own a few, all in the No. 1 B standard except for a no 1 varminter .22-250.....it shoots 1" groups, I want two more one in .308 and .257 Roberts....they are rare nowadays....I understand the newest Ruger No. 1s will be marketed only by Lipseys and they are coming out with a few new calibers....Ruger has always discontinued popular calibers in all their models...I just recently bought a series 100 .44 mag carbine made in 1972....that's Ruger for you, I own a bunch of rifles and revolvers and one 1911. the argument is that the market for Ruger No. 1s is small cause they are single shot and the "black rifle" market is the hot ticket. sad news to me...the Ruger No. 1 is a true American rifle icon, beautiful and accurate, no matter what the nay sayers say....they obviously cant shoot straight.
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#5709212 - 04/20/15 07:35 PM Re: Ruger No. 1 [Re: 257.Bob]
TxHunter80 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 01/04/15
Posts: 215
This year they are making a run of them in 257 Weatherby with a 28" barrel. I'll be in line for one of those.

It seems like the older ones did have nicer stocks. I like the 1B the best. It has a 26" barrel with no sights and a semi-beavertail forend. Despite the 26" barrel, it is a fairly compact rifle. I found 1 factory load that shoots about 3/4". I shot quite a few loads before I found that. Other than that load, it is a 1 1/2-2" gun.

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