By Now you know doubt have figured out. I really like this Rifle. That & to be totally frank with you oh gentle reader. I really do think that Bill Ruger was totally inspired to bring this forth in the Mid 60’s.
In that it is one very pleasing to the eyes rifle. Since there is a total symmetry to it and I will not go on about the ergonomics of it.
It is like a classic painting or a great looking car. One more dash of paint or line & it would of be ruined. But it wasn’t!
Another thing that just entered into my feeble mind. Is the matter of engineering. In that with this kind of action. Is that you really can put just about any caliber into this series of gun. From little tiny rounds like the 22 Hornet to all the way up to the “Guns of Navarone” caliber.
(Note to younger readers, Its a great Movie by the way !)
But let us move on folks!
Then there is the ego thing about it. Since when you go to the range and uncase it. All of a sudden a lot of folks will start looking in your direction. As it seems to say. “Hey I only need one shot! That and I can afford it.”
Also generally in my experience. Ruger wisely decided to put some of the best looking wood that I have ever seen on them. For me at least is is very important for me. As I just hate plastic on general principals.
But best of all. This rifle for me at least so far. Has been one of the most accurate ones that I have bought right out of the box. Especially with the smaller calibers. Like the 223 or the 22-250 for example.
Now is this the perfect rifle? No not really. It does have a few issues that come to mind.
The 1st being that they are VERY expensive. The cheapest one I have bought so far set me back $700. (It was a 458 Win Mag for my Son’s College Graduation present)
The other thing is this. Now I do not know about you. But every one of these pieces that I have been around.
Is that they have the most inadequate and HARD recoil pads. That I have ever seen so far.
So off to the Gun Shop for a tuneup for you. Even the 22-250 got a new pad. (Yes I am that big a pussy now a days, when it comes to recoil !)
I could not even dream about shooting a big round like this. With the ridiculous recoil pad that is shown here. It would be a case of No way Jose!
Now here is some more info on this rifle and other technical stuff
Ruger No. 1
|Ruger No. 1
Ruger No. 1 rifle (with underlever down to open action)
||Falling Block Rifle
|Place of origin
||Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.
||1967 – present
||Standard, Varmiter, Light Sporter, International, Tropical, Medium Sporter.
||7 pounds (3.2 kg)
||36.5–42.5 inches (93–108 cm)
||20–28 inches (51–71 cm)
||Various (see article)
||Farquharson-Style Hammerless falling block
||none, or open sights
Sturm Ruger Ni. 1 falling block action
The Ruger No. 1 is a single-shot rifle, with Farquharson-styleinternal hammer falling block action, manufactured by Sturm, Ruger. It was introduced in 1967. An underlever lowers the block allowing loading and cocks the rifle. Lenard Brownell, commenting on his work at Ruger, said of the No. 1: “There was never any question about the strength of the action. I remember, in testing it, how much trouble I had trying to tear it up. In fact, I never did manage to blow one apart.”
A shotgun-style tang safety works on the hammer and sear. Available with an Alexander-Henry, Beavertail, or Mannlicher style forearm in a multitude of calibers.
Over the years, the No. 1 has been chambered in several different cartridges, among them .204 Ruger, .22 Hornet, .218 Bee, .222 Remington, .223 Remington, .22 PPC, .22-250 Remington, .220 Swift, 6mm PPC, 6 mm Remington, 6.5 Creedmoor, .243 Winchester, .257 Roberts, .25-06 Remington, .264 Winchester Magnum, .270 Winchester, .270 Weatherby Magnum, 6.5mm Remington, 6.5×55mm, 6.5×284 Norma, 7×57mm, 7mm-08, .280 Remington, 7 mm Remington Magnum, 7mm STW, 7.62x39mm, .308 Winchester, .30-30 Winchester, .30-40 Krag, .30-06 Springfield, .303 British, .300 Winchester Magnum, .300 H&H Magnum, .300 Weatherby Magnum, .338 Winchester Magnum, .357 Magnum, .375 H&H Magnum, .375 Ruger, .38-55 Winchester, .404 Jeffery, .405 Winchester, .416 Remington Magnum, .416 Ruger, .416 Rigby, .45-70 Government, .460 S&W Magnum, .458 Winchester Magnum, .458 Lott, 9.3×74mmR and .450/400 Nitro Express