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Old April 1st, 2017, 04:08 PM   #1
 
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If you could chose only 1 No. 1

Hello Fellow Ruger fans.

I've been intrigued by the No.1 for many years and it's about time to do something about it. My budget and space in the safe suggests that I should pick one No.1 to scratch that itch for the foreseeable future.

I expect it to be a safe queen and ocasional range toy. Maybe an outing or two to a long range steel or varmint shoot.

I wont be hunting with it, per se , so practical considerations are not too important.

So, which one to pick? I'm thinking a smaller bore to accommodate the range or varmit use. Beyond that, I'm pretty open. I reload, so an 'oddball' caliber is not out of the question.

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We just found a nice 1B in 243. It's heavier with a longer barrel (26") than a 1A or 1S, but not quite as heavy as a 1V. Ours will see mostly duty at the bench or from a rest, so the size and forearm style is actually a plus. Would not care to carry it a lot, but it's still doable as a stand gun and so on. The good news about the 1B is that it is not quite as in demand as the other versions, so you can sometimes get them at a more reasonable price. As for the cartridge, very much your choice. We just enjoy shooting the very sweet 243. This one will be our long range plinker.

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For me, getting an iron sighted .300 H&H was the one I had to have. (bought a pair for good measure). Capable and different - both bases I wanted covered.
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You guys are killing me. I have one #1, a 30-06 and if I could only have one thats the one I want. However, there's a #1 at my LGS in an unusual caliber that keeps calling my name. I'm trying to resist but I can feel my resolve failing.
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With the parameters that you gave, I would suggest an off-caliber that may have some sort of future value. In particular, if you can handle it, I'm thinking of one of the tropical calibers. Personally, I long for a boomer, so I'm keeping my eye out for something stupidly large. I have no use for such a gun, but dang it if I don't want one pretty badly!

I would get something along the lines of a 45-70 Gov. The price of the ammo isn't so stupid that you can't shoot it, and yet it is exotic enough to make me drool

I would also lean away from a 1v. I would go with something that I wouldn't have to fool with a scope. My biggest bugaboo right now is finding a scope for my No. 1's that has enough eye relief. It really is a pain in the posterior because I don't want to spend a lot of money on a scope that may see the light of day once or twice a year.

Yep, a No. 1A in 45-70 would make me a happy man!
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7mm Remington Magnum.

Around the time, I was getting engaged to be married, and my father was bailing out on the family, (Late 1970s.) I became friends with a co-worker. He was around my father's age, and he was interested in many of the things that I had developed an interest in because of my father's interest in them. (Guns, hunting, etc.) Unlike my father, he was also interested in spending time with me and sharing these interests with me.

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Moe and I had a dream hunt planned. We were going to travel from Florida to Wyoming and hunt pronghorn and mule deer.
My dream gun for that dream trip was a Ruger Number One, in 7mm Remington Magnum.

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Since you stated "range and varmint" would be the area of shooting 204 Ruger or perhaps 220 Swift or 22-250.
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Well I recently bought my 1st Ruger #1; a 1A in 7mm-08. Great for targets and light hunting.

Now if there was a #1 hanging around in .38-55 with a 26" barrel, well the 401K would take at least a $1000-1500 hit.
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From what you are going to do with it I would suggest the 1B in 22-250, it has been made since 1970 through 2016. Good chance to find one in excellent shape to suit your needs.
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My suggestion would be a 1B in 257 Roberts. I have one and love it. You can shoot everything from woodchucks to antelope and deer. It's an old caliber but still a great one.
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My 1 and only #1 is an RSI in 7x57. I have no desire for any other.
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I would get something along the lines of a 45-70 Gov. The price of the ammo isn't so stupid that you can't shoot it, and yet it is exotic enough to make me drool


Yep, a No. 1A in 45-70 would make me a happy man!

Oh, yes, it is indeed a very fun thumper. It was another "gotta get" for me. I will say too, it's a wee bit easier on the shoulder than it's #3 counterpart. ouch.
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For longer range shooting 6.5 Creedmoor
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