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Old April 30th, 2017, 07:20 PM   #1
 
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I have seen many posts on numerous forums; seem many would like a Model 3 in many calibers...so why does Ruger not start a production run on them? Why did they discontinue making them in the first place? There seems to be a huge demand for them, particularly in the ,45-70 & .223 Remington calibers.



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Old May 2nd, 2017, 04:04 AM   #2
 
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Forget the No. 3 in .45/70.
They are plain nasty to shoot with plus p loads. The recoil to the shoulder is sharp but bearable with the plastic or aluminium butt plate and the pain and bruising to the middle finger let's not go there.
I sold mine. It was too light and felt like someone was smashing my finger with a hammer every shot, I could feel myself starting to flinch so it had to go.
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I am not recoils sensitive I shoot 375 and 416 regularly but the #3 in 45/70 is nasty due to too little gun weight. I fired a friends # 3 in 45/70 and 2 shots was enough.
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That is exactly why I got a 30/40Krag in the No.3, it is really a pleasure to shoot and reload for. The only problem is/was hard to find casings for, most of the main manufactories don't generally make the casings for that particular cartridge. BTW it is extremely accurate, and after hitting the different gun shows I finally got a good supply of 30/40Krag casings.
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I suspect the No. 3's demise is related to what we are seeing with the No. 1 now struggling to stay in production. The gun market has changed drastically since the 70s and 80s when the 3 was made. Very little interest, anymore, in high dollar single shot rifles in this day and age of the semi-auto and all things tactical and self-defense. The market just isn't there. Even it the heyday of the Ruger single shots, it was still a tiny market.

Never say, never, with Ruger, of course. As a lover of classic single shots, of course, I would be delighted to see the No. 3 revived, not in the 45-70, perhaps, but in some of those other original chamberings and maybe some new ones. I can guarantee, though, a new No. 3 won't come cheap.
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That is exactly why I got a 30/40Krag in the No.3, it is really a pleasure to shoot and reload for. The only problem is/was hard to find casings for, most of the main manufactories don't generally make the casings for that particular cartridge. BTW it is extremely accurate, and after hitting the different gun shows I finally got a good supply of 30/40Krag casings.
I believe my No. 3 30/40 is the most accurate of the many thirty calibers I have. Great trigger. Middle son killed his first deer with it.
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While I have never shot a #3, I am fascinated by it. I would love to have one in 38-55.........robin
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...so why does Ruger not start a production run on them?

Not worth their resources. The firearms market has gone far away from traditional types and the single shot rifle is one that's had it's share of the market nearly disappear.
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