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Old April 25th, 2013, 06:41 PM   #1
 
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reading on Ruger facebook the #1 will be made in a new cal. each year for each model that will cost me a few bucks, but what a nice thing to leave for my sons.



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Old April 26th, 2013, 04:08 AM   #2
 
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I think that Ruger is missing the boat. Without or limiting production of the #1 makes them just another run of the mill manufacturer. They are moving away from what made them unique (#1, #3, 96/22M, 96/44, 44, 10/22M, etc.). Their bolt guns are ok, nothing special, and their shotguns were/are nothing to brag about. I just received their online survey and the products they are looking to develop and market in 2013 (really 2014) are nothing innovative that is going to want me to run out and spend money.
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I would like a ruger #1 in 500/416 the round used by a few European manufacturers.
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I think that Ruger is missing the boat. Without or limiting production of the #1 makes them just another run of the mill manufacturer. They are moving away from what made them unique (#1, #3, 96/22M, 96/44, 44, 10/22M, etc.). Their bolt guns are ok, nothing special, and their shotguns were/are nothing to brag about. I just received their online survey and the products they are looking to develop and market in 2013 (really 2014) are nothing innovative that is going to want me to run out and spend money.

They're not moving away from what made them unique, the customers and sales numbers are. As the market changes, so must those that supply it. The #1 is NOT a big seller. The #3 was NOT a big seller, nor were the series 96 models. It's all simple manufacturing 101. Drop what doesn't sell. In a market where the "tactical" , the black, the synthetic and the semi-auto make up the vast majority of the sales, something takes a back seat.
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Ruger is simply listening to and responding to the market. It must change with the times or it will cease to exist. Consumers dictate what sells.
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I would love another #1.
How many years will I have to wait for my preferred calibre?
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I would love another #1.
How many years will I have to wait for my preferred calibre?


Not exactly super difficult to find them still. Chambers other than those cataloged ARE shipping and there are the used shelves too. Unless it's one of the rarer ones, shouldn't be too difficult to find what you're looking for. BTW...what is it you're wanting to find?
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I would love another #1.
How many years will I have to wait for my preferred calibre?
I would love to own just one #1, but they are just too expensive for me.
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Just go get your first one and you will sell a kidney to get your next fix!
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reading on Ruger facebook the #1 will be made in a new cal. each year for each model that will cost me a few bucks, but what a nice thing to leave for my sons.
They're even nicer to use while you're still around to use one.

They truly are "No. 1"....
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The #1 IS a very nice rifle. It was one that always appeled to me as it has that classic line to it. The simple design, the available chamberings...all made sense to me. Traded a minty early 10/22RBI for my first, a #1v in .22-250. Took a few years (new marriage, built house, had child) but more came as $ allowed. A #1s in .45-70 as one I really wanted. Fell into that for a great price ($550) I then basically made a mental list of the chamberings I wanted. Nothing fancy or the latest whiz-bang super ultra maxi mag but good ol classic chamberings, different ones at that. Didn't want the way too common .308, .30-06, .270, 7mm etc. I wanted .300 H&H. Picked up a #1a in .30-06 for rechambering. As some other firearms were keeping my attention, it sat and wasn't getting sent off. When Ruger announced the .300 H&H in a factory chambering, I jumped, pulled some strings and landed a pair early. One to shoot, one to tuck away. I knew I still wanted a #1rsi in 7x57 and looked at any #1 I came across. Passed on a few common ones, passed on a .218 Bee, .22 Hornet, .458 WM, .458 Lott, .404 Jeffrey... My usual haunt got in a used #1a in 7x57 eventually. Had it held, saw it and brought it home. (lay-a-way is your friend )In the midst of all this I also grabbed a #3 in .45-70 just 'cause it was there. It was difficult but I did pass on one in .30-40 Krag.
There's still a few I'd like to have, #1a in .243, #1s in .475 Linebaugh. Actually been debating in my head about a .300 H&H as a #1b. I greatly prefer sights though so doubtful even as a safe queen. The .30-06 still sits but has it's future changed. Once I finally decide, "yup, do it" it's off for a rebarreling/rechambering and a bit of action work.
The #1's are indeed out there. What I've found is those that buy them are a rather small market and tend to be those that hold onto them more so than others do with the standard bolt gun and semi-autos. They do surface on used racks and almost always are in fantastic condition. Keep the eyes open and the $ available so when one does present itself, you're not kicking yourself afterwards.
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I think that Ruger is missing the boat. Without or limiting production of the #1 makes them just another run of the mill manufacturer. They are moving away from what made them unique (#1, #3, 96/22M, 96/44, 44, 10/22M, etc.). Their bolt guns are ok, nothing special, and their shotguns were/are nothing to brag about. I just received their online survey and the products they are looking to develop and market in 2013 (really 2014) are nothing innovative that is going to want me to run out and spend money.
Yeah, I guess that's why they only sold over one million firearms the last 2 years in a row. They need to wise up.
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Ruger is under new management. Unfortunately, a company cannot keep making stuff that dont sell. I would like to see the Ruger Old Army and the PC carbine back, however. With the difficulty getting ammo, the Old Army would be at least a big bore gun you could shoot.

I had a first year 30-06 #1. Wish I had it back.

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Just go get your first one and you will sell a kidney to get your next fix!
Ain't that the truth! I stuck my neck waaay out on the block this year already and bought my first, a 1V in 25-06.......and then my second 1RSI in 7x57! I cry myself to sleep after balancing the checkbook but console myself with the idea that I bought them used.
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