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I've always wanted a Ruger No1 since I was a little boy. In my opinion they are one of the cleanest, finest looking guns ever made. What do you guys think the optimum cartridge is for that platform. Positivesfor that platform are the ability to handle high pressures, cartridge length isn't limited, and weight of the rifle. Negatives are possible accuracy and weight of the rifle. What say you?
 

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I have five number 1's and two number 3's. Hard to believe, but all have excellent 3 to 4 pound triggers. Next, accuracy is excellent as long as you shoot from a cool to cold barrel. I cannot say enough about the nice wood and elegance of this model rifle.

The number 1 was Bill Rugers dream of making the strongest falling block rifle of all time. Just like what John Olin did with the model 21 shotgun. Bill Ruger once said in an interview that breaking even with the Number 1 was a proposition at best. He was happy just to not take a loss on that model because he wanted it to be his legacy.
 

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Go for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have had a number of number 1s over the years and wish I still had them all!

Down to two at this time, a 45/70 and a .223.

Waiting, WAITING for my wood to come back from checkering on the .223. Built it back in the early 80. Sold or traded it off and it just came back to me within the last year. Beautiful rifle with AAA black walnut, so the checkering will be the frosting on the cake!

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I've had quite a few #1s, the only one I bought new was 45/70. Never had a Varmit caliber, smallest was 243 and biggest was 458. The one I always wanted was the Lyman/ Ruger 45/70 with the long barrel. Have a few #3s in 223, 375Win, 44mg & 45/70. I never wanted a 22Hornet in #1 or #3. I like Hornets for a sneak gun for varmits and couldn't see packing a full size rifle in 22H. A local had a #1 rebarreled to a 40cal wildcat. I haven't seen it yet but it's suppose to be straight case and legal in Ohio for deer. He had the Mannlicher stocked model in 243 that he used as a donar. I've been looking for a #1 or #3 that is a little beat to rebarrel but even ones that are in that shape are top dollar. I don't have the hart to fool with one in nice shape.
 

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I was thinking .308 just because that is what I want, but Possibly 30-06 may be a bit better all-around round...?

Just me thinking out loud
 

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7mm-08, 30-06, 280, 308 or 7x57, any one of these for versatility for what you are talking about. I had one for a very short while back in the 80's, a 30-06. Just plain and simple Americana.
 

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The cartridges I'm torn between are 30-06, 300 win mag, 338-06, 338 win mag, 35 Whelen, 375 Ruger, 375 H&H, 416 Rigby, and 45-70. 45-70 is probably reaching a little because I would download in a 45-70 with a Ruger No1 and already have a 1895 XLR
 

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I should also note that I'm not a magnum nut by any means. I'm not recoil shy at all. But when still hunting and stalking you just don't need them for anything really. Maybe a charging dangerous animal but that would be it
 

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I have a 1B in 243 Win. I wish I had something a little bigger.

If I could just choose anything in a #1 it would be something in 6.5mm / 26 caliber:
264 Win Mag
6.5mm Rem Mag
260 Rem
260 Rem AI
6.5mm-06
26 Nosler
6.5mmx55mm
6.5mm Creedmoor

Second choice would be something in 7mm / 28 cal:
7mm-08
280 Rem
280 Rem AI
7mm SAUM
7MM RUM
7mm STW
 

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I should also note that I'm not a magnum nut by any means. I'm not recoil shy at all. But when still hunting and stalking you just don't need them for anything really. Maybe a charging dangerous animal but that would be it
Well, that last sentence changed my mind. I was thinking 35 Whelen, but charging, dangerous game, I want the biggest bullet I can have with one shot, unless you can speed load. I would choose the 45-70. You can load it light for smaller game and load it heavy for bigger, dangerous game. My Lyman book shows high end 45-70 loads approaching low end 458 WinMag. Just my unqualified opinion as I have never hunted mean stuff and don't see me ever doing it.
 

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I most likely wouldn't either. Call me a nut though and my SHTF rifle might just be a Ruger No1 though. If Im gonna die it will be with a pretty looking gun in my hands!:star:
 

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I most likely wouldn't either. Call me a nut though and my SHTF rifle might just be a Ruger No1 though. If Im gonna die it will be with a pretty looking gun in my hands!:star:
My SHTF rifle will have 1a in its name, but it is a Springfield M1a, if I am going to die it will be with a large pile of pretty and empty brass around me.
 

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Agreed! But my all my other guns would be empty of out of rounds! Lucky Ruger w9uld be in my hands though at the end!
 
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Well, that last sentence changed my mind. I was thinking 35 Whelen, but charging, dangerous game, I want the biggest bullet I can have with one shot, unless you can speed load. I would choose the 45-70. You can load it light for smaller game and load it heavy for bigger, dangerous game. My Lyman book shows high end 45-70 loads approaching low end 458 WinMag. Just my unqualified opinion as I have never hunted mean stuff and don't see me ever doing it.
I have a better idea, the Ruger #1 in .416 Rigby. Suitable up to and including elephant. The late great Harry Selby, African professional hunter used that cartridge to protect his clients. I have the .416 and a .404 Jeffery as well as the .365 H&H. My small collection of Ruger #1s runs from the .22 Hornet to the 45-70 and a whole bunch in between. Yes, I do hunt with the at least until I started doing a private land elk hunt. The ranch onwer and the outfitter both forbid the use of a single loader rifle. Funny thing is I've yaken seven elk off the place and never had to shoot a second time. Oh well, their place their rules.
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