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Old 12-12-2019, 06:18 PM
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I am a Ruger single shot aficionado (=nut); especially the early non-prefix examples ('67-'69). I have way too many, but I can't seem to pare down the accumulation. I traded one off a while back and thought I was on my way, but then a friend and fellow No. 1 fan put up several of his for sale and all was lost.


So here's the latest, a BH 270 with an estimated production of 25 or less,plus an era-correct Bausch & Lomb Balvar 8B. This is my favorite until the next irresistible one comes along . . . . . .
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Old 12-12-2019, 06:57 PM
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Always liked the look and compactness of the NO.1's. I've only own'd two an early 80's 223 Remington and a late 80's 270 Weatherby both B models. Slick rifles.
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Old 12-12-2019, 07:20 PM
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That is awesome!!! Beautiful rifle
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Old 12-12-2019, 09:05 PM
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I'm down to one, a 7.62x39 1-A.

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Old 12-12-2019, 09:26 PM
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I am a Ruger single shot aficionado (=nut); especially the early non-prefix examples ('67-'69). I have way too many, but I can't seem to pare down the accumulation. I traded one off a while back and thought I was on my way, but then a friend and fellow No. 1 fan put up several of his for sale and all was lost.


So here's the latest, a BH 270 with an estimated production of 25 or less,plus an era-correct Bausch & Lomb Balvar 8B. This is my favorite until the next irresistible one comes along . . . . . .
Real purty - makes me think I should buy another...
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Old 12-13-2019, 05:53 AM
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Very nice rifle, I had no idea that some versions of the No. 1 were so limited in production numbers. Bill Ruger certainly went against the grain of selecting rifle designs that would sell.
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GF, Nice! I spied a used No. 1 in either .300 or .375 H&H with red pad a couple days ago. I think it was .300. You have one of those? Sorry I can't remember for sure what it was as I was drooling over all the nice vintage at that shop.
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Old 12-13-2019, 08:00 AM
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Very nice rifle, I had no idea that some versions of the No. 1 were so limited in production numbers. Bill Ruger certainly went against the grain of selecting rifle designs that would sell.
This is a true point. The No1 was a low productions flagship product. Bragging rights for Ruger. I think a source of pride. And calibers and barrels were changed almost on a whim. Apparently the way that line ran a differnet barrel could be dropped in for a few hundred anytime. In total, The No1 was sold in rather significant numbers for a nitch product. And 270 was a popular caliber. To the casual observer of caliber, stock and barrel the variations must number in the 1,000's. The collector takes every detail into account and there must be TENS of Thousands of variations. There are a lot of rare number No1, if you follow my meaning.

Some of the No1 came through with beautiful stocks. Those with an eye for wood, will give a premium for that as well.

I am not a No1 fanatic, I have a couple. Nice guns, they have some quirks. I like single shots in general and so; I had to spread my budget around.
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Old 12-13-2019, 08:25 AM
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Real purty - makes me think I should buy another...
There's always room for one more!
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Very nice rifle, I had no idea that some versions of the No. 1 were so limited in production numbers. Bill Ruger certainly went against the grain of selecting rifle designs that would sell.
For some of the early guns, there were probably as few as 10 or less made. Back then, Ruger would produce pretty much anything you wanted given their chambering and variation limitations. Still, it resulted in well over a hundred variations/chamberings. The stuff that collecting is made of.
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GF, Nice! I spied a used No. 1 in either .300 or .375 H&H with red pad a couple days ago. I think it was .300. You have one of those? Sorry I can't remember for sure what it was as I was drooling over all the nice vintage at that shop.
I have more than a few of these rifles, so yes, I have a 375 with some of the best wood I've seen on a No. 1 and I currently have two 1S's in 300 Mag., none of them newer than 1977.
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I can think of worse things to accumulate. I only have one of them but it's a nice one. Early 4 digit, really nice wood in .222 with a 10x43 J. Unertl Vulture scope on it.


Picture attached just to fuel your fetish! (-:}
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I can think of worse things to accumulate. I only have one of them but it's a nice one. Early 4 digit, really nice wood in .222 with a 10x43 J. Unertl Vulture scope on it.


Picture attached just to fuel your fetish! (-:}
Aaaaaaargh!! That's not fair.

It's gorgeous!
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Real nice eye candy thread Gunfiend.
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I can think of worse things to accumulate. I only have one of them but it's a nice one. Early 4 digit, really nice wood in .222 with a 10x43 J. Unertl Vulture scope on it.


Picture attached just to fuel your fetish! (-:}
Nice and nice old scope too! No fueling necessary. I have one of those too. (see below - I usually store mine without scopes)
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Aaaaaaargh!! That's not fair.

It's gorgeous!
All's fair in love and firearms, Mr. Sails.
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I just have a few #1s, my latest is a red pad 1V in 223, very accurate with my handloads. I have single shot (rifle and pistol) disease with #1s at the top of the list! I appreciate the pictures of others' #1s, some very nice rifles.
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Old 12-13-2019, 10:32 AM
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The early #1s had some really nice wood on them. That was the main attraction to me. That and I happen to be a .222 fan. I bought it more for the wood than the for the fact that it's a #1. Those early rifles were almost works of art.
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