I have 2 only because I can't afford 3 or more.
I've heard rumors that some were inaccurate due to forearm trigger system and overly long throats. I have not experienced this. It may have occured with some of the earlier production.
Like you I wanted a 375, that is I did until I asked the price of a box of shells, but I chose the next best thing. A 45-70
In short I like them for their compactness, absolutely strong action, and accuarcy. Though they are heavier than I would expected.
I have three Ruger No 1's: an old 45/70; a 22 Hornet, a 357 Mag (the pistol caliber).
My Hornet isn't all that accurate, but I still love shooting it. It came with a scope with a diamond reticle and it's not my favorite, but otherwise the scope is a good one...a Redfield.
My .357 mag was a limited addition ordered by the Calif Highway Patrol and used as awards. Mine was absolutely mint with I bought it. It's just plain fun to shoot. It;s a plinker or a short range deer rifle. I shoot it off the iron sights, but I'm about to mount a peep sight. You can load that .357 hot in a rifle and it's not a toy. It's also light and easy to carry around. But with those cheap after market cast .38's its a beer can killer.
The 45/70 I bought in 1974. It's a wonderful example of a No 1. Beautiful wood. It's very light and with heavy loads it's a challenge to shoot. Kicks like how I think a 458 would kick. Has a wonderful old world trigger, just brush you trigger finger on it and BOOM off she goes. You can't shoot it from a bench, unless you are a glutton for punishment.
I just love how they look and handle. They are as close to a classic 19th century single shot that most of us will ever get. The NO 1 Sporter is light, fast and a great woods gun. I just love them.
Yeah, I've heard they aren't tack drivers too, and truthfully my Hornet isn't that accurate, but I think it'll improve as I mess with it.
Have several and although I've never shot either one of the 7mags, the 22-250 is a tack driver, the 270's are my deer guns and the 25-06 is my youngest boys 14th christmas present~ he likes the red pad 270. Most folks don't realize the #1 has an extra long barrel ( 26" ) as compared with contempary bolt action rifles, yet has an overall length actually shorter because of the ultra short action ( or lack of an action). Get one in any caliber, red recoil pads are generally the older models and imho the wood is much fancier on those older production rifles.
I purchased a stainless laminated 22-250 and mounted a silver Leupold on her. Having a competitive background in smallbore and bigbore in the Army, I had great expectations out of this rifle as far as accuracy goes. Not!!!!!!!! I still haven't found a great load that I could rely on but maybe I expect too much out of this absolutely knockdown gorgeous rifle. I made it even nicer by polishing the satin finish into a mirror finish and now I dubbed her my anti-tactical rifle. The FF (fondle factor) of this rifle is as high as it gets which is usually reserved for expensive o/u shotguns and custom made guns. I'm still working on the accuracy and am contemplating rebarreling it with 7 or 8 to 1 twist so that the heavier bullet can be used. I would like decent accuracy over 400 meters if I can get it. I know..........why don't I just get a larger caliber. Just cuz that's why. And I enjoy the light recoil as well. And there are few rifles out there that are as handsome as this one especially when I mount my all black Redfield 3200 target scope. Contrasts nicely with the highly polished stainless. Got to look good you know. lol On a more serious note, the factory trigger was horrible so I installed a Moyer with an even lighter spring than was supplied. Not recommended by Mr. Moyer by the way but my trigger breaks around 8 or 10 oz which is what I was after. A set trigger was contemplated but the high cost was rather unattractive. I really enjoy this Moyer trigger and it was very inexpensive.
The Ruger #1 is a funny rifle. I have owned several over the years and some shot great while some couldn't hit the broad side of a barn.
Some background on me. I am a former Marine corps sniper so I know my way around a rifle. I have a 45-70 that will put my pet load in the same hole every time at 100 yards. I had a 22 hornet that shot a whopping 6" group. I now have a 300 H&H magnum that will shoot 10" groups at 1000 yards. Of course I have over $4,000.00 invested in that rifle (saved a year for it) and another $1900.00 in a Ziess scope. The thing with #1s is some will shoot great right out of the box and some you will either sell or spend big bucks on getting it to shoot accurate.
I have heard simular stories about the No.1 and accuracy issues. I know a uy that sent his back to the factory because it would not do better than 4" at 100 yards.
I have not heard this about newer rifles, every story I have heard has been more than 10 years.
Linda Vista Farm, I would like a bit more on your .300 H & H. From the discussion, it would seem it is a number 1. I have long thought of putting a number 1 together in .300 H & H, but to date haven't done it. I think it would be a great rifle for much of the shooting that I do, especially some of the big game. If yours is a number 1, what length and weight barrel did to use on it? :lol:
I had it rechambersd for the 300 H&H. It will shoot in the same hole at 100 yards and less than 10" at 1000. I am an ex-Marine Corps sniper and I demand a accurate rifle. I have way to much money in it but damm it will shoot. I can down load it for thin skinned animals but load a 220 grain bullet and max load and it will out perform all the 300 magnums. Factory loads are pittiful so you will have to reload to get your best results. Recoil is less than a 300 mag which is nice. PM me with your e-mail address and I will send you some of my pet loads. Oh almost forgot, the barrel is a 26" Douglas fluted heavy taper and I have a Timney trigger set at 3lbs (it actually breaks at a little less than 3lbs). With practice I can reload with the best bolt guns. I hold a round in my left hand between my index finger and my middle finger and can eject, reload, load, and fire faster than most do with a bolt gun. It takes practice but can be doner. One more thing, I had the barrel Mag-Na-Ported, really helps with recoil.
I have a 375 H&H #1 and it is the finest rifle I own. I built this from a barreled action and put on a Bishop stock a long time ago.
With CAST bullets, at 100 yards, I can put them all into a group the size of a quarter. Outstanding work with reduced loads and lead bullets.
That's not the case for jacketed ammo...unfortunately. It is also the heaviest rifle I own.
I have tried just about every bullet/powder combo out there and cannot duplicate this accuracy with jacketed ammo. I don't know why.
I had the barrel Mag-Na-Ported a couple of years ago and that really, really tamed the beast. 5 rounds of jacketed ammo, that was it, you were cross-eyed. Now, that's up to about 30; it made all the difference in the world.
I also have a #1 in 45/70. This rifle shoots better with the shorter (300 gr RCBS mold) bullets but better with the 405gr Speers. Why? I don't know.
I wouldn't describe either rifle as "fun" to shoot, due to recoil. But I enjoy making big holes in targets, and both fit that requirement.
3rd, While I have never used many number 1's, the .375 has always been very accurate for me with I4350 and 270 grain Hornadys. It would cut one hole with several rifles. I never shot cast in anyof them. My current .375 I haven't shot a great deal, but it seems very accurate. One thing I would suggest to you. I have a little book called 60 YEARS WITH RIFLES by Paul Mathews, he was a lover of the .375 and put thousands of rounds through a model 70 and a rebarreled Enfield. BUT he has a chapter or 2 on his experience with his Ruger # 1 in .375. If you can look at a copy it might prove helpful. His I believe had a very long throat. He also used a .45-70 in a # 3 and I believe a #1. He was very interesting;. I think he is still with us, and lives in Athens, Penna. If you can't find the book, I will look over mine and tell you what he found. It may be a bit, as I am camping. But he had a great deal of experience with the #1's. I think he said he put 2200 rounds though the .375 before getting it to shoot. 8)
That sounds like a plan....I'll check the local library to see if they can get a copy....
The best accuracy I've gotten with the 375 has been the 270 grain Speers with H4831 (I think...). I use a Federal Mag rifle primer for jacketed and a Winchester (non mag) primer for cast.
The cast bullets cut down on the cost of shooting. I believe I'm using an RCBS bullet, gas check over SR4756. I'm sure you know that loading 60-70 grain powder charges cause you to go through a can of powder in a hurry.
I don't hunt anymore, but I enjoy shooting and strive for the best accuracy I can muster....