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Apr 6th, 2014 at 7:18am
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   This will demonstrate the high end caliper that the venerable Ruger Number One action is up for.  A   very nice Big Game Rifle chambered in 600 JDJ (Nitro) ;

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This conjures up an intresting project for this enthusiast, since my Ruger S.S. is at the opposite end of the scale at .25 Cal and i do see a possible   re-barrel  project in my future.

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Reply #1 - Apr 6th, 2014 at 8:33am
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I have always loved the BIG bores.  If you want, I'll bring my .458WM R#1 to a match sometime with full bore loads for you to play with.  (At the end of the match - as one's steadiness of hold tends to suffer for a period of time after shooting it.)  We HAVE used it on prairie dogs too.  Smiley

By the bye, H&R makes a 20ga fully rifled barrel - groove diameter is 0.625".  Doesn't take much to make a slug mould to fit.  (AND 1/2" copper tubing is 0.625" O.D. !) 

Hmm.  Have to dust mine off and work up some loads. 

5/8ths bore? 

  

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Reply #2 - Apr 6th, 2014 at 9:31am
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   Hi there Tim :

    I really enjoy shooting my Ruger No. 1 in .25 Cal.downloaded for paper target work with cast bullets.  Your Big Bore No. 1 would be something i'd  like to experience in the future if we can arrange it.

If I should go bigger on mine, I would select one of the British "dangerous game" cartridges after a little research on the specs.

Was wondering if you are going to the Sasquatch Festival this year over Memorial Day long weekend ?  We could split the gas and tolls 50/50.   Best we buy our own beer to satisfy our individual taste . .  .  .

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Reply #3 - Apr 6th, 2014 at 3:29pm
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Hmmmmm.  Tempting.

On the way is where we prairie dog hunt (near Martin, SD) and my brother lives near Portland, OR.

Time to load up some 458WM and 375H&H for the upcoming experience.  (I have #1's in those and .405Win.)

Perhaps Thurmont?



  

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Reply #4 - Apr 6th, 2014 at 5:21pm
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Reply #5 - Apr 6th, 2014 at 6:39pm
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  My interests are in keeping my action which has been fully upgraded with hammer, main spring, trigger, etc. and re-barrel it to .425 Wesley Richard and I'll darken the wood to get rid of the American "look".

The No. 1 is more British, than it is American.

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Reply #6 - Apr 6th, 2014 at 7:06pm
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boats wrote on Apr 6th, 2014 at 5:21pm:
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Thanks, but NONE of the #1's or #3's are for sale.
(Guns are meant to be bought.  <-- note the PERIOD)

The offer was to be able to play with something that killed on one end and maimed on the other.

  

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Reply #7 - Apr 6th, 2014 at 7:40pm
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Additions --- Lots of good info here.

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Reply #8 - Apr 6th, 2014 at 8:42pm
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There IS a thrill to having a classic big-bore double!  My cheap work-a-round to own one is owning a Churchill Windsor II Double in 10ga.  I had pair of matched cylinder bore chokes made.  Next step is to make my own 2-1/2 OZ slug mould.
Smiley  Smiley  Smiley

Not quite Scheutzen, but several of my other #1's and #3's certainly are.

  

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Reply #9 - Apr 6th, 2014 at 9:54pm
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I've never been a recoil fanatic, and dread guns that have lots of recoil. Had a #1 in .458 WM, and hated the recoil. Traded it on another gun shortly after, and never missed it.
  

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Reply #10 - Apr 7th, 2014 at 8:36am
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  Cylindrical re-coil dampeners inserted into the stock through bolt hole are known to mitigate lots of recoil forces, particularly the ones that contain liquid Mercury, if you can find them in today's market.

I've know folks who have made such devices to fit their stock, rather than to alter their stock to accept an "off the shelf" product.

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Reply #11 - Apr 8th, 2014 at 1:39am
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I just had built a 585 Hubel Express on a Ruger No1 since was unable to get a FBW action ,havent fired it, yet but im only going to duplicate 577 NE velocities ,i think the 585 is one of the best New design big bore rounds and has alot of advantages to it for big bore enthusiasts ,unlike the countless other new Ruger ,winchester,Dakota ,etc rounds that dont really achieve anything new [imo]
  
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Reply #12 - Apr 8th, 2014 at 3:02am
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Many aficionados of the #1 have experienced what I call the real beast in the factory lineup: the humble 1-S in 45-70. Mine weighs 5.2 lbs. Modern pressure and 500gr bullets are too painful for words. My lead sled has racked up some decent groups with it, though. (It won't share its secrets on wind doping, which I consider rude.)
  
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Reply #13 - Apr 8th, 2014 at 7:16am
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  Thank you Richard for your suggestions,  which were much appreciated.

   I am not committed to a specific cartridge just yet and have more reading to do, and more discussion to listen to .

   I have a 45-70 Gov't. screw on barrel for a CPA M-44 1/2 and for this shooter, one is ample.

   I really have great admiration for what the British have done in the past two centuries with their gun designs and African cartridges. 

   The Ruger No. 1 action has it's roots and heritage in Britain and I would like to complete  that parentage by giving my rifle a truly British round to digest.

    I have family and some contacts in the U.K. for assistance, but will have the barrel contoured and cut rifled here in the U.S.  If the need arises, we can have a chamber reamer made here, once a chamber drawing is sent over from England.  My hope is to get the chamber spec for someone on one of the other forums or from Dakota Arms, etc.

I have posted a letter to Holland & Holland and I'll wait to see what becomes of that.

I would welcome any suggestions and / or experiences you gentlemen may possess and wish to share RE: British single shot rifles in the realm of big bore and African cartridges.

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Reply #14 - Apr 8th, 2014 at 8:07am
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I love my #1S in 45/70. It's one of my favorite single shots. I had a #3 in 45/70 before the #1 and the #1 is a much better handling rifle. I wish I had kept the #3 to make into a schuetzen rifle. 
  
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