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Old March 7th, 2017, 05:16 PM   #16
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I have an early Ruger No1 in 45/70. One rifle I will never sell. I had one in 375 H&H mag. It was a great shooting gun. But in a weak moment I sold the 375H&H. Good luck with the 45/70.

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Old March 7th, 2017, 05:59 PM   #17
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I was just thinking about a #1 in .348 just yesterday... wondering if anyone had ever worked up such a thing.
I have seen it discussed before but don't know that anyone has done it. I don't see why it wouldn't work. I saw one opinion that said the rim was too big but there are others out there with bigger rims. I like that old round too. It hits hard.

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Cool gun. Two words- Pachmyer decelerator

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Old March 7th, 2017, 09:16 PM   #19
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I shoot a 45-70...if you want a light recoiling factory load go with the Remington 405 grain SP loading, it is a low pressure load and pretty mild. That said...recoil is pretty subjective.

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Old March 7th, 2017, 09:41 PM   #20
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12.5 Trail Boss under a Lasercast 405 is a real pussycat load, plenty accurate enough for 50yd practice in my '85 Winchester.

Love my .45-70's.

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Old March 7th, 2017, 10:09 PM   #21
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The one gun that I have always loved of my dads is his Ruger #1 Sporter in 45-70. Its the stainless version with the sights. Its a sexy guy if I do say so myself. He has some pet loads that are way accurate, I even used it to shoot a quarter back in my youth, I might even still have the quarter. I remember though when he was working up some hot loads with Barnes and said the load was close to 458 win loads. Even he said it kicked like a mule. Now he has shoulder problems and I don't have the heart to tell him what might have caused it. (That and he has all the Remington RUM cartridges ie. 7mm, 300, 338, and 375.)

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Old March 8th, 2017, 05:37 AM   #22
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Well guess what? I did NOT buy a Number 1 I bought a Number 3 in 45-70. It's O.K. I still like it. I have brass and I think my neighbor has dies. just need some powder and some Booooolits.

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Old March 8th, 2017, 08:24 AM   #23
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Was it you or the seller who didn't know the difference? LOL. Lighter and smaller, should be lively!

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I have one in .220 Swift, and had one in .458 Win Mag.

I miss the .458, but it was a trade in towards something else along the "habit highway"

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Old March 8th, 2017, 09:06 AM   #25
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I have one in .220 Swift, and had one in .458 Win Mag.

I miss the .458, but it was a trade in towards something else along the "habit highway"
I bet you don't miss the recoil of the .458! A No.1 in the heavy kickers is not pleasant to shoot. I had the .450-400 version and it would give me a recoil headache in no time, cannot imagine shooting the .458 version, no thanks!

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Old March 8th, 2017, 09:38 AM   #26
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Mine is in 45-70 and I have not shot it yet but am looking forward to it.

This rifle is not mine but it looks just like it. Pics to follow.
I have quite a few of these rifles because I really like them. I have one in .45-70 that I use for hunting and general plinking. It's a #1-S so is relatively light compared to the #1-B.

I have some pretty stout loads that I use for hunting that do kick some, but not any more than a .300 WM. These use a 300 gr JSP, either the Barnes, or what remains of my old Nosler Partitions, and are traveling at 2080 f/s through my chronograph. They are absolutely devastating on hogs and whitetails, and the only time that I notice the recoil is when shooting from the bench.

If you want a load that is effective but doesn't kick very much, use a 350-400 gr JSP with a velocity of 1300 f/s. This will essentially duplicate the old carbine load with a 405 gr lead bullet backed with 55 gr black powder. IMR 3031 is a good powder with which to start.

Good luck, and congrats on a great rifle purchase.

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Enjoy it. Had a No. 1 in 300 WM hvy brl when they first came out. Wish I still had it. A 45-70 would bring some discussion at the range.

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Most painful rifle experience ever for me was a Ruger #1 with a hot 45/70 load. Guy at the gun club had one and let me shoot it. Big OWW plus a headache afterwards. Last summer I got to fire an original trapdoor carbine with a blackpowder load. That was not bad at all.

I just don't understand overly powerful rifles that are that light in weight.

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Old April 3rd, 2017, 06:13 PM   #29
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I just don't understand overly powerful rifles that are that light in weight.
Meh, they are meant as hunting rifles... one or two shots at game, not necessarily 100rds at the bench, if you see what I mean.

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I had a Ruger No. 1 in .375 H&H. It was a thumper with that metal butt plate.

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