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Ruger No.1 please read

29 Jan 2017
@ 09:12 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

To all, I neglected to post this in my last SHOT show blog due to so many other factors being on my mind at that time. To those who can, please share (any Ruger forum members?).

This year, Ruger are planning to discontinue the Ruger No.1. I spoke at length with a Ruger rep on this subject and she relayed to me that sales have been low. But in saying this, she also stated that Ruger do try to listen to customer feedback and that even if mail is deleted, all mail is read at the highest level so any thoughts on this matter, should be relayed to Ruger via email.

To relay my experience on this subject- I receive mail queries regarding the Ruger No.1 on a week to week basis. What I have found is that folk love the concept but that many struggle to obtain optimum accuracy due to the forend design and also difficulties with the trigger.

The trend I see in my emails (remember we have up to 200,000 new readers per month at peak times), is that hunters wanting the Ruger No.1 are wanting these as an accurate rifle, akin to owning a modern version of the Sharps rifle. I seldom receive mail from folk wanting the No.1 for general hunting with no major concerns over accuracy- who would bother to email such a thing. What I see, is folk wanting something different, something we may call classic, but with style. And by style, I mean something has both looks but can also deliver the goods. Why go to all the trouble of purchasing such a rifle otherwise.

To this end, I believe that rather than discontinue the Ruger and lose it altogether, a rest period and a redesign may be more appropriate. A new design which floats the forend would be ideal along with a more freely adjustable trigger which allows for light and precise settings, even if this requires a suitable yet easily obtainable aftermarket unit or parts for those wishing to shoot at 1 to 1.5lb pull.

Please share this post if you are able and if you are a fan of the Ruger No.1 then please email Ruger:

Sincerely, Nathan Foster.


Please feel free to cut and paste my (above) post to your email but please also add your additional comments above mine, not below- so that they are read.

Lastly, I do understand that there are many accurate Ruger No.1 rifles in circulation. So please do not bother to post here to tell me that the Ruger N0.1 is already very accurate. Pull your head out of your butt and think beyond just yourself- Yes, yours may be accurate but yours is not every rifle. I speak here of the mail I receive from around the world and the trends I see within my inbox. Rifle manufacturers are always looking for ways to improve sales and the changes I mention here are a way to do just that for the benefit of all.


29 Jan 2017
@ 09:35 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Ruger No.1 please read
I should also mention (off topic), the trigger guard on the Scout rifle is made of polymer. This was also the case on the M700 ADL rifle, the problem being that the average heavy handed guy has a tendency to screw the rear action screw completely through the trigger guard before realizing the mistake that has been made, causing irreversible damage. A simple cast ali trigger bow would be the fix for this. The rifle is otherwise sound, apart from ongoing complaints as to the noise from 18" barrels with flash hiders. I believe a clean but heavily recessed target crown at 20"would be more appropriate for long term sales.
30 Jan 2017
@ 04:57 am (GMT)

John Smith

Re: Ruger No.1 please read
I am the proud owner of two Ruger No. lA's, One in 7x57, and other in
6.5x55.. The 6.5 collected a deer this Fall, the 7x57 took an Elk a couple
weeks later here in Washington state. Thank you for your message about Ruger No. 1's. I will send
my thoughts to Ruger.
30 Jan 2017
@ 09:29 pm (GMT)

Bryan Webster

Re: Ruger No.1 please read
gentlemen, here is a copy of a reply to Ruger's CEO as Nathan requested support for the Ruger#1 which I have always liked but never bought.

Years ago I bought a Browning falling block action with a heavy barrel, chambered in .30/06. The rifle was a beauty with a really fine finish and great wood. The darned thing would however not shoot in most hunting conditions due to the way the long tang was attached to the forestock. It was far too flexible and hampered accuracy to no end. At one point I decided if it would not shoot I would and did sell it.

For years afterward, I looked into the Ruger Number 1 rifle in hopes it would prove to be accurate enough for the type of rifle and hunting I wanted. I spoke to club members all over British Columbia and Alberta over the years, and most people, while they loved their Ruger #1 rifles said they would shoot all right if no pressure was put in any way on the fore-stock, and forget the use of a sling. Several fellows local to me said theirs shot just fine. Later on however I was at our local gun range where they were seen sighting in for an upcoming hunt, and their results were not stellar.

All the above being said, I have quite a valuable collection of genuine tack drivers now, but I had been hoping that in light of your firms' recent renewal of emphasis on accurate rifle production, (mostly directed to the tactical competition crowd) that your Ruger#1 would be one of the beneficiaries and a new version with sub 1 or sub 1/2 moa might be on the drawing boards. I would order one such in a heartbeat still, in 30/06 with a 26 heavy sporter weight contour barrel, no sights.

Thanks in advance for any response.

Bryan L. Webster
Professional Wildlife biologist (Retired)
14 Feb 2017
@ 05:27 pm (GMT)

Mike Dellis

Re: Ruger No.1 please read
Big fan of the Number 1 and have written Ruger encouraging them to continue the manufacture of this fine rifle. I mentioned that the rifle should be along the lines of a semi custom with different grades of wood and checkering patterns. I passed along tips for accuracy that long time fans have used to squeeze the accuracy potential from their #1's and suggested these would be easy to incorporate if semi custom were the route. The recent examples I have seen looked like branch wood used for the butt and forearms looked as if they had been thrown on. The rifle always represented a niche product and was not intended for the masses. Therefore it would be logical to make it semi custom and price it accordingly. Those who want a fine single shot would be willing to pay if the quality was there.


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