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The Rugar No. 1 in .45-70

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Old 04-13-2010, 05:00 AM   #11
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The Number one in 45/70 is an attractive rifle and was the first of the modern rifles to be brought out in 45/70. The rifle is light and handles quickly.
The Number One is strong. It is so strong, one can load the 45/70 to ridiculous levels (400 grain bullets at over 2000fps). At these levels, that light weight is not an asset and recoil is substantial.
A few years back, I was asked to rechamber one of these to the 45x 2 5/8 Sharps. This takes the rifle into heavy magnum territory if one chooses to load it that way. The customer furnished a box of shells to test it with. These featured 500 grain bullets at about 2350 fps. I fired two then suggested he could do his own testing.
In the end, I think the Number One in 45/70 is a classy rifle in a neat caliber. Loaded to reasonable levels, it is powerful enough for anything in North America and still not too bad to shoot. GD
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Old 04-13-2010, 11:25 PM   #12
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Default My Ruger 45/70

I think I got it about 9 years ago at Tulsa GS. I have several 45/70's and reload everything from light cast loads for a trapdoor to loads for a Marlin Guide Gun. I got a nice huge cow elk 4 years ago with the Ruger and I can only say that when hit she just looked around and dropped to her knees and rolled over. dead when she hit the ground. I don't think you can go wrong with the Ruger, if you need to shoot the 45/70. With max handloads the recoil is brutal as the Ruger is a short and light rifle but if you work up loads gradually then you should be able to shoot at that elk or moose without a flinch. Also you don't need a 45/70 for any deer and several years I got my over 500 lbs. cow elk with a 140 Gr. 6.5X55 Swedish.
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