Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Bill Lester

    Glad to hear the original .300 Magnum will be available. Longer than needed, inefficient compared to newer cartridges…but with more history and style than all the rest could ever hope to acquire.

    BTW, the photo for the 6.5 Creedmore shows no iron sights and beavertail forearm. Both are unlike any Tropical No. 1 I’ve seen. Wrong image link or caption?

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      Bill, thanks – yep I copied and pasted and forgot to update the title.

      As far as the .300 goes – length it not really that much of an issue in that type of rifle action.

  • Bill Lester

    Oh I know the single shot action essentially makes cartridge length a non-issue, but some of the ballistic Illuminati like to hear themselves talk about how the H&H is so obsolete and inefficient due to OAL. Funny that such “experts” rarely mention the fact an elk won’t tell the difference if he is hit with it or the latest .300 Ultra Short Rebated Rim Remfedchester.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      Bill, ha, that is true :)

  • Matt Groom

    Can anyone explain to me why single shot shotguns are so cheap and single shot rifles are so expensive? I mean, Ruger No. 1′s tend to cost more than a quality AR-15, so what is it, a lack of demand? There’s just not enough to these rifles to justify the price.

  • http://Predatorwild.com Heath

    I’m with Matt, the price for a Ruger # 1 quickly has me looking at something else.

  • Bill Lester

    The price is well justified if you want a decent looking, exceptionally robust SS rifle available in a number of chamberings and variants. Note that word “decent.” There are many SS rifles a lot more expensive that the No.1. Google “Blaser K-95″ if you want to see an expensive SS. ;)

    Look at it this way guys. Many if not most SS enthusiasts would probably say AR’s are way over priced. They’re primarily made of aluminum and plastic, have an ugly finish and are fairly limited in cartridge selection. I personally know several riflemen who would echo Matt’s comment, only aimed at the AR-15…”There’s just not enough to these rifles to justify the price.”

    In short, to each his own.

  • Matt Groom

    A simple mechanism with few machined components is not worth $1147 MSRP just because those parts are extra shiny and polished. There’s a lot more material and manufacturing that goes into almost any semi-auto than goes into one of these rifles. The best selling semi-auto rifles and pistols cost considerably less than these, as do most bolt action and lever action rifles which have finishes and wood fitting which are comparable to these. You could buy a Marlin Guide Gun and a Savage Varmint Rifle for the price of a Ruger No.1 and do more things in more places with accuracy that was comparable if not better, more utility, and more rapidity. That’s not preference, that’s economics. Don’t even get me started on the Blaser.

  • thomas

    why would they offer a No. 1 in 6.5 Creedmoor. Isn’t this a specialty benchrest round?

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com Steve

      thomas, it is used as a hunting round. It is a necked down .308. Plenty of power.

    • Patrick Wyatt Rhéaume

      Thomas, Steve is right, just do a web search on the 6.5 Creedmor, or the .264. I come from the old school of the 270, being one of the flattest shooters out there, though I found the 264/6.5 to be even flatter, Hornady has made a great round for this caliber with high end reload specs delivering two of the greatest knock down FPS rounds from a factory munitions load straight out of the box, that is available today. Yes this is a great Bench/competition round/Caliber, but if you think on it as I’m looking at it, I want something that I can place shot after shot in the same hole, or touching, and if I have that kind of accuracy, than I know one shot is going to be placed where I want it.

  • Patrick Wyatt Rhéaume

    As was stated the money for the Rifle you are buying. Now the SMR is around $1200.00, but if your able to go to one of the big gun stores you can get it for around $750-800.00.
    I’m a left handed shooter, and because left handed rifles are not easy to come by in some calibers, I like the Ruger No. 1 in a 6.5.Creedmor, as most of you know, this rifle also comes in other great Calibers. So one needs to know what they want, wave the options out there, I don’t know who else makes this rolling block receiver in this many caliber to chose from.