Review- Ruger No1 .303brit

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  • Review- Ruger No1 .303brit

    Well well well, finally got the lady home an had a chance to get out this morning an shoot a box of rounds down the tube an see how things went.

    I'm writing this off the top of my head so bare with me, will try set it out alright.

    Keep in mind this Rifle is 2nd hand, although had really only been bought, shot, sold as the funds went into something else. I'm not sure if anything has been done to the rifle/trigger.


    Out of the Case and first look there isn't a mark on it bar one bit of a blemish in a corner of the woodwork but fairly un noticeable.
    The rifle is really short an points well, it isn't a lightweight but is on par with a win94 full loaded.

    I dry fired the trigger an was surprised with its performance, it was a lot lighter than I expected from a Ruger and broke clean. that was a plus straight away.




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    I purchased 2 boxes of Highland AX 150gr SPBT factory ammo, it was cheap and I had heard the brass is good for Ron.



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    Time for some Testing


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    I setup on the Front bonnet for a rest on a Jacket, The target was Shoebox/A4 size at 56m with the range finder, That was close enough to get a feel for the Recoil and hope it would shoot on the paper.
    The first shot I sat the front bead deep down in the Buckhorns and centred on the X and thought I'd go from there, Nothing printed on the paper after the first shot, I slipped another Bullet down the tube an aimed similar again. Walked up for a look and found both shots had hit Low into a Truck tyre below the target, I adjusted my Hold an "Aired" the bead out of the Buckhorn a little and Fired Again.
    A Hit just below Centre of X, Shot 3,4,5 had all ended up an Inch apart!


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    I then shot 5 more rounds one after another, only sitting the rifle down to check the Target through the Binoculars, before reloading an firing.
    The 10 shot Target -2 low]

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    I've encountered a slight issue with the Safety switch in the Fire mode, it sits up an as you Eject a spent case it catches an wont allow the bullet to slip out not a big deal for now but could become an issue if you were needing a clean backup shot.
    A quick fix would be some time with a fine file , will leave be for now.

    Buckhorn sight with White diamond, I like this feature and once elevation is setup better will make things a little easier than matte black buckhorns.
    The rear sight is also a Folding setup, So if Scope & mounts were to be added, looks quite fancy.


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    I find the .303 British a good round to shoot in a compact rifle like this, Recoil is there but it isn't brutal and only a little bit of muzzle jump. Noise wasn't overly loud either.. just another CF round.


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    Before I packed up for the Day, I sat the Shoebox out by a pile of dirt and came back an ranged the distance, it read 140m and I thought il see how long it takes until I hit the box, first and second shot both a Fraction Low, and the 3rd was a hit, 4 inches from the base of Box...

    I am confident that this round will be very usefull an successful in what I aim to do with it, especially out to 150m if on a broadside deer, No doubt a lot more practise to come an a lot more tesing for accuracy, although I think things are looking pretty good.

    Thanks for looking an its no Nick Harvey review but I paid for this one just happy to be out shooting it.

    Cheers
    WL

  • #2
    Aww, Well that's a let down after writing that, No photos my end!

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    • #3
      Photos


      EDIT*** will upload above

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      • #4
        Did you copy the IMG code?
        “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing” - Edmund Burke

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        • #5
          “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing” - Edmund Burke

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          • WhelanLad
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            Yeah, I did... but when it publishes on here there no img tags with it :S

        • #6
          Yeah thats strange, though mine did that for a bit yesterday as well...
          “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing” - Edmund Burke

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          • #7
            Nice rifle though

            I've often though about getting something to keep the SMLE company.
            “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing” - Edmund Burke

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              Sorry for blank post, was stuffing around seeing if I could get pic to work as it was playing silly buggers the other day,

              Very nice rifle though bud.

          • #8
            Hi,
            I had a similar ejection problem with a Ruger No1 I had built in 500x3" Nitro. I removed the safety catch and filed the front edge to clear the rim. Once I had done this I had no further problems.
            Regards
            Les

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              FEERK! after all that, ive got er together

          • #9
            no.1 in .303 is right up there on my rifle wish list, nice writeup, cheers O

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            • #10
              You have a classy rifle there in a classic calibre. You should rightly feel very proud of that rifle bud.
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              • #11
                That's a nice rifle. A Ruger No.1 is certainly on my wish list I've just gotta figure out what cal I want.

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                • #12
                  If you pop the forend off you can adjust the ejection force with an allen key on the smaller spring under the forend hanger.

                  More force can throw the case completely clear of the rifle, less allows it to come to rest on the loading tray and you just flip the rifle to the right and drop the case at your feet.

                  With my No.1s I do both things. The 303 and 6.5/06 have strong ejection and the cases come sailing out. The 6.5 Lap is weaker and I flick the case out. The 300H&H, 338 and 375 are set to weak as too much force with those larger longer cases causes them to hit the safety and bounce back into the chamber. Most annoying as it does get in the way of a quick reload.

                  If you get really desperate, Tony Small at Arding near Armidale does a very neat conversion of the No.1 to a recessed safety. It isn't cheap, but it is damn good looking and very functional.

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                  • #13
                    G'day,
                    Just a quick question and I suspect/hope you'll have this covered, What's on the other side of the hill behind your range, it looks like you're shooting very near to the skyline and if you miss your looking at the projectile travelling quite some distance? Please don't take this as criticism, if I was standing beside you I'd be asking the same question. Nice Rifle by the way, were they set up for heavy (180gr) projectiles?
                    Bob

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                    • WhelanLad
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                      Yeah nothing over that ridge, fair few miles of wilderness, the horizon hides the surroundings. the land is not flat, although it looks that way, its quite an angle upwards.
                      It is also a Red gum stump behind the target. good call though.

                      Think they shoot the best with 215gr, that's what I hear.

                      cheers
                      WL

                  • #14
                    I've not even quoted a price for a Box of Woodleighs, I spose they will be up there, similar to a .358 Woodleigh which is around $69 for 50.

                    They would be mostly used for Sambar, an some other projectile used for plinking an practise.

                    I'l get into the quoting side of things soon an get prices an get a bit of a pile of things together for it.

                    WL

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                      Shot the 150gr AX ammo today at 100Ms, after adjusting the rear buckhorns elevation twice, I was able to hold dead on at 100m and the bullets fell accordingly, hitting on an around an 5 inch square on A4 on a Shoebox at 100, leaning over the bonnet off the backpack.

                      Will be interested to see how accurate it is or isn't, from a good sandbag rest laying down, its shown its ready for hunting purposes.

                      cheers
                      WL

                  • #15
                    If you can, try and lay hands on some Taipan bullets. They work great, and cost a fair bit less than the Woodleighs.

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                      Originally posted by adamjp" post=7229
                      If you can, try and lay hands on some Taipan bullets. They work great, and cost a fair bit less than the Woodleighs.
                      Thanks mate, will do.
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