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Old 06-01-2006, 05:13 AM   #1
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Hi there all,



The gunshop was open late last night moving into their summer schedule.



I had the opportunity to stop by and pick up some .45 ACP ammo for my Springfield Champion and stood there talking to the salesman who I know quite well when I spied something new on the rifle rack....



Curious to see it. I stepped to the side of the salesman and immediately recognised the rifle as a Ruger No. 1. I asked the salesman to hand it to me for examination and immediately recognised the rifle as a Ruger No. 1 TROPICAL with its short and heavy barrel, walnut stock and barrel sling band! I looked at caliber markings on the barrel and saw that it was stamped .416 Rigby and got even more excited!



The Ruger was a thing of simplistic beauty as I moved the lever to drop the locking breech block and peer into the enormous chamber. The action felt as smooth and tight as a bank vault and I inquired into the mysterious appearance of the unusual rifle.



The salesman told me that it was ordered for a customer 4 years ago, who changed his mind and sought a Armalite instead. I asked why it was put away for so long and was told that the store had to arbitrate a substitute with the customer and was unhappy that it had put away a rifle on lay-a-way and simply forgotten that it was in inventory until a recent audit rediscovered it.



I am in awe of this awesome rifle. It conjures up images of the movies/TV I watched growing up of African Big Game stories and shows.



I would love to own it--just for show. But then again, another firearm for no damn good reason!



Chris



Post note: Too bad it wasn't chambered in .45/70!
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Come on now Chris. We all buy things we have absolutely no need for. I know you have a wife and kids, and may not be as flush as you would like to be, but go for it. It's only money, and "shoot", that rifle will certainly be a plus to your collection. Also, it will only increase in value over time.



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Old 06-01-2006, 09:39 AM   #3
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"There is absolutely no practical reason for that!"



Least that is what my wife said when I brought home my .458 Lott :-[



I was ready though: "Its to keep the elephants out of the yard" I argued. It works, I have not had an elephant trample the rose bushes since I bought the rifle! See, I told her so



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PS - same shop has two CZs in .505 Gibs and .450 Rigby... hmm I wonder if the same logic would apply to a Brontosaraus?
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Old 06-01-2006, 11:52 AM   #4
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Chris and all,



A rifle for no good reason? You mean just to own them isn't a reason?

The Ruger #1 Tropical Rifles are dandies. However, I do question the validity of a single shot "stopping rifle". They could have at least put on a bayonet lug!



Just kidding. As Jim noted no elephants in the rose bushes. Haven't seen any here in Salem, OR since I started talking about building a .404 Jefferies...



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Old 06-01-2006, 12:07 PM   #5
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When I put together my .458 Lott I also had the gunsmith rechamber my #1 Tropical rifle for the same cartridge (it was a .458 WM anyway).



I have had the tropical rifle for a long long time but, like Wes, I cannot see it as much use as a "stopping rifle".



I think what it would be good for - and what that #1 in .416 would be even better for - is to load a really streamlined X bullet faster and shoot Elk or Moose with it.



Of course there are several places one can shoot buffalo (American Bison) and in terms of $ per lbs of meat they are a deal. But my freezer will not hold enough to justify shooting one and wasting about half or more of it.



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You can ship me whatever Buff meat you don't need!
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Old 06-06-2006, 08:41 AM   #7
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Well, I recently purchased an 1892 Winchester in .38-40 (1907 year of production), and after it received a clean bill of health from a gunsmith, I'm having a fine time plinking away with cowboy action loads. The fun of shooting an old rifle w/ a sense of history about it is more than enough justification for me.
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Old 06-07-2006, 02:09 PM   #8
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I have several "for no good reason" guns. Rifles, handguns, shotguns, whatever.



I have one that comes close to that Ruger #1- a SAKO TRG-S Carbine in 375 H&H Magnum. That's a rifle that weighs about what early AR15/M16s did- 7.75 lbs and shoots a round that can thump anything on the planet (although probably not my first choice for some really scary beasties).

It's owned by me- who lives in Indiana where there is nothing larger than Whitetail, I haven't even hunted that in over 20 years, and I have a crippled-up back- just the thing for a 7.75 lb .375.



But I like it.

It shoots little groups, doesn't hurt as bad as one might think, and I doubt I could ever swing getting another. UPS just brought some cast bullets for me to try in it.



I also have a Marlin 45-70. Same negatives as above. Same reasons for keeping.



Then there are others.

The Winchester '92: I've never shot a Cowboy match, and doubt I ever will. But more on that later...

Not one, but two, Automags.

Two SMGs.

I seldom use a revolver anymore, but have several.

Five M1 Garands (hey, I'm down from seven!)

A muzzleloader I haven't shot in ????

A CZ 52. Why? I don't know why.

A Remigton 600 rebarreled to .221 Fireball. Just because I wanted one.

Contender barrels in such oddballs as 17 Mach IV.

A goofy selection of surplus rifls like- K31 Schmidt-Rubin, Swedish Mauser, Yugo Mauser, No 4 Enfield, P14 Enfield, M1916 Spanish Mauser, and maybe more oddities.



But what the heck. I liked them at the time, have shot most if not all, and still like them as much as the more normal and/or justifiable stuff I have.



Corky, you have a 1907 1892? I have one made the same year! Mine was originally .32-20, but was rebored and reworked to 357 Mag way before I had it. The S/N is 4376XX.

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Barry,

My '92 is 440xxx (a second check makes that an '08, I think) and a real pleasure to shoot--only problem being the price of .38-40 ammunition, even the light Cowboy loads. Guess it's back to the loading bench, which I abandoned when I found myself shooting .22 LR and 9mm most of the time.



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Well, they're pretty close together anyway!
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