I've got the Ruger catalogue in front of me now, as I've spent the day been mulling over whether to buy a No.1 for woodland stalking. They are a real joy to shoot, although you may need to go through some steps to accurise the rifle (see rugerforums.com for info). Personally, I love the look of the Ruger No.1, and it's simplicity. Also, as a left-hander, the No.1 is ambidextrous.
Bruce Potts reviewed the No.1A in Shooting Times a few months back, and gave it the thumbs-up. My local RFD is very sniffy about falling-block rifles, on the grounds of saleability second-hand, and the usual issue of fore-end hangers.
If you have the money, Dakota Arms make a stunning falling-block rifle too.
I had a Ruger No1 in 270 for a few years, I bought it because i thought it was a good compromise for me as a couldn't get a left handed rifle second hand. by the time it had a scope on it was quite hard to load left handed as the receiver wall is slightly longer on the left hand side.
Prone off a bipod it would shoot tiny 5 shot groups (15mm) but the point of impact would change depending on how hard the surface was that you were resting on. that said i loved it and it was supprising what a conversation maker it was lots of people had never handled one.
if you are looking for a woodland stalking rifle that you will mainly shoot off sticks then the No1 is a lovely rifle, the action is incredibly strong and short so you can have a bit longer barrel for the same overall length.
People will tell you that they have a long lock time and heavy trigger due to the hammer being heavy but this can be altered. A company called Wolf custom make lighter hammers and custon springs but you have to use a gunsmith that knows what he is doing as its not an easy job. a guy called Andy Dyke did mine and i was very pleased.
I sold mine for £170 so i could get it off ticket to buy my 6.5 tikka but if a left hander hadn't come along i would still have it.
Since its gone i have though about getting a falling block 22 Hornet and rebarreling it to .17 Ackley hornet just for something different.
All that i had done to mine was a trigger job and threading/recrown and i replaced the hard ruger, recoil pad with a sorbathane one.
a freind of mine who is a genius when it comes to rifles, told me to relive the area where the forend touches against the action (particularly the radiused bit) this did help with the problem of shooting of a bipod then off sticks. being realistic i would not worry to much about it. the problem was exagerated when i shot at the range, resting the bipod on a concrete bench and leaning in hard made it shoot 1.5" high but it was nowhere near as bad off grass and if you shot off sticks or made sure you had something inbetween the forend and whatever you were resting against (as you allways should). If i had never took it to the range to work up some loads for it i probably wouldn't have ever noticed. like i said before i if your a lefty i would try one with a scope on to see how you get on reloading it. its a bit awkward especially off hand (2 years ago i shot a doe and 2 calfs with mine, the stalker was 300M behind me and couldn't belive i'd reloaded it that quick.
Just remembered i also had the safety catch altered a bit because i found if you ejected a case with the safety off the case would hit the top of the catch and bounce back in, only minor but anoying all the same. i think the receiver is taller on the left because of the ejector.
Ezzy,Baldrick, I'm glad these rifles have a following,I have just lapsed & ordered one that the local gunsmith is about to produce (by hand) I'm very optimistic with how it will shoot.
I will post on here on how things come along. Danny
Yes i did the BASC shoot at Bisley a couple of times. I have still got the mugs for 2nd&3rd place in the running boar. I was beaten into 2nd by a very good shot from wales as i recall.
Do the BASC still do that shoot. It was good fun.
I shoot a lot on the running moose range here. Its one of the few things that I'm good at . Thats why I'm selling the Ruger#1 Its easier to shoot with a bolt action. The slim barrel on the Heym-Ruger get to hot shooting a 20 shot series.
Thank you for the compliment Sir, yes I am from the border country and I too still have the mugs, very nice trophies indeed.
I did enjoy those shoots organised by BASC, mainly because of the very nice people who attended. The shoots are still organised but I haven't attended for a couple of years partly due to the fact that I consider them now to be too expensive, partly because of the distance that I have to travel and the traffic congestion around Reading in the mornings and also because I have needed to take a day off work to attend.
It's nice that you should remember me though, I am glad that you decided to make the move to Sweden which at the time you were thinking of and that it should have worked out so well