The Ruger No. 1 single-shot is one of my
favorite rifles. The falling block action is simple, reliable,
and elegant. I have written about the Ruger
No. 1 before, so here we won't go in depth on the details of
the rifle, but will briefly look at this particular new version
that is chambered for the superb 257 Weatherby Magnum cartridge.
The 257 Weatherby Magnum is one of my all
time favorite rifle cartridges. When I am not testing a rifle
for a review while hunting, chances
are real good that I will be carrying a 257 Weatherby. When
the distance to the target might be long, nothing that I have
ever fired shoots flatter than that scorching 257.
The action of the No. 1 is so compact, that
fitting the rifle with a twenty-eight inch barrel does not make
the rifle cumbersome to handle, and that long tube really milks
the velocity out of the excellent cartridge. My favorite 257
Weatherby load uses the eighty-grain Barnes Tipped Triple Shock
(TTSX), which is a homogenous copper hollowpoint that leaves the
barrel of this Ruger at an average of 4052 feet-per-second,
measured twelve feet from the muzzle at 57 degrees Fahrenheit.
That screaming velocity would make most cup-and-core bullets
behave like a varmint bullet, but the Barnes bullet holds
together, expands quickly, and always penetrates deeply.
Like all Ruger No. 1 rifles, the 257
Weatherby version is sold only through Lipsey's, a large
nationwide distributor. To find a Ruger No. 1 dealer near you,
click on the DEALER FINDER at www.lipseys.com.
To order quality 257 Weatherby Magnum
ammunition, go to www.weatherby.com,
kept this text short, but enjoy the pictures and video for more
info on the handling and accuracy of this limited version of the
excellent Ruger No. 1 rifle.
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