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Thread: Ruger No 1 7mm Mag

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    Boolit Master
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    Jan 2016

    Ruger No 1 7mm Mag

    How's the recoil?

    Price seems to vary quite a bit. Is $750 fair? Any particular configuration that's worth less?

    Cast: Am I stuck patching, or can I run the 7mm low and slow? Light for caliber to manage recoil?

    Rebarreling: giant PITA or reasonable?

    Anything in particular to watch for?

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    Tom W.'s Avatar
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    Mar 2005
    Phenix City, Alabama
    I put a Limbsaver on mine and the recoil, while it didn't disappear, wasn't bad. It was a #1B. I sold it and a Leupold scope for $1K. I never fired cast from it. I also changed out the trigger and ground the safety down just enough so it wouldn't catch the ejected empties. I liked that rifle a lot, but my hunting days are pretty much over.

    I still have my #1B in 30-06 A.I. though!
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    Loudenboomer's Avatar
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    Nov 2007
    North Western Minnesota
    Recoil on the 7 rem mag is not all that bad. If you're familiar with the recoil of a 180gr. 30-06 factory load you wont find the 150gr. 7 mag all that different. Hogdon has a list of lite loads for many calibers with 4895 that may help also.

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    Boolit Master

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    Apr 2008
    Phoenix, Arizona
    I have fired cast in my Encore with 28" barrel. While it did not lead it was not spectacular and I got distracted away from it. IIRC I was pushing a 140gr and 160gr around 2K fps. I think I was using SR4759 but it has been 5 years or more since shooting cast in it.

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    Boolit Master
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    Mar 2005
    I have the boat anchor heavy #1S with the iron sights and the heavy barrel. Recoil is about like a .30-06.
    My rifle has a chamber that is on the large side diameter wise.
    It rarely groups better than 1.25" at 100 yards.

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    Boolit Master gnostic's Avatar
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    Jan 2014
    Somewhere over the rainbow...
    I have a #1 in 6mm Remington that shoots under an inch, with a 75 grain 'J' moly bullet. It's free floated. So the rest has to be close to the action or it strings a bit. It took me awhile to figure that out. When I shot from a bipod, the forend touched the barrel and the group opened up vertically. I'm about to load some 95 grain cast from an RCBS mold, with 11 grains of Unique...
    Last edited by gnostic; 05-10-2018 at 02:14 PM.

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