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Review: Ruger No. 1 International

by J. Scott Rupp   |  September 30th, 2011 10

While models and calibers have been cut down over the years, the Ruger No. 1 is still available in a Light Sporter, Standard (my favorite), Varminter, Medium Sporter, Tropical and the International. While most stick with the basic profile of a single-shot with a fore-end, the International has an extended fore-end that runs completely to the muzzle, ala Mannlicher, and is available in .270 Winchester, 7×57 Mauser (which I tested) and .30-06.

Ruger No. 1 International 7x57 Mauser

While the list of chamberings has shrunk over the years, the Ruger No. 1 still offers interesting options such as the 7x57 Mauser.

Stocked in American walnut, while the price of the gun has gone up, sadly the grade of the wood has gone down. For a long time after the No. 1’s introduction and under Bill Ruger’s scrutiny, all the guns had much better than average wood, and I have the guns to show it. But the finish on my test rifle is smooth as silk, and while there is only a little figure near the toe of the stock, it does add a bit of class of this rifle.

One update on the No. 1 International is a larger checkering pattern on the pistol grip. The fore-end checkering is what you’d find on any other No. 1 and is of ample coverage.

The muzzle of the gun has a protective cap, which is rather nicely fitted around both the barrel and stock for that classic look. This fore-end “cap” is done so well that no gaps are evident; it blends in perfectly with the front sight assembly.

Ruger No. 1 International muzzle

Unlike most No. 1 variants, the International features a full-length stock, which is finished off with a well-fitted muzzle cap.

The rifle has a front sling swivel solidly attached by a through-bolt. Behind that is the famous Ruger stock screw, which anchors the stock to the barrel via an angled attachment. The theory here is that the screw pulls the barreled action back and down into the stock for a better fit and better accuracy.

Bill Ruger was a man who adored classic stocks, and he kept that look on the No. 1. From the receiver tang back, there is no Monte Carlo comb nor a line to disturb cheekpiece. The pistol grip has a more than comfortable sweep to it, with just the right amount of clearance within the confines of the operating lever.

The buttstock is finished off with a pistol grip cap, a live

rubber recoil pad combined with a black spacer and a sling swivel stud for field carry. In close corners around the receiver,

Ruger No. 1 International mount setup

The International sports Ruger's integral scope base (rings are supplied) but also gives shooters the versatility of iron sights.

the wood-to-metal fit is finished “proud,” which simply means that it is not flush with the final finish of the receiver.

The action itself takes its look from the Farquharson rifle, modified and scaled down to modern times. Compared to a bolt-action rifle, the action measures only 2.5 inches (showing), and for hunters who like to carry their gun hip side and in the palm of their hand, the rifle is only 1.5 inches wide at its widest point.

The operating lever is classy, matches the curve of the inner trigger guard, then flares out to follow the lines of the pistol grip. Ejection of the spent cartridge is flawless and can be internally adjusted to fully eject the case or to hold it forward of the safety for those who handload.

Out of the box, trigger pull on my sample was 3½ pounds with minimal take-up before the sear broke. The safety lever is tang mounted, allowing the gun to be the perfect companion for either right- or left-handed shooters. Pull the lever back to Safe and you can still move the operating lever to load or unload the gun.

On the International, iron sights are mounted on the quarter rib and work in concert with the gold dot on the handsome front sight assembly. Like all Ruger rifles, rings are included, and I mounted a Burris Compact 3-9X scope that was a good complement to this small-statured rifle.

 

Fast Specs: Ruger No. 1 International

  • Type: falling block single-shot centerfire
  • Caliber: .270 Win., 7×57 Mauser (tested), .30-06
  • Capacity: 1
  • Barrel length: 20 in.
  • Overall length: 36½ in.
  • Weight: 7 lb.
  • Finish: blue
  • Stock: Mannlicher-style satin-finished American walnut
  • Sights: folding rear, gold bead front; supplied rings for integral bases
  • Trigger: non-adjustable single stage; 3-1/2 lb. pull as tested
  • Price: $1,222
  • Manufacturer: Ruger

 

Accuracy

  • Smallest Group: Hornady SST—1.0 in.
  • Largest Group: Federal softpoint—1.75 in.
  • Average of all ammo tested—1.38 in.
  • Accuracy results are averages of three three-shot groups at 100 yards off a benchrest.

 

 

 

  • Daniel

    This is a rifle I have on my short list should I get the funds. Deciding on caliber is tough but I would prefer 7mm-08 or .308 but will settle for the .30-06.

  • Peter

    This same rifle has been my constant companion over the past two years. It carries well and snaps up to eye level like a good rifle should. And, it just looks like a rifle should look like. Commercial loadings can be a tad light given the wide variety of rifles chambered in 7X57. For me hand loading is where my rifle shined. 120gr bullets @ 3000+ fps and 175gr @ 2650+ fps which proved to be a real thumper in a light, shorter barrel rifle like the Ruger International. I can't say it's a do everything rifle – but it's a due many things (with a bunch of class) rifle. Buy it and you won't regret it.

    • John Maiden

      Here in the UK the Legendary Frank O’Connor ises a Ruger No.1 chambered in 30.06 for Sika Deer management. His is the all stainless action and barrel in a grey laminate stock. Topped with an 8 x 56 Schmitt and Bender scope it is quite a formidable combination. What better endorsement for Ruger !

  • Dick Hamly

    I have had a Ruger No 1 Tropical in .458 Win Mag since 1968. I have reloaded a lot for it and I still shoot it a lot. As my eyes are not as good as they used to be, I just recently added a 2X scope. Because I am on an asprin regimen, I bruise easily. I have started wearing a PAST recoil pad so I don't end up all black and blue after a lot of shooting. The Ruger No 1 action is very strong with a large margin of safety for handloaders. The .458WM is a great cartridge that can be loaded up hot with a heavy bullet to go through an elephant longwise or it can be loaded with a lighter bulet to shoot hot and flat for large North American game. It can also be loaded down to a more docile .45-70 or .450 Marlin.

  • Dreager

    i have wanted a no 1 tropical in 375 h and h for 25 years or so. finally bought one last week. shoot it tomorrow :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/Gunluvr Ben Bryant

    I personally prefer the old school simplicity of the #1 models for hunting. It's very close to the form and function of a muzzle-loader without the smoke cloud. They ought to be listed as primitive weapons to give hunters another option during muzzle-loading season.

  • shawn

    I have an international chambered in 270? I have grown up with it The only issue with the beautiful rifle is the stock can warp

  • rugerguy

    Have a No.1 international in 30-06 can anyone tell me a good 1in tube illuminated scope to mount on my baby?
    eye sight not what it used to be,I can't see rear sight anymore,figure with a red dot or illuminated cross hairs I'll be back on target. Love my No.1 international.

    • SHOOT

      I have a custom made 4-12 x 40 I'd part with–had it made in Australia a few years ago by one of the custom guys. awesome scope and illuminated.

      SHOOT

  • Grits.N.Jowls

    I purchased 2 of them(30’06 & 45-70) before they became scarce and the price went up(both just under $1000).

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