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    • #29218
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      Thanks Tim for including Single Shot rifles on your new forum.
      I like all the different actions, but single shots are my favorite.
      I own Sharps, High Walls,and Ruger #1’s

      My favorite cast bullet rifle with smokeless powder is the Ruger #1 in .405 win.
      These rifles were only offered for a year or two back in ’03 and ’04

      I have original and new model 95’s in the .405 Win
      I was on vacation in Cody ,Wy and happened to go to the local gun shop at the top of the hill .
      There on the wall were two new Ruger #1’s in .405 Win

      I had to have one.

      Slugging the bore I came up with .412 dia.

      I tried a lot of different cast bullet in .412 and .413 and they failed to shoot well in my rifle.
      Two of my molds were Hoch nose pour ,set up to take a Lyman .410 gas check.

      I had one special designed ,but discovered after working up a load that some of the gas checks were coming off the base as the bullet exited the rifle. This caused fliers at 100 yds.

      So….. I needed a new mold .

      I opted for this mold by Accurate Molds

      http://accuratemolds.com/bullet_deta…41-325BG-D.png

      I wanted a two cavity brass mold with a bullet dia of .414
      I also wanted it to be gas checked .
      I had the mold made to accept the Hornady crimp on .416 GC

      I wanted to approach Standard factory velocities with the bullet

      I use Carnauba red lube

      My load for the rifle is Hornady brass, Fed 210 Match primers and 43 grs of Rel 7 powder.
      The bullets weigh about 325 grs using 80% COWW and 20% Linotype.
      I also use a tapered expander plug from Buffalo Arms. (.414-.411)
      I also water dropped the bullets.

      I chronographed the load at 2000fps with no leading at all.

      Accuracy runs about an inch and half for five shots at 100yds.

      I am using a Leupold VX-3 1.5 X5 scope

      I can go up more on the powder charge, but this load is comfortable to shoot from the bench and easy on the brass.

      I have not tried this bullet in my ’95’s but a loaded round will chamber with the lands engraving the bore riding nose just like in my Ruger.

      So this is my experience with the #1 so far..

      I also have a Ruger #1 in .45/70 that is a good cast bullet shooter.

      Ruger is offering their #1 in .35 Whelen as a limited run this year.
      This should be a dandy cast bullet rifle as well..

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      The Ruger #1 is an excellent rifle. I have built several of them, and I have worked on a SS 405 Winchester.
      There is much speculation backed up with incomplete data that jacking with a pressure point between the forend tang and barrel can improve accuracy. I have found that Ruger barrels of the past 40 years to be hit and miss on accuracy, and no matter how the rifles shot before, they print awesome groups when a good quality barrel is installed, pressure point be damned.

      The 405 is just like 45-70 or 444marlin. Same rules apply.

      Good on you for snagging one of the good ones!!!!

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      Ruger used Wilson barrels on all their rifles up until about 96.
      I won’t buy a red pad Ruger rifle. Some were good, and some bad.

      The forearm hanger seems to be problematic on the #1
      I have talked with some #1 experts and most say the #1 shoots best with fore end tip pressure.

      I have three really good shooting #1’s
      The .405 Win, the .45/70, and the .30/06

      The Ruger #1 is a hunting rifle.
      My criteria for accuracy in a hunting rifle is at least one MOA for three shots each and every day.

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      I have talked with some #1 experts and most say the #1 shoots best with fore end tip pressure.

      Surprisingly I found my 336 30/30 dies best that way also. Not just due to the increased pivot length either.

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      Having owned ten different #1’s since 1977 I would say they are a handloaders rifle.
      The ones I have worked with have been very load sensitive, even with jacketed bullets.

      When you find the load , you will know it. All of them seem to like certain powders.

      I believe a person buying one of these rifles and planning only to use factory ammo, will be very disappointed.

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      Well ding dang it! The load I worked up for my Ruger #1 .405 win doesn’t shoot worth a flip in my modern Model 95 win.
      Back to the drawing board on that one.

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