View Full Version : Ruger No.1 45-70

02-04-2005, 01:12 PM
Am I wrong or did not ruger at one time make the #1 in 45-70? I though they did but a buddy showed me that they do not list it. I would have bet the farm that i seen one once upon a time.
The mind is a terrible thing sometimes...

02-04-2005, 02:52 PM
Hi oneshotman,

Well your farm would have been safe because yes they did also they chambered the #3 as well in 45/70. In Paul. A. Matthews book "Forty Years with the 45-70" he shows phots of his own #1 and his + his brothers #3 rifles in 45-70. He also later brought a Ruger #1 tropical in .458 WM.

45-70 Rifleman
02-04-2005, 08:37 PM
The No. 1 is one of the best rifles you can find in 45-70. It is super strong and can even be handloaded to higher pressures than are safe for the Marlin leverguns.

02-05-2005, 04:34 PM
I am almost certain that Ruger still sells its No. 1 in .45-70. I might be mistaken, but I think a phone call to Ruger would be the only thing that would convince me otherwise.

As far as being one of the best rifles you can find in 45-70... I might differ in that opinon. I absolutely love No. 1s. However, I have owned them in heavy recoiling chamberings, and they are brutal. I would own a No. 1 in .45-70 in a heart-beat, but I'd never load it for speeds faster than 1400 fps with 405 grain bullets. It would be extremely unpleasant to shoot - as well as, in my opinion, unecessary.


02-05-2005, 06:46 PM
You think that's bad, try a No.3 with "hot" rounds.....Whew! Brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it...;)


02-07-2005, 07:26 AM
Thanks for making me feel like I am not losing what little mind I have left. Rugers web site does not list the 45-70 being available in the #1. That may be the next thing on my want list...