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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-21-2004, 02:12 AM Thread Starter
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I have a very nice ruger #3 in .223 sitting in the safe and like the gun the way it is but I was wondering...

I'd like to have a smaller/short stock 243 and have been playing with the idea of getting a NEF, or maybe one day a ruger #1 but then it occured to me, maybe I could get the #3 I have re-bored to 243. Is this possible? a good thing to do to this #3? and can any gunsmith do this? has anyone done this before? and can you rec a good gunsmith to do this?


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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-21-2004, 10:00 AM
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I love Ruger single shots. I have 3 #3's, 22 hornet, 30-40 krag, and
45-70, and a #1 standard in 3006.
The 45-70 is probably my favorite brush gun.
I'd leave the 223 alone. If you want a short 243, look at the #1 sporter, it has a 22" barrel, same as the #3. It's available in 243. My friend has one in 270. Its a real pretty gun, and shoots well.

"The .30-06 is never a mistake"~Townsend Whelen~
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-21-2004, 01:23 PM
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Dave its been my experience in the past that by the time I get through with a rebarrel I have nearly as much money invested as if i were to purchase another gun. I think that for a little more money you would have two rifles. Or sell the 223 to get the 243 if you feel the 243 is that much better. Best of luck. POW
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-21-2004, 03:16 PM
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I'll have to agree with the others. Keep the Number 3 in original caliber or sell it.

It's become a collector's item. As you know, Ruger stopped making the Number 3 almost 20 years ago. Let someone else enjoy it if you simply HAVE to have short, light, handy Number 1 in .243 Winchester.

Re-barreling is an expensive way to get a non-standard rifle. Re-boring is just as pricey.


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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-21-2004, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info/advise...I don't know what I was thinking--maybe I have too much free time!!
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-27-2004, 10:21 AM
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I have two No 3s. One is a .223 rem and the other is a .22 khornet. Both are accurate and fun to shot. I also have a number 1 in .270 Winchester.

They are beautiful guns!
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