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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-08-2004, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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I just looked at the Ruger site and they don't list a number 1 45-70 in anything but the SS version. Have they stopped making the blue model?
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I think you may be confusing the "S" or Sporter model with Stainless. They make the # 1 in both versions.
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They are still making the blued version in the S model with 22" barrel.
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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-09-2004, 08:00 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks I must have misunderstood what I was looking at. With me it happens from time to time when I get in a hurry. I'm wanting to get a new 45-70 and I can't afford some of these other things like the Ballard or Shiloh. I just wish the Ruger came with a longer barrel.
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Don't we ll wish the Ruger Number One came with a longer, heavier barrel!

Every few years, Ruges does/did make Number One Commemoratives with longer Octagonal barrels and longe-range sights.

If you are lucky enough to find a Lyman Centennial Commemorative or Creedmore Centennial Commeorative it will fit the ticket: longe range vernier sights, long heavy octagonal barrel, presentation case.

Just thinking about it makes me WANT one right now!

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Roadtrash,
When they first came out the 45-70 was available in a 24 or 26 inch bbl, can't remember which. Check the various on-line markets and you may get lucky and find an old one. Good luck!
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I looked on www.gunsamerica.com and found #1s w/26" brrels and 24" barrels but not in 45/70. You might have better luck with the Brownings with 45/70 and long barrels. Good luck. POW
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I had the same dilemma and really wanted a #1 45-70 but had to have the heavy bbl. I settled on a #1 in 458 and haven't looked back. Cast bullets and light loads of SR-4759 makes a "belted" 45-70 that shoots great and is easy on the shoulder. I know it doesn't have the heritage or the mystique of a "real" 45-70, but I sure enjoy mine.

PS at around $500 or so on the used market, you just might find a guy with a #1 458 and a box of shells with one shell shot anxious to rid himself of a beast...

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The Lyman Centennial had a 28" heavy round barrel. They have a nicer balance both in handling, and asthetically. The Ruger #1 is a great looking, strong action, but looks somewhat odd with the lighter, short barrels they offer. I'd buy more of them if they would offer long octagon, or heavy round barrels.

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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-10-2004, 08:11 AM Thread Starter
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You guys may be right. While I really want one in 45-70 I may end up buying the 458 or something similiar. As you mentioned it can be loaded down to the 45-70s ballistics or I could load it up and use it to kill dump trucks and stuff. What's the barrel length on the 458?
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