New Ruger #1 accuracy
I walked away from the No. 1 long time ago when a lovely 7x57 broke my heart. It was the most beautiful gun in my cabinet but strung so badly I sold it to a buddy. This was before Ruger made their own barrels, but the two-piece stock and elevated rear sight rib, I was to learn, also were contributing factors in the dismal accuracy.
Now I am looking at a new gun and the No. 1 is beckoning once more. Wanted to ask if anyone has experience with a new No. 1 and whether accuracy has improved. The gun would be used for deer hunting in California's Sierra Nevada mountains and local rangework entertainment.
I noticed that the local Sportsmans Warehouse has a No. 1 in 6.5 Creedmoor and the sight bases are separate blocks instead of the rib so often found on the many different models. Would this contribute to better accuracy? Seemed like the separate scope mounting block set-up tended to be used on No. 1 varmint models and people seemed happy with those guns.
If this doesn't affect accuracy, then I just might opt for the .35 Whelen and its rib and hope for the best. Had been looking at a lot of the stainless steel and composite bolt guns, but I think I want to go a different route. Hope I don't wind up with a near-$1500 goose egg, so thought I'd ask. Thanks.