Ruger No. 1 #1 1-H 1H .458 Winchester Magnum Single Shot Rifle, MFD 1975

SOLD FOR: $1575

LSB#: 220323RS011

Make: Sturm, Ruger & Co.

Model: No. 1, Model 1-H

Serial Number: 130-13907

Year of Manufacture: 1975 (Ruger Serial Number Lookup)

Caliber: .458 Win Mag

Action Type: Falling Block Single Shot Rifle

Markings: The top of the barrel is marked with a Ruger warning and “STURM, RUGER & CO., INC. SOUTHPORT, CONN. U.S.A.”. The left side of the barrel is marked with “.458 WIN. MAG.” and a Ruger proof mark. The top of the receiver is marked “RUGER / No. 1”. The underside left of the receiver is marked with the serial number “130-13907”. The grip cap and buttpad are marked with the company’s phoenix logo.

Barrel Length: 24”

Sights/Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade dovetailed to a textured, ramped base screwed to the barrel at the muzzle. The rear sight is a flip up u-notch dovetailed into the optic rail. The barrel is drilled and tapped with an optic rail installed that is notched for Ruger rings which have attached a Weaver 2.5-4.5x scope. The scope body has scattered minor nicks and light operational and handling wear throughout. The glass is a bit cloudy, and overall, the scope rates in Very Good condition.

Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a two-piece checkered wood with semi pistol grip and forend, fluted straight comb, and an orange rubber buttpad. There are a few minor scratches and compressions, but the wood is otherwise free of any notable wear or damage. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP is 13 3/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. The buttpad has minor handling marks and some very light discoloration. Overall, the stock is in Fine condition.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is well-defined. There is no erosion, but light stubborn fouling persists throughout.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. While much of the finish remains, several areas in and around the action have build-up of some kind while others have minor pitting from surface erosion. Minor nicks and scuffs otherwise dot the metal. The screws have light tool marks with usable slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Fine-plus condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork and Accessories: The scope as described above.

Our Assessment: The Ruger No. 1 was introduced in 1967 and at first seems an odd design choice for a modern rifle. Repeating rifles of many different designs had become the norm by the late ’60s and the single shot—certainly the falling-block single-shot—was on the outs with most hunters and target shooters. The brilliant success of the Ruger No. 1 comes from its embodiment of Ruger’s design philosophy: simple, durable, reliable. It has been chambered in nearly 50 different cartridges and continues to be manufactured and sold to this day. This example is in Fine condition, manufactured in 1975 with the hard hitting .458 Winchester Magnum cartridge. The cartridge is suitable for the largest North American game and it is perfect for having on hand, just in case you make it to Africa one day. Look out elephants! Good luck and happy bidding!

Ruger No. 1 #1 1-H 1H .458 Winchester Magnum Single Shot Rifle, MFD 1975
Ruger No. 1 #1 1-H 1H .458 Winchester Magnum Single Shot Rifle, MFD 1975