Make: Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Model: Custom No. 1
Serial Number: 17
Year of Manufacture: 1967
Caliber: .270 Winchester
Action Type: Single Shot with Lever Operated Falling Block Action
Markings: The top of the chamber ring is marked with a “Ruger” banner over “No. 1”. The underside of the receiver on the left side is marked “17”.
Barrel Length: The barrel is 24” in length.
Sights / Optics: There is no provision for iron sights. There are two piece target blocks screwed to the barrel with a Leupold scope attached. The objective is marked “M8 4X” and the eyepiece is marked “Made In U.S.A.” and with patent dates. The reticle is a fine crosshairs and the lenses are clear and free of distortion. The scope shows a single light mark on its underside near the eyepiece. The scope is in about Excellent condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The custom stocks are two piece checkered fancy walnut with a pistol grip and cheekpiece. The dark grain in the wood and the detail in the bordering of the checkering are beautiful, so please see our pictures. The grip has a blued steel cap with an inlay of checkered walnut. There is a blued checkered steel shotgun style buttplate on the butt, a sling swivels mounted on a raised boss near the toe and another on the underside of the forend. There are two compression marks on the right side of the buttstock and a light mark on the right flat behind the receiver. There are also two small compression marks on the flat on the left rear of the forend. The checkering is sharp with no mars. The LOP measures 13 ¾” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate, which shows sharp checkering and is in Excellent condition. The stocks also rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: The barrel and receiver have a black matte finish.
Finish Originality: The finish is not original.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its current metal finish. There are a few tiny light marks in the barrel and two light but long marks in the right side of the receiver. The screw heads are sharp and the markings on the receiver are clear. All of the barrel markings have been removed, or the barrel was replaced. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition as re-finished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly, and the rifle has a very light trigger. We have not fired this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes with the attached scope and a one piece leather carrying sling by Boyt. The sling is tan with two leather sliders, a brass double hook on one end and a leather thong on the other. The leather shows a few light handling marks and is supple without cracks. It is In about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This is custom Ruger No. 1 that was originally made in 1967, the first year of production, and has a serial number of 17. The barrel has either been refinished, since all of its markings are missing, or else replaced. The rifle could have been special ordered with target blocks and a 24” barrel, so its anyone’s guess. A custom deluxe checkered stock with fancy walnut and a cheekpiece were also added. The rifle was then refinished with a matte finish and a Leupold scope and tan leather carrying sling added to top off the package. The rifle is chambered in .270 Win. This is a beautiful rifle in Excellent condition with about 99% of its current finish remaining. The barrel shows a few tiny light marks and there are two light marks on the right side of the receiver. The stock shows two compression marks in the right side of the buttstock, a light mark on the right flat behind the receiver, and two small marks in the forend. The bore is bright with sharp rifling. The .270 Win. chambering is a perfect all-around cartridge that can be used on everything from varmints to elk, but shines on long range shots on antelope and deer. With its attached scope and sling, this great looking rifle is all ready for your next hunting trip. There is no need to spend a lot of time looking around for a new rifle, because you probably won’t find one any better looking than this one. Please see our pictures!!!