SOLD FOR: $1,036.83
Make: Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Model: No. 1
Serial Number: 132-58271
Year of Manufacture: 1985 (https://ruger.com/service/productHistory/RI-No1.html)
Caliber: .375 Holland & Holland Magnum
Action Type: Falling Block Action with Farquharson Lever and Internal Hammer
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “.375 H&H MAG.” and with a circled “PR” Ruger proof, the top of the barrel has Ruger’s two-line warning. The top of the receiver is marked “RUGER / No. 1”. The bottom of the receiver is marked with the serial number.
Barrel Length: 24”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade in-line dovetailed to a ramped base which is banded to the barrel at the front. The rear of the barrel has a rail which is cut for rings holding a Leupold Vari-X II 1-4x Scope with duplex reticle (note, the scope does not have a true 1x). There is a folding”U”-notch leaf with white diamond aiming reference dovetailed to the rail, drift adjustable for windage and fine-adjustable for elevation. The leaf can be reversed to present a square notch. The scope has clear glass and a few scattered light marks, in about Fine condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with a groove at the front of the forend, capped pistol grip, straight comb, solid orange rubber Ruger buttpad and a sling stud in the belly (the other is mounted to a band on the barrel forward of the forend. The stocks have several scattered light compressions, drag lines and scuffs, some in the checkering. The checkering is generally sharp outside this light wear. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad which has light wear, in about Fine condition. The stocks rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. The barrel has a couple of light marks on the top-right toward the front and light handling marks. The receiver has a few scattered light marks. The lever has light operational wear and a few small, light scratches. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The single shot falling block action with internal hammer and Farquharson lever and shotgun style tang safety functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with the installed scope as described.
Our Assessment: The Ruger No. 1 was introduced in 1967 and, at first, is 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, much less the falling-block single-shot, was on the outs with most hunters and even target shooters. The brilliant success of the Ruger No. 1 comes from its embodiment of Ruger’s design philosophy. It is simple, it is durable, it is reliable. It doesn’t hurt that it’s gorgeous, too! One of its designers, Lenard Brownell, said he had tried several times to blow one up, but couldn’t (https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2015/2/5/a-look-back-at-the-ruger-no-1/). It has been chambered in nearly 50 different cartridges and continues to be made and sold to this day. This example is in Very Good-plus condition, chambered for the .375 Holland & Holland magnum cartridge. A belted magnum, the .375 H&H is versatile, with projectiles from 235gr to 350gr and can be used for both North American and African game animals. This is a simple, rugged rifle in a powerful hunting cartridge which should make for a great rifle to take on safari or out in the woods. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle can be transferred/sold in California.