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Ruger No. 1 Tropical Rifle .416 Rigby

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Classic good looks hide the problems inherent with this rifle. The short and handy Ruger could have been a fine rifle, because it had a good trigger, enough accuracy, good balance, and enough weight for all its power. But its recoil pad was dangerously hard.Also, it did not eject properly, and its sights were poor.

Ruger No. 1 Tropical Rifle .416 Rigby

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This company has built a fine single shot for many years now, and you would think they know how to do a good job of it. You would be wrong. We took delivery of two No. 1 rifles recently, one in .375 H&H Mag and one in .416 Rigby. Our initial inspection showed them to be well made, the .375 having an attractive laminated stock and stainless finish, and the .416 having blued steel and walnut. The wood of our .416 Rigby test rifle was very nice. The black walnut butt matched the forend acceptably, though the two pieces clearly came from different parts of the tree. The finish, while not perfect, was a good cut above many other makers' stock finish. The checkering was clean, attractive, well done, and functional. The stock profile was attractive, with the Henry notch in the forend, and clean, simple lines to the rest of it. Bluing was also very good. The metal was flat and crisp on the action, and free of dips and gouges on the barrel and other parts.
This thin, hard worthless recoil pad makes shooting the Ruger painful.
This is where each and every empty case ejected from the Ruger's chamber ended up.They are supposed to zing completely out of the rifle, not strike the safety and bounce back.

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