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Ruger No. 1B .22 Hornet

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The lovely wood and fine checkering didn't overcome this gun's cost, weight, and accuracy limitations.

Ruger No. 1B .22 Hornet

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This rifle, with a street price of $685, felt all wrong for the Hornet. First, it was very heavy, more than a pound heavier than the heavy-barrel Anschutz. It felt not quite clumsy, but the weight sure gave the impression you had a lot more rifle in your hands than a .22 Hornet. There were no iron sights, but it came with scope rings. We mounted our 36X Leupold for our shooting testing.
Great wood, nice checkering, simple falling-block design, and drop-dead gorgeous looks.
The single-shot Ruger No. 1 is an unlikely candidate for the little Hornet, in our opinion. The rifle, at 8.4 pounds, was much too heavy, we thought. This sample, in spite of nice wood and fine workmanship, didn't shoot worth a whoop with two of the three types of ammo tried.

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