I had an exhibition grade, prolifically engraved custom one for about 4.3 seconds.
What I learned through the process is that while a .458 Lott with a 500gr bullet at 2150fps is only 71 pounds of recoil in a 10lb gun, in a Ruger #1 with iron sights its roughly 4 trillion pounds of recoil (it can be measured from the orbital space station...in a galaxy far far away they attribute the recoil to a disturbance in the force) . With a scope on the ruger #1 it pushes out a delightful 85lbs of felt recoil to make uncle Roy Weatherby proud.
Enjoy shooting. (I recommend buying Kynoch ammo...it comes in 5 packs, more than you'll ever need to have the full experience I had!)
(Sarcasm was free today...hopefully for comedic effect...all the above was absolutely true!)
There is a very nice one for sale at B&W Pawnshop in Conroe, Texas it has a Vari-x 1 4-12 on it. Asking 999.00 . I’m sure they will ship it 936-760-3004 Bobby or Wade can help you tell them Ken sent youHello I have searched, along with a Reputable Dealer "Vigilantly" for a Ruger No 1 "Blued in 458 Lott". I've come across a few that have been extremely worked over, engraving, etc. I'd prefer, if ever, one to be close to stock as possible, nor does it have to be Pristine. It's been a Rare search. I'm Extremely Motivated & Price is not a concern if ever one cares to part with one! Thank You. Respectfully, Dan Cary. Example pic?
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Cabela's in Bristol, Virginia has (or had) one in as of Tuesday or Wednesday, (Dec 17 or 18), when I was up there. Used (as it's he barrel had not been cleaned), looked like it was new, they were asking $1040.00.
Personally, if I was in the market for a No. 1 in .458 Lott I'd find an older one in .458 Win. Mag. and run a reamer down the chamber. The older ones (some of them anyway) seem to have been more well made and reaming the chamber to .458 Lott is about as easy as it gets.
It must be taken on a case by case basis. Some have wonderful wood, others marginal wood, no one period necessarily better in that regard. As for barrels, later rifles are said to have better barrels but in the case of a .458 it is academic as we're not looking for MOA accuracy. The main point is that there are quite a few No. 1 rifles in .458 Win Mag on the used market (most of which have seen little use) so finding one with the attributes sought will prove relatively easy. As for reamers, they may be rented at a very reasonable rate (please, however, if you are not qualified have a professional do the work).
I haven't read through the post but have you looked at Gunbroker? There are some on it now.
I have never purchased one on line either but Gunbroker has a fairly good reputation, but they are not the seller just a avenue for a seller to get their product out to people and they are a lot like Ebay.I shoot the Lott, however, the Win Mag accommod
Never having purchased firearms online … Are they all much the same, reliable, predictable? I guess more so, are you aware of any to Stay Away From?