I recently moved out west from the heart land and I'm looking to purchase a new rifle. I want to get something that could be used on deer, elk and other mid to large game. I had made up my mind to get a 7mm until I went to a local dealer and he almost talked me into a 300 win mag. I was planning on getting a Savage 116 in 7mm since it has the new accu-trigger and adjustable muzzel brake with stainless barrel and I can get it for around $600.
Here's where the dilema started. The dealer showed me a used Ruger #1 chambered in 300 win mag with a Bushnell Eliete 3x9x40 scope. He offered it to me for the same price. I'm sure that the Ruger would hold it's value better than the Savage, but I doubt that I would ever sell it. The Ruger was in good shape, no nicks or scratches, but it appeared to be an older gun. The trigger also appeared to have been worked on. It was sharp and crisp without too much weight. I don't know if the barrel was broke in "properly" or how it would shoot.
I've never tried hunting with a single shot, but I've never needed more than one shot to finish the job. A part of me likes the security of having multiple rounds available.
Has anyone had any experience with the single shot Ruger? Witch caliber would shoot flatter? Any thoughts? Am I way off base?