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Perfect Elk combo

Let's start a crusade. I've spent my life hunting the black timber of Montana, and have envisioned the perfect elk combo. If after reading my rantings you find yourself of a like-mind, make some noise. Maybe we can encourage the manufacturers in question to make these products available. Drum role please...

The perfect Elk Rifle--a standard Ruger No. 1 chambered for 338-06.

Perfect ammo--a (reasonably priced) Hornaday Light Magnum load topped with a 210 grain boat-tailed SST.

There could be no better elk stopper. The falling block action of the No. 1 is the strongest thing going. Its 26 inch barrel gives a significant velocity boost to any load, and would seriously take advantage of Hornaday's Light Magnum technology. The overall length is quite compact despite the long barrel. It's heft is certainly manageable but heavy enough to hold steady in an alpine wind and to reduce recoil.

The end result of this combination would be a strong, compact, and ultimately reliable machine capable of magnum performance without the recoil, muzzle blast, and bore wear of its big brother .338 Win. Mag. To those who would call a bolt rifle with a magazine full of follow up shots a better choice, I say practice with the No. 1 for a while and you'll be amazed at how fast you can chamber that second round. Moreover, once you start hunting with a single shot, you'll be pleased at how accurate you become.

Make this dream rifle stainless steel, and you'll have a legacy you can work hard and hand down to the next generation not much worse for wear.

Thank you...I'll be here all week.

SingleShot

Location: Colorado
Joined: 03/27/2003
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Perfect Elk combo

It is a pleasure to read your thoughts single-shot. I too shoot a Ruger No. 1 and would like to see them chambered in all the new calibers including what you mentioned. I have a No. 1 in a 300 Win Mag., gray and black laminate stock, stainless, 4.5 x 14 x 50mm Leupold, 4 inch sun shield, factory installed target turrets, Bear Tooth Products.com camo neopreme covering, and Butler Creek scope caps. You forgot to mention if you fine tune them they are very accurate. And they are a beautiful gun. I will always shoot only Ruger No. 1's in big game rifles. I have a 10/22 in the target model stainless also. It is sweet.

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Location: Utah
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Perfect Elk combo

How much does this cannon weigh?

Location: Colorado
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The gun itself only ways eight pounds, The scope is fairly light, it has a light weight military style nylon sling, the camo neopreme can't weigh much, so I estimate weight to be around eleven to thirteen pounds. You will find bolt action rifles with all the attire are generally heavier, unless they are the light weight synthetic stocks. Featherlights I suppose. The standard Ruger No. 1's have a small two piece stock, so that helps. A cannon it is not, the recoil of a No. 1 in that calber is very comfortable to shoot. The hefty falling block absorbs alot of recoil, I am not a real big guy. I have shot many bolt actions in the same caliber that friends have let me shoot, and they hurt alot more than my gun did.

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As long as it doesn't need to be mounted to a humvee sounds like a pretty sweet setup to me. :smile: The only things I would change is a 24 inch barrel instead of 26 inch. More manueverable that way and finally I would put a synthetic stock on it the lighten it up. Sure the weight is nice for holding it steady but its size would give it enough weight even with the synthetic stock. I put lots of miles on my boots while hunting so weight is important.

Location: Colorado
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I couldn't stand it any longer so I weighed my gun. It only weighed eleven pounds, boy that was a supprise. I thought for sure it would be closer to fourteen. I guess with modern technology, lighter and stronger materials it's possible.

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Perfect Elk combo

Single-Shot, I read your words and think the choice of caliber for your hunting country is right on OK. I have a couple of the Rugers lerking around the place myself, but I favor my feather weight model 70 pre 64 Winchester which holds more than one round in the magazine. A Leupold 2x7 power scope on top, lets the whole shabang weigh in at under 7.4 pounds. The 338/06 will do anything a 338 mag will do up to 300 yards. I use a 210 grain Barnes XLC bullet! Let's face it hunters, most of us shoot under this range in the first place.

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