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Thanks for that post

Thanks for that post Scruffy.  Lots of good info there.

My father has shot, oh, 10 or 12 deer in his life, and only had to shoot one of them more than once.  And that one would have died if we left it lay, we just couldn't due to other hunters in the area.  I kinda like the one shot rifles.

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Two single shot rifles come

Two single shot rifles come to mind, the TC and the Ruger No. 1.  The Ruger No. 1 is the one I am most familar with in the sense that it has been around for a long time and is synomous with single shot rifles.  The TC rifles have a wonderful reputation too.

What other single shot rifles come to mind?

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Some single shots

I am not much for models, but one that comes to mind right off the top of my head is the old H&R handy rifle.  It is based on the NEF Parder shotgun frame.  I'm not sure if it is still being made since Savage bought them a few years back.  I know that in the past makers such as Ruger, Whetherby and Marlin all sold single shot rifles.

I have found that single shots on the market fall into one of two catagories; either they are the inexpensive starter gun or the top of the line or custom (safari type) guns.  Not many people would be caught dead in the woods with a $129 rifle while not many of us can afford a gun with a 5 figuire price tag.  Maybe that's the major reason you don't see many single shot rifles nowadays. JMHO

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I was looking online at the

I was looking online at the Ruger No. 1 and they are competitively priced with bolt guns of the same caliber and as far as I know they have an excellent reputation.  They also have a unique look to them.  I'd consider getting on the ruger single shot guns.

I also saw H&R so the company is still around, just not sure about that particular model.

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While Ruger makes a fine

While Ruger makes a fine rifle it is hard to get one of their #1 single shots to be a tack driver.  I have two of them a .22-250 and a .270 Weatherby Magnum.  It took me a number of years to get a load and the rifle to where it would shoot sub moa at 100 yards.  I had to play with the amount of torque that I put on the forend screw to achieve it along with the right round.  As far as the .270, it shot just fine out of the box and into a 1/2" group at 100 yards and that was using factory ammo.  So I have left it alone. 

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That surprises me about the

That surprises me about the Ruger but I appreciate the first hand info on it.  Thanks.

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Remington had a spartan 18 in

Remington had a spartan 18 in single shot for a couple of years. From what I read, it looks like they bought a company that made single shots to add to their collection but it didn't work out. I was thinking about getting 1, but I'll have to do more research. I was thinking a 243 because, well, because I don't have that caliber in my gun cabinet yet. I mean what's the difference between a single, a bolt, a pump, or semi auto if they are all the same caliber? That's like buying 5 of thae same car just a different color.

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Why A Single Shot

Maybe a better question would have been why NOT a single shot?  My .243 Ruger #1 is my go to antelope rifle, sometimes deer rifle & frequent just-screwing-around rifle.  The biggest reason?  I just like carrying it around.  I like it's esthetic qualities, the way it looks and feels.  It's not the most accurate gun in the safe but it shoots minute of antelope and that's good enough.  I've never felt that I needed that almost mythical rapid second shot & with some practice get off a pretty quick second shot.

A friend has a Browning HiWall 1985 single shot in .45-70 that I'd buy in a second if I could talk him into it.  I've borrowed it a couple of times to hunt doe mule deer & love every inch of it.

Hunting is (or should be) about the hunt, not the killing.  You just don't have to use the most efficient tool all the time.

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I'm sure there's a lot of reasons why hunters/shooters use single shot rifles. I think some like the reaction they bring as they uncase one at hunting camp. Most "other' hunters will take note at someone uncasing a single shot as their rifle of choice. I own several single shot rifles and enjoy using them, although I do not hunt exclusively with one. Of the three bucks I've harvested so far this year, however, two actually were taken using S/S rifles; one by a .50 cal. M/L and the other by a H&R Handi Rifle in .44 mag.

I don't think I'd say though that the single shot is normally more accurate than a repeater, but all mine shoot well enough to make me happy. In my personal experience, a bolt action rifle is normally found to be the most accurate (simply my personal opinion). But, a single shot rifle can and will shoot as well as a typical bolt rifle. Most all varmint or heavy barrel models made for extreme accuracy are bolt rifles, after all.

The single shot does offer the additional challenge of not giving one a rapid 2nd shot if needed (none of us ever need one, of course...LOL!!), but a practiced shooter can get a 2nd shot off in some cases. A deer I took with a Ruger #1A in 7X57 was actually dropped with the 2nd shot, after a miss on the 1st. The buck was not far, well under 100 yds, and must have been confused by the shot's direction. He soon went back to browsing and was then taken with shot #2.

I have made my longest shot on a deer using a S/S and also taken two deer from one stand and within 1 minute using a S/S (3 deer a day here in Tn). Perhaps some day I'll do all my hunting with a S/S, but for now I simply use one whenever the fancy strikes me and I always try to hunt with the same attitude and determination whether holding a semi-auto or single shot. It does, of course, present it's own special additional challenge though, no doubt!

 

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