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Old April 9, 2021, 03:29 PM   #26
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No. 3

I would like very much to have a Ruger No. 3 in the Hornet or .223. I've actually had one of each in my hands, but the asking prices, even 10 years ago, were phenomenal.
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Old April 9, 2021, 05:27 PM   #27
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I'm down to two Ruger No.3's a .22 Hornet and a .45-70. Pretty much covers everything from mice to moose.

Outstanding (and adjustable) triggers, very accurate, short, light and handy, the only complaint I ever had with any of them is the stock could be better shaped.
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Old April 10, 2021, 09:13 AM   #28
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A friend has what we call a No 2.
He bought it as a No 3 K Hornet with the stock rather roughly checkered, stained dark, finished shiny.
He never got the accuracy he wanted, so he had it rechambered .223. I know that will get some people's knickers in a rifling twist but he loads varmint bullets and it shoots better than as a K Hornet.
Then he saw a set of No 1 wood at a gun show, so he bought and installed that. He cut the curl off the lever because it was too close to the pistol grip and now has a Sharps style lever.
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Old April 10, 2021, 11:52 AM   #29
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I like single shots because they are self loaders. I’ve been selling off my horde because of health. I’m only keeping family heirlooms. I just sold 44mg & 45/70 #3s. That leaves me with two in 375Win ( legal deer gun here in Ohio ) and a 223 my wife bought me for Christmas back in 70s. I have one Rem RB barreled to 22rf and a Savage 219 in 22 Hornet left. Not counting some run of the mill 22 bolt action SSs. The #3 45/70 was uncomfortable to shoot. I also had #1 in 45/70 and it wasn’t as bad as the Marlin 1895 I have now.
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Old April 11, 2021, 01:40 PM   #30
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My No.3 in .45-70 had a nice thick recoil pad on it when I got it. It's comfortable to shoot with factory loads (BP levels).

It will also handle 350gr JSP slugs at 2200fps.

Shooting those, you've left comfort behind, last week!
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Old April 11, 2021, 02:46 PM   #31
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My No.3 in .45-70 had a nice thick recoil pad on it when I got it. It's comfortable to shoot with factory loads (BP levels).

It will also handle 350gr JSP slugs at 2200fps.

Shooting those, you've left comfort behind, last week!
I had a #3 in .375 Winchester which I modified to have a thick rubber recoil pad. My intention was to use it exclusively with my home-cast heavy bullets for deer. I planed on shooting a Michigan deer through the ribs (heart), to see how well it worked. However, my brother had requested I shoot a "meat deer" for him and when I saw a six-point, not wanting to have any meat distruction, I shot it in the head...therefore, there was no chance to evaluate that cartridge/bullet/gun combination.
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Old April 12, 2021, 05:00 PM   #32
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I find repeaters to be more efficient.
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Old April 13, 2021, 06:04 AM   #33
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Any rifle can easily become a single-shot...just load one round. I use to hunt with a bolt action and only one shot, when hunting varmints. Some times, when hunting with another guy, for safety, I'd just put the cartridge in the magazine, but it could become available by quickly operating the bolt, should we have seen a fox, or other moving game. It's almost as quick as flicking off the safety.
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Old April 13, 2021, 08:45 AM   #34
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I often hunt deer with a 50 caliber CVA modern muzzle-loader but don't feel handicapped at all. It shoots accurately well beyond 100 yards and hits hard.

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