Ruger #1 envy, itch scratched

Thebear_78

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I found some of what I was looking for. I guess d’arcy Echols built a falling block for bob schniedmiller to take to Africa. Since schniedmiller had a lot of 50-140 3 1/4” brass so they used modern bullets and powders to duplicate or beat 500 nitro performance. This is some of their data from cartridges of the world vol 16

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I guess it’s better that I have the muzzle brake.

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ShadeTree

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Mar 6, 2017
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Wow what a beast! You sure got the unusual covered! That cartridge boggles the mind. You got any reservations about pulling the trigger? I know I would!
 

Cleveland48

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Jul 28, 2015
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Oh wow what a sledgehammer!!! [emoji51] can't wait to see what it does. Man what a beast of a cartridge.

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Thebear_78

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Looks good with the 2.5 leupold! Hoping to shoot it tomorrow.


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Cleveland48

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Thebear_78":31p4novs said:
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Looks good with the 2.5 leupold! Hoping to shoot it tomorrow.


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That looks great! Can't wait for your range report!!

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Thebear_78

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Finally got to get out snd shoot the 50-140. The lighter loads 580gr @ 1600fps were mild snd fun. Some of the hotter loads 580 @ 2100fps were stout. It shot well but I only ran about 10 off the bench. This isn’t exactly a bench gun!


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DrMike

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Nov 8, 2006
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Yeah, 580 grains at 2100 fps calculates out to a fair recoil. That amount of mass at that velocity will be hard to stop once it begins to penetrate an animal.
 

Cleveland48

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580 grains at 2100 fps isn't that about the equivalent of a 500 NE, 500 Jeffrey? Lord i bet that thing kills on one end and mauls on the other lol.

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Cleveland48

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Thebear_78":1tecjmu9 said:
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After all the awesome ruger #1s on here lately I couldn’t pass up this rifle when I came across it. A local fellow gun looney who I have traded with many times picked this up and I was able to talk him out of it.

It is a ruger #1 from 1984 originally a 375 H&H that had been rebarreled to 50-140 sharps with a .510 bore. The story as I heard it was that it was built by a local gunsmith who has since passed away. While not quite as pretty as some of your #1s it doesn’t have a bad piece of wood. I would have preferred that it hadn’t been ported but might appreciate it when it comes to shooting.

It came with dies brass and a very heavy ammo can full of 580gr cast bullet. Also a box of 700gr jacketed bullets. I have a limited amount of load data and looking for more if anyone has any.

The 50-140 is a very impressive cartridge. Luckily it can be loaded from mild to wild.

This is a loaded 50-140 next to a 458 Lott and 30/06. Unusual to see the 458 Lott looking so small by comparison!

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I just keep looking at that cartridge and how it makes the 458 lott look small lol.

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Guy Miner

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That 50-140 would be a good one to shoot at the "Safari Rifle Championship" near Libby Montana if it's held this coming summer.

I shot my 375 H&H Number One there in 2019 and it was an awful lot of fun. Some real big boomers were being used, mostly classic "dangerous game" cartridges & rifles.

Guy
 

Cleveland48

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Guy Miner":2hd4gopa said:
That 50-140 would be a good one to shoot at the "Safari Rifle Championship" near Libby Montana if it's held this coming summer.

I shot my 375 H&H Number One there in 2019 and it was an awful lot of fun. Some real big boomers were being used, mostly classic "dangerous game" cartridges & rifles.

Guy
I would love to get up there someday Guy. That sounds like an awful lot of fun!

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Guy Miner

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Cleveland48":1w3vvzyi said:
Guy Miner":1w3vvzyi said:
That 50-140 would be a good one to shoot at the "Safari Rifle Championship" near Libby Montana if it's held this coming summer.

I shot my 375 H&H Number One there in 2019 and it was an awful lot of fun. Some real big boomers were being used, mostly classic "dangerous game" cartridges & rifles.

Guy
I would love to get up there someday Guy. That sounds like an awful lot of fun!

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It was a hoot. It's actually a fundraiser for a high school shooting team. The guys 'n gals and all those cool dangerous game rifles are great! 470 nitro doubles... All kinds of stuff.

The local range was improved, I think a few acres were added and a couple more ranges were built since I was there, summer of 2019.

Guy
 
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