Beats the big long title I was going to put to this thread!
Well, not too long ago I had gotten a Ruger No. 1 in the limited run of .450-400 N.E. 3". Unfortunately, Ammo wasn't available at the time (except for overly expensive A-Square) and dies from RCBS run around $265 or so.
Anyway, I got to thinkin' that even though it's a neat and useful cartridge in a rifle I've always wanted, I'd be better served by the same rifle in a caliber that is more prolific. Now, I've got a No.1 on order in .458 Win. Mag.
I've already got a ton of brass and some Hornadys with dies on the way. Today, I just picked up 1lb. of RL-7 which seems to be a good powder for this cartridge, according to several manuals. I can also use some H335 and IMR-4320 that I've already got.
Besides favorite loads, the main question I have is; has anyone shot one on this board? A No.1 in .458 that is. I stopped in this one little shop with a cranky 60ish proprietor who said "that was the biggest f---in mistake" I made. Nice. I suddenly remembered why I never go in his pitiful, understocked store, where he stands there smoking a pipe next to the primers and powder!
He said that the recoil on a No.1 is way more than a properly stocked bolt action. I think I do recall reading about that in Clay Harvey's book on cartridges too. What experience do you guys have with these? I'm not worried I won't be able to handle it or anything, after all, it's not a Lott or a .577 T-Rex!
One other thing he mentioned was that the bores on Rugers were oversize. Any truth to that? Another thing was, he said that he didn't like Rugers with front sights. He claimed that when the factory presses them on, they compress that part of the barrel and that when you run a jag through the bore you can feel it getting tighter near the muzzle because of it. Again, any truth?
As much of a knob as the guy is, I don't want to discount the voice of experience. I don't think it'll deter me one bit 'cause there's just something about them No.1 Tropicals!