Lipsey's Exclusive Ruger No. 1 Single-Shot 257 Weatherby Magnum

by Jeff Quinn

photography by Jeff Quinn & Boge Quinn

October 27th, 2015


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The Ruger No. 1 single-shot is one of my favorite rifles. The falling block action is simple, reliable, and elegant. I have written about the Ruger No. 1 before, so here we won't go in depth on the details of the rifle, but will briefly look at this particular new version that is chambered for the superb 257 Weatherby Magnum cartridge.

The 257 Weatherby Magnum is one of my all time favorite rifle cartridges. When I am not testing a rifle for a review while hunting, chances are real good that I will be carrying a 257 Weatherby. When the distance to the target might be long, nothing that I have ever fired shoots flatter than that scorching 257.

The action of the No. 1 is so compact, that fitting the rifle with a twenty-eight inch barrel does not make the rifle cumbersome to handle, and that long tube really milks the velocity out of the excellent cartridge. My favorite 257 Weatherby load uses the eighty-grain Barnes Tipped Triple Shock (TTSX), which is a homogenous copper hollowpoint that leaves the barrel of this Ruger at an average of 4052 feet-per-second, measured twelve feet from the muzzle at 57 degrees Fahrenheit. That screaming velocity would make most cup-and-core bullets behave like a varmint bullet, but the Barnes bullet holds together, expands quickly, and always penetrates deeply.

Like all Ruger No. 1 rifles, the 257 Weatherby version is sold only through Lipsey's, a large nationwide distributor. To find a Ruger No. 1 dealer near you, click on the DEALER FINDER at

To order quality 257 Weatherby Magnum ammunition, go to,, and

I kept this text short, but enjoy the pictures and video for more info on the handling and accuracy of this limited version of the excellent Ruger No. 1 rifle.

Jeff Quinn

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