Ruger #1 vs. Ruger #3

Ruger #1 vs. Ruger #3

This video compares the Ruger #1 with the Ruger #3. I hope learning about these two rifles side by side is useful and interesting. The Ruger #1 and Ruger #3 are falling blocks so let’s also have a look at the beautiful Hagn falling block. BTW — sorry about any background noise. They were doing some construction outside.


  1. Kenneth Hamby on November 27, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    Got #3 in 45-70.

  2. Martin Corbitt on November 27, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    Please just sell me one!!!!!

  3. the toneknob on November 27, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    its my favorite gun that ive never owned! ive never seen one that was in my poor mans budget. ive seen a couple in bad cosmetic shape that wer still priced insanely high. if i ever find one i can afford im going to by it for sure!

  4. Julimarie Julimarie on November 27, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    I won’t buy a number one but I own several number threes. I would buy more if Ruger would start them up again.

  5. TheDUTYFIRST on November 27, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    I had a #3 in 45-70 many years ago. Had to sell it, I regret that day!!

  6. A Marie Shearer on November 27, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    I have the ruger #3 ln the .375 winchester big boy. Unfortunatly the cartridge and the rifle are no longer mfg.

  7. John Lee on November 27, 2021 at 6:54 pm

    I love my No 1 & 3s. I have .458, 45/70, 7×57 internationals, .223 Varmint in no.1. .22 hornet, .223, 30/40 Krag in No. 3. I had a 22-250 that shot 3/8” 5 shoot groups at 100 yards butI sold it to purchase my house forty years ago. I still kick myself in the ass for selling it. I wouldn’t mind having a .270 or .338 in No.1 & 45/70 in No. 3.

  8. Dick Timpano on November 27, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    The Ruger No. 3 was also chambered in .375 WIN. I have been looking for one of those for years with no luck. 😕

  9. judodavid1 on November 27, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    Very nice, I enjoy your work.

  10. lester roberts on November 27, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    I have the No 1 modle 1B [ no sights/has to be scoped] in 30 ought 6 and love it, I bought it new in 1983.

  11. Thomas Jefferson on November 27, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    I own one and the only thing I don’t like about it is the drop in the stock at the cheek is not sufficient for me to line up the open sights. I have to bury my face into the stock to do that. It’s about 1 5/8 at the cheek which is 3/8 short of being enough for me. I scoped mine and abandoned the open sights. I wish these companies would make open sight stocks as an option. Sure I could carve the wood down but not on a 1500 dollar rifle.

  12. Gary Evans on November 27, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    Ruger ran an add for the No. 3 in Guns& Ammo magazine for years in the early eighties. I wanted one for years and finally got one in 45/70. I had brewed my own ammo for the Marlin I had. That was a medium load. The No.3 could take a whole level of stiffer loads. Man that carbine butt plate was too brutal for me! I let it go, but now wish I would’ve kept it. It would’ve been tolerable with trapdoor loads!

  13. Shaun Sian on November 27, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    So the butt stock and fore end from the Ruger No. 1 will fit on the Ruger No. 3 just wondering because I have the opportunity to buy one

  14. Wiregrass Ga on November 27, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    I have a No1 in .270 and love it. I have several other hunting rifles, mostly bolt actions and one lever action and I can count on one hand the times I’ve needed a second shot. Using a SS makes me take time to make sure that first shot is right.

  15. Clint Tauber on November 27, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    I had a Ruger No. 3, really loved it.

  16. FingerAngle on November 27, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    I have the #1 in 300 win mag.

  17. Mr. Thickey on November 27, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    YA, “ Giffs Goot Felingk” to hold one of these wunnerful rifles in your hands! That’s WHY GOD gave you hands!! Not to pick your nose, OR someone else’s!!! I proudly own a Ruger #1.45/70 for decades now. Just became your new subscriber, you “ol’ Goat” you (term of “endearment” here of course!). Please pardon my silly (& stupid!) sense of (bad?) humor! There is a YouTube channel called “1 Tufgun” (Avi?) I believe & this guy tests some very LARGE & POWERFUL calibers with custom Ruger #1’s. A .45/70 is a “whimp” in comparison!!! Thanks for the enjoyment you’ve given me tonight! “ Gesundheit” und pass da “LUTEFISK” poleaze!

  18. Tom A Hawk on November 27, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    I had a Number 3 in .375 Winchester and I sure miss that rifle. Have a Number 1 in .45-70 coming.

  19. Mark Malinowski on November 27, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    Well done video. I have several Ruger No. 3 ‘ s.

  20. Martin Corbitt on November 27, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    I sure need a gun to feed my family!

  21. Mike Ratkowski on November 27, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    Great video, you are the Ruger Guy

  22. James Street on November 27, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    I have a Ruger number 1 in 7mm-08. Love it. Never had any dealings with a number 3

  23. Aaron Buckmaster on November 27, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    There’s some kind of underlying audio infecting this video too. You know, it’s the same audio. This is much louder. I can barely make you out.

  24. Jeff Snider on November 27, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    Action of these rifles reminds me of the 120 mm tank gun. I have a #3 made in 1976 which Ruger engraved "Made in 100th year of American Liberty".

  25. Richard Sanders on November 27, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    I think #1 and I would like to buy one in 17 hornet or 22 hornet or a #3

  26. campsite z on November 27, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    nothing is "tremendous" unless it involves trump

  27. K. Backus on November 27, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    My favorite rifles, Ruger #1 and Ruger #3. My number 1 is in 7 mm. Mag and the #3 in 45-70. On the search and hunt for a Ruger #1 International in 30-06.

  28. Viktor Mogilin on November 27, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    Hi from Aus,love your eloquence,man after my own heart,many moons ago,I owned a Ruger1 with a spare 7×57 barrel,beautiful marbled stock & sold it a the local shop to buy a brand new washing machine for the wife to be, the moral of the story, the wife ran off, the washing machine gone & the memories of the trusty R1 romance linger on,the moral of trust, this beauty won’t let you down & the elegance never ages♥😍👍😎😊

  29. Paul Critchfield on November 27, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    I run super hot loads in mine that no bolt action can handle.

  30. 2Stonefly on November 27, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    40 years ago my father bought a Ruger No3 in 22 hornet and had it re-chambered for 223. He also had the gunsmith remove the front barrel band and give it a trigger job. That was my rabbit hunting rifle growing up. What a beautiful gun.

  31. Lifted_Above on November 27, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    Tom Gresham of Gun Talk radio recently just picked up a .257 Weatherby Ruger #1. Check out Avi’s collection of big boomers!

  32. Brian Pencall on November 27, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    Ruger Number One, chambered in. 375 Weatherby.

  33. DT Hunter Productions on November 27, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    Great videos as always!

    The Ruger number 1 and 3 has quite the following for sure! Almost cult-like at times! LOL!
    They certainly do have a distinctive beauty and balance to them!

    The only thing I don’t like about them, is their typical lack of a proper fore-stock hanger to allow a free floating fore-end. This limits their average potential accuracy significantly!

    I have heard "ALLOT" of owners/users say their Number ones are super accurate, but it depends on the logical standard to what they are comparing to.

    MOA accuracy is the very industry standard basically, and is what I use to compare accuracy results from.

    I have owned a few of these rifles, and loved the way they handled and looked! The only aspect of the number 1 that I was utterly disappointed with is that they are just not "NORMALLY" MOA or less capable. They seem to hover around 2-2.5 MOA. One I had was awful at about 3.5-4 MOA at 100! Yuck! This is more than enough accuracy for 90% of hunting, but just not interesting enough to hold my attention.

    I have put a pile of money and time trying to get my Ruger number 1’s to shoot at or under 1 MOA, to no avail. Disappointing to say the least!

    I have heard so many number 1 owners claim that their rifles shoot MOA or better, but when it came to see them shoot them at the range in person, the claim is unfounded.
    I personally have NEVER seen one shoot 1 MOA or better yet.
    Does it happen, of course it does, it is just that I have never personally witnessed it.

    I still to this day, would love to have one that shot 1 MOA or better, because I love the Ruger number 1 style so much!

    I have also had 4-5 other single shots (Browning 1885 and B-78’s), and every single one of them shot at or less than the standard 1 MOA! 3 of then close to 1/2 MOA!

    My guess is the quality of the fore-stock hanger system lends itself to a much sounder shooting platform.

    When I come across them at gun shows, I don’t even blink about the potential accuracy potential of the firearm, as long as the bore looks good. That allot of confidence that I don’t have in the Ruger design.

    I love the Browning’s, but I do prefer the number 1’s balance and weight to carry for hunting.

    If their was a fix for this that would allow a number one to shoot to the standard MOA level, I would very likely, –NO—, "ABSLOUTELY" would own one again!

  34. David DeJong on November 27, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    Over the years I passed up on 2 Ruger #1s and I deeply regret those decisions. I just picked up a gun mag yesterday and it featured a new Ruger #1 stainless with a full Manlicher stock. chambered in 257 Roberts. Absolutely beautiful

  35. Dean Benson on November 27, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    Had a #1 in .308 Win, most accurate rifle i ever owned. Have a #3 in 22 K Hornet…not so much.

  36. rust spot on November 27, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    did he say 1500.00 for a ruger no.1 are you kidding

  37. KDD0063 on November 27, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    the no 3 looks better

  38. Dennis Andersson on November 27, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    I really love my Ruger No.1 chambered in .338WM. I used it to cull my first bull moose. Sure the recoil is not mild but the effect on the receiving end can not be denied either. Like Elmer Keith said: "-Recoil, relax and enjoy it!"

  39. Martin Corbitt on November 27, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    I’m trying to buy a old one ,would you sell me just one that’s all I need just one, please I need a no# 1

  40. Gunnar Eriksen on November 27, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    Oh. What a lovely bunch of rifles. I’m proud to say that I own one, in a petite caliber .416. RIGBY. IT’S A HANDFUL
    AND KICKS LIKE A MULE. It’s also very very accurate!. Bay one!!!!!!!!.

  41. DJY1234 on November 27, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    I had a #3 when they first came out. 45-70. I let it go and have regretted it ever since. Now they command "collector" prices and they are very scarce. Too bad Ruger won’t make them again.

  42. Living The Dream on November 27, 2021 at 7:35 pm


  43. Russell Keeling on November 27, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    Both of my #1’s have a habit of easily ejecting the round by accident because the lever latch is not strong enough. My #3 has never given me that problem.

  44. Allen Abercrombie on November 27, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    My father collects number 1’s and he purchased a number 3 in 30-40. I love the number 3 and have taken it hunting. I especially love reloading for it with 130gr bullets.

  45. Gunnar Eriksen on November 27, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    Should I buy one more?. Ofcors.

  46. George Riedel on November 27, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    Years ago, I bought a Ruger #1 chambered in .300 Win Mag., I had it re-tubed with a 24 inch MEDIUM barrel an had it chambered in .35 Whelan. Killed a bull moose in Newfoundland at 400 yards, w/Nosler Partition 250 gr, 62 gr. IMR4062.

  47. c s183 on November 27, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    I think I may have met you at a Kenosha flee market, you were interested in told break open pistol, we made deal on it, Im glad to see someone teaching the history of firearms,Thanks for everything.

  48. 500asquare on November 27, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    If one is to buy only one #1 it has to be a tropical in 375 H&H.
    Mine has honest use marks on it and it served me well for 35 years

  49. john1cheree on November 27, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    The reason I sold my number 3 is because it is a self cocking firearm.  I like to be in control of the cocking action. The safety is not what I would call a real super wonder mechanism. If the rifle had had a external hammer I would still have it..

  50. TeensierPython - on November 27, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    How does it compare to a high wall? Or modern sharps type rifles?