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December 24th, 2007

St. Claire Sets Records in "Last Dance" 600-yard Match

The Sacramento Valley Shooting Center hosted its final, registered NBRSA 600-yard match of the year on December 22. Craig St. Claire dominated the match, taking seven individual awards, and setting two potential new aggregate records. The format was 3 targets for Light Gun and 3 targets for Heavy. 5 shots per target in Light. 10 shots per target in Heavy.

Shooting a 6BR smithed by Stu Harvey, Craig was on fire, winning big in both Light and Heavy Classes:

LG small group (1.906″)—-Craig St. Claire
LG high score (49, 1X)—-Craig St. Claire
LG 3-target Agg (2.501″)—-Craig St. Claire

HG small group (2.733″)—-Craig St. Claire
HG small Agg (3.086″)—-Craig St. Claire
Two-Gun 6-Target Agg (2.793″)—-Craig St. Claire
Two-Gun score (413,2X)—-Craig St. Claire

Craig’s 3-target Heavy Gun Agg of 3.086″ is a potential new NBRSA 600-yard Record. Likewise, St. Claire’s 6-target LG + HG Agg of 2.793″, if certified, will be a new record. Congrats to Craig for his spectacular shooting and to Stu Harvey for smithing another tack-driver.

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December 24th, 2007

Ruger No. 1 Barreled Actions on Sale

A slim, compact, falling block rifle belongs in every rifle enthusiast’s collection. Falling blocks, such as the Ruger No.1, look spectacular when fitted with premium highly-figured wood “furniture”. Check out this No. 1 with a gorgeous piece of Turkish Walnut crafted by stockmaker Paul Dressels.

Ruger No. 1

If you have been thinking about a falling block project, all you need is a nice stock blank and a barreled action. As for the latter, now’s the time to buy. Brownells currently has Ruger No. 1 barreled actions on sale for $527.57, marked down from $775.83. Barreled actions are available in four different calibers: .220 Swift, 22-250, .223 Remington, and .416 Rigby. Barrel lengths on the sale units are either 22″ or 24″. Of course you can always pull the barrel and substitute a custom match-grade barrel. The sale actions have a blued finish. FFL Required for Purchase.

Ruger No. 1

The Ruger No. 1 is a single shot rifle, with Farquharson-style internal hammer falling block action. It was introduced in 1966. An underlever lowers the block allowing loading and cocks the rifle. Ruger No. 1 actions are rugged. Lenard Brownell once said: “There was never any question about the strength of the [No. 1] action….I never did manage to blow one apart.”

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