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The #1 and #3 Rugers are very nice (and affordable) American made single
Unfortunately the #3 is no longer in production, but can easily be
restocked in a pistolgrip configuration without modifying the lever (it would be a nice touch to shorten it,however)
The pictures below show examples of stocks in higher grade
wood, but the same stocks can be had in standard walnut starting at $200. for buttstock and forearm (yes, the drawbolt
hole is bored. Boring for the drawbolt is 40. If you are brave enough, you can do that yourself, be sure to specify you do
not want the hole bored.)
I can provide these in any grade wood you desire. Adding a cheekrest
and ebony, as well as wood upgrades increase the cost.
|#1 Ruger by John McGlothin
Here is a fine example of what I would call an English sporting rifle
built by John McGlothin of Raton, NM. John picked a fine piece of California english walnut from my wood inventory that
showed perfect layout, displaying a great combination of marble and fiddleback radiating from a crotch.
He requested the wood be cut to this pattern with an ebony
tip on the forearm. As you can see he did an outstanding job of fitting and finishing.
The next picture below,
is my english sporting pattern (same pattern as the pic above, but this has a shadowline cheekrest)
While it is a nice decoration, it does NOT make the comb higher, it just adds a bit of
flavor to the stock.
The picture below is customer provided wood.
Ken Hurst (well known for his engraving) sent a spectacular piece of
wood to be carved in my Ruger pattern with an A. Henry pattern forearm. Wood of this caliber can be quite expensive (don't
ask, I don't handle this kind of stuff) Keep in mind that the finished rifle will be engraved and detailed to the maximum.
|Ruger cut for Ken Hurst
This is a closeup of the detail I put into the grip on this pattern.
For lack of a better term, I call this a "thumbnail". This feature is also included on some of my 74 and 78 Sharps patterns.
High end custom gunmakers charge big bucks to add this feature. Some day I might decide to do the same, what are you waiting
|#1 Ruger pistolgrip detail
The stock shown below is from a pattern built by a customer, sent in
for duplication. This will fit a #1 or #3. It is difficult to see in the picture, but it features a nice shadowline cheekrest.
Generally I carve these without a buttplate inlet, as I have no idea what buttplate will fit it.
|Ruger #3 crescent butt
Below is a picture of a finished rifle sent in by my customer Geoffrey
Wise of Lock, Stock and Barrel Performance Gunsmithing. This is a Ruger #3 in .25-35 Improved.
The wood is high grade Western Quilt Maple.
Displaying unique figure, quilt demands your complete attention while fitting and finishing.
When done well, it is a traffic stopper. While not the easiest wood to checker due to the contrary grain, Geoffrey managed
to pull it off nicely.
|Ruger # 3 in Western Maple
Here is another #3 Ruger (in .17 caliber for New Mexico Prairie dogs).
This belongs to BJ of BJ's Shootin Shop of Raton, built for him by John McGlothin also of Raton(John also built the rifle
shown at the top of this page. BJ wanted an affordable piece of wood for the project, this rifle intended for serious
use on the local dogtowns.