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Posted: February 19 2017 at 7:45pm | IP Logged Quote safari100

Just was checking the Ruger site to check facts and noticed that one of Rugers #1 offerings this year in the #1 is 275 Rigby (7X57). I own one and love it, for anyone looking for a 7X57 Mauser rifle.

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Sweet little rifles. A buddy of mine made it his primary rifle on a plains game hunt in South Africa some years ago.

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Posted: February 20 2017 at 2:40pm | IP Logged Quote safari100

I am sure that your buddy had excellent results. I know gun companies are in the business of selling guns but the 7MM-08 is unnecessary it is ballisticly the same as the 7X57.

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I'd say over half the available rifle cartridges are unnecessary...

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I'd say over half the available rifle cartridges are unnecessary...

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Yeah, but where would the fun in that be if we only had the few that were necessary?

I have a 7x57 Ruger #1. I've always liked the 7x57 and have had a few, only this one and a Mexican Cavalry carbine in it now.

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Guy, I agree and that is why I have reverted to old school cartridges. 7X57, 30-06, 45-70, Super 30 (300H+H), 450-450 3"(400 Jeffery). Can anyone name me a game these cartridges can't play?
Sorry, I should have started a new thread on old school loadings.

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I'll shoot anything. The only problem with some of the old school cartridges is finding components can be a challenge.
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I have a Ruger #1A in 7x57 and it's a keeper. Picked it up at a gun show
many years ago and frankly it was a scattergun. Even the very long 175
gr. bullets would not do better than 4 to 5 inches. I had my gunsmith do
a chamber cast on the rifle and they throat was over 2" long. A copy of
the report my gunsmith made and the rifle went back to Ruger. From the
looks of the gun when it came back 7 months later, they'd replaced the
barrel and the stock was completely refinished. Now it shoots MOA or
less depending on the bullet and load.
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Paul - I'd say Ruger did a great job with that!
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With lighter bullets, , 140 grains the 7-08 and 7x57 are about equal. With heavier bullets the 7x57 has a definite edge of 100-150 fps.
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Bagtic, you are right on. I have only loaded 139 gr. interlocs for practice and 140 A-Frames to hunt. I can see a 165-175 gr. bullet project in the making this spring. Thanks for the idea.

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I don't have a #1, but I do have a Ruger 77 mk 2 in
7x57. I have a Hogue stock on it and a aftermarket
trigger. It sure likes 139 Hornady's, usually 3 touching
if I do my part. Shot a lot of deer with that gun.
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Posted: March 05 2017 at 9:04pm | IP Logged Quote safari100

long live the 7X57 Mauser

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As mentioned earlier, I have the #1 in 7x57. I also have a Winchester
M70 Featherweight and a custom Mauser. Loads for the #1 and M70
are compatible but the Mauser is an enigma. It has pressure problems
well before the other two.
Case in point. I more for spits and grins decided to run some 175 gr.
Hornady round nose at a velocity level similar to the original 1893 load
level, more to see just made the round so good. The Ruger and M70
ran right at 2300 FPS, plus or minus 20 FPS, mostly on the plus side.
The Mauser with the same load did 2450 FPS.
Talked with the gunsmith who made the rifle for me and he said he
went with a match grade chamber and barrel. I can believe that as
brass fired from that rifle does not show the usual slightly ride side that
shows on most rifles. Dunno if I made that understandable, but if you
look at a case fired in most commercial rifles, one side will have a slight
rise on what was the top side of the round in the chamber. The Mauser
needs a micrometer to find that "high side". Accuracy is superb with
groups from most loads pushing .50" or close to it.
I'll be doing load tests with the 160 gr. Speer Grand Slam as I have a
fairly large supply. If the Mauser doesn't like them I'm sure they'll work
in one of the others.
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