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Old 11-04-2019, 09:20 AM
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Default Ruger #1 scope trouble

I have a Ruger#1 in .243.. and am struggling with the eye relief with my (not worthy Simmons 6-18x40 scope) . I have offset mounts and scope is mounted as far back as possible. I can hold 1" group @10x but when cranked to 18x I have to pull it into my shoulder so tight for eye relief that I see the cross-hairs twitch with my heart beat.. and group is no longer acceptable. So I need some suggestions on a new (worthy scope) for this fine rifle. What do fellow owners of #1's use? Have to keep the price reasonable even if I loose some power. I want the power for a hopeful future prairie dog hunt.

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Old 11-06-2019, 07:30 PM
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Check out the Vortex scopes. Great scopes from their opening price points to their top end.
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Old 11-06-2019, 08:29 PM
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A few comments having experience with Ruger No. 1ís, p-dogs and scopes. First, fixed magnification scopes will generally have greater eye relief than variables, an 8-10x fixed scope with a fine reticle is generally enough scope for p dogs at the range you are likely to get hits on (200-250 yards) assuming you are shooting tuned reloads and that you have tuned your No. 1 by bedding the barrel and have had the trigger worked on by a Ruger experienced gunsmith. Getting the barrel crowned might also assist in increased accuracy for small targets.

Try as many scopes as possible at a quality dealers location for comfortable eye relief, there are a lot of good quality optics manufacturers out there today.

I went through this tuning process to varying degrees with a standard barreled No. 1ís in 22-250, a heavy/varmint barrel 220 Swift and a light sporter in 7x57 Mauser. The reloads tuned in for the rifle and the trigger work was more helpful for consistent hits on small targets that higher mag optics. And a guy with an old Sako Forester in 222 Rem with a fixed 6x Leupold regularly out shot me and I had higher mag optics. Learning experience about custom reloads and other variables.

And this is from a guy that also shoots a Cooper Montana Varminter in 6mmBR with a 12-40 Nightforce scope, but that is for 300+ yard benchrest games.

Good shooting and enjoy that single shot!
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