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Old 10-19-2008, 10:19 AM
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Ruger #1 Rimfire Conversion


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I have a good problem on my hands. I have a georgeous Ruger #1 that I want to rebarrel to another caliber. The problem is, I have every caliber that I really need, notice the emphasis on really? I however, always need another 22LR rifle. Does anyone do rimfire conversions on Ruger #1's? Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:53 AM
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Rick,
There are many different ways to convert a # 1 to 22 LR. I've had one for a few years now and shoot it a lot in competition. There are over 50 messages about the # 1 in 22 LR in the archives of the Ruger # 1 group at
www.groups.yahoo.com/group/RUGER-1

There are good ways and bad ways, easy ways and hard ways to do the LR conversions, a lot may depend on what you want to do with it, the one I have was set up more so for accuracy than for hunting, of course it can be used for hunting but I think mine is a little on the heavy side for a walking around rifle.
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Old 10-19-2008, 12:54 PM
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I will be using this exclusively for bench shooting, so weight is not a factor. I read some of the posts on the Ruger 1 site you mentioned but didn't find out any specific individual or company that does the conversions. I have a superb gunsmith I use locally and if I could find the conversion parts, he would do a great job on it. Any help would be appresiated.
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Old 10-19-2008, 02:16 PM
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That's what I use mine for ( Benchrest ) because of it's weight. The one I shoot was made by John Korzinek of Canton, PA. I don't think he's doing any work at this time as I cant get hold of him. Check out the File called Ruger # 1 GunSmith Specialists in the Ruger # 1 group, there are over 15 gunsmiths listed that are known for there work on # 1's.
It could be that your gunsmith is listed as one of them.

My # 1 has a 1 X 22 Inch Shilen barrel on it with a match chamber and it's a tack driver, won the last 100 yd for score match I shot with it and came in third in the 100 yd for group match, this was in a ASSRA Traditional Single Shot Rifle Bench Rest shoot ( Schuetzen type ). My # 1 is not a Schuetzen type looking rifle, looks like any other # 1, but it is legal for registered ASSRA shooting according to there rules.

Fortunately from what most top RF gunsmiths say, it's best to have a 6:00 o'clock firing pin hit on a RF if you want high end accuracy, and this is easy to do with a number #1, all your gunsmith has to do is shorten the breach block arm so that the original firing pin hits at 6:00 o'clock. No need to make up a new firing pin, in fact mine was originally a 243 and the firing pin works just fine. Using the short breach block arm and the original firing pin saves a lot of work and time and you end up with very good ignition that is required for top accuracy.

Another nice thing about using the original un-modified block is that at any time you can switch back to center fire, just change the barrel, breach block arm, and the extractor, and your back to a center fire.

From what John Korzinek had to say, and he's built more than a few of them, was that the "hard" part of this conversion is the making of the extractor for the 22 rim. If your gunsmith can contact Mr. Korzinek I think he would be the man to talk to about
# 1 22 RF conversions.
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Old 10-19-2008, 03:36 PM
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Single Shot, thanks for all the information. Sounds like I've got a new project in the offing!!!
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Old 10-19-2008, 03:54 PM
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Not a problem,
Glad I could be of some help.
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Any feedback on the accuracy and durability of these rimfire conversions??
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