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Old 10-04-2010, 04:28 PM
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First year production Ruger Number 1

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Back in 1970, my father loaned me his Ruger #1 in 7mm RM to shoot my first deer with. He sent it to me last year. I looked up production date serial numbers on Ruger's website, and the number is about half way through the first year's production total.

What do I insure this for?

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Old 10-04-2010, 05:36 PM
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I think you should check with an expert as there are some serious errors on Ruger's site in regards to that tool.

First of which, I would call Ruger Records dept. at 603-865-2424 and verify its production dates.

Second, I would get ahold of Lee at Lee is a No. 1 Guru and has been very helpful to me in the past and is a warehouse of knowledge on the No. 1.

Non prefix No.1s are quite valuable in many ways. The 7RM was quite common, and it probably doesn't command a premium, but for you it is going to have considerable sentimental value.
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Old 10-04-2010, 07:52 PM
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Call your insurance agent and ask if they sell a "priceless" policy?
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Old 10-05-2010, 03:49 AM
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Any non-prefix #1 is a great collectible. Of course, some are a lot rarer than others. In 7 Mag, the "B" (26" barrel, no sights, semi-beavertail fore-end) is probably the most common, but less than 500 were made even in this configuration. I have a nice one that has a duplicate SN out there somewhere (which adds another "collector" aspect).
Any other configuration in the early 7 Mag is going to be a fairly rare gun, especially if it has factory sights.
You can now find out production information via email on the Ruger site, so it's not absolutely necessary to call them. Just include the serial number and model and they get back to you in a couple of days. And let us know what it is (pictures would be nice too!)
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