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the Browning High Power, designed the
exquisite Model 300 and 301 Ultrarifle.
It was built around a silky FN Mauser
Supreme bolt-action, used a Douglas airgauge barrel, hinged steel floor plate and
adjustable Sako trigger. The bluing was
the highly polished blue-black found on
the finest custom guns. The walnut stock
was made by Fajen, styled a bit to reflect
that era with its roll-over Monte Carlo
cheekpiece and flaring Weatherby-like
pistol grip with a rosewood grip cap and
matching forend tip. The checkering was
flawless. Essentially, the customer was
getting an accurate, high-quality custom
rifle at an affordable price. I have a Model
310 carbine with Mannlicher stock and
consider it one of the finest, most-accurate
woods rifles ever made.
	
The firearms industry of the manic '60s
employed creative marketing and innovative manufacturing methods to meet a
diverse and steadily growing customer
base. And it was during this revolutionary
decade that firearms renaissance man Bill
Ruger decided he would expand beyond
handguns.
In a bold, surprising move in 1966,
Ruger brought out a rifle steeped in Victorian antiquity, the magnificent single-shot
Ruger No. 1.
Connoisseurs of classically styled rifles
swooned over the No. 1, which was based
on the British Farquarson falling-block
action, with its internal hammer. Hunters
desiring something that stood out from the
flood of bolt-action repeaters, discovered
it in the mystique of the No. 1, a rifle

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that required a different hunting mindset
with its single-shot limitation. Amazingly
strong, the No. 1 has been offered in many
models and dozens of chamberings.
Many consider the Ruger No. 1 to be
the most beautiful American hunting rifle
ever made. It certainly vies for that title,
but to my eyes, it's first runner-up to the
original Pennsylvania longrifle. Aesthetics aside, of the half-dozen No. 1s I've
owned, the one I enjoyed the most is a 1-S
model in .45-70, which has such superb
balance and ergonomics that it allowed
me to make the best offhand shot I've
ever made when I killed a buck running
down a steep sidehill at 85 yards, headed
for the grape tangles.
Following on the heels of the No. 1,
Ruger hit paydirt again in 1968 with
another winner, the Ruger Model 77. With
a traditional stock designed by Lenard
Brownell, this bolt-action repeater was
headlined in Ruger's advertising launch as
"A Modern Classic." Ruger kept manufacturing costs in check and hunters flocked
to the great-looking rifle with an attractive
price point. The M77 underwent several
redesigns over the next half-century,
including the Mark II and the Hawkeye,
each variant offered in dozens of specialty
configurations.
Remington's notable M788 of 1967
used a rear-locking lug system with a
60-degree bolt lift, a blind magazine, and
had a non-adjustable trigger. As a no-frills
economy model that offered strength and
accuracy, the M788 became quite popular
as a cousin to the M700. Also offered with
a short 18½-inch barrel, it was handy in
the thickets.



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