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Old 02-09-2019, 08:34 AM   #1
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Morning folks, I'm searching for a all weather single shot rifle. Besides a TC, anyone know the options are both past and present? I must not be good a searches because when I search all I get is gobbly gook and hog wash. Thanks
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Old 02-09-2019, 08:45 AM   #2
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I am a big fan of Ruger #1s mine are not stainless but they make them in stainless
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Old 02-09-2019, 08:47 AM   #3
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Ruger #1 stainless. Henry is making some single shots now but not sure if they are all weather.
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Old 02-09-2019, 08:47 AM   #4
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New England firearms
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Those are the only other single shots I know of.
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Old 02-09-2019, 08:51 AM   #5
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If you want a solid rifle for the money and don’t need extra barrels, you cannot beat the CVA scout.

I talked with CVA recently because many of the calibers are not available right now in the scout. I feel they just make a batch of whatever whenever (my opinion). The fella on the phone said they are mainly gonna focus on straight wall.

You have to ask yourself if you want a break action or not.

Personally, I decided that if I were gonna spend the money on a TCA Stainless, I’d kick in the little extra cash and get a Ruger 1 or some other similar action (high end) which will most likely be trouble free even for my great grandkids

The Henry single shot is the only rifle I had less than 24 hrs, the hammer pull and trigger absolutely sucked.

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Old 02-09-2019, 08:54 AM   #6
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Tc, ruger, for sure

H&r, nef, I am pretty sure made them, but I think they were plated not stainless

Those are the only ones i know of
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:01 AM   #7
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I own a couple of Number 1s, I have a .300 win in stainless, and a 6mm old school red pad. Both are tack drivers.

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Old 02-09-2019, 09:02 AM   #8
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Ruger #1 / TC encore/pro hunter( Lots of Cal choices in one frame)inc Black Powder and Shotgun
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:05 AM   #9
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Ruger no1 is my first pic. Their actions are SUPER strong.

Second choice is Thompson Encore Pro Hunter. That gun was very accurate shooting dime sized groups all day long.
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:06 AM   #10
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I like stainless Ruger #1's, But might be hard to find in the caliber you want. Production is very limited. I know you stated "other than TC", but that would be my recommendation, as ease of disassembly for cleaning makes a gun "all weather" as much as being stainless. And the Encore can be had in almost any caliber you want.
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:10 AM   #11
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H&R indeed made stainless but they are defunkt and hard to find. My 444 below.

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Old 02-09-2019, 10:12 AM   #12
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In my opinion the best single shot. Shiloh sharps, if you insist on smokeless powder the browning 1885 is a nice rifle.
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:23 AM   #13
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Why do you want a single shot?


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Old 02-09-2019, 10:23 AM   #14
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Morning folks, I'm searching for a all weather single shot rifle. Besides a TC, anyone know the options are both past and present? I must not be good a searches because when I search all I get is gobbly gook and hog wash. Thanks


Canít go wrong with Encore
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:26 AM   #15
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This is best described by say a recurve hunter...Just where they call home.
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:53 AM   #16
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Thanks for the replies folks. I didn't know a no 1 was made in stainless.

I hadn't hunted in many years. I have shot but not hunted. target shooting and plinking is usually done in the open and on nice days. I decided to hunt again this year so I bought myself a stainless rossi 92 to use in bad weather, but I discovered something. I can't see open sights in hunting situations anymore. I knew my close vision had given out I just didn't consider how it would effect sights deep in the woods.

I want a gun that is lightweight because when I hunt, I still hunt. I also sometimes carry a gun on horseback. I have shot a contender for almost 40 years and like single shot guns. I don't ever remember needing a second shot faster than I can reload my contender except maybe with pigs and then it needs to be an autoloader. I figure a single shot SS rifle with a scope will fit my needs the best. I'm now guessing for availability an Encore my be my best bet.
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:55 AM   #17
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H&R indeed made stainless but they are defunkt and hard to find. My 444 below.

Johnny, That H&R with a lighter barrel would be great. I'll try to look for one of those too.
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Old 02-09-2019, 11:37 AM   #18
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Merkel K3
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Old 02-09-2019, 11:44 AM   #19
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If you decide to go Encore, don’t be overzealous in caliber selection. The stock design makes them pretty brutal. I don’t mind recoil, but even a .308 will make you wince.
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Old 02-09-2019, 11:54 AM   #20
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Kosetx,

“Lightweight” cannot be used as a descriptor for most single shots as the usually weigh significantly more than other actions.

The utilitarian simplicity, and how it carries is usually the alure.
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Old 02-09-2019, 01:32 PM   #21
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This is best described by say a recurve hunter...Just where they call home.
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Old 02-09-2019, 01:51 PM   #22
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Merkel K3

Great choice
Expensive but very durable I have the K1 in 7mm08.
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Old 02-09-2019, 03:49 PM   #23
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Iím with Johnny44. CVA single shots are pretty good bang for the buck. Ive had 2. They shoot lights out and have really nice triggers. The accuracy is really impressive for a cheaper rifle. Here is a pic of my 450, if I can get it to load
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Old 02-09-2019, 04:46 PM   #24
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Cool pic
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Old 02-09-2019, 04:58 PM   #25
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How did you get those two pigs to take a nap under your gun like that?
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:00 PM   #26
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Henry makes a real nice looking single shot now.
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:06 PM   #27
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Henry makes a real nice looking single shot now.
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:56 PM   #28
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I have Encores, NEF's, and CVA's. Encore will beat you to death. The nef is now limited to the used market only. The Henry is nice, but triggers need work to be usable on most of them. The cva is cheap, reliable, and has a good trigger out of the box. I have a blackout, a 35 rem. and a whelen in the cva, and my son just bought a 6.5 man bun. All shoot accurately too.
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:14 PM   #29
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I have a stainless encore in 7 mag. I had a muzzle break added to take some kick out of it.. it's not something you want to shot 20 times but I never feel the recoil with a critter in the cross hairs.
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:19 PM   #30
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I’m a huge Ruger #1 fan (bought my fifth one today ...a heavy barrel 25-06). They are super strong actions, very accurate rifles, come in a wide range of calibers, and hold their value very well.
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:26 PM   #31
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I have Encores, NEF's, and CVA's. Encore will beat you to death. The nef is now limited to the used market only. The Henry is nice, but triggers need work to be usable on most of them. The cva is cheap, reliable, and has a good trigger out of the box. I have a blackout, a 35 rem. and a whelen in the cva, and my son just bought a 6.5 man bun. All shoot accurately too.
What all stocks have you used? I had a thumb hole and a walnut pistol grip and was thoroughly abused haha. Have you tried the pro hunter flexy stock? If so did it change anything?
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Old 02-10-2019, 12:06 AM   #32
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The main hangup I have with the TCA is for a few bucks more you can have a Ruger One

Henry trigger and hammer pull has to be experienced to believe it can be that bad
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Old 02-10-2019, 09:52 AM   #33
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Is the TC extra lightweight or something? It’s interesting that it would be more of a punisher in the same caliber than others.

I looked at the Henry a lot and they look great. I’m glad I read this before buying one though. I wonder how easy a trigger job and spring change are.

My main appeal on the TC is that though it’s not too far off in price- range from a No. 1, you can add unlimited calibers for another $200-250. With a No. 1 you just have to buy another No. 1.

That being said, I’ve wanted a No. 1 since I bought my first gun 10 years ago.
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Old 02-10-2019, 10:28 AM   #34
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I have a CVA Scout II in .35 Whelen. It's a stainless model with a fluted and factory threaded brake. CVA originally used Bergara barrels for their center fire rifles and are now part of Bergara. My .35 Whelen can consistently shoot 1/2" to 3/4" groups which I think is awesome for the caliber. I do reload but shot a first box of Federal Premium and they were definitely within 3/4" to 1".

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Old 02-10-2019, 10:33 AM   #35
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Is the TC extra lightweight or something? It’s interesting that it would be more of a punisher in the same caliber than others.

I looked at the Henry a lot and they look great. I’m glad I read this before buying one though. I wonder how easy a trigger job and spring change are.

My main appeal on the TC is that though it’s not too far off in price- range from a No. 1, you can add unlimited calibers for another $200-250. With a No. 1 you just have to buy another No. 1.

That being said, I’ve wanted a No. 1 since I bought my first gun 10 years ago.
I’m pretty sure it’s in the stock design on the TC. I had a thumb hole stock and a walnut and they both kicked. I never had a flexy stock though.
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Old 02-10-2019, 10:56 AM   #36
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Is the TC extra lightweight or something? Itís interesting that it would be more of a punisher in the same caliber than others.

I looked at the Henry a lot and they look great. Iím glad I read this before buying one though. I wonder how easy a trigger job and spring change are.

My main appeal on the TC is that though itís not too far off in price- range from a No. 1, you can add unlimited calibers for another $200-250. With a No. 1 you just have to buy another No. 1.

That being said, Iíve wanted a No. 1 since I bought my first gun 10 years ago.
The Henry is the easiest of all single shots in my opinion for a DIY job. They put in inner and outer spring for the hammer, remove the inner and its a whole nuther animal. I donít know if this was a legal thing or not.
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Old 02-10-2019, 01:31 PM   #37
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I am not a shooter, per se. I’ve never had the steady access to places to shoot to get better, really. All that being said, I had a CVA Scout in 7-08 that made one big hole at 100 yds with a Tasco World Class scope. Amazingly accurate and very cost efficient.
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Old 02-10-2019, 05:39 PM   #38
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Old 02-11-2019, 02:46 PM   #39
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I've got a Browning 1885 Falling Block in 7 mag. It's not stainless and its not light at all, but I love hunting with it. It's been a safe queen for several years now, but I take it out and shoot it just to make sure it's still sighted in.
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