GUNS Magazine June 2013 Digital Edition - Page 70

QUARTERMASTER FEATURING GUNS ALL-STARS! NECG’S RUGER No. 1 PEEP SiGht JOHN TAFFIN ne of the most popular rifles O today is the Ruger No. 1. I gravitated to it after shooting trapdoors and High Walls as I like the traditional styling and compactness, which is afforded by a single-shot action. The No. 1 has been chambered in just about every cartridge imaginable either by the factory or by custom gunsmiths, and most shooters probably go for the long-range cartridges. I’m different; my No. 1 is chambered in .45-70. Swarovski offers a choice of five reticles for the 3-10x42, including two with additional crosswires for long-range shooting. Mini-30, and 77/22 as well. If the weather proves to be nasty or the conditions are such that iron sights work better than a scope simply losing two screws and tightening one allows the switch from scope to the aperture sight. After sighting in, the NECG rear sight can be carried in a jacket pocket and if conditions warrant it easily replaces the scope. The NECG Peep Sight is adjustable for elevation and windage with locking adjustments, and comes with two aperture discs of 0.93 inch and 0.125 inch. If the factory supplied front sight needs to be replaced NECG can supply front sights of varying heights. The highquality NECG aperture sight sells for $90 and is available from Brownells or the company itself. New England Custom Gun Service 741 Main St. Claremont, NH 03743 (603) 287-4836 www.gunsmagazine.com/ new-england-custom-guns Fortunately Swarovski also offers its Z3 scope series, built on the Americanstandard 1-inch main tube. These slim, relatively light scopes are just right for light/medium weight hunting rifles. The scope shown here is the 3-10x42 model, and it is an absolute gem. The optical quality makes it a joy to use, especially over long shooting sessions, and in dim early morning/late evening light. Adjustments are accurate and repeatable. If I wanted to move pointof-impact 3 inches or 6 inches at 100 yards that is precisely what I got. If conditions or weather are not conducive to using a scope it can easily be removed and replaced by the NeCG receiver sight. The NeCG receiver sight uses the rear Ruger scope ring base on the Ruger No. 1. It is probably the strongest .45-70, however a local shooter did destroy one by using a fast pistol powder in place of rifle powder. I’ve shot some pretty heavy loads in mine, however these days I’m more concerned about close-range shooting using more comfortable loads while still having the option of using longer-range .45-70 loads if needed. My Ruger No. 1 is very versatile as it has three sighting systems. It normally wears a 1.5-4X compact scope sighted in for 100 yards and mounted using Ruger rings. This set up allows for easy removal using a silver dollar or anything, which will fit the slots on the Ruger rings to loosen them. I keep an old chainsaw wrench handy as it fits compactly in my pocket. The second option is then to use the iron sights, which come as standard equipment consisting of a bead front sight and folding-leaf rear sight. The third option is the use of a receiver sight, which can be almost as good as a scope sight. Most receiver sights require drilling and tapping and they are not easily removable. NECG, New England Custom Guns, has one of the best accessories available with their Peep Sight for use on Ruger rifles. When the scope is removed the NECG Peep Site utilizes the rear integral scope mount base found on all Ruger rifles. This includes not only the No. 1 but the Model 77, Mini-14, 70 SwaRovSki 3-10x42 DAvE ANDERSON warovski Optics rank with the very S best. The resolution, clarity, and overall image quality of Swarovski’s binoculars and scopes are breathtaking. Of course the price of top-line optics can be a bit breathtaking as well. Aiming point for all shots was the bottom of the “notch” in the letter V, moving groups around by dialing the elevation and windage adjustment knobs. Values are 1/4-inch per click at 100 yards. The Swarovski Z3 3-10x42 matches up beautifully with this handsome Kimber 84M Varmint model in .22-250 Rem. Optically, the scope provides a sharp, crisp image, with accurate and repeatable adjustments. Incidentally the Z3 sticker on the objective bell peels right off. Even in these prosperous times, with the economy booming and take-home pay expanding (note heavy-handed sarcasm), the best European scopes made on 30mm main tubes are items not purchased lightly. With turret caps removed, immersing the scope in warm water, followed by an overnight in the deep freeze, indicated proper moisture sealing with no leaks or fogging. Finish is a smooth matte. It’s a handsome scope that would complement the appearance of even the finest custom rifle. I haven’t used the Z3 long enough to assess long-term durability. However, I do have two of the older A-line Swarovski scopes with 1-inch tube, which I’ve used for years, often in fairly severe cold (including a few days at -30 degrees F). Both still look and function like brand new. Swarovski offers a choice of five reticles for the 3-10x42, including two with additional crosswires for long-range shooting. The instruction manual explains how to match the reticle with the trajectory of popular cartridges. W W W. G U N S M AG A Z I N E . C O M • J U N E 2 0 1 3

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