Set of 5 Ruger 1 Rifles, African Adventure Series
Factory New Condition
FFL is required
Current Bid
No Bids
BuyNow! Price Was
Starting Bid
No Reserve!
0 Bids Bid History
Time Left 15 min rule
Item has Ended
7/30/2017 10:50 PM
Item 669805803
Location Houston, TX 77065
See Item Description
No international shipments
Payment Personal Check, USPS Money Order, Money Order, Certified Check, See Item Description
Checkout Yes
Sales Tax
Seller does not collect sales tax
Inspection/ Return Policy

The seller of this item assumes all responsibility for this listing. You must contact the seller to resolve any questions or concerns before placing a bid. Payment must be made using U.S. dollars ($) unless otherwise stated in the listing. Firearms may only be shipped to a licensed dealer (FFL Holder). Some listed items may not be legal in every state. Complete your purchase within the law.

Please read the Item Characteristics for important listing details.

Set of 5 Ruger 1 Rifles, African Adventure Series

Layaway 30% down and 15% per month until paid in full. Seller will refund half of all payments made at any time if Buyer changes mind before taking possession. Or suggest layaway terms better suiting your needs.

This set of 5 Ruger 1 rifles are all serial number CBx-00146, with “x” varying from 1 to 5. They are numbered sequentially as a set and are intended to be kept together. This set is named: “Ruger No. 1, Craig Boddington, African Adventure Series.” This is most definitely a rare and desirable collector set with a value that can only grow as time goes by. All of the rifles in this auction are NIB and unfired in original factory box with all original factory paperwork. My research indicates there were only 250 of these sets sold by Ruger. Many of the sets have already been broken up, so the actual number of remaining intact sets is less than 250. How many sets remain in new, pristine, unfired condition, with original boxes and paperwork, is unknown, but surely lesser still. This set dates back to 2008. All are Ruger 1 rifles. The 5 guns are (CB1) “Lion” in .375 Ruger caliber, (CB2) “Buffalo” in 450/400 Nitro caliber , (CB3) “Kuda” in 300 H&H caliber, (CB4) “Leopard” in 7x57 caliber, and (CB5) “Elephant” in 450/400 3.75 Nitro caliber. All of the rifles in this set have very appealing wood and two in particular have outstanding wood. All have iron sights and a matte finish, and are drilled and tapped for a scope. Put these away for a few years and there is a good chance the set’s value will increase substantially over the price you pay in this auction.

The Ruger No. 1 is a single shot rifle, with Farquharson-style internal hammer falling block action, manufactured by Sturm, Ruger. It was originally introduced in 1967. An underlever lowers the block allowing loading and cocks the rifle. A falling block action is an inherently strong design, and the Ruger No. 1 is no exception. Lenard Brownell, commenting on his work at Ruger, said of the No. 1: "There was never any question about the strength of the action. I remember, in testing it, how much trouble I had trying to tear it up. In fact, I never did manage to blow one apart." A shotgun-style tang safety works on the hammer and sear. This rifle has the Alexander-Henry style fore-end.

The No. 1 single shot rifle was one of Bill Ruger's pet projects. It was the first of the modern single shot rifles, and sparked the single shot revival which has seen the likes of the Browning 1885, Dakota 10, Mossberg SSI-1, Remington Custom Shop No. 1 Rolling Block, and T/C Encore emerge in the market place (not to mention the various Sharps and other replicas). The No. 1 uses a completely modern but classic looking Farquharson-style hammerless falling block action of great strength. The No. 1 is Ruger's premium rifle.

Like any single shot rifle, the absence of a long repeating action makes the Ruger No. 1 about four inches shorter than a bolt action rifle with the same length barrel. Or, to look at it another way, the No. 1 can have a barrel four inches longer than a bolt action rifle of approximately the same overall length. This maximizes the ballistics of modern high intensity and magnum calibers, and is a considerable advantage for the long range shooter. The Ruger No. 1 single shot is a high class rifle. It is for the connoisseur, the rifleman, and the traditionalist. The late Bill Ruger was all of these, and he has left us the No. 1 as part of his legacy.

I suggest you “Google” the following three African/Indian Big Game Hunters to learn more about the history of the development and use of these 5 iconic calibers: Karamojo Bell, John "Pondoro" Taylor, and Elmer Keith. Also the following article about this collector series of Ruger 1 rifles, written in 2008 before all was known about the set, is another good reference.

by Jeff Quinn, October 20th, 2008

At the 2008 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Lipsey’s announced a new limited edition series of Ruger No. 1 single shot rifles titled the “Craig Boddington Ruger No. 1 African Adventure Series”. This is a very limited set of No. 1 rifles, which will consist of five rifles per set, all chambered for cartridges suitable for hunting the African continent. Regular readers of are most likely already familiar with Lipsey’s. They are one of the nation’s premier firearms wholesalers, and are regularly bringing interesting limited edition firearms to the market, and this new Craig Boddington series is some of their best yet.

The rifles will be chambered for the 7mm Mauser, .300 H&H Magnum, 450/400 Nitro Express, .450 Nitro Express, and the .375 Ruger cartridges, all of which will have special serial numbers, and a different name for each rifle. The serial numbers of the first rifle of the set will be CB1-00001 thru CB1-00250. The second rifle in the series will be CB2-00001 thru CB2-00250, on through CB5, etc. Purchasers of these rifles will contact a Lipsey’s dealer who is participating in this special series, and subscribe to a set, each rifle having matching serial numbers, with the prefix CB1 through CB5.

This series of rifles is named after the famous big game hunter, Craig Boddington, who has hunted the world over, and is known to most who read Guns & Ammo magazine, or watch their television shows. Mr. Boddington has killed many African animals, and worked with Lipsey’s and Ruger on the specifications of this rifle.

The first rifle in the series is chambered for the .375 Ruger cartridge, and is named the “Lion”. The second in the series will be named the “Buffalo”, and will be chambered for the .450/400 Nitro Express cartridge. I do not know the rest of the titles, but they will each be named after another African game animal.

Each of these Craig Boddington rifles will have a matte blued finish, and the stocks will be made of Circassian walnut, as shown on the rifle here. The barrel weights will vary depending upon the cartridge. The Lion has a twenty-two inch medium weight barrel that measures .670 inch diameter at the muzzle, just in front of the barrel band front sight, which has an ivory bead on a raised rib. Coupled with the express rear sight, the sight picture is quick and easy to pick up. The rear sight does not fold, which is just as it should be on a dangerous game rifle. It can be quite embarrassing to raise one’s rifle at a fast-charging mound of teeth and claws, only to find that the sight has been folded down.

The rear express sight is adjustable for windage correction, and is very sturdy in construction. It is set into a quarter rib, which also contains provision for Ruger’s scope mount rings. On this Craig Boddington rifle, instead of the standard Ruger rings, a set of Warne Quick Detachable rings is supplied, which is a very good idea. This allows the quick removal of the scope without tools, should the hunter need to go to the express sight for any reason.

The wood on this Ruger No. 1 is gorgeous, being whittled out of some nicely-figured Circassian walnut, yet the grain is tight enough to handle the recoil from the .375 Ruger cartridge. The comb of the stock is classic Ruger in design, and the Alex Henry forend has always been my favorite style on a No. 1 rifle. The rubber butt pad helps a bit to soften the recoil, but it does not have a lot of give to it, being rather stiff in composition. The .375 Ruger Cartridge was introduced a couple of years ago, and for more details on that fine cartridge, I refer you to my review of the .375 Ruger Hawkeye bolt action rifle. Having little factory ammo and no load data at that time, I did a lot of experimenting with handloads, and some of the results are posted in that review as well. With this Lion rifle, I used nothing but Hornady factory ammunition, as it is now readily available, and loaded to surpass the legendary .375 H&H Magnum velocities, and from a shorter barrel.

From the twenty-two inch barrel of this No. 1, I chronographed the velocities of all three factory loads at a distance of twelve feet from the muzzle. Chronograph readings were taken on a clear day with about sixty percent humidity, a temperature of seventy-eight degrees Fahrenheit, at an elevation of about 600 feet above sea level. The 270 grain Spire Point load clocked 2827 feet-per-second (FPS), the 300 grain round nose soft point clocked 2656 fps, and the 300 grain full metal jacket bullet clocked 2587 fps. The .375 Ruger packs a big punch, and from the bench recoil is pretty stiff. Shooting from a standing position to test the impact point of the express sights, the 300 grain soft point loads printed dead on for me at fifty yards. Perfect.

Standing on my hind legs like a man, recoil is not dreadful at all. However, to test the rifle for accuracy, shooting from the bench for extended sessions can get downright painful. The reward was, however, the exceptional accuracy displayed by this rifle when using the Hornady 300 grain round nose soft point ammunition. While the 270 grain Spire Point loads turned in very respectable accuracy for a medium bore No. 1 rifle, hovering right around the one and one-half inch mark, the 300 grain loads would keep them all in one hole at 100 yards if I could do my part. Outstanding performance!

The first group fired with that ammunition was a half-inch three shot group, and the rifle could repeat that performance as long as I could endure. I did not have enough of the 300 grain FMJ ammo to do extensive accuracy tests with it, but the few rounds that I did have showed good promise as well. Even running at the high pressures specified for this cartridge, extraction was effortless, and no stickiness was observed at any time.

Beautiful, classic, and a delight to carry, the Lion is also a very practical rifle for those who pursue dangerous game, whether in Africa or anywhere else. It is also a good choice for carry in the thickets and woods while chasing elk or moose through the mountains. It packs well, comes up on target quickly, and is only the first in the series of what promises to be one of the most beautiful and practical sets of rifles to ever come out of the Ruger factory.

Additional $125.00 Shipping is to pay FedEx Ground to all states except Alaska Hawaii, California, New Jersey, and Maryland. In those states add $50.00. Shipping will be fully insured and packaged securely to protect your investment. Additional Notes: These rifles are all NIB. Any perceived flaws in the firearms seen in photos are light oil smudges, lint, styrofoam flecks, or photographic glare – not defects. Included are the rifles, boxes, and paperwork as provided by the manufacturer. Any other items shown in photos are for display only and are not included in this auction.

Truly a collector set that will increase greatly in value, this is a fascinating collection of rifles commemorating the brilliance of the Ruger 1 design and the 5 famous and iconic Big Game cartridges. Picture these rifles on display in your den or gun room, and just lean back and recall your last African safari or dream about the one you never had but now plan to have!!

Seller provided no "Additional Terms of Sale"
No. 1
5 African Game Calibers
Barrel Length
22 inch
Mfg Part Number
50.00 Pounds