Don't know what it is about ruger no 1s but they have a following who hate anything but blued and traditional walnut stocks. But, yeah, I'll think of somthing a bit different. The purists certainly won't approve.
You will find your .50 AB fun to shoot and have a mild recoil with sub-sonic loads. I thought of the same cartridge in the early 1980's and it finally happened in 2001 when win. came out with the 300 WSM. I started out necking .300WSM cases up to 50cal, talk about work!!!! I was using the same 50-90 dies, pulled .50 bullets and a used .50 H2 barrel with an old Mauser action. I was surprised at the accuracy considering the used and worn out barrel and pulled bullets. I was shooting about 1" at 100yds. The most fun is sub-sonic loads with a suppressor. I have shot hundreds of rounds in one day comfortably. CAUTION - these rounds carry a lot of energy, capable of DEEP penetration even sub-sonic at 100yds. Since then I have built and sold several rifles using modern rifle actions and new barrels. Contact me for reloading help if you need it. Here is a link to a short video. It's not me just a customer.
Thank you Ricochets can be a problem with any ammunition and bullet type depending on what you are shooting at. I haven't had any stability,accuracy or ricochet problems, I have done a lot of testing of loads and have managed to get a sub-sonic load, about 950fps. and up to 2000fps with 647gr. military .50BMG bullets. As you can see, you have a wide range of velocities using just one type of bullet and one type of powder. That makes it easier and cheaper to shoot and makes for more shooting. At 950fps the recoil is moderate BUT......2000fps with 647gr bullets, hold onto your hat, it is VERY HEAVY, and I can not think of any reason to load that hot, unless you want to stop a runaway Bulldozer! You can get .510cal. soft point and solid bullets ranging from 300gr to over 800gr for hunting. I will be watching to see how your project is going. From what I have seen so far it looks like it is going to be a very nice hunting gun.
No change from above really. Still waiting for the reamer. Hopefully will be here before Christmas. If so, first test will be in the early new year. My target date now is to have it ready for the next egg shoot. If it shoots well, I intend using it for that.
Been playing with some subs in the .308 in the mean time. That's been good fun. So quiet, and you can also see the rounds going down range, so with a .50 cal bullet I would imagine that effect is even more pronounced. Providing the recoil is manageable of course.
Still waiting on the reamer, but I'm making what progress I can. Got the barrel threaded and done some more on the stock. Hoping that the reamer will be here this month, but in the mean time here are the latest pics:
Butt section is fully shaped now. It just need the final sanding and finish, but I'm also going to try and sort of pillar bed it so final sanding and finish can wait until it's fully assembled:
The threaded barrel and start of the forend:
The barrel isn't cut to length yet. That can wait too until the reamer gets here. The forend is inlet now minus some minor tidying up. It just need shaping and the barrel channel relieving a bit more.
Mock up of all the parts:
Overall length will be about the same as the forend, plus about 4" for the moderator.