Vintage Ruger No. 3 Single Shot 30-06 Falling Block Hunting Rifle 1977

SOLD FOR: $1000.01

Make: Sturm Ruger

Our Assessment:  The Ruger No. 3 Single Shot Rifle was introduced in 1972 by Sturm, Ruger & Co., an American firearms manufacturer based in Southport, Connecticut. The rifle was designed by Bill Ruger, the founder of the company, and was intended as a modern update of the classic single shot rifles of the 19th century.

The No. 3 was chambered for a variety of cartridges, including .22 Hornet, .223 Remington, .30-40 Krag, .375 Winchester, and .45-70 Government, among others. It featured a falling block action, which was operated by a lever located under the trigger guard.

The No. 3 was well-received by both hunters and collectors, who appreciated its classic design and modern features. It remained in production until 1987, when it was discontinued due to low sales. However, it was briefly reintroduced in 2003 as a limited-edition rifle, and today it is highly sought after by collectors.

Overall, this Ruger No. 3 Single Shot Rifle is a classic example of American firearms design and innovation, and it remains a favorite of hunters and collectors alike.  This rifle is chambered in 30-06, a favorite hunting round among American Hunters.  Ruger never made a No. 3 in 30-06 which makes this a custom rifle.  Please see our photos, specs below on this vintage rifle, and good luck on your bid!

Model: No. 3 Single Shot Rifle

Serial Number: 130-63113

Year of Manufacture: 1977 (

Caliber: 30-06 Springfield

Action Type: Single Shot Breech Loading, Falling Block

Markings: The left side of the chamber is marked, “30-06 SPRG”.  The top of the barrel is marked, “STURM, RUGER & CO. INC., SOUTHPORT, CONN. U.S.A.”. The bottom of the receiver is marked, “130-63113”.  There is a circled PR proof mark on the left side of the chamber.  The top of the receiver is marked, “RUGER No. 3”.

Barrel Length: Approximately 26” with recessed crown.

Sights / Optics: The top of the receiver has a rail with scope ring provisions and currently has two scope rings attached.  There are no front or rear sights.

Stock Configuration & Condition:  The stocks are two piece walnut with traditional pistol grip, straight comb, sling studs in the belly and bottom of the buttstock, and steel checkered buttplate.There are some minor scratches on the stock with a few impression marks.  There are no chips or cracks.  The LOP measures 13.5″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition.

Type of Finish: Anodized Black

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp and deep. There is no erosion.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish.  There are some patches of finish loss on the receiver as well as on the trigger guard.  The screw heads are undamaged, but have been turned once or twice. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine+ condition.

Mechanics:  The action functions correctly. The lever lockup is strong. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None

Vintage Ruger No. 3 Single Shot 30-06 Falling Block Hunting Rifle 1977
Vintage Ruger No. 3 Single Shot 30-06 Falling Block Hunting Rifle 1977