Al & Roger Biesen custom pre-64 Winchester Model 70 in .416 Taylor. Spectacular in every respect, serial number 345480 wears 24-inch heavy sporter barrel with hooded and beaded ramp front sight, two-piece custom scalloped bases with Biesen’s great single-lever quick release system and pop-up aperture on the rear base, jeweled bolt body, extractor, rail and follower, three-panel checkered and hollowed bolt knob, custom bolt release, contoured (cloverleaf) tang and custom bottom metal with inside-the-bow release. Shaped from a heavily-figured English blank, the stock features an ebony forend tip, Howell-type inletted sling swivel studs, spectacular Biesen checkering accented with bold fleurs, cheekpiece with shadow line and a 1-inch Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. ENGRAVING: Maker’s names are centered on the barrel. The grip cap features a glowering Cape buffalo bust surrounded by scroll (unsigned, but certainly the work of Roger’s daughter, Paula). DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.8 pounds. Length of pull is 13.6 inches. CONDITION: Virtually as new, with only the slightest indications of handling. CARTRIDGE NOTES: The .416 Taylor came to life as a wildcat, its purpose being to offer the ballistics of a .416 Rigby in the standard-length .458 Winchester case. Factory ammunition is available from Norma. The price is firm and layaway is available. $5,000 plus shipping.
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