Crafted by Al, Roger and Paula Biesen as the 2013 fundraising rifle for the Jack O’Connor Hunting Heritage & Education Center, this spectacular custom Winchester pre-64 Model 70 .375 H&H Magnum stands in unfired condition. Serial number 525302 wears its original 25-inch tapered heavy sporter factory barrel with hooded ramp front sight and island rear sight base topped with two folding leafs. The much-refined action features a jeweled bolt body, extractor, follower and rail, hollow bolt knob with two checkered teardrops, recontoured and checkered bolt release button, recontoured tang and custom bottom metal with inside-the-bow release button. Magazine capacity is five-plus-one, even though there is no drop box configuration. The stock is the very definition of classic layout and presentation. The Biesens carefully selected an exhibition-grade English walnut blank with rich, heavy grain over its full length as an appropriate foundation. Finished appointments include an ebony forend tip, flawless 24 lines-per-inch wrap around borderless checkering surrounding the signature Biesen fleurs and a tapering pancake cheekpiece with shadow line. Every aspect of the execution is flawless. ENGRAVING: Paula Biesen dressed the sight hood, ring tops (Leupold quick detaching 1-inch medium height), bolt handle and bottom metal with an elegant bold scroll. The pattern continues to the grip cap, where it then frames the bust of an alerted and threatening Cape buffalo bull. The floorplate scroll reads “Jack O’Connor Heritage Center Big Game Series #1, 2013” and is signed thereunder “P. Biesen”. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.8 pounds with mounts. Length-of-pull is 13.75 inches. CONDITION: The bore is very strong and bright. Overall condition is pristine, with only the slightest indications of display and handling.
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