Browning Model 78 Bicentennial .45-70 consecutive pair. Rifles 17760610 and 17760611 each feature a polished blue 24-inch octagon barrel (.830 muzzle diameter) with recessed crown, blade front sight and a dovetail-mounted rear sight. The rear of the barrels and the tops of the receivers are drilled/tapped for bases as well. STOCKS: Each rifle is stocked in select high-grade walnut. Forearms incorporate a soft Schnabel and bordered checkering with sweeping points and interior diamonds. The straight grip butts have crescent plates. Sling swivel cups are also incorporated. ENGRAVING: Both rifles have engraved receivers with a bison on the right and an eagle on the left, each surrounded by a circular border. The balance of the receiver sides, top and bottom are dressed in scroll – the pattern continuing some three inches along the top of the barrel and reappearing near the muzzle and at the top of the crescent. Rifle 610 is signed by Coenen while 611 was engraved by Hupkens. DIMENSIONS: Weights are 8.2 pounds and lengths-of-pull are 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Both are thought to be unfired. Rifle 610 has a pristine bore. Metal finishes are essentially 100 percent. Wood is nearly 100 percent as well, the exception being a few very minor instances of varnish lift. Rifle 611 is similar to its mate, with the minor varnish lifting showing at the top of the grip (edges of checkering) and a few microspots of tarnish on the sides of the lever. COMMON INCLUSIONS: Each rifle is presented in a locking wood case with special lid label and mated with a numbered Browning knife. Manuals, Browning 78 Bicentennial pamphlet, medallions and keys are also included, as is a single set of sling loops. The price is firm and layaway is available. $7,500 plus shipping.
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