Shelhamer and Sukalle custom Remington Model 30-S Express .300 H&H Magnum originating from the storied 400+ custom rifle collection of Alaska’s Dr. Russell C. Smith (sold off in 1972). METAL: Wearing a custom 26-inch medium sporter barrel (.640-inch muzzle diameter) centered with the legend “W.A. Sukalle Gunmaker Phoenix, Ariz.” and flawlessly integrating a mount pedestal, serial 30237 is appointed with a jeweled follower, two-position safety and steel bottom metal with an inside-the-bow release button. WOOD: Stamped “T Shelhamer 1045” beneath the checkered steel butt plate with widow’s peak, the dark AAA-grade English blank is formally dressed with an ivory-accented Schnabel, outstanding 26 lines-per inch wrap checkering highlighted by ribbons and fleurs, color case crossbolt, Monte Carlo comb (roll-over scallop), ivory grip cap, sling swivel studs and timed screws. A faint “Dr. Smith” is scratched on the inside of the butt plate. ENGRAVING: Tragically unsigned, for both Sukalle and Smith were prone to involve the great engravers of the time in their projects, the action showcases a broad leafy vine pattern with punch dot shading to nearly full coverage, the pattern extending some six inches along the barrel as well as the bolt release lever, bolt handle and knob, safety, bolt shroud and action screws. The floorplate centers Dr. Smith’s initials in gold surrounded by a more delicate vine pattern that rolls over the guard. As a final touch, both the extractor and bolt body are graced with an outstanding damascened pattern. OPTIC: Fittingly, a 2.5x Lyman Alaskan (number 32157) with a crosshair/dot reticle is anchored in appropriate mounts (receiver bridges remain untapped). Exterior finish is at least 95 percent and the optic is clear with clean internals. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.4 pounds and the length-of-pull is 13.3 inches. CONDITION: The bore is outstanding, strong and bright. Mechanics appear solid in every respect. Markings and engravings are tack sharp. Metal finish is at least 97 percent with but trace suggestions of handling. Wood is also approximately 97 percent, with a modest distribution of handling impressions and one small hairline at the Schnabel ivory.
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