Empire Rifles .450 Rigby on a Granite Mountain magnum Mauser drop box action and otherwise properly featured. Serial number 342ARV has a 23-inch barrel with banded & hooded front sight, banded sling swivel stud and a quarter rib with one standing and one folding leaf. The action itself features a three-position wing safety, straight bolt handle and inside-the-bow release. The stock is fashioned from exhibition grade walnut with fine wrap checkering. It has double crossbolts capped with ebony, English cheekpiece with shadow line, Howell-type inletted sling swivel stud and a steel grip cap. Weight is 11.2 pounds with scope and LOP is 13.7 inches over Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad (pad is cracked). Metal finish is at least 98%, with only slight indications of field use. Wood is about 97% from field impressions typical of a single safari. The 1.1-4×24 Schmidt & Bender Zenith scope incorporates an interesting circle/crosshair reticle with heavy posts at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. Also included are three partial boxes (33 rounds total, three different bullets) of custom-loaded ammunition by Superior. The price is firm and a layaway program is available. $8,500.
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