Griffin & Howe custom .358 Norma Magnum on a Sako action masterfully game-scene engraved by Tommy Kaye and checkered by Winston Churchill. Based on a Sako L61R action and marked “No. 2589 Griffin & Howe New York, NY”, the serial number is 52882. The 24-inch barrel has a banded and hooded front sight, a banded sling swivel stud and is not tapped for a rear sight. The action has a jeweled bolt body, extractor and follower, along with a carefully tuned trigger. The stock is fashioned from a rich walnut blank shot through with fiddle and superbly checkered in a 24 lines-per-inch bordered wrap-around pattern. The shadowline cheekpiece is carefully scalloped as well, an ideal compliment to the classic straight comb (drop is 1.25 inches) shape. ENGRAVING: The floorplate is spectacular, with a glaring Alaska moose in profile among elegant scroll, a theme which continues over the trigger guard and then circles a grizzly bear bust on the grip cap. Bottom metal and the grip cap are finished in French gray as an accent. The bolt knob is checkered in a five-panel teardrop pattern and finishes in a stunning circular tapestry. The single crossbolt features a complimentary pattern and all of the attaching screws are finished in niter blue. Kaye’s “TJK” initials appear on the floor plate. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.4 pounds and length of pull is 14.25 inches. CONDITION: Metal finish (rust blue on barreled action and French gray along the bottom) is at least 98 percent with a few small freckles on the front sight hood and band. Wood is at least 97 percent with scattered evidence of field use (mostly light impressions). Completed in 1975/76 and supported by a factory letter.