Johann Springer round action 8.2x50R single shot stalking rifle. Serial 1519 takes form as a light and lively side-opening underlever with a host of great features. The 25-inch barrel wears a solid matted rib with bladed ramp front sight, folding leaf rear sight and base for an optic at the breech. The side-opening underlever action has a rising aperture sight, double set triggers, hammer lock and elongated tangs. The forend latch releases to the side and the butt features a grip cap, pancake cheekpiece, toe line oval (silver, with crown over initials “ES”) and a steel butt plate with widow’s peak and hidden pocket housing an extra firing pin and spring (both present). ENGRAVING: A well-executed delicate scroll adorns the receiver, forend latch, tangs, guard, underlever and grip cap to approximately 50 percent coverage. The buttplate hosts a continuance of coverage, but to a lesser degree. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 7.5 pounds with optic. Length of pull is 14.0 inches. OPTIC: The Weaver J 2.5x which remains clear and viable, even thought it has lost its seal and shows interior filming. CONDITION: Bore shows uniform wear and softening, with minimal roughness. (Examination and live-fire testing by a professional gunsmith shows it remains viable.) Barrel is tight on face. Hammer and its attaching screw appears to be repaired or replaced. Triggers, hammer, extractor and levers operate properly. A previous owner has lightly “engraved” his identification number on the watertable. The barrel-mounted sling loop has been discarded, the attaching point filled with a silver oval. Barrel rust blue is about 70 percent. Action colors have generally silvered, with tracings to about 15 percent. Markings and engraving remain sharp. Wood shows at about 50 percent overall, with a generous assortment of dents, impressions and scratches under and through a thinning finish. MARKINGS: Serial appears on forend hook (mount), forend lever and underlever. “1890”, “98” and “8.2” appear on the barrel flat. “1961” appears in small characters stamped on the toe line. AMMUNITION: Hirtenberger 8.2x50R 196-grain (63 rounds, 17 empty) plus 18 rounds and two empty (plain box), along with RCBS dies are included and will ship separately.
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