John Bolliger custom left hand Dakota 76 .458 Winchester Magnum. Serial 0034L has a 23-inch tapered heavy sporter barrel (.730-inch muzzle diameter, blade front sight with brass wedge, banded sling swivel stud, island rear sight with drift-adjustable express blade – remains green). Features include a jeweled bolt body and follower, three-position wing safety with hand-filed serrations and a drop box magazine (four plus one capacity, inside-the-bow release). STOCK: Crafted from an outstanding AAA-grade walnut blank with full-length figure and proper grain structure, highlights include an ebony forend tip with widow’s peak, 26 lines-per-inch borderless checkering fields accented with tapering ribbons and fleurs, scalloped cheek rest with shadow line, checkered steel grip cap, inletted sling swivel stud, timed screws and a Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. Finish is of course hand-rubbed oil. The action is glassed at the recoil lug as well as at a secondary lug dovetailed into the barrel below the rear sight. ENGRAVING & FINISHES: Roger Kehr attended to the intricate finish details beginning with a polished rust blue over the barrel. The action, sight bases, sling swivel studs and rings wear a contrasting French gray while the express sight blade, extractor, bolt release lever, bolt handle, shroud, safety, cocking piece, grip cap and trigger are dressed in polished blue. The action screws are further accented with nitre blue. Kehr also engraved and checkered the bolt knob (five teardrop panels bordered in gold) and added gold wire bands near the barrel shank and muzzle. MARKINGS: The maker’s legend “Bolliger – Kehr” appears on barrel right while “Dr. Peter Fenchak” shows on barrel left. OPTIC: A Leupold Vari-X III 1.5-5x with Duplex reticle is secured by Leupold mounts. DIMENSIONS: Weight (inclusive of optic) is 9.2 pounds and the length-of-pull is 13.4 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. Mechanics are crisp. Metal finish is approximately 95 percent with occasional tarnish traces in the French gray. Wood is approximately 97 percent. The optic is clear and exhibits strong lens coatings. No papers or history. The price is firm and layaway is available. $10,000 plus shipping.


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