Butch Searcy .500 Nitro Express double rifle. Built in South Dakota on a Searcy boxlock action, serial number BL-301 has 24-inch barrels with a ramp front sight, sling swivel stud, quarter rib with dovetail-mounted aperture (center threads out for low light), ejectors and mechanical safety. The quality of the wood is exceptional, with both splinter and butt showing strong, bold figure. Additional features include timed screws, steel grip cap, cheekpiece with shadow line and a Pachmayr recoil pad. ENGRAVING: Action, forend furniture, top lever, guard, tangs and grip cap showcase a well-executed delicate scroll to about 30 percent coverage. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 10.6 pounds. Length-of-pull is 14.5 inches, drops are 1.5 and 3.5 inches, and cast off is approximately .375-inch. CONDITION: A veteran of but one safari, bores are pristine and the top lever closes well right. Ejectors, triggers and safety operate properly. Barrel blue is at least 95 percent, with scattered light marks and slight thinning. Action and forend metal finish is about 97 percent, with slight rubbing and tarnish (mostly on the forend release housing and top lever). Wood is at least 98 percent, with only light evidence of field use. INCLUSIONS: Takedown case (with loose internal stock strap), original rear express sight for the quarter rib dovetail and snap caps. The price is firm and layaway is available. $12,500 plus shipping.


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