Winchester pre-64 Model 70 .375 H&H Magnum. Made in 1941, serial number 44338 was used by David Hasinger to take the huge tiger displayed at the Smithsonian. Features include a 25-inch tapered barrel with original front sight, matching number on the bolt body, Paul Jaeger detachable side mount with 1-inch rings and a Lyman aperture rear sight. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.4 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.7 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. The rear sight is absent. Bluing is approximately 85 percent, with some general scratching, thinning over the bolt knob and floorplate, and thinning/browning of the trigger guard. The stock has an added ebony forend tip (visible in the newspaper clippings which accompany). Both the side mount and aperture are carefully inletted. Overall stock finish and condition is commensurate with that of the metal. Mr. Hasinger color-coded his rifles by caliber with colored tape wrapped at the base of the forend tip so they were easily identified when in a rack (the tape is visible in the newspaper clippings). Evidence remains, but the tape itself was removed long ago. THE HASINGER TIGER: Mr. Hasinger took his spectacular tiger in November, 1967, in India’s Kumaon District made famous by Jim Corbett. In fact, one of the beats was conducted during the hunt was within sight of Corbett’s home. The great cat weighed 857 pounds and measured 11 feet, 1 inch, and The Forestry and Game Commission of India certified the tiger as the largest on record. By comparison, Corbett’s famed Bachelor of Powalgarh measured 10 feet, 7 inches. It was reported that the tiger “terrorized livestock and residents for a full year” prior to Hasinger’s hunt. Upon his return to America, Mr. Hasinger donated the tiger to the Smithsonian where it remains on display as a full mount to this day. PROVENANCE: A host of newspaper clippings and several photographs recount the hunt itself, as well as the celebration when the Smithsonian debuted the display. This rifle was presented to Mr. Hasinger’s hunting partner, Dr. Karl Jonas, and has remained in the Jonas family until present. A certified letter from the Jonas family representative detailing the rifle’s history is included. (Note – Dr. Jonas also killed a tiger on the same hunt. His rifle, a Winchester pre-64 Model 70 Super Grade African .458 Winchester Magnum with a left-hand stock, is offered separately.) Both rifles are featured in the Autumn, 2019 issue of Sporting Classics Magazine. The price is firm and layaway is available. $10,000 plus shipping.
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