Westley Richards .375 H&H Magnum. Serialed 43414, this wonderfully-balanced dangerous game rifle wears a 24.5-inch medium sporter barrel (.665-inch muzzle diameter). Heavily featured according to its intended purpose, the barrel is fitted with a scalloped island front ramp topped by a finely-beaded blade, large pop-up night sight and a classic folding hood. The forward sling mount extends from a perfectly blended band. A stout quarter rib (.650-inch wide) secures a pedestaled trio of windage-adjustable express rear sight blades, each engraved with a shadowed sighting line. Regulated for 300-grain bullets, the fixed blade is marked for 100 yards while the folders are marked 200 and 300 yards. The Mauser action has been drilled and tapped with no indication bases were ever added, the bolt body is jeweled and bearing surfaces polished for smooth operation. Feeding is flawless and the extractor “snaps over” cartridges thumbed into the chamber. A custom shroud with two-position serrated wing safety has been added while the trigger remains the original two-stage but now wears a stippled face. Additional appointments include drop box bottom metal (4+1 capacity) with an inside-the-bow release, along with a trapdoor grip cap. The stock blank was properly selected for stout figure and appropriately dimensioned to caliber. Finishing accents include an ebony forend tip, wrap point checkering with a partial double border, single crossing bolt, extended pistol grip, scalloped cheek rest with shadow line, rear sling swivel stud and a leather-wrapped recoil pad. An initial plate inletted in the toe line is blank (other than a minute and shallow “B-S 375 M”). ENGRAVING: The receiver, bolt handle, front sight base and hood, quarter rib, trapdoor, crossbolt and action screws wear an elegant vine and scroll. The pattern continues to full coverage over the bottom metal, highlighted by a tremendous greater kudu bust in gold relief. FINISHES: Metal surfaces wear polished rust blue, with the trapdoor, crossing bolt and action screws standing in contrast with their color case. The stock wears hand-rubbed oil. MARKINGS: Westley Richards & Co. England” rides barrel center. Maker’s name, caliber and serial show on receiver left and “Regulated for 300 Grn. Bullet” on receiver top. British proofs appear on both barrel and receiver. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright, with the look of new. Bluing is approximately 97 percent, with a bit of minor thinning/freckling at the carry points (near barrel band, forward edge of rib), bolt release lever and extractor. Markings are tack sharp and engraving is flawless. Wood is approximately 98 percent with but minor impressions. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.8 pounds. Length-of-pull is 13.85 inches, drops are 1.4 and 2.25 inches, and cast off is approximately .375-inch. No case, papers or additional accessories. The price is firm and layaway is available. $18,500 plus shipping.
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