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Biesen / O’Connor custom Winchester Model 70 Featherweight .270 Win., 2006 FNAWS & O’Connor Center raffle rifle, spectacular engraving, unfired

Imagined in 2002, commissioned in 2004 and raffled in 2006; this one-of-a-kind custom rifle is the result of superb cooperation between the O’Connor family, the Jack O’Connor Hunting Heritage and Education Center and the Idaho Chapter of FNAWS. Recently donated to the Boone and Crockett Club by the raffle winner, it is presented to the market through the Club’s Guns For Conservation Program. Proceeds from the sale will be directed to the Boone and Crockett Club Foundation and benefit wildlife conservation efforts in perpetuity.

Those who are familiar with O’Connor’s writings will remember that Al Biesen stocked and customized two nearly-identical Winchester pre-64 Model 70 Featherweight .270 Winchester rifles for the legendary writer. As O’Connor wrote in Sheep and Sheep Hunting (Winchester Press, 1974), “The No. 2 rifle is my particular pet. Month after month, year after year, in sunshine and in rain it puts its favorite load with the 130-grain Nosler bullet into a little group three inches high at a hundred yards.” The Biesen / O’Connor rifle offered here is a faithful reproduction of “No 2”. As it should be, the original is owned by the O’Connor family and destined to forever remain in their care.

Built by Al & Roger Biesen, the Model 70 Featherweight barreled action is flawlessly stocked in French walnut, graced with a fine borderless 24 lines-per-inch checkering accented with fluers and finished with an ebony forend tip. Additional features include jeweled bolt body, extractor and follower, two-panel checkered bolt knob, recontoured and checkered bolt release and recontoured (cloverleaf) tang. The stock itself is dressed out with a steel bottom metal and grip cap, initial shield on the toe line (blank), cheek piece with shadow line and a Biesen trapdoor butt plate with widow’s peak.

ENGRAVING: Engraved by Paula Biesen-Malicki (Roger’s daughter), the bottom metal is accented with delicate scroll. The steel grip cap continues the theme, surrounding a bust of one Jack’s finest Coues’ deer. The butt plate is nothing short of spectacular, as it presents the bust of O’Connor’s 44-inch Dall’s ram, taken in 1950 on Pilot Mountain in the Yukon Territory. SCOPE: In order to create as exact a duplicate as possible, a Leupold Mountaineer 4x scope with a “straight crosshair” reticle rides in favored Tilden mounts. The only aspect of the rifle not in perfect condition, it retains some 95 percent of the original finish.

DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.8 pounds, length-of-pull is 13.5 inches and the balance point is two inches behind the forward guard screw.

CONDITION: New and unfired since completion.

INCLUSIONS: As assembled by the raffle winner and donor, a three-ring notebook approximately one-inch thick contains original and copied correspondence between the O’Connor family members, O’Connor biographer Eldon “Buck” Buckner, FNAWS, Roger Biesen, Wolfe Publishing (Rifle Magazine), a final draft of Craig Boddington’s August, 2005 “Gunnotes” column on the rifle, original promotional flyers and a raffle ticket stub. Original and copied photos include the Biesen’s with the rifle in progress and finished, along with a pair of field photos with trophy rams. Finally, a single live Winchester Super Speed .270 round is included. Some would say it to be worth more than the rifle itself. The price is firm and layaway is available. $20,000 plus shipping.


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Dumoulin left hand double rifle pair in .375 H&H Magnum and .470 Nitro Express, full coverage game-scene engraved, consecutive serials, unfired

Dumoulin (Ernest) pair of left hand double rifles in .375 H&H Magnum and .470 Nitro Express with consecutive serial numbers. Top levers open to the left and cheekpieces are on the right side of the butts. Common features include hooded ramp front sights with flip up night beads, windage-adjustable quarter rib express rear sights with one fixed and three folding leaves (engraved 50/100/150/200), manual safeties, articulated front triggers, bushed strikers, hand-detachable sidelocks, jeweled water tables, extended upper and lower tangs, trapdoor grip caps, beavertail forends and 26 lines-per-inch checkering. Barrels are rust blue and actions are finished in an accented coin. Triggers, forend releases and some pins are niter blue. As these rifles were imported by Midwest Gun Sport of Ellisville, Missouri, it is nearly certain both were finished in the 1980s. Engraver J. Vielvoye’s signature shows under the trigger guards. Each has the original owner’s name (Robert A. Sweet) in gold on the quarter rib and the initial “S” in a gold oval on the toe line. SERIAL 11279 – .375 H&H MAGNUM. Weight is 10.8 pounds, barrels are 26.25 inches long and length of pull is 14.5 inches. Drops are 1.25 and 2.25 inches. Cast (on) is approximately .50-inch. Full coverage game-scene engraving surrounded by bouquet and scroll features a group of four Cape buffalo bulls on the savannah (right lock), a glaring solid-bossed bull standing in the jesse (left lock) and a gold bust of a heavy-horned bull (bottom). The pattern continues along the top lever, over the guard and down both extended tangs. It then reappears on both front and rear sight ramps, forend furniture and grip cap. Additional gold accents include a heavy wire collar at the barrel bases, sighting lines on the leaves, an “S” just ahead of the tang safety, and gold-plated strikers, internals and some pins. Stocked in heavily-marbled Turkish walnut, it remains in virtually new condition save modest evidence of careful handling. SERIAL 11280 – .470 Nitro Express. Weight is 10.8 pounds, barrels are 25.7 inches long and length of pull is 14.5 inches. Drops are 1.0 and 1.9 inches. Cast (on) is approximately .50-inch. Full coverage game-scene engraving surrounded by bouquet and scroll features two alerted elephant bulls (right lock), an elephant herd led by a huge bull (left lock) and a charging bull in gold (bottom). The balance of engraving as well as condition matches that of the other rifle. The buttstock of this rifle features particularly heavy marbling. COMMON INCLUSIONS: Each trapdoor grip cap houses an extra set of gold-plated strikers and an extra front sight blade. Both of these blades have surface rust from being wrapped in paper. The price is firm and layaway is available. $70,000 the pair, plus shipping.


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Hoenig custom Winchester pre-64 Model 70 .375 H&H Magnum, 25-inch, island five-leaf express, Leupold, 9.4 pounds

George Hoenig custom Winchester Model 70 .375 H&H Magnum. Based on a barreled action made in 1949 serialized 110973, features include a 25-inch tapered heavy sporter barrel with original hooded front ramp sight and added island express Rigby-style rear sight with one fixed and four folding leaves (marked 200/300/400/500), barrel-mounted sling swivel stud, cloverleaf tang, carefully-polished internal surfaces, custom bolt release, recontoured bolt handle, tuned trigger and contoured bottom metal with Super Grade floor plate. Hoenig’s stock defines the American Classic style, having perfect lines and an ideal wrap-around checkering pattern running 24 lines-per-inch. A second recoil lug and cross bolt have been added for additional strength. The action is bedded at the rear lug. Rather than the common shadow line, the cheekpiece has a contoured border. SCOPE: A Leupold Vari-X II 1-4x with Duplex reticle rides in Lyman Tru-Lock rings that can be easily removed and replaced, returning to zero. The bases are permanently attached to the action. ACCURACY: A favorite hunting rifle of the well-traveled consignor, it has proven to be exceptionally accurate and also displays a knack for shooting different brands of solids and softs to the same point of impact. DIMENSIONS: Weight, with scope, is 9.4 pounds and length of pull is 13.7 inches. CONDITION: Bore is exceptional. Metal finish is about 97 percent. Wood finish is also about 97 percent and wood integrity rates at least 95 percent, with small scattered field impressions. The price is firm and layaway is available. $5,000 plus shipping.


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Mauser 8×57, unusual commercial carbine configuration, double Schnabel, double set triggers, 20-inch barrel with three-leaf rear sight

Mauser 8×57 in unusual carbine configuration. Serial number 79076 has a standard-length action and features a 20-inch barrel with three-leaf rear sight (one fixed and two folders) mounted on boss, stippled front ring, hinged floorplate with lever and double set triggers. The stock is unusually long to the fore, with double Schnabels, sling loops, wrap-around bordered checkering, steel grip cap, cheekpiece and horn butt. MARKINGS: Serial appears on barrel, receiver, bolt handle, extractor, shroud, safety and cocking piece. Others include “ON” on barrel left, Waffenfabrik Mauser-CBerndorf A/N” on wall, “OB” on bolt handle. “Germany” is stamped into the right side of the butt. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.4 pounds and length-of-pull from the front trigger is 14.25 inches. CONDITION: Bore is bright, with strong rifling. Set triggers need adjustment as it can slam fire during dry function testing with operated with authority. Rear folding leaf is slightly loose when placed in the raised position. Right side of rear ring tapped for receiver sight and now plugged. Markings are sharp. Barrel and action blue are approximately 80 percent. Bottom metal blue is about 40 percent, with general thinning and browning. Wood finish appears to have been refreshed at some point. Checkering shows light wear and the stock itself shows a general pattern of impressions. Butt plate has scattered worm holes and a chip at the toe. The price is firm and layaway is available. $4,500 plus shipping.


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Newton (Buffalo) First Model 1916 .30-06, serial 1104, Lyman 438 Field, cheekpiece, aperture front sight on banded pyramid base

Newton First Model 1916 .30 USG (.30-06). Made in Buffalo, New York, serial number 1104 (appears on underside of receiver, inside the stock and under the pistol grip cap) features a 26-inch barrel, aperture front sight on a banded pyramid base, banded sling swivel stud, folding rear sight on banded base, full-length claw extractor, checkered (underside) bolt knob, Lyman receiver sight, Lyman 438 Field scope and double set triggers. The stock has a Schnabel forend tip, bordered panel wrap checkering, steel grip cap and a cheekpiece. Takedown is both unique and innovative. The action secures against the rear portion of the tang, which in turn is anchored to the stock by a screw extending through the grip cap. The floorplate assembly rotates after opening the trap door to loosen the attaching screw. DIMENSIONS: Weight (scoped) is 8.8 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.75 inches. CONDITION: Bore is bright and absent pitting, with some general softening to the rifling. Safety and set triggers operate properly. Barrel blue shows about 70 percent, with general thinning. Markings are sharp. The action blue is also about 70 percent and thinning. Both the bolt handle and knob are about 60 percent. The stock has a coating of extra finish, an added recoil pad, spliced wood base for the rear sling loop, a missing sliver under the safety on the right side of the tang and rough inletting under the receiver sight on the right side. There is also a general scattering of scratches and impressions. The scope is clear and viable, with a bit of visible debris. Eye relief is short, approximately two inches. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,750 plus shipping.


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Sharps Model 1874 .45-110, made in 1876, 30-inch octagon, double set triggers, bright bore

Sharps Model 1874 .45-110 (2 7/8). Serial number 156222 (appears on tang and folding sight base) was made in 1876. Features include double set triggers, 30-inch octagon barrel, folding front and tang sights, and an adjustable rear sight. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 11 pounds. Barrel is 1-inch across the flats. Length of pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Bore is bright, with only a suggestion of roughness. Rifling and crown are sharp. Mechanically sound. Barrel has been reblued with slight softening of the “Old Reliable”marking on top flat , but all the corners remain sharp. Action has silvered and markings are vivid. Forend has two chips on left side. Stock has a modest hairline at the hammer. Screw slots remain in good shape. The price is firm and layaway is available. $13,500 plus shipping.


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Winchester Model 1876 Deluxe .50 Express (.50-95), engraved, ebony, shotgun butt plate, 26-inch round & matted, 1881, Cody letter

Winchester Model 1876 Deluxe .50 Express (.50-95) with Cody letter. Made in 1881, serial number 19556 features a 26-inch round barrel with beaded front sight, elevator rear sight, half magazine, color case action, pistol grip with ebony inlay, sling loops and a checkered shotgun butt plate with widow’s peak. The wood is exceptional, both forearm and butt shot through with a dynamic sunburst of dark grain graced with fine wrap-around bordered checkering. LETTER: Dated 7/19/99, the Cody letter list most features, then adds the comment “see order for balance”. ENGRAVING: Not referenced in the letter, what appears to be factory engraving highlights the forearm cap, sides and rear of the hammer, and sides and bottom of the lever. MARKINGS: A “P” and “123” appear on the underside of the barrel (under the forearm wood). Of note, there are no proof marks in this area to indicate the rifle was shipped to India or Africa. Also hidden, the front of the action has a mark best described as a “T” inside a “W”. “Winchester Repeating Arms New Haven CT” and “King’s-Improvement-Patented (and dates)” appear as two lines within the full-length matting on top of the barrel. “50” and “Cal.” appear on opposite sides of the matting at the base of the barrel. “Winchester Express” and “.50 Cal. 95 Grains” appear in two lines on the sliding dust cover, and “50-95” is engraved on the bottom of the carrier. “Model 1876” appears on the tang and the serial number is just below the lever lock. CONDITION: Engraving and markings are sharp. The bore is browning with a light scattering of roughness, but remains wonderfully viable. Barrel blue has thinned to about 40 percent, with some areas of surface roughness toward the muzzle. Action colors have browned to about 30 percent, yet the surface is absent any significant flaws. The lever locks up tight and the action operates with authority. Checkering shows minimal flattening and wood finish is both uniform and strong. Both stock and forearm have a scattering of small nicks and impressions. The stock as a small hairline of about .25-inch on the pistol grip between the tang and the grip’s ebony inlay. The butt plate is without issue. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.8 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.75 inches. INCLUSIONS: Cody letter and photocopy of order book sheet. The price is firm and layaway is available. $27,500 plus shipping.


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Jack O’Connor’s Colt National Match Mid-Range .38 Special, documented, 99 percent condition

For many hunters and shooters old enough to lament the gray in their beard, the legendary Jack O’Connor still stands as the foremost authority on all things related to firearms. O’Connor is the sheep hunter’s sheep hunter, one of the earliest winners of the prestigious Weatherby Award and the famous nemesis of a big-hatted cowboy named Elmer. Gone from us now some 40 years, O’Connor is still widely remembered as the champion of the .270 Winchester cartridge and, in error, as the fellow who originally hung the phrase “Grand Slam” on the taking of all four species of North American wild sheep.

O’Connor was a rifleman, to be sure, and was also pretty good with a shotgun. He even went so far as to get a Colt National Match Mid-Range .38 Special and tell his friend Henry Kaufman, “I thought sometime I might want to do a little target shooting”. He wrote about this pistol in his Getting the Range column that appeared in the February, 1966 issue of Outdoor Life. Jack never used this Colt very much and sold it Kaufman in the mid-70s. Henry then let someone talk him out of the pistol, which in turn was purchased by the current owner in 1994. Still in spectacular condition and supported by ironclad documentation, it is a legitimate piece of shooting history.

CONDITION: Serial number 4874-MR includes the original magazine, Elliason adjustable rear sight and remains in at least 99 percent overall condition. Only light indications of handling and range wear are present. DOCUMENTATION: A factory letter has been ordered and will be forwarded to the purchaser upon its receipt. A black and white photograph of the pistol with serial number and “Colt National Match cal. .38 Sp. WC. This was the only pistol I ever bought from Jack O’Connor” on reverse. This photo is attached to a signed letter dated 7/3/92 from Henry Kaufman to Bob Cunningham (second purchaser) discussing the pistol and its sale. In turn, Cunningham added notes to this letter on 1/29/94 which acknowledged the sale to the present owner. Finally, another letter from Kaufman, dated “July 3”, supports Kaufman’s primary document in casual form. These documents, along with a photocopy of the 2/66 issue of Outdoor Life are included. Additionally, the present owner will prepare a personalized letter to the purchaser detailing the pistol’s history. INCLUSIONS: One aftermarket magazine. No box or papers. The price is firm and layaway is available. $6,000 plus shipping.


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Colt Python .357 Magnum, stainless steel, 6-inch, 1982, K95547, box & papers, possibly unfired, 99.5 percent

Colt Python .357 Magnum in stainless steel with a 6-inch barrel. Circa 1982, serial number K95547 is a nearly perfect example of this iconic pistol and may be unfired. Other than four small impressions on the bottom of the grips and a hint of a cylinder turn ring, it surely remains pristine. The original box is included, along with the appreciation letter, manual, “Companion” and the Service Center address booklet. The price is firm and layaway is available. $3,750 plus shipping.


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Colt Python .357 Magnum, 8-inch, nickel, 1980, K02678, 99.5 percent condition

Colt Python .357 Magnum with polished nickel finish and 8-inch barrel. Made circa 1980, serial number K02678 is clearly a seldom-fired example that has always been handled with extreme care. As such, it remains in 99.5 percent cosmetic condition, with on a trace of a cylinder turn ring and a small blemish in the front of the right grip panel keeping it from rating new. No box or papers. The price is firm and layaway is available. $3,750 plus shipping.


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Freedom Arms .454 Casull, early version with replaceable forcing cone, 7.5-inch fixed, oversize Hogue grips, 98 percent

Freedom Arms .454 Casull with 7.5-inch barrel and fixed sight. Serial D9352 is an earlier example that remains unmarked with grade. Features include removable forcing cone and Hogue one piece micarta grips with finger grooves. CONDITION: Cylinder locks up tight and trigger appears to be tuned. Metal surfaces remain in at least 98% condition, with light indicatons of wear and carry showing mostly along the ejector rod. Grips have a wear spot in the surface finish immediately behind trigger guard and a hairline crack on the right side just behind the trigger. No box or papers. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,600 plus shipping.


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Wildey Survivor .475 Wildey Magnum, 10-inch barrel, two front sight blades, box, New Milford, 98% condition

Wildey Survivor .475 Wildey with 10-inch barrel. Made in New Milford, serial number 2472 features smooth grips, adjustable rear sight, both orange and black interchangeable front sights and includes the original box (unmarked end). Overall condition is about 98%, with a hint of tarnishing and light evidence of handling and firing. The bore is pristine. One factory magazine is included. $2,750 plus shipping.


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