Sportsman’s Legacy maintains a wonderful selection of fine rifles, shotguns and handguns. Each category has its own section, alpha-ordered by brand and then by caliber (small to large). While each listing is supported by complete descriptions and comprehensive photography, questions are always welcome.
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 fleurs and finished with an ebony forend tip. Additional features include a jeweled bolt body, extractor and follower, two-panel checkered bolt knob, recontoured and checkered bolt release and a 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 O’Connor’s 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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Borovnik / Conco .375 H&H Magnum sidelock double rifle, full coverage vine & scroll, ejectors, quarter rib with claw-mounted Swarovski, high condition

Borovnik .375 H&H Magnum sidelock double rifle. Made in Austria by Borovnik and imported by Conco Arms, serial 404833 sports 25.75-inch barrels with a pedestaled front ramp sight topped by a beaded blade, underrib sling swivel stud and a quarter rib with a three-leaf (one fixed express with silver-inlayed sighting line and two unmarked and likely green folders) rear sight and integral claw mounts. Ejectors, ribbed cocking indicators, mechanical safety and an articulated front trigger round out the mechanics. Stocked in heavily-figured English walnut, the sleek beavertail forend and butt are dressed up with partially-bordered 26 lines-per-inch checkering. The butt is shaped around extended tangs with an elegant reverse taper on the comb point and has a superb scalloped pancake cheek rest accented by a shadow line. ENGRAVING: Full coverage vine and scroll highlights the action and continues over the forend latch, top lever, guard, tangs, grip cap and studs. Both sight ramps are textured and the barest hint of the action pattern appears on each one, as well as the barrels (just ahead of the action). Initials “WBN” appear in gold on the grip cap. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.8 pounds (sans scope). Length-of-pull is 14.4 inches, drops are 1.5 and 2.75 inches, and cast off is approximately .40-inch. CONDITION: The bores are strong and bright, with sharp rifling. Barrels are full on face and the opening lever rests dead center. Blue over the barrels, lever, tangs and grip cap is approximately 97 percent, mostly from a small rub near the muzzle of the left barrel. Action finish has slightly dulled and stands at about 90 percent. Wood is at least 95 percent, with a few minor rubs and impressions. OPTIC: A Swarovski Habicht Nova 1.5-6×42 scope with a plex reticle is cradled in a set of superb claw mounts. Optically clear and apparently mechanically sound, a small bump (received while dismounted during shipping) shows at the rear edge of the adjustable ocular housing. CASE: An unmarked leather takedown case is included and shows at 90 percent condition. It holds brushes, a trio of screwdrivers and an oil bottle. (The pictured snaps are not included). The price is firm and layaway is available. $15,000 plus shipping.


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Jack O’Connor’s .222 Remington, Sako L46, custom by Lenard Brownell, superb condition and flawless documentation

Jack O’Connor’s personal .222 Remington. Based on a Sako L46 barreled action, serial number 51330 was stocked by Lenard Brownell in 1963.

In his Getting The Range column from the January, 1965 issue of Outdoor Life (page 79), O’Connor writes of this rifle: “The most accurate light, really featherweight, varmint rifle I have ever owned is one I had put together some time ago. It is a Sako-barreled action made in Finland. The barrel is the light, not the heavy, one. Stocked by Lenard Brownell of Sheridan, Wyoming, and fitted with a Weaver K-6 scope on Sako mount, the little musket weighs a shade less than 7 1/4 lb. and is a joy to carry back into the canyons where road hunters don’t have the rock chucks spooked. Factory load that agrees with it best is the .222 cartridge turned out by Federal. With that rifle and ammunition, groups run from 1/2 to 1 in., and I think the difference between the 1/2 and 1 in. groups is me. In all, it is an astounding little rifle and top-quality ammunition.” (Photocopy included.)

In The Rifle Book (3rd edition, 1978, page 190), O’Connor penned: “One of the most accurate rifles I have ever owned was an 8 1/4-pound .25/06. Two other very accurate light jobs are my .222, a Sako barreled action stocked by Lenard Brownell, and a .244 custom made for me by Al Biesen on a 7mm Mauser action. Either will put the first three shots out of a cold barrel into about 3//4 inch.” (Photocopy included.)

O’Connor’s Shooting column from the April, 1966 issue of Outdoor Life (page 140) revisits his satisfaction: “I have a handsome little .222 that I carry on long hikes back into the canyons of Idaho and Washington for rock chucks. It is based on a light Finnish Sako barreled action. It was stocked in a fine piece of handsomely figured French walnut by Lenard Brownell and is fitted with a Weaver K-6 scope with Sako rings on the Sako receiver with the the logical male dovetail. The outfit weights a bit less than 7 1/2 lb. It is partial to the Federal factory .222 cartridges and will group them into 3/4 in. or less. With handholds, it does extremely well with Speer 50, 52 and 55-gr. bullets and with the Sierra 50 and 55-gr. bullets. (Photocopy included.)

In the O’Connor biography (Jack O’Connor, The Legendary Life of America’s Greatest Gunwriter, second edition, 2002, Safari Press, page 196) contributing author Eldon “Buck” Buckner references this rifle by serial number. Note that the book indicates 1964 as the year Brownell stocked the rifle, the year later amended by Buckner to 1963. (Photocopy included.)

Finally, O’Connor’s handwritten firearms log indicates this rifle was sold to Fred Huntington in March, 1973. (Photocopy included.) Huntington was the founder of RCBS and owned the rifle until his passing in 1998.

The rifle features a 23-inch factory barrel with the original ramped front sight and remains untapped for a rear sight. The bolt body and extractor have been most properly jeweled. The Weaver K-6 scope was replaced sometime after the sale to Huntington with a Leupold M8 6x scope (Duplex reticle) that has turned full plumb. Brownell’s stock is a work of art. Shaped from a broad-grained English (French) walnut, it wears a borderless multi-point wrap checkering pattern with crossing accents, a scalloped Monte Carlo cheek rest with shadow line, steel grip cap and a color case steel butt with widow’s peak. The stock is fitted with sling swivel studs. A single detachable magazine is included. DIMENSIONS: Weight, including scope, is 8.0 pounds. Length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. The polished blue finish stands at approximately 97 percent, the color case of the butt plate approximately 90 percent and the magazine approximately 80 percent. Wood finish is approximately 97 percent, with slight indications of thinning. Wood integrity is approximately 95 percent, with a modest distribution of minor field impressions and scratches. Mechanics appear to be in order and the optic is clear. The price is firm and layaway is available. $15,000 plus shipping.

 


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Custom Ruger Model 77 .35-284 attributed to Lenard Brownell, McGowen barrel, island rear with folder, strong crossing grain, exceptional stock layout and checkering

Ruger Model 77 in .35-284. An unsigned custom logically attributed to Lenard Brownell by the donor, the action serialed 74-64998 was made in late 1979. (Brownell passed in 1982.) Most certainly, design characteristics including the profile of the Schnabel, the cheekpiece and its shadow line and aspects of the checkering pattern are strongly suggestive of Brownell’s hand. Features include a 22-inch McGowen barrel, hooded front ramp with Lyman blade and what appears to be an ivory bead, banded sling swivel stud, island rear sight with one fixed and one folding leaf (appears green) recontoured tang and custom tang safety. A Leupold M8-4x with Duplex reticle rides in factory rings. In addition to the graceful Schnabel forend tip and heavy crossing grain, the stock is finished with fine borderless wrap-around 26 lines-per-inch checkering, bottom metal pedestal and a sculpted pistol grip. DIMENSIONS: Weight (with optic) is 7.8 pounds and length-of-pull is 14.25 inches. CONDITION: Bore is bright, as the rifle is essentially unused. Under magnification, the bore has what appear to be very light machining marks, suggesting a proper lapping is in order. Finish is new, other than minor anodizing imperfections on the aluminum floorplate. The price is firm and layaway is available. $5,000 plus shipping. Proceeds benefit the Boone and Crockett Club.


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Browning BAR Grade IV .270 Winchester, 1973, engraved by Baerten, possibly unfired

Browning BAR Grade IV .270 Winchester. From Belgium in 1973, serial number 71955M73 has a 22-inch plain barrel (no provision for open sights), game scene engraving and spectacular wood with intricate borders and carved accents. ENGRAVING: Signed by C. Baerten (left, above trigger), the well-executed game scenes feature pronghorn antelope (right) and whitetail deer (left), each in turn surrounded by an elegant leaf and vine border design. The magazine base and trigger guard wear a continuance. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.0 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.75 inches. CONDITION: The bore is new-penny bright. Metal finishes are at least 99 percent, with only the slightest indications of handling. Wood finish and integrity are also at least 99 percent, with minor suggestions of handling and storage wear. As there is no indication of scope mounting, the rifle is quite possibly unfired since leaving the factory. No box or papers. The price is firm and layaway is available. $4,500 plus shipping.


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Custom Browning Safari .458 Winchester Magnum, English, three-position, full-length bedding, 8.6 pounds

Custom Browning Safari Grade .458 Winchester Magnum. Based on an FN short extractor barreled action, serial 55815L70 features a 24-inch barrel with hooded ramp front sight, sling swivel stud, folding adjustable (both windage and elevation) island rear sight, three-position safety and Redfield bases. The unsigned custom stock was shaped from a stout AA-grade English walnut blank and appointed with a broad forearm, cheek rest, borderless 26 lines-per-inch checkering accented with fleurs, Lenard Brownell steel grip cap and a Pachmayr recoil pad. The barrel has a double lug configuration and bedding runs the full length of both barrel and action. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.6 pounds, including bases. Length-of pull is 13.9 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. As refinished, blue is at least 95 percent. (Given the approximate date of production and metal refinishing, it is reasonable to assume this barreled action was originally stocked with salt wood. No pitting is evident). The stock stands at approximately 97 percent, with minor impressions. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,650 plus shipping.


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Cooper Model 36 .22 LR, serial 143, 23-inch heavy sporter barrel, two magazines

Cooper Arms Model 36 .22 LR. From the earliest days of production, serial number 143 features a 23-inch heavy sporter barrel (muzzle diameter .665 inch) with recessed crown, bases, polished blue and a AA-grade claro walnut stock with borderless panel checkering. The trigger pull is exceptional, bordering on spooky. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 7.4 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.75 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. Blue stands at approximately 80 percent, with some light rack wear, micro-scratching and thinning at the balance point. Wood is also approximately 80 percent, with a small chip near the front guard screw, some light field impressions and scattered scratches. Two magazines are included. No box, papers or test target. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,300 plus shipping.


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Dakota Model 10 .270 Winchester, special hand-select Bastogne walnut, 6.6 pounds, 2006, .64 MOA factory test target, new

Dakota Arms Model 10 .270 Winchester. Hand-selected by one of Dakota’s major distributors for his personal collection, serial SS0827 remains unfired. A singularly superb example, it wears jaw-dropping Bastogne walnut which is in turn accented with graceful borderless checkering, hand-rubbed oil finish and a steel grip cap. The 23-inch light sporter barrel has a banded sling swivel stud and Talley bases. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.6 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.6 inches. ACCURACY: Dated 9/26/06, the included factory test target shows three shots with a center-to-center spread of .640-inch from 130-grain Ballistic Tip ammunition at a distance of 100 yards. CONDITION: New and unfired. INCLUSIONS: Talley bases, test target, Certificate of Ownership (blank) and the original plastic shipping case (no end label). The price is firm and layaway is available. $7,500 plus shipping.


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Dakota Model 76 Safari .300 Winchester Magnum, regulated express sights, flip-up night bead, drop box, banded, special select wood, 2007, new

Dakota Model 76 Safari .300 Winchester Magnum. Hand-selected by one of Dakota’s major distributors for his personal collection, serial number 3220 remains unfired. Special features of this scaled dangerous game rifle include a 23-inch sporter weight barrel, ramp front sight with flip-up night bead, banded sling swivel stud, island express rear sight with notched express blade (windage adjustable), full-length claw extractor for true controlled-round feeding, three position wing safety, cloverleaf tang, integral bolt release and a drop box magazine with inside-the-bow floorplate release. Stocked in a superb AAA-walnut blank, accents include an ebony forend tip, wrap-around borderless checkering, steel grip cap, scalloped cheekpiece with shadow line and an inletted (Howell-type) sling swivel stud. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.4 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.6 inches. CONDITION: New and unfired. Two minor rack impressions appear in the stock on either side of the barrel just below the forend tip. ACCURACY: Dated 12/3/07, the included factory test target shows three shots with a center-to-center spread of .790-inch from 180-grain Federal Power Shok Speer HotCor S.P. ammunition at a distance of 100 yards. A second test target from the same session shows a three-shot, 50-yard group fired with the open sights measuring 1.17 inches and hitting dead center. INCLUSIONS: Test targets (two), Certificate of Ownership (blank), logo patch and the original plastic shipping case (no end label). The price is firm and layaway is available. $7,000 plus shipping.


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Dakota Arms Miller Classic .300 Winchester Magnum falling block, half-octagon, Talley, 98 percent

Dakota Arms Miller Classic .300 Winchester Magnum falling block. Serial W0725 wears a 24-inch half-octagon-half-round barrel (muzzle diameter .650-inch) and Talley bases. Additional features include wrap-around 24 lines-per-inch borderless checkering, sling swivel studs, mechanical safety (crossing button at the trigger), steel grip cap with timed attaching screws and a scalloped cheek piece with shadow line. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.4 pounds with bases and length-of-pull is 14.0 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright, suggesting little use. Metal finish is at least 98 percent with only traces of handling in evidence, most of which is on the opening lever. The action is just beginning to plumb. Wood is at least 97 percent, mostly due to an impression on the underside of the forend near its tip and a circular impression (from the swivel) surrounding the front sling swivel stud. No box or papers. The price is firm and layaway is available. $4,500 plus shipping.


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Dakota 76 African .300 Weatherby Magnum, EAW, skeleton grip cap, checkered bolt knob, AAA claro, seldom afield

Dakota Model 76 African .300 Weatherby Magnum with custom appointments. Serial 0029-1 sports a 23-inch barrel with banded sling swivel stud, EAW Quick-Loc Pivot Mounts (30mm medium height rings), three-panel teardrop checkered bolt knob and a drop box magazine with inside-the-bow release button. The AAA-grade claro walnut stock features strong fiddleback and is highlighted with an ebony forend tip, 24 lines-per-inch borderless wrap checkering, twin crossbolts with ebony caps, skeleton grip cap, scalloped cheekpiece with shadow line, initial oval blended along the toe line (engraved “WS”), inletted Howell-type sling swivel stud, Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad and full-length glass bedding. DIMENSIONS: Weight, including mounts, is 8.0 pounds. Length-of-pull is 13.6 inches. CONDITION: The bore is exceptionally bright, suggesting little use and a low round count. Metal finish is approximately 98 percent. Wood condition is 96-97 percent, with a scattering of small field impressions. The price is firm and layaway is offered. $5,000 plus shipping.


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Dakota Model 76 Safari .300 Dakota serial NRA-COL-M05, drop box magazine, express sights, barrel band, scalloped bases

Dakota Model 76 Safari .300 Dakota with special serial number “NRA-COL-M05”. Features include a ramped front sight with folding night bead, island express rear sight, barrel band sling swivel stud, drop box magazine for extra capacity, Dakota scalloped two-piece bases, ebony forend tip, wrap-around forearm checking, cheekpiece with shadow line and a 1-inch recoil pad. The NRA logo appears in gold on the steel pistol grip cap. Barrel is 22.5 inches long, length-of-pull is 13.6 inches and weight is 8.4 pounds. The bore is bright and shiny. Overall condition is about 99%, with only slight evidence of handling wear and minor areas of blotches showing on the rust blue. No box or papers. The price is firm and a layaway program is available. $4,500 plus shipping.


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Dakota Model 76 Safari .375 H&H Magnum, drop box, regulated express, special select, 2006, unfired

Dakota Model 76 Safari .375 H&H Magnum. Hand-selected by one of Dakota’s major distributors for his personal collection, serial number 3058 remains unfired. Special features of this fast-handling dangerous game rifle include a 23-inch medium sporter barrel, ramp front sight with brass-beaded blade, banded sling swivel stud, island express rear sight with notched express blade (windage adjustable), Dakota scalloped bases, full-length claw extractor for true controlled-round feeding and extraction, three position wing safety, cloverleaf tang, integral bolt release and a drop box magazine with inside-the-bow floorplate release and timed screws. Stocked from a AAA-walnut blank with strong contrasting grain, accents include an ebony forend tip, wrap-around borderless checkering, steel grip cap, scalloped cheekpiece with shadow line and an inletted (Howell-type) sling swivel stud with timed screws. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.4 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.6 inches. CONDITION: New and unfired. ACCURACY: Dated 10/31/06, the included factory test target shows three shots with a center-to-center spread of .805-inch from 300-grain Swift A-Frame Remington ammunition at a distance of 100 yards. A second test target from the same session shows a three-shot, 50-yard group fired with the open sights measuring 1.24 inches and impacting dead center. INCLUSIONS: Test targets (two), Certificate of Ownership (blank) and manual. The price is firm and layaway is available. $7,500 plus shipping.


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Dakota 76 African .416 Rigby Magnum, express, flip-up night bead, Don Allen era, special select, unfired

Dakota Model 76 African .416 Rigby Magnum. Hand-selected by one of Dakota’s major distributors for his personal collection, serial number R0461 remains unfired. Special features include a 24-inch barrel, ramp front sight with brass-beaded blade and flip-up night bead, banded sling swivel stud, island express rear sight with express blade (remains green), Dakota scalloped bases, full-length claw extractor for true controlled-round feeding, three position wing safety, cloverleaf tang, integral bolt release and a drop box magazine with inside-the-bow floorplate release and timed screws. Stocked in a AAA-walnut blank with strong contrasting grain, accents include an ebony forend tip, twin ebony-capped crossbolts, wrap-around borderless checkering, steel grip cap, scalloped cheekpiece with shadow line and an inletted (Howell-type) sling swivel stud. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.8 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.65 inches. CONDITION: New and unfired. INCLUSIONS: Certificate of Ownership signed by both Don and Norma Allen, cloth patch, original box end label and manual. The price is firm and layaway is available. $9,000 plus shipping.


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Dakota 76 African .416 Rigby, EAW, express, skeleton grip cap, checkered bolt knob, pristine bore

Dakota Model 76 African .416 Rigby Magnum with custom appointments. Serial R0159 wears a 23.5-inch barrel with ramp front sight base (brass bead), banded sling swivel stud, quarter rib rear sight base with one fixed and one folding leaf (each with reference line), EAW Quick-Loc Pivot Mounts (1-inch medium height rings), three-panel teardrop checkered bolt knob and a drop box magazine with inside-the-bow release button. The straight-grained English walnut stock is dressed with an ebony forend tip, 24 lines-per-inch borderless wrap checkering, twin crossbolts with ebony caps, skeleton grip cap, scalloped cheekpiece with shadow line, blank oval blended along the toe line, inletted Howell-type sling swivel stud and a Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. DIMENSIONS: As imaged, weight is 9.8 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.6 inches. CONDITION: The bore is exceptionally bright, indicating little use and a low round count. Metal finish is at least 98 percent. Wood condition is approximately 95 percent, with a number of small field impressions (most concentrated on either side of the action and likely rack wear). The price is firm and layaway is offered. $6,000 plus shipping.


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William Evans .470 Nitro Express double rifle, 28-inch, 11.4 pounds, 14.5-inch length-of-pull, engraved, circa 1910

William Evans .470 Nitro Express double rifle. Made circa 1920, serial 12138 sports 28-inch barrels with a ramp front beaded sight, sling loop and a matted quarter rib with one fixed and two folding express leafs marked 100/200/300. The boxlock extractor action has an automatic safety, bushed strikers, double triggers and a lower tang that extends to the pistol grip cap. ENGRAVING: The action wears a well-executed medium scroll pattern to about 80 percent coverage, the pattern extending over the forend furniture and lever, barrel extension, opening lever, safety, guard, tangs, screws and grip cap. “SAFE” appears in gold. Initials “JAAH” (yeah, I know – so close!) appear on the toe line oval. A small “0” is pressed into the stock just under the grip cap. Serial number appears on the forend assembly, barrels, water table and tang. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 11.4 pounds. Length of pull is 14.5 inches over the pad. Drops are 1.5 and 2.4 inches, and cast off is a slight .25-inch. CONDITION: Barrels are full on face. Lever closes just right of center. Bores have a hint of roughness near the muzzle, but are otherwise smooth and shiny with strong rifling. As refurbished, barrel markings remain viable and blue is about 95 percent. The action retains a trace of color case, now browned. Engraving is sharp. Mechanically, the triggers are strong and both safety and ejector operate without hesitation. Wood integrity is also strong and absent concerns. Checkering is sharp as recut. The price is firm and layaway is available. $22,500 plus shipping.


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FN Mauser Sporter Deluxe Presentation Rifle in .30-06, dragon pattern engraving, custom stock, Leupold 3x

FN Mauser Sporter Deluxe Presentation Rifle in .30-06 Springfield. Serial 29652 appears to be a factory-engraved barreled action which was imported (circa 1954) and then fitted with a custom stock – a somewhat common occurrence at that time. Features include a 24-inch light sporter barrel with scalloped front base with beaded blade sight, folding rear sight (adjustable), Mauser action with full-length claw extractor, knurled and hollowed bolt knob, two-position side safety, Griffin & Howe side mount (with Leupold M8-3x scope, Duplex reticle), AAA-grade English walnut stock with borderless wrap checkering and fleur accents, scalloped cheekpiece with shadow line, sling swivel studs and a White Line recoil pad. ENGRAVING: The action is adorned with the Felix Funken-designed pattern of a fire-breathing dragon surrounded by leaf and vine, with full coverage over the bottom metal, front ring, rear bridge and guard. The pattern extends two inches along the barrel as well and this work is unsigned. The grip cap features a well-executed game scene of a grizzly on a salmon stream (also unsigned). DIMENSIONS: Scoped weight is 8.4 pounds. Length-of-pull is 14.25 inches. MARKINGS: Serial appears on both barrel and action. “FN” and “1954” appear when the stock is removed. There is no indication of engraver or stockmaker present. CONDITION: The bore is superb, bright and shiny. Rust blue of the barrel is at least 95 percent. The barreled action is approximately 95 percent as well, with a hint of tarnish – mostly on the shroud and trigger. Streaks of dried finish or oil appear on the inside of the guard. Stock finish is also approximately 95 percent, with minor impressions and scratches. The side mount has been inletted and a repaired chip is evident at the rear of the base (just ahead of the bolt release). The price is firm and layaway is available. $3,500 plus shipping.


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Forbes Rifles Model 24B .30-06 Springfield, 5.8 pounds, 24-inch, spiral-fluted bolt body, sharp trigger pull, 95 percent

Forbes Rifles Model 24B .30-06. Serial number 24B14-00064 wears a 24-inch light sporter barrel and features a spiral-fluted bolt body, sharp trigger and dark green synthetic stock with cheekpiece. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 5.8 pounds and length-of-pull is 14 inches. CONDITION: Known to be little fired, the bore appears as new and the trigger pull is crisp. Surface finishes are approximately 95 percent, with a bit of thinning and discoloration on the barrel finish and a trace of paint loss on the grip edges and at the toe. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,000 plus shipping.


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Goens custom .458 Winchester Magnum, Mauser 98, banded hardware, leather-covered recoil pad

Dale Goens custom .458 Winchester Magnum. Based on a Mark X Mauser 98 action built in Yugoslavia and stocked in AAA English walnut with dynamic grain, features include a banded front sight with button-release hood and flip up night bead, banded sling swivel stud, bedded action (to the recoil lug), custom bottom metal with push-button floorplate release and a leather-covered recoil pad. Accents include a rosewood forend tip and grip cap, exceptional checkering and a shadow line cheekpiece. The barrel is 23.5 inches long and topped by a quarter rib with one fixed and three folding regulated leafs. The length-of-pull is 13.75 inches and weight is 9.0 pounds. Both the rust blue metal finish and the stock remain in at least 99% condition, with only the slightest hint of handling wear. The forearm has a small filled flaw (not a crack) on right side just aft of the forend tip. Inside, the bore is pristine. From an estate, the history is unclear. That said and even though unsigned, the estate represented the maker as Dale Goens – quite likely accurate as it included several other rifles from the same maker. The price is firm and layaway is available. $4,000.


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Griffin & Howe left hand Winchester pre-64 Model 70 .243 Winchester, high condition

Griffin & Howe left hand (both bolt and stock) Winchester pre-64 Model 70 .243 Winchester. G&H number 2354 / Winchester serial 355049 is a most appealing example of the storied New York firm’s best efforts. CONVERSION: The bolt handle has relocated to the port side, while the extractor and recontoured safety lever remain in their original positions. The bolt release has been replaced with a flat checkered button. Additionally, the tang appears to have been slightly recontoured and now hints of a cloverleaf. FEATURES: The 24-inch barrel has a hooded front ramp. The bolt body, extractor and follower are jeweled, and the bolt knob wears a bordered ring of positive checkering. The stock is accented with an ebony forend tip and 24 lines-per-inch wrap-around bordered checkering, steel grip cap and a checkered steel butt plate with widow’s peak. Blending of the shadow line, scalloped cheek rest and modest Monte Carlo is most properly executed. DIMENSIONS: Weight, with mounts, is 8.4 pounds and length-of- pull is 13.8 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright, with the faintest suggestion of roughness (possibly tool marks) showing near the muzzle under magnification. Polished rust blue is in excess of 95 percent, with thinning at the muzzle and a thin spot at the top of the barrel just ahead of the front ring. Wood finish/condition is well in excess of 90 percent, with some thinning, rubs and scattered impressions. The front sight blade is absent. The price is firm and layaway is available. $5,000 plus shipping.


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Griffin & Howe .257 Roberts, Winchester Model 54, cock-on-open, horn, Hensoldt Wetzlar Zeil-Dailyt 4x, 97 percent

Griffin & Howe .257 Roberts on a much-refined Winchester Model 54 barreled action. Made in 1936, serial number 47690A retains the original 24-inch chrome moly steel barrel with integral front sight ramp. A banded sling swivel stud has been added and the rear sight boss dovetail is capped. The action has been improved to cock-on-open and a color case safety lever clears the scope. A Griffin & Howe side mount and a Lyman receiver sight (missing aperture) have been added. Additional metal appointments include a deep rust blue finish along with jeweling on the bolt body, extractor, follower and rail. The stock has been shaped from a dense walnut blank with bold grain. Accents include a horn forend tip, 24 lines-per-inch wrap-around bordered checkering, capped pistol grip, English cheekpiece with shadow line, sling swivel stud and a metal butt plate featuring a widow’s peak and border engraving. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.8 pounds as pictured. Length of pull is 14 inches. CONDITION: Metal finish is is about 98 percent. Wood is 97 percent, with a few scattered minor field impressions. The bore is bright and shiny, with strong rifling. SCOPE: Hensoldt Wetzlar Zeil-Dialyt 4x with 22mm (.860 inch) main tube and post/crosshair reticle. The scope is adjustable for elevation, with the windage adjustment built into the base. Optically clear, a small area of debris is visible at the edge of the field of view near two o’clock. INCLUSIONS: Griffin & Howe logo leather sling. The price is firm and layaway is available. $5,000 plus shipping.


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Colonel Charles Askins’ Griffin & Howe left hand 8mm Remington Magnum, Remington 721B, Guise bolt and safety conversion

Colonel Charles Askins’ Griffin & Howe custom left hand 8mm Remington Magnum. Based on a Remington Model 721B action with a left hand bolt and safety conversion by Guise, G&H rifle number 2572 (serial number 346297) was gifted to the Unrepentant Sinner in 1982. Features include a 24-inch barrel, left hand bolt and safety conversion, five-panel checkered and engraved bolt knob, jeweled bolt body/follower/rails and a tuned trigger. The stock wears an ebony forend tip, 24 lines-per-inch borderless wrap checkering, steel grip cap, cheek piece with shadow line and a steel butt plate with widow’s peak. Additional appointments include an engraved crossbolt, sling swivel studs and a Redfield base. PROVENANCE: A search of Griffin & Howe records indicates “…a note back on the datebook entry says: 1982 Converted to 8m/m Remington Magnum. Given Col. Charles Askins – American Rifleman. MARKINGS: “No. 2572 Griffin & Howe . Inc . New York . NY.” and “8 m/m Rem. Mag.” appear on the barrel. “By Guise” shows on the right rear of the action. CONDITION: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. The polished blue stands well above 90 percent, with scattered light scratches and tarnish on the sling swivel studs, grip cap and butt plate. Wood is about 85 percent overall, with a significant impression on the left side of the forearm, a chip at the point of the upper tang (repaired), slight chipping at the edge of the pistol grip cap and some light spotting in the finish (mostly along the toe line). The price is firm and layaway is available. $4,000 plus shipping.


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Griffin & Howe .375 H&H Magnum, true magnum Mauser action, drop box, quarter rib, AAA English, nine pounds

Griffin & Howe .375 H&H Magnum built on a magnum Mauser. A stunning dangerous game rifle with superb appointments, the 24-inch barrel has a matted ramp front sight with brass bead, gracefully banded sling swivel stud and a matted quarter rib with one standing and two folding leafs regulated for 100/200/300 yards. The action is a true magnum Mauser (9.25-inches long) with single square bridge, integral bases with sighting notch (to clear open sights), sculpted drop box bottom metal (four plus one capacity) with inside-the-bow release button, two-position knurled wing safety, jeweled bolt body and follower, checkered (two panels) bolt knob and a finely-checkered trigger shoe. The stock is fashioned from an exhibition grade English walnut blank shot through with dark ribbons. Accents include an ebony forend tip, wrap-around 24 lines-per-inch checkering with double border, English (pancake) cheekpiece with wrapping shadow line, leather-wrapped recoil pad, steel grip cap and inletted pedestal sling swivel stud. Additional accenting touches include niter blued bolt release lever and screws. The extractor face has been tapered to “snap over” a round dropped into the chamber. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.0 pounds and length of pull is 13.8 inches. Drops are 1.5 and 1.75 inches from the top of the integral bases. MARKINGS: “No. 745 Griffin & Howe, Inc. New York” on rib, “.375 Magnum” on chamber left, “105306” behind the barrel lug, “73688” and what appears to be “E3B” on the underside of the barrel, and either “L87” or “187” on both the underside of the barrel and front ring. IMPORT MARKINGS: A tiny “BV LINDEN WA USA” shows on the underside of the barrel just ahead of the forend tip and “114” appears on the lower right front ring, suggesting it was imported from Canada. HISTORY: Per the Griffin & Howe historian, no records exist. CONDITION: It appears this rifle was completely refurbished by Griffin & Howe at some point. Careful examination of the action (inside) indicates the presence of filled side mount attachment points. The bore is virtually new, which combined with the slender contour suggests it was replaced using the original sights and banded stud. Metal finish is about 99 percent, with only slight indications of use. Wood finish is 99 percent as well, while wood integrity is about 98 percent due to a scattering of minor scuffs and field impressions. $10,000 plus shipping.


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Hill Country Rifles Harvester Tactical .308 Winchester, sub-MOA, 22-inch, 7.4 pounds, 99%

Hill Country Rifles Harvester Tactical .308 Winchester. Serial number RR01247A is based on a much-refined Remington Model 700 barreled action and had to prove itself by turning in a sub-MOA group to qualify for sale.  Features include a 22-inch barrel with recessed target crown and .850 muzzle diameter, Model 700 action with tuned aftermarket (unmarked, likely Timney) trigger, Talley light weight 1-inch ring mounts, synthetic stock with both pillar and glass bedding (at the lug), full-length free floated barrel, bipod stud, positive texturing at the gripping areas and a Pachmayr recoil pad. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 7.4 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.75 inches. CONDITION: Appears new and possibly unfired, with a single small impression on the right side of forend texture. $2,250 plus shipping.


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Hoenig custom Winchester pre-64 Model 70 .30-06, AAA English, leather wrapped pad, from the estate of Tom Siatos

Winchester Model 70 .30-06 stocked and refined by George Hoenig. From the Tom Siatos estate and based on a refined barreled action (serial 33959 made in 1941) this is the literal definition of a classic American custom rifle. The metal has a superb rust blue finish and remains almost entirely original, the exception being a careful rounding of the bottom metal to blend with the contour of the stock. The metal grip cap is engraved “G. HOENIG BOISE ID”. The stock is shaped from an elegant blank of AAA-grade English walnut to the contour of a proper mountain rifle. The open grip, at least for an American custom rifle, is ahead of its time. Being a Hoenig, the 26 lines-per-inch wrap bordered checkering is wonderfully executed and perfectly compliments. Additional appointments include an English cheek with softened edge and a leather-wrapped recoil pad. DIMENSIONS: Weight (with mount) is 8.4 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.6 inches. CONDITION: The bore shines like grandpa’s bald head in the sun. Metal and wood finishes are about 98 percent. Wood integrity is about 97 percent owing to a scattering of field impressions. TOM SIATOS (1923-2008) spent the majority of his life in close association with firearms and hunting. His professional contributions, tremendous category knowledge, bottomless enthusiasm and bold personality influenced the firearms industry and outdoor media to such a degree that it remains a viable force today. Tom was the second editor of Guns & Ammo Magazine. As such, he was responsible for the general tone of the iconic publication. A consummate hunter, spectacular all-around shot and true connoisseur of fine firearms, his interests spanned the full spectrum of the shooting sports. In 1942, Tom enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served in units that scouted and destroyed isolated enemy communication sites on a number of Pacific islands, eventually receiving a battlefield commission. After concluding his service, he attended UCLA and later joined the fledgling Petersen’s Publishing Company in 1958. A series of promotions led to him to become vice president of the Petersen’s Publishing Outdoor Division, which thrived under his leadership. Tom Siatos was a mentor, visionary, leader, father figure and a true original. We will never see his like again. The price is firm and layaway is available. $5,000 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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Holland & Holland .240 Apex, takedown, 23-inch, express sights plus aperture, scope in quick-detaching H&H rings, very good bore, cased

Holland & Holland .240 Apex takedown sporting rifle. Based on a Mauser 98 action, rifle number 944 wears a 23-inch light sporter barrel with banded front sight (ramp with blade, folding hood), banded sling eye and banded rear sight with the fixed leaf marked “50” (left) and “200” (right), and a folding leaf marked “350”. Both leafs have gold sighting lines. The action has a stippled front ring, bent bolt handle with hollow knob, swing-over safety and an adjustable aperture sight marked “200” and “350” mounted on the cocking piece. The stock has wrap-around bordered checkering, cross bolt, pistol grip cap with trapdoor, initial plate on the toe line (blank), pancake cheekpiece and a horn buttplate with delicate widow’s peak. CONDITION: The bore remains bright, with viable rifling and only the slightest scattering of roughness. Overall blue is about 60 percent, with general thinning and silvering. Wood finish is about 70 percent. Checkering is uniformly flattened and the stock exhibits a significant amount of character due to a general coverage of field impressions and scratches. SCOPE: Brand markings are obscured. The 30mm main tube and elevation adjustment (marked to 500 yards) integrates perfectly with the Holland & Holland detachable rings. The tapered post and cross reticle is ready for service, as the optics remain viable. Only a slight internal clouding is present. MARKINGS: Serial 944 appears on barrel, action, floorplate, trigger guard, stock, extractor collar, bolt handle, cocking piece, grip cap trapdoor and rear scope ring. Barrel is marked “Holland & Holland. 98. New Bond Street. London.” Barrel (at receiver) is marked “Holland’s .240. Bore Apex RGD Rimless Cartridge”. “SAFE” appears in gold on the safety lever. DIMENSIONS: Weight, with scope attached, is 8.0 pounds. Length-of-pull is 14.25 inches. CASE: The leather-bordered and felt-lined takedown case retains the maker’s label. It remains solid, with the wear, fading and spotting expected with age. The price is firm and layaway is available. $13,000 plus shipping.


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Holland & Holland custom .450/400 3-inch double rifle, 1888 Royal receiver, unfired since regulation

Custom .450/400 3-inch double rifle built on a Holland & Holland Royal shotgun receiver from 1888. Serial number 12028 has 22-inch barrels with a matted rib that incorporates a pair of leaf express sights (one standing and unmarked, folder indicating “150”), along with Recknagel Eramatic quick-release mounts securing a Swarovski Z6 1.7-10×42 scope with plex reticle. Barrels are regulated with Hornady ammunition. Stocked in exhibition-grade English walnut, the splinter forend retains the original hardware and the original trigger guard has been reshaped for a pistol grip. The butt stock is highlighted by a trapdoor grip cap and bordered pancake cheekpiece. Wood finish is hand-rubbed oil, the ideal compliment to the rust blue of the barrels and bright color case of the receiver. Features include ejectors (timed), automatic safety, wonderfully tuned triggers (articulated front) and sling swivel studs. Maker is unknown. ENGRAVING: The receiver is graced with full-coverage bouquet and scroll, the pattern continuing over the top lever, guard and extending along the tangs. It also reappears on the mounts, forend furniture, safety button and trapdoor grip cap. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 11 pounds with scope, 9.4 pounds sans. Length-of-pull is 14.5 inches, drops are 1.5 and 2.5 inches and cast (off) is approximately .5-inch. CONDITION: New and unfired as restocked and rebarreled. Engraving has softened. Ammunition from Hornady and Kynoch is readily available. The price is firm and a layaway program is available. $23,500 plus shipping.


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Jeffery .450 #2 Nitro Express double rifle, 24-inch, ejectors, mechanical safety, good bores and on face, 12 pounds

W. J. Jeffery .450 No. 2 Nitro Express (3.5 inch) double rifle. Serial 16181 sports 24-inch barrels with a ramp front sight, sling eye, quarter rib with one fixed (marked 100) and four folding express sighting leafs (optimistically marked 200/300/400/500) and a scalloped boxlock action with ejectors, bushed strikers and a mechanical safety. Both the splinter forend and butt wear wrap-around bordered checkering, and the butt a capped grip, sling eye, unmarked oval on the toe line and a pad. CONDITION: Bores are bright, with only a suggestion of roughness. Barrels are on face. Ejectors, triggers and safety operate with authority. As refurbished, barrels have softened markings and a scattering of tiny pits that survived polishing. Blue stands at about 85 percent. The action has fully silvered and shows some polishing marks, a few small pits and dings. Forend furniture, top lever, guard, tang and grip cap exhibit the same. The splinter appears to be original and has a number of impressions. Checkering has been refreshed. The butt is similar to the forend and clearly refinished, with a hairline at the upper point of the left scallop. ENGRAVING: Barrel marked “W.J. Jeffery & Co. Makers” and “13 King Street St James St London”. “SAFE” is marked in refreshed gold. “W.J. Jeffery & Co” rides a ribbon on either side of the action. A modest outline follows along most of the metal surfaces as well. DIMENSONS: Weight is 12.0 pounds. Length of pull is 14.75 inches, drops are 1.5 and 2.1 inches with the stock absent cast. The price is firm and layaway is available. $17,500 plus shipping.


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Kimber 8400 Montana .270 WSM, 6.4 pounds, bases, 97 percent

Kimber Model 8400 Montana .270 WSM. Serial KW28889 features a 24-inch stainless steel match grade barrel, Leupold bases, full-length Mauser-type claw extractor for true controlled round feeding and extraction, three-position safety, pillar bedding and a Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. DIMENSIONS: Weight, including bases, is 6.4 pounds. Length-of-pull is 13.6 inches. CONDITION: Bore is strong but in need of a proper cleaning. Metal finish is about 97 percent, with a few minor and scattered rubs. Stock finish is about 96 percent, with a few minor rubs. The front base is the extended version to accommodate longer scopes. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,000 plus shipping.


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One-of-a-kind factory Kimber .358 Winchester Model 84M, SuperAmerica stock, unfired since proof

Kimber Model 84M .358 Winchester. This one-of-a-kind rifle was built by Kimber’s Senior Design Engineer (retired) who was responsible for the rifle program for his personal collection. Serial number KM18105 wears a special order 22-inch barrelbmarked as a Classic model (in .308 Win., with a hand-struck “5” replacing the “0” to properly designate the caliber). The stock is a specially-selected blank of AAA-grade claro walnut with full length crossing grain. Actually a pillar-bedded SuperAmerica stock, it has an ebony forend tip, 24 lines-per-inch wrap checkering, a check piece and a metal grip cap. The trigger has been carefully tuned and breaks at just a whisper. Kimber scalloped bases and an unused set of Hornady Custom-Grade reloading dies are included. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 5.8 pounds with bases and length-of-pull is 13.6 inches. PROVENANCE: A personalized letter detailing the unique origin and features of this rifle will be provided to the purchaser by the builder. RELATED: A similar rifle in .308 Winchester with serial of KM18101 is offered separately. CONDITION: New and unfired. A factory box with hand-written end label is also included. The price is firm and layaway is available. $3,000 plus shipping.


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Kimber Model 8400 Caprivi .458 Lott, English, express sights, drop box, claw, three-position, retired show rifle, 99 percent

Kimber Model 8400 Caprivi .458 Lott. An early Caprivi with very nice wood and exceptional workmanship, serial number KW23385 is a retired show rifle that has never seen the field. Features include a 24-inch heavy sporter barrel with serrated ramp front sight (white bead) and knurled hood, barrel band sling swivel stud, island express rear sight with one fixed leaf plus two folders left green, full-length claw extractor, three-position wing safety, double crossbolts and a magazine release button properly located inside the trigger bow. Other Kimber standards include a match grade barrel/chamber/trigger, pillar and glass bedding, wrap-around 24 lines-per-inch checkering, English (pancake) cheekpiece, ebony forend tip, hand rubbed oil finish, inletted rear sling swivel stud and Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.0 pounds, length-of-pull is 13.75 inches and drops are 1.5 inches (comb) and 1.25 inches (heel). CONDITION: The bore is bright and shiny. Overall finish is about 99 percent, with only slight handling wear. The trigger pull is that of a fine varmint rifle. The price is firm and layaway is available. A second, similar rifle is also available. $2,500 plus shipping.


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Lang .470 Nitro Express double rifle, London, 26-inch, express sights, 10.6 pounds, case, Turnbull refurbish

Joseph Lang & Son .470 Nitro Express double rifle. Serial 14644 is a wonderful London rifle which was refurbished by Turnbull about 10 years ago. Features include 26-inch barrels topped by a full-length matte rib with integral raised front ramp. The front sight itself has been filed fine for daylight duty, with the pop-up night sight having seen service in low light as well as when closing on dangerous game. The dovetail-mounted rear sight has one fixed and two folding express leafs (marked 100/200/300), each with a sighting line. Additional features include double triggers, extractor, mechanical safety and traditional (pancake) cheekpiece with shadow line. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 10.6 pounds. Length-of-pull is 15 inches with attached orange pad, and an included Pachmayr Old English pad would reduce LOP .50-inch if installed. Drops are 1.5 and 2.5 inches, and cast off is slight – maybe .20-inch. CONDITION: Barrels are tight on face. Bores are strong, with only the slightest wear and roughness showing. Extractor, triggers and safety all operate properly. Barrel, guard, opening lever, tang and grip cap blue all stand at about 97 percent, and all markings remain strong. Action colors are rich and bright, with only the slightest handling evidenced in the clear sealing coat. Maker’s name and engraving accents are sharp. Wood finish is about 97 percent as well and wood integrity is about 95 percent to account for the scattering of small scratches and field impressions. The forend locking lever is slightly loose. INCLUSIONS: Older takedown case with added maker’s label and replacement straps is in worn condition. The price is firm and layaway is available. $18,500 plus shipping.


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Luxus Arms M-11 S, 7mm-08 Remington & .375 H&H Magnum barrels, quarter ribs, banded studs, pristine

Luxus Arms M-11 S with two 26-inch barrels featuring recessed target crowns and banded sling swivel studs. The 7mm-08 Remington barrel has a quarter rib which accepts Weaver-style rings and the .375 H&H Magnum barrel’s quarter rib is set up for Talley rings. Features include a spooky trigger pull, AAA-grade claro walnut with elegant crossing grain, steel grip cap with timed screws and a Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. DIMENSIONS: Weight (with 7mm-08 barrel) is 7.2 pounds and length-of-pull is 14.2 inches. CONDITION: Both bores are pristine. The rifle appears to never have seen the field. Metal finishes are nearly 100 percent, with only a few minor handling marks in the matte blue. Wood is also nearly 100 percent, with only a small impression on the right side of the pistol grip aft of the cocking lever. A proper box without end label and a logo slip (sock) are included. The price is firm and layaway is available. $4,500 plus shipping.


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Extraordinary Makinson & Son .600 Nitro Express, 1,100 hours of engraving by Adone Pozzobon, serial 600, 900-grain, one of the finest double rifles extant

As is sometimes the case with unique and valuable firearms, a degree of speculation and unintended misinformation has become associated with this rifle. The historical and background information presented here was gleaned from direct interviews with Mr. Nick Makinson and Mr. Adone Pozzobon. 

Crafted over a 15-year period by N.J. Makinson & Son, this spectacular .600 Nitro Express is the only rifle of this caliber Makinson ever produced and one of approximately 30 firearms which comprise their total output. Not intended for sale, it was concepted and created to showcase the extraordinary level of craftsmanship and detail a client might expect from a firm founded to provide bespoke firearms which equal or best those from the storied houses of London. The rifle was owned by the company’s financial principal, Mr. Milan Babiar, until approximately the time of his passing. Fittingly serialed “600”, it features 26-inch barrels (sourced from Ferlach as unfinished tubes), each with a finished muzzle diameter of .865 inches. Tapered and scalloped, the front sight base rises from the rib and transitions to a broad pedestal that secures a substantial brass-beaded blade. Possibly as an intended but fleeting courtesy for an imagined gunbearer, a sling loop attachment has been fitted to the underrib, yet its counterpart was never positioned on the toe line. A drift-adjustable express rear sight large enough to chock a corporate jet rides atop an equally massive quarter rib. The action bears a London proof, appropriate in as much as it was acquired from the J.B. Phillipson Company. The pinless (or picture) locks were a special order from York & Walling. (Both Phillipson and Y&W are well-respected suppliers to the premium gun trade.) Mr. Makinson discovered the oversized matching two-piece blank at a New York firm. Sadly, the name of the craftsman who shaped and finished the stock has been lost to history. Among special appointments are extended tangs, rolled trigger guard, trap door grip cap and a blank oval on the toe line. Additional mechanical features include ejectors, automatic safety and an articulated front trigger. While the stock is graced with drop points and wonderfully-executed checkering set apart by partially Mullered borders and bearing what amounts to the perfect traditional scalloped cheek rest accented with a surrounding shadow line, it is the magic of the wood itself that staggers. Shot through with a heavy, winding figure dark to the point of being sinister, it maintains a brooding elegance through its full length.

ENGRAVING: Requiring some 1,100 hours over a period of two years until completion in 1999, the entirety of this masterwork was performed by Adone Pozzobon. In addition to creating every aspect of the elephant scenes and presenting them to Mr. Babiar for countless refinements until approval, Mr. Pozzobon quickly realized that it was necessary to craft his own engraving tools in order to produce the extraordinary detail the project demanded. By way of example, the trunks and tusks of each elephant are approximately .001 greater in relief than their heads and bodies to create depth. Likewise, the foreground vegetation, background grasses, trees and even the sky come alive via similar dimensional relief. Shadowing within each of the three game scenes was accomplished by approaching every detail down to individual blades of grass from either side with the most delicate tools, rather than with chemical shading. The sky, grasses and other portions of the scenes actually come alive as the rifle slowly rotates in hand, yet the bulls themselves remain constant in the foreground. Detail is such that it seems possible to discern the blood pulsating through the veins in each of the outstretched ears. The left lock features a grand old bull and his askari moving across the savannah, possibly at the moment the wise one begins to suspect the presence of a hunter and flares, the younger honoring. The right lock showcases another pair, the greater bull with his head high – the precise instance when a PH would hiss, “Take him! Take him now!”. The underside presents a solitary bull moving along a path as have countless of his generations before, the background in staggering relief. Each of the three scenes is surrounded with an appropriately bold floral and vine design that continues over the full length of the quarter rib, opening lever and tangs, reappears on the front sight base and in wedges over the chambers, and at full coverage over the forend furniture, safety and grip cap. Both “SAFE” and the serial “600” are presented in gold, and the engraver’s signature appears on the flat near the front trigger.

DIMENSIONS: Weight is 15.0 pounds, including a removable mercury recoil reducer secured in the stock. Length-of-pull is 14.7 inches, drops are 1.5 and 2.1 inches, and cast off is approximately .30-inch.

CONDITION: Bores are pristine and the extractors pong with alarming but necessary authority. Bluing over the barrels is about 95 percent with modest suggestions of thinning. The balance of the metal stands at approximately 98 percent with an occasional hint of tarnish, most of which is on the lower tang. The wood is also approximately 98 percent.

CASE: A fitted leather and oak takedown case with brass furniture secures the rifle. Lined in red felt, it is additionally appointed with a two-piece ebony and brass cleaning rod, snaps, oiler, striker bottle and a fitted sling loop. The lid is secured by twin leather straps and a brown canvas field cover provides the proper finishing touch. A Holland & Holland maker’s label is positioned on the inside upper lid and the top of the oiler is similarly marked. The case does not lock as the internal portion of the mechanism has been removed. Otherwise, it presents in approximately 98 percent condition.

INCLUSIONS: Kynock five-pack box with two original 900-grain solids, one original 900-grain soft and two additional rounds of softs prepared with Wenger-marked brass. A pair of photographs of the blanks prior to shaping and a  5.5-inch square Makinson table card are also present. The price is firm and layaway is available. $200,000 plus shipping.


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Mauser M12 .270 Winchester, checkered wood stock, unfired

Mauser M12 .270 Winchester. Serial MC005846 has a 22-inch barrel with recessed target crown, jeweled bolt body, straight bolt handle, three-position wing safety, cocking indicator, detachable magazine and a checkered wood stock with scalloped cheekpiece and sling swivel studs. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.6 pounds and length-of-pull is 14.375 inches. CONDITION: New and unfired. Includes manual and warranty card, but no box. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,250 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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Montana Rifle Company Model 1999 Wilderness .338 Winchester Magnum, 23-inch, 8.4 pounds, checkered bolt knob, Talley color case

Montana Rifle Company Model 1999 Wilderness .338 Winchester Magnum. One of fewer than 100 made, the Wilderness is a custom rifle based on the 1999 action. Serial C12-0148 has a 23-inch barrel, color case Talley quick detaching mounts (1-inch medium rings), full-length claw extractor for true controlled-round feeding and extraction, three-position wing safety, checkered bolt knob (five panels), steel grip cap, ebony forend tip, wrap-around borderless checkering, inletted sling swivel studs, cheekpiece with shadow line and a Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.4 pounds with rings. Length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Bore is bright and shiny. Metal finish is about 99 percent, with only minor indications of use. Wood integrity is 98 percent, with an area of scuffing on the toe line near the sling swivel stud. Wood finish is at least 99 percent. The barrel is offset in the channel (the action should be bedded and this can be facilitated for actual additional cost). The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,750 plus shipping.


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Montana Rifle Company Model 1999 Timberline .375 H&H Magnum, Pendleton stock, Cerakote, fluted, 8 pounds, 95 percent

Montana Rifle Company Model 1999 Timberline .375 H&H Magnum. Serial number C13-0060 is a bespoke rifle that features a fluted 24-inch heavy sporter barrel with recessed target crown, full-length Mauser extractor for true controlled-round feeding and extraction, three-position Model 70-type safety, Pendleton synthetic stock and a Cerakote metal finish. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.0 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.25 inches. CONDITION: The bore is pristine. Metal and stock finishes are approximately 97 percent, with minimal evidence of being afield. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,750 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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Nosler M48 Custom .338 Winchester Magnum, Nosler Custom Shop, fluted bolt body, 7.2 pounds, 98 percent

Nosler M48 Custom .338 Winchester Magnum. Made in the Nosler Custom Shop during 2011, serial N00410 features a 24.5-inch barrel, fluted bolt body, knurled bolt knob, Kevlar stock and Cerakote metal finish. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 7.2 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: The bore is superb and trigger pull is sharp. Overall surface finish is 98 percent, with minimal evidence of wear. The price is firm and layaway is available. $2,000 plus shipping.


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Remington 700 custom .223 Ackley Improved, Krieger, Shilen, fluted, brake, unfired

Remington 700 custom .223 Ackley Improved heavy varminter. Serial B6294983 is fitted with a Krieger stainless steel fluted 25-inch (27 inches including brake) bull barrel (.885 muzzle diameter), Shilen trigger, rail, oversized bolt knob, laminated benchrest stock with forend flat-bottomed and scalloped forend, overside pistol grip and high/straight comb and stainless steel floorplate. Additional custom features include pillar and glass bedding, along with free floating. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 11.0 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.65 inches. CONDITION: Unfired. Appears new, although the sling swivel studs have been removed or were never added. The twist rate is unknown, but the consignor believes 1/12 as it was intended to shoot 40-55 grain bullets. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,150 plus shipping.


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Remington Model 700 left hand custom .22-250 Rem., Jewel, McMillan, JP, shoots .5 MOA, 97 percent overall

Remington Model 700 custom left hand .22-250 Remington walking varminter. Serial G6939493 features a 26-inch heavy barrel (27.5 inches including J.P. Recoil Reducer), rail, Jewel trigger, and a McMillan stock with pillar bedding and free-floated barrel channel. The action has been polished (bolt travels without resistance) and the trigger pull is superb. ACCURACY: Handloads turned in 3-shot groups around .5 MOA and loading information is included. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.4 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.75 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. Metal finish is approximately 95 percent. Stock is nearly 100 percent, although the three sling swivel studs have been removed. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,500 plus shipping.


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Remington Model 700 LH (left hand) .30-06, Simillion barrel & three-position safety, Borden brake, custom bottom metal with detachable box magazine, 97 percent

Remington Model 700 LH (left hand) custom .30-06. Serial C6429762 features a 24-inch custom barrel (medium contour by Gene Simillion, cryogenic treatment to relieve stress) with a removable muzzle brake by Jim Borden. Barrel length, including brake, is 26 inches. Simillion also added a three-position Model 70-type safety and Ken Miers fitted custom bottom metal with a detachable box magazine. Metal finish appears to be Teflon (consignor was unsure). Trigger has been properly tuned and Talley rings/bases hold the Leupold 3-9x scope customized by Premier Reticle. Finally, Simillion fitted and bedded the barreled action into a McMillan stock of the Lazzeroni pattern, it with negative checkering and a palm swell. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.4 pounds. Length-of-pull is 13.75 inches. OPTIC: As customized by Premier Reticle, the reticle has four heavy outer posts and a series of four small aiming points on thin crosswires running along each axis. CONDITION: Barrel has only seen about 150 rounds and bore remains in virtually new condition. Metal finish is about 98 percent, with only slight indications of handling and use. Stock surface finish is about 97 percent, with a few minor scratches along the butt. INCLUSIONS: A second detachable box magazine is included. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,850 plus shipping.


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Remington Custom Shop Model 700 .300 Winchester Magnum, notable wood, 97 percent

Remington Custom Shop Model 700 .300 Winchester Magnum. Serial number 6815834 wears a 24-inch plain medium sporter barrel. The stock is crafted from a wonderful blank of AAA-grade claro walnut with strong primary figure as well as feathering and fiddle. Additional features include a rosewood forend tip, grip cap and crossbolt plug, wrap-around checkering, cheekpiece and slight Monte Carlo. A Redfield one-piece base and low one-inch rings are included. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.2 pounds (with rings) and the length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: The bore is bright and very strong. The polished blue over the barrel and action stands at about 97 percent, with slight thinning at the muzzle and minor high spots along the top of the barrel and on the bolt handle. Wood is at least 98 percent with only minor impressions, the only two worth noting at the contact point of the floorplate and just forward of the rear sling swivel stud. A Pachmayr Decelerator has been added. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,250 plus shipping.


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Rigby .225 Winchester double rifle, engraved, Leupold in ERA quick release, exhibition English, 99% condition

Rigby (CA) .225 Winchester boxlock ejector double rifle. Serial 386047 is special in many respects, first among them the caliber. The .225 Winchester has a ballistic performance similar to the .224 Weatherby or the great .22-250 Remington. Designed for bolt-action rifles, it has a semi-rimmed case similar in profile to a necked down .30-30 Winchester. Both ammunition and components are available. The barrels are 26-inches long with a bead front sight, express rear sights (one fixed and two folders), each leaf dressed with a gold sighting line and regulation distance (50/100/200) on its face. Features include exhibition grade English walnut with spectacular, dark marbling and bold grain, beavertail forend, English cheekpiece with shadow line, fine bordered checkering, ejectors, manual safety and an ERA quick release mounting system integrated into the rib. A Leupold VX-III 1.5-5x20mm scope with Duplex reticle is included. ENGRAVING: The action wears a bold scroll to nearly full coverage, the pattern continuing along the top lever, tangs and reappearing on the forend furniture and grip cap. Gold accents include “J. Rigby & Co.” centered on the lower receiver, “John Rigby & Co.” and “.225 Win.” on the rib, the adorsed “RR” logo on the grip cap and “SAFE” just ahead of the tang safety. The original owner’s initials (PEH) appear on the guard. The engraving is unsigned. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 12.5 pounds with scope attached, 11.4 pounds sans. Length-of-pull is 14.9 inches, drops are 1.5 and 2 inches, and cast off is approximately .20 inch. CONDITION: Bores are bright and shiny. The polished rust blue of the barrels, guard, forend furniture, top lever and grip cap is 99% with only slight evidence of handling. Action finish is virtually 100%. Wood at least 99% overall, with only slight indications of handling. The rifle has seen less than one box of shells since regulation. The price is firm and layaway is available. $22,500 plus shipping.


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Rigby double rifle in .35 Rigby, engraved by Barry Lee Hands, nearly 500 rounds of Superior ammunition, hard case

John Rigby & Company .35 Rigby boxlock ejector double rifle with elegant engraving by Barry Lee Hands. Barrels are 24 inches long with a three-leaf express sight (one fixed and regulated for 50, along with two folders marked 150 / 200 but left green), plus integral EAA bases for quick release rings. Stocked in exhibition grade English walnut with bordered checkering, a pancake cheekpiece and wearing a satin finish, the presentation of the wood is staggering. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 10.2 pounds. Length-of-pull is 14.85 inches and drops are 1.375 and 1.875 inches. Cast off is approximately .4 inch. ENGRAVING: The coin-finished receiver is engraved with fine bouquet and scroll pattern which then extends along barrels, rib, forend latch, lever, tangs and water table. A Cape buffalo bust highlights the bottom of the action. Gold accents include “John Rigby & Co” and “.35 Rigby” on the rib, sight distances and reference lines, “Safe” on the tang, adorsed “RR” logo on pistol grip trap door and former owner’s initials on the guard. Overall metal finish condition is at least 98%, with only light evidence of use and storage. Overall wood finish is about 97%, mostly due to smaller impressions (most of which could be raised). Action serial number differs slightly from that of the barrels/forend, no doubt as a result of the unique ownership history. AMMUNITION: Nearly 500 rounds of custom-loaded Superior Ammunition (250 grain bullets, .348 Winchester brass) and a takedown case with Rigby logo (broken lock) are included. The price is firm and layaway is available. $18,500 plus shipping.


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Rigby .470 Nitro Express with extra 12 gauge barrels, engraved, scope in quick release, cased, superb condition

Rigby .470 Nitro Express with extra set of 12 gauge barrels. Serial number 381069 (matching) was made in Paso Robles. Following a successful safari, it was put aside for several years, resold and then completely refurbished to new condition by Turnbull in 2016. Plans for the new owner’s safari evaporated as the work was in process, hence the return to market. Features include ejectors (both barrel sets), mechanical safety, trapdoor grip cap, English (pancake) cheekpiece with shadow line, beavertail forends and a leather-covered recoil pad. RIFLE BARRELS: The .470 NE barrels are 26-inches long with a fiberoptic front bead. The quarter rib has a fixed blade regulated for 50 yards and a folder regulated for 100, along with a superb EAA quick-release mounting system that secures a Leupold Vari-X III 1.5-5x scope with Duplex reticle. A swivel stud (removable) is also present. SHOTGUN BARRELS: The 12 gauge barrels are 28 inches long with a fiberoptic front sight bead. Chambers are 3 inches long and chokes are C/IC. ENGRAVING: Signed by B. Burgess under the guard, the boxlock receiver wears a bold scroll to 80% coverage, the maker’s name centered in a banner crossing the bottom. The pattern extends the length of the opening lever, continues along the tangs and repeats on the grip cap as well as both sets of forend furniture. “John Rigby & Co., Paso Robles, CA” appears in gold script on both barrel sets. On the rifle barrels, “.470 NE”, regulation distances and aiming lines are in gold. The safety “S” as well as the famous adorsed Rs on the grip cap complete the inlays. DIMENSIONS. Length of pull is 15.2 inches. Weight with rifle barrels (scoped) is 13.4 pounds, while the shotgun is just 7.7 pounds. Drops are 1.6 and 1.9 inches, while cast (off) is approximately .4 inches. CONDITION: Nearly new, including both bores. Wood has several minor impressions and minor finish chips where the butt joins the right side of the receiver. RESTORATION DETAILS: Undertaken primarily to remove the original owner’s initials, things got carried away to the tune of nearly $9,000. Both barrel sets were polished and rust blued. The receiver was color cased then French grayed, and top lever done to match. CASE: An Americase with appropriate interior and the Rigby logo (both outer and inner lid) is included. Interior is a bit worn and honestly needs to be refitted to more properly protect the contents. The price is firm and a layaway program is available. $32,500 plus shipping.


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Robar Precision Hunter .375 H&H Magnum Improved, Model 70 CRF action, McMillan stock, fluted, brake, Talley mounts

Robar Precision Hunter dangerous game rifle chambered in .375 H&H Magnum Improved. Based on a newer Winchester Model 70 Super Express CRF (controlled round feeding) action with serial number G96548, it features a 23.5-inch custom match grade heavy sporter barrel (25.5-inches including muzzle brake) with banded and hooded front ramp sight and single fixed express leaf island-mounted rear sight. The action itself includes a carefully tuned trigger with crisp pull and zero overtravel, jeweled bolt body and three-position wing safety. Talley quick-release mounts (30mm medium height rings) are ideal and ready for service. The stock is a McMillan with positive checkering fields, pillar bedding, sling swivel studs and a Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. LOP is 12.75 inches and weight is 9.4 pounds as pictured. Markings include “PH” on bottom of receiver and “D08” on bottom of the recoil lug. The .375 H&H Magnum Improved is the same as the Ackley Improved version (40-degree shoulder). Brass is fire-formed by shooting .375 H&H Magnum ammunition, and this standard ammunition can also be used outright in the field. CONDITION: The bore is excellent. All metal surfaces wear Robar’s exceptional finishes and overall condition is about 99%. Stock paint shows some evidence of field use (minor rubs and scratches) and rates about 95%. The price is firm and a layaway program is available. $2,500.


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Colonel Charles Askins left hand custom Sako in .25-308 Norma, left hand conversion, custom stock and barrel

Colonel Charles Askins left hand Sako .25-308 Norma. An custom rifle based on a Sako L61R action with serial number 141, the bolt handle was relocated to the left side and a custom barrel added prior to stocking. The rifle is unmarked as to its maker, other than the initials “RB” appearing along side the caliber stamping on the barrel. Additional features include a 24-inch barrel, nickel bolt handle/knob, ebony forend tip and grip cap, well-executed borderless checkering, Monte Carlo comb and a scalloped cheekpiece with an accenting dart at its fore. PROVENANCE: A brass nameplate engraved “CHARLES ASKINS” is affixed to the stock just ahead of the floorplate. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.4 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: The bore is bright and shiny with strong rifling. The polished blue over the barrel and action is approximately 95 percent, with the nickel bolt handle showing at approximately 70 percent and the bottom metal approximately 80 percent with some scratching. The portion of the action where the right side was built up during conversion remains unfinished. The oil-finished stock retains at least 90 percent of its original condition, with a number of field impressions, light scratches and a minor chip repair at the shoulder just ahead of the thumb safety. Several small blotchy spots appear on the stock where the finish has thinned, mostly on the cheek piece. The price is firm and layaway is available. $2,000 plus shipping.


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Sako Finnbear .30-06, sights, rear elevator, mounts, Garcia, great bore

Sako Finnbear (L61) .30-06 Springfield. Serial 67556 is a Garcia import featuring a 24-inch barrel with blade front sight, adjustable (elevator) rear sight, bases and 1-inch medium rings (the receiver is not tapped). The stock has a cross bolt, cheekpiece and the original recoil pad. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.4 pounds with mounts and length-of-pull is 13.75 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and absent issue. Metal finish is approximately 90 percent, with slight thinning and the first hint of freckling over the chamber, on the bolt knob and the floor plate. Wood is about 95 percent, with a few small impressions. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,000 plus shipping.


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Searcy PH .500 Nitro Express, ejectors, mechanical safety, engraved, case, 97 percent

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. $10,500 plus shipping.


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Surgeon TAC 300 custom .300 Winchester Magnum, left hand stock, Bartlein, Jewel, brake, .3 MOA

Surgeon TAC 300 custom .300 Winchester Magnum. Staggeringly accurate, serial number T820685 wears a 24-inch (26.5 inches with brake) Bartlein stainless steel barrel with 1/10 twist. Additional features include a rail, spiral-fluted bolt body, overside bolt handle, Jewel trigger, pillar/glass bedding and laminated stock with free-floated barrel channel and a left hand cheek rest. ACCURACY: Test targets show three-shot 200 and 300-yard groups of approximately .3 MOA. Loading information is included. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.0 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: The bore is flawless. Metal finish is at least 95 percent, with a few light marks on the barrel and a bit of rubbing on the action. The stock is approximately 97 percent, although the sling swivel studs have been removed. The price is firm and layaway is available. $2,000 plus shipping.


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Weatherby Mark V Custom Safari .378 Weatherby Magnum, 1985, drop box, checkered knob, rust blue, Talley, unfired

Weatherby Mark V Custom Safari .378 Weatherby Magnum. Made in 1985 (Japan), serial number H179370 wears a 24-inch number three contour barrel with four-port Mag-Na-Port process (from the factory), ramp front sight with brass bead, adjustable island rear sight and a drop box magazine. Additional features include a two-panel checkered bolt knob, Damascened bolt and follower, barrel band sling swivel stud, ebony forend tip and grip cap, and an elegant rust blue finish. The “Safari Grade” English (French, in Weatherby-speak) walnut stock has a hand-rubbed oil finish, Number 16 Safari Grade checkering with fleurs and a solid Pachmayr recoil pad. A set of Talley bases are included. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.4 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Like new inside and out, with only faint indications of handling. Probably unfired. All features are original, as detailed in a misplaced factory history letter, with the exception of the drop box which was purchased later from the factory. No box or papers. The price is firm and layaway is available. $4,000 plus shipping.


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Weatherby Mark V .460 Weatherby Magnum, unfired, brake, ammo, 98 percent

Weatherby Mark V .460 Weatherby Magnum. Made in USA (Paso Robles), serial PM001307 features a 27.5-inch heavy barrel (including muzzle brake), polished blue finish and a heavily-figured walnut stock with rosewood and maple accents. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.4 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Unfired, the bore is pristine. Metal finish is approximately 98 percent, with minor suggestions of handling and a thin spot over the chamber where a scope likely rested. Wood is also approximately 98 percent, with a few faint marks in the finish and a small checkering flaw (lower forward point of grip left). INCLUSIONS: Leupold rings (1-inch medium) and bases, along with one box of factory 500-grain solids. No box or papers. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,850 plus shipping.


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Westley Richards .375 H&H Magnum, 7.2 pounds, engraved, folding aperture, pop-up night sight

Westley Richards .375 H&H Magnum (.375 Belted Rimless), serial number 42787. Built on a Mauser 98 action, this wonderful London rifle weighs just 7.2 pounds and bears the scars from generations of purposeful use with distinction. Features include a 24-inch light sporter barrel with folding hood, pop-up night sight (bead absent) and banded sling swivel stud. A small flat has been milled into the top of the barrel just ahead of the front ring. The bore remains bright and the rifling strong, with scattered light roughness. The upper portion of the front ring is stippled, with the balance of the action, floorplate, guard, framed forearm attach screw and grip cap screw engraved with a medium scroll. The swing-over safety shows “SAFE” when positioned at 3 o’clock and the initial plate on the toe line remains blank. A spectacular folding rear sight with both day and night apertures strongly suggests original intent. The stock has a 13.6 LOP over an Old English pad, a horn tip and what appears to be a horn grip cap covering a storage reserve for additional front sights. Cracked at the rear guard screw, it has been stabilized with a third ebony-capped crossbolt and two additional “hidden” bolts that blend into the stock just behind the trigger. Checkering remains viable and the English cheek with shadowline betrays both pedigree and elegance, even at a distance. The price is firm and a layaway program is available. $7,500 plus shipping.


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Westley Richards Gold Name droplock .500 Nitro Express, 1910, One Trigger, 11.6 pounds, tight, cased

Westley Richards .500 Nitro Express Gold Name droplock double rifle. Created in 1910 and refurbished by the maker, number 9022 features 26-inch barrels with a folding hood over the front sight (brass bead), sling attachment stud, rib-mounted express rear sight (one fixed and two folders, each with gold sighting lines and marked 100/200/300), ejectors, single select (mechanical) trigger and locking (automatic) tang safety. The forend is a modest beavertail and the butt has a full-length lower tang, trapdoor grip cap, traditional (pancake) cheekpiece with shadow line, plus both a vacant initial plate and sling attachment stud on the toe line. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 11.6 pounds. Length-of-pull is 14.3 inches, drops are 1.4 and 1.9 inches, and cast off is approximately .65-inch. ENGRAVING: “WESTLEY RICHARDS.” appears in gold on the action sides, as does “SAFE” and “BOLTED” on upper tang and selector positions “L” and “R” beneath the guard. The rib (both top and bottom) is dressed with an attractive scroll at the ends, the pattern repeating on the extension, opening lever and screws. The locks are jeweled. CONDITION: The bore is bright, with scant evidence of roughness in the grooves. Rifling is strong. Barrels are full on face. Ejectors, trigger, safety and selector operate with authority. Folders stand solid when raised. Barrel blue is approximately 97 percent, with slight thinning over the chambers (from carry at the balance point) and occasional minor marks earned in the field. Rib marking shows a minor softening. Action colors are about 90 percent. Colors on the forend latch and upper tang are trace, with the balance of the forend furniture and trap door being strong. Blue on the opening lever, safety lock, safety and guard are about 95 percent, while the lock plate and lower tang are about 80 percent. Beavertail is at least 95 percent, with a modest chip at the front right just aft of the tip. The butt is cracked at the top tang (will stabilize on request) and appears to have a small stabilized hairline on the lower right side at the action. Metal along the toe line is slightly proud. CASE: A vintage leather takedown case with canvas and leather field cover is included. Worn proudly inside and out, it has a replacement maker’s label and oil bottle. Sling loops are also included. The price is firm and layaway is available. $37,500 plus shipping.


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Wilkins .404 Nitro Express (.404 Jeffery), Birmingham, Mauser, vivid colors, engraved, outstanding condition & dimensions, 12 boxes premium ammunition

Superb J.& L. Wilkins (Birmingham) dangerous game rifle in .404 Nitro Express (.404 Jeffery). Crafted around an Argentine Mauser 1909, serial 40402 features a 24.5-inch heavy sporter barrel with a beaded front sight, Mag-Na-Port (four ports), banded sling swivel stud, island rear sight with one fixed and three folding leafs accented by gold sighting lines (engraved, in turn, 100/200/300/400), unmolested action with brilliant color case (receiver, bolt body, bolt handle, follower, release, safety, shroud, bottom metal and grip cap) straight bolt handle, three-position safety and custom bottom metal with drop box magazine. The stock begins with a horn forend tip and wears 24 lines-per-inch wrapped borderless checkering, twin crossbolts, trapdoor grip cap and a proper scalloped cheek rest with shadow line. ENGRAVING: The action is dressed in well-executed rose and scroll. Related accents appear on the front sight body, cap and screws. The gold serial rides the guard, while “Safe” and “Ready”, also in gold, adorn either side of the safety lever. MARKINGS: “J. & L. Wilkins & Co. Birmingham. England” appears on a single centered line forward of the island, “Regulated for RWS Ammunition 401 Grain Metal Covered Bullet” shows on two lines just aft of the island and “Jefferys 404 Nitro Express” is engraved boldly over the curve of the front ring. Initials “RJT” in script are on the grip cap. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.8 pounds. Length of pull is 14.2 inches and drops are 1.5 and 2.25 inches. CONDITION: The bore is absent visible wear. Bluing is at least 97 percent and colors are vivid – nearly 100 percent. The stock is at least 98 percent, with only modest indications of handling. AMMUNITION: Two boxes (40 rounds) of Hornady Dangerous Game Series 400-grain DGS (solids) and 10 boxes (200 rounds) of Federal Premium Cape-Shok 400-grain Woodleigh Weldcore SP (softs) are included. The price is firm and layaway is available. $9,500 plus shipping.


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Winchester Model 62 .22 LR stocked by Ed Aubert, great bore

Winchester Model 62 .22 LR (S/L/LR) with a custom stock by Ed Aubert (California). Serial number 77322A features a 23-inch barrel with dovetailed blade front sight and a dovetailed rear sight with elevation adjustment (elevator). Stocked in AAA-grade claro walnut with delicate grain seemingly meant for a rimfire, the fine checkering pattern is accented with ribbons, fleurs and an oval at the bottom of the forend surrounding a field of extremely fine checkering. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 5.2 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.25 inches. CONDITION: The bore is bright and rifling sharp. Metal finish is about 60 percent, with general thinning and splotches over the barrel and tangs. The action finish is about 75 percent. One screw slot on the lower tang has been molested. Wood finish is 100 percent and wood integrity is about 99 percent from a couple of tiny handling impressions. The price is firm. $1,750 plus shipping.


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Winchester Custom Shop left hand Model 70 .243 Winchester, CRF, unfired

Winchester Custom Shop left hand Model 70 .243 Winchester. Serial G151999 features a 26-inch stainless steel H-S Precision barrel with tapered target crown and .875 muzzle diameter. The stock is a right hand McMillan heavy varminter with an extra sling swivel up front for a bipod. The bolt body is jeweled. Weight is 11.2 pounds and LOP is 13.5 inches. The stock needs finish texture & paint (the consignor could never decide on color) to cover the filled right hand bolt slot, and a small impression (or flaw) on right side at inception of forend taper needs filling. It is interesting to note that this is a standard-length action with a spacer in the magazine box. CONDITION: Overall metal is 99.5%, with the slightest freckling on the front of the trigger guard (where it meets the floorplate). This caliber was never offered in production. BACKGROUND: This rifle originates from a spectacular left hand battery of eleven Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 rifles with consecutive serial numbers and controlled round feeding actions. Based on receivers taken from the original prototype run of 40 left hand actions (ten were built as test rifles and subsequently destroyed, 11 were used for this group and almost all the rest were returned to production), each of these rifles was hand-built by the USRAC Senior Design Engineer responsible for the Model 70 program in the 1990s. Himself a lefty, he created these rifles for his own use, yet never took them afield. As such, all remain in unfired condition with only light handling/storage wear. Of the eleven calibers, six were never offered in production. Almost all are in Sporter configuration, exceptions being the .243 Winchester and the .30-06 Springfield (Featherweight). This .30-06 Springfield is the first left hand Model 70 CRF rifle ever built, even among the prototypes. The purchaser will receive personalized documentation from the builder/consignor detailing the origin and history. The price is firm and layaway is available. $4,000 plus shipping.


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Winchester Custom Shop left hand Model 70 .25-06, CRF, unfired

Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 left hand .25-06 Remington. Serial number G151998 features a 24-inch barrel. Both the bolt body and follower are jeweled. The floorplate is marked “Super Grade”. Weight is 8.0 pounds and LOP is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Overall metal is 99%+, with small spots of surface rust on trigger guard and cocking piece. Safety moves hard off “Fire”, but that is likely to correct with disassembly and cleaning. This caliber was never offered in production. BACKGROUND: This rifle originates from a spectacular left hand battery of eleven Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 rifles with consecutive serial numbers and controlled round feeding actions. Based on receivers taken from the original prototype run of 40 left hand actions (ten were built as test rifles and subsequently destroyed, 11 were used for this group and almost all the rest were returned to production), each of these rifles was hand-built by the USRAC Senior Design Engineer responsible for the Model 70 program in the 1990s. Himself a lefty, he created these rifles for his own use, yet never took them afield. As such, all remain in unfired condition with only light handling/storage wear. Of the eleven calibers, six were never offered in production. Almost all are in Sporter configuration, exceptions being the .243 Winchester (long action with magazine spacer, McMillan synthetic varmint stock modified for an H-S Precision heavy barrel) and the .30-06 Springfield (Featherweight). This .30-06 Springfield is the first left hand Model 70 CRF rifle ever built, even among the prototypes. The purchaser will receive personalized documentation from the builder/consignor detailing the origin and history. The price is firm and layaway is available. $5,000 plus shipping.


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Winchester Custom Shop left hand Model 70 .270 Winchester, CRF, unfired

Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 left hand .270 Winchester. Serial number G152001 has a 24-inch barrel marked “Classic Sporter” on the right side. The bolt body is jeweled. Weight is 8.0 pounds and LOP is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Overall 99 percent with only slight evidence of handling. BACKGROUND: This rifle originates from a spectacular left hand battery of eleven Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 rifles with consecutive serial numbers and controlled round feeding actions. Based on receivers taken from the original prototype run of 40 left hand actions (ten were built as test rifles and subsequently destroyed, 11 were used for this group and almost all the rest were returned to production), each of these rifles was hand-built by the USRAC Senior Design Engineer responsible for the Model 70 program in the 1990s. Himself a lefty, he created these rifles for his own use, yet never took them afield. As such, all remain in unfired condition with only light handling/storage wear. Of the eleven calibers, six were never offered in production. Almost all are in Sporter configuration, exceptions being the .243 Winchester (long action with magazine spacer, McMillan synthetic varmint stock modified for an H-S Precision heavy barrel) and the .30-06 Springfield (Featherweight). This .30-06 Springfield is the first left hand Model 70 CRF rifle ever built, even among the prototypes. The purchaser will receive personalized documentation from the builder/consignor detailing the origin and history. The price is firm and layaway is available. $4,000 plus shipping.


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Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 Stainless Featherweight Prototype .270 Winchester with detachable box magazine, one of two made, documented, unfired

Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 Stainless Featherweight .270 Winchester prototype with detachable box magazine. One of only two rifles every made in this configuration, serial number G2025647 is supported by solid documentation and is certainly among the most unique and desirable Model 70 rifles ever presented to the market. Until now, both have remained in the collections of former Winchester employees. Special features include select walnut, single crossbolt, hand-honed action and hand-lapped barrel, jeweled bolt body, Custom Shop proof marking and “stainless colored one piece trigger guard”. All dimensions appear to be standard. CONDITION: The rifle is unfired since proof and remains in virtually new condition with only slight indications of handling and storage. DOCUMENTATION: Letter signed by Don Pind, Winchester Custom Shop Manager, dated February 8, 1993, detailing features and rarity. INCLUSIONS:Two original detachable magazines and a factory cardboard box with hand-written (on tape) model description. The price is firm and a layaway program is available. $12,500 plus shipping.


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Winchester Custom Shop left hand Model 70 7mm Rem. Mag., CRF, unfired

Winchester Custom Shop left hand Model 70 7mm Remington Magnum. Serial number G152004 has a 26-inch barrel marked “Classic Sporter” on the right side. Both bolt body and follower are jeweled. Weight is 8.0 pounds and LOP is 13.5 inches. Features include cheekpiece and single crossbolt. CONDITION: Overall 99.5%+, with one tiny ding in trigger guard finish. BACKGROUND: This rifle originates from a spectacular left hand battery of eleven Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 rifles with consecutive serial numbers and controlled round feeding actions. Based on receivers taken from the original prototype run of 40 left hand actions (ten were built as test rifles and subsequently destroyed, 11 were used for this group and almost all the rest were returned to production), each of these rifles was hand-built by the USRAC Senior Design Engineer responsible for the Model 70 program in the 1990s. Himself a lefty, he created these rifles for his own use, yet never took them afield. As such, all remain in unfired condition with only light handling/storage wear. Of the eleven calibers, six were never offered in production. Almost all are in Sporter configuration, exceptions being the .243 Winchester (long action with magazine spacer, McMillan synthetic varmint stock modified for an H-S Precision heavy barrel) and the .30-06 Springfield (Featherweight). This .30-06 Springfield is the first left hand Model 70 CRF rifle ever built, even among the prototypes. The purchaser will receive personalized documentation from the builder/consignor detailing the origin and history. The price is firm and layaway is available. $4,000 plus shipping.


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Winchester Custom Shop left hand .30-06, Featherweight, very first post-64 Model 70 left hand CRF ever built, unfired

Winchester Custom Shop left hand Model 70 Featherweight .30-06 Springfield. Serial number G15200 is the first left hand Model 70 CRF rifle ever built, even among the prototypes! Although a Sporter stock was specified, a Featherweight stock was delivered, thus it is also one of two left hand Model 70 Featherweight CRF rifles ever made with a long action (including production) . Both the bolt body and follower are jeweled. The barrel is 22 inches long, weight is 8 pounds and LOP is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Overall is about 99%, with area of flecking and surface rust on cocking piece and a small area of stock finish blotching just above the rear sling swivel stud on the left side. BACKGROUND: This rifle originates from a spectacular left hand battery of eleven Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 rifles with consecutive serial numbers and controlled round feeding actions. Based on receivers taken from the original prototype run of 40 left hand actions (ten were built as test rifles and subsequently destroyed, 11 were used for this group and almost all the rest were returned to production), each of these rifles was hand-built by the USRAC Senior Design Engineer responsible for the Model 70 program in the 1990s. Himself a lefty, he created these rifles for his own use, yet never took them afield. As such, all remain in unfired condition with only light handling/storage wear. Of the eleven calibers, six were never offered in production. Almost all are in Sporter configuration, exceptions being the .243 Winchester (long action with magazine spacer, McMillan synthetic varmint stock modified for an H-S Precision heavy barrel) and the .30-06 Springfield (Featherweight). The purchaser will receive personalized documentation from the builder/consignor detailing the origin and history. The price is firm and layaway is available.$7,500 plus shipping.


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Custom Winchester pre-64 Model 70 Featherweight .30-06, 21.5-inch barrel, 14.15 LOP, swirling English, ebony

Winchester pre-64 Model 70 Featherweight custom .30-06. Based on a factory barreled action with serial number 351562, this unsigned classic sporter features a 21.5-inch barrel, hollow bolt knob and Leupold 1-inch medium rings. The stock is fashioned from a AAA-grade English blank with bold, swirling grain and wears an ebony forend tip, 24 lines-per-inch borderless wrap checkering, ebony grip cap and a scalloped cheekpiece with shadow line. The barrel is also bedded the full length of the channel. DIMENSIONS: Weight, with rings, is 8.0 pounds. Length-of-pull is 14.15-inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. The original factory metal finish stands at approximately 95 percent with only modest indications of wear. The stock is also approximately 95 percent, possibly better, with a scattering of minor impressions. The price is firm and layaway is available. $2,850 plus shipping.


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Winchester Custom Shop left hand Model 70 .300 Winchester Magnum, CRF, unfired

Winchester Custom Shop left hand Model 70 .300 Winchester Magnum. Serial number G152002 has a 26-inch barrel. Length-of-pull is 13.5 inches and the stock has a single crossbolt. Barrel is marked “Classic Sporter” on right side. The bolt body is jeweled. CONDITION: Overall 99%+, with nearly perfect wood. The trigger guard as well as the forward sling swivel stud show small areas of surface rust. The cocking piece has a slight trace as well. BACKGROUND: This rifle originates from a spectacular left hand battery of eleven Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 rifles with consecutive serial numbers and controlled round feeding actions. Based on receivers taken from the original prototype run of 40 left hand actions (ten were built as test rifles and subsequently destroyed, 11 were used for this group and almost all the rest were returned to production), each of these rifles was hand-built by the USRAC Senior Design Engineer responsible for the Model 70 program in the 1990s. Himself a lefty, he created these rifles for his own use, yet never took them afield. As such, all remain in unfired condition with only light handling/storage wear. Of the eleven calibers, six were never offered in production. Almost all are in Sporter configuration, exceptions being the .243 Winchester (long action with magazine spacer, McMillan synthetic varmint stock modified for an H-S Precision heavy barrel) and the .30-06 Springfield (Featherweight). This .30-06 Springfield is the first left hand Model 70 CRF rifle ever built, even among the prototypes. The purchaser will receive personalized documentation from the builder/consignor detailing the origin and history. The price is firm and layaway is available. $4,500 plus shipping.


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Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 left hand .338 Winchester Magnum, CRF, unfired

Winchester Custom Shop left hand Model 70 .338 Winchester Magnum. Serial number G152003 has a 26-inch barrel. LOP is 13.5 inches and the stock has a single crossbolt. Both the bolt body and follower are jeweled. CONDITION: Overall 99%, with two very small freckles on the barrel (left side of chamber area) and some light blotching of the receiver finish. Wood is pristine, other than a small impression on the nose due to careless bolt removal. This caliber was never offered in production. BACKGROUND: This rifle originates from a spectacular left hand battery of eleven Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 rifles with consecutive serial numbers and controlled round feeding actions. Based on receivers taken from the original prototype run of 40 left hand actions (ten were built as test rifles and subsequently destroyed, 11 were used for this group and almost all the rest were returned to production), each of these rifles was hand-built by the USRAC Senior Design Engineer responsible for the Model 70 program in the 1990s. Himself a lefty, he created these rifles for his own use, yet never took them afield. As such, all remain in unfired condition with only light handling/storage wear. Of the eleven calibers, six were never offered in production. Almost all are in Sporter configuration, exceptions being the .243 Winchester (long action with magazine spacer, McMillan synthetic varmint stock modified for an H-S Precision heavy barrel) and the .30-06 Springfield (Featherweight). This .30-06 Springfield is the first left hand Model 70 CRF rifle ever built, even among the prototypes. The purchaser will receive personalized documentation from the builder/consignor detailing the origin and history. The price is firm and layaway is available. $5,000 plus shipping.


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Winchester Custom Shop left-hand Model 70 .358 STA, CRF, unique features, provenance, new in the box

Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 left-hand .358 STA (Shooting Times Alaskan). This caliber was never offered in production and this is almost certainly the only left-hand .358 STA ever produced by Winchester. Serial number G277220 was hand-built on a controlled-round-feeding action by the USRAC Senior Design Engineer responsible for the Model 70 program in the 1990s. Himself a lefty, he created this rifle for his own use, yet never took it afield. The 24-inch barrel was actually recontoured to sporter dimensions from a bull tube. After the stock blank (AAA-grade claro walnut) was hand-selected and finished out, it was sent to Pat Taylor for her spectacular checkering. A final unique feature is the matte blue finish on the bolt body. CONDITION: Unfired since proof, it remains in new condition other than faint traces of handling. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.2 pounds and length-of-pull is 14.25 inches. PROVENANCE: The purchaser will receive personalized documentation from the builder detailing origin and history. INCLUSIONS: Loading dies and a factory box/sleeve without end label. The price is firm and layaway is available.


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Smithsonian tiger rifle, Winchester pre-64 Model 70 .375 H&H Magnum, amazing history and indisputable provenance

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 will be featured in the next issue of Sporting Classics Magazine. The price is firm and layaway is available. $10,000 plus shipping.


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Wally Johnson’s (Capstick’s “Last Ivory Hunter”) Winchester Model 70 .375 H&H Magnum, documented, book, Coheleach print, field photos, history letter

Winchester Model 70 .375 H&H Magnum from the Wally Johnson estate. Mr. Johnson is the subject of Peter Hathaway Capstick’s biography “The Last Ivory Hunter” and this was his most-used hunting rifle. Serial 13997 was made in 1938 and is certainly among the most historic and important hunting firearms ever offered, as it was used to take countless elephants and other dangerous game during Wally’s storied career. After becoming a professional hunter, Wally carried it when guiding an impressive list of clients which included Robert Ruark. Warren Page, Fred Huntington, Jack Lott and Fred Bear, as well as while hunting with Harry Manners. As is expected, its condition reflects generations of hard use – but it remains perfectly operational. Recent issues of Safari (Nov/Dec ’15) Sports Afield (May/June ’15) and Petersen’s Hunting (April/May ’15) magazines detailed every aspect of this rifle, and copies are included with the purchase. Also included are personalized a letter of authenticity from Wally’s son, Walter, plus an impressive selection of large laminated photographs of Wally with his famous clients and some of his best trophies. Walter Johnson will also personally inscribe a copy of Capstick’s book “The Last Ivory Hunter, The Saga of Wally Johnson” for the purchaser. Finally, the Johnson family is including their framed print (27/500) of Guy Coheleach’s “The Last Ivory Hunt” (which appears in the limited edition of Capstick’s book).


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Winchester pre-64 Model 70 Super Grade African .458 Winchester Magnum, left hand stock, tiger hunting history and provenance

Winchester pre-64 Model 70 Super Grade African .458 Winchester Magnum with left hand stock. Made in 1957, serial number 401577 was used by Dr. Karl Jonas to take a tiger in November, 1967. On this same hunt, his partner, David Hasinger, killed the huge tiger now on display in the Smithsonian. (Hasinger’s tiger rifle, a pre-64 Model 70 .375 H&H Magnum, is offered separately.) Features include a 25-inch barrel with original front sight, jeweled bolt body/extractor/follower and Lyman aperture rear sight (no inletting). STOCK: Winchester factory records covering this period of Model 70s are nonexistant, so the originality of the stock cannot be properly established. When disassembled, no markings were present. The consignor suggests it was ordered many years ago by his late father from the Winchester Custom Shop. HUNTING PROVENANCE: Included are field photos of Dr. Jonas with his tiger, although the rifle is slung and thus obscured. In addition, original newspaper articles regarding the hunt are also included. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.4 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.6 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. The rear sight is absent in favor of the aperture. The auxiliary recoil block (underside of barrel and below the stock line, approximately four inches forward of the front ring) is present but detached from the barrel, as the solder has released. Barrel blue is approximately 80 percent, with some thinning and scratching. Bluing on the barrel-mounted sling swivel stud has thinned where contacted by a swivel. Several small pits appear over the chamber area. Jeweling is bright and viable, with little tarnish. The action blue is at least 85 percent, with thinning and freckling along the floorplate. The integrity and figure of the wood is very good, and its finish stands at approximately 80 percent, owing to a number of impressions and scratches. The recoil pad heel is slightly compressed. PUBLICATIONS: A feature on both of these tiger rifles will appear in the next issue of Sporting Classics Magazine. The price is firm and layaway is available. $7,500 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. $21,500 plus shipping.


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