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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Blaser K95 .300 Weatherby single shot, 26-inch, Swarovski, 6.8 pounds, nearly pristine

Blaser K95 .300 Weatherby Magnum. A single shot stalking rifle, serial number BK00186 wears a 26-inch rust blued plain barrel with a tapered crown and a banded sling swivel stud. The scalloped boxlock action is finished in French gray and a Swarovski 3-10×42 A Habicht scope with a plex-type reticle is secured in a factory mount. The forend is dressed with a Schabel and 24 lines-per-inch panel checkering, and the butt a black grip cap, sling swivel stud and a .5-inch Blaser recoil pad. ENGRAVING: Both sides of the action have full coverage floral scroll, the pattern continuing at approximately 50 percent coverage over the action bottom, forend latch, opening lever, safety and tang. DIMENSIONS: Weight (including optic) is 6.8 pounds and length-of-pull is 14.25 inches. CONDITION: The bore shows no indication of having been fired. Both metal and wood are all but new, with a few trace handling marks. The scope is in a comparable state. The price is firm and layaway is available. $4,850 plus shipping.


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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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D-Max .45 ACP Sten clone semi-auto from the collection of Soldier of Fortune Magazine’s Robert K. Brown, special serial number, unfired

D-Max .45 ACP semi-automatic Sten clone from the collection of Robert K. Brown. Serial number 450C-007 (incorporates RKB’s unique 007 serial number) features a 16-inch barrel with ventilated shroud and blade front sight, Williams adjustable aperture rear sight, optic rail (drilled and tapped for conventional base attachment), three-piece premium walnut stock with oil finish and a single stick magazine. CONDITION: New and unfired. No box, papers or additional accessories. LT. COL. ROBERT K. BROWN, USAR (Ret.) has lived a life of incredible adventure. He served as a Green Beret in Vietnam, trained troops from other countries and fought communists alongside them in hotspots around the globe, and has diligently defended the Second Amendment via his long-held seat on the NRA Board of Directors. Brown’s publishing career began when he founded Panther Publications, which later merged into Paladin Press. In 1974, RKB sold his portion of Paladin Press and shortly thereafter founded Soldier of Fortune Magazine. Always willing to use the platforms he created in support of what he believes without the slightest regard for the fallout sure to follow, Brown has been praised and damned in equal parts by those dumbstruck that such a person or personality actually exists. Now 87, RKB has elected to part with a number of his special firearms and memorabilia accumulated over the years. The purchaser of each item will receive a personalized letter from RKB discussing its known history, along with a vintage “Communism Stops Here” poster of Brown cradling his sniper rifle during his time in El Salvador from the archives of Soldier of Fortune Magazine. The price is firm and layaway is available. $3,500 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 76 .300 Winchester Magnum, scaled dangerous game configuration, drop box, express with flip-up night sight, Talley levers, sub-MOA, 2007, test fired

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. Talley mounts (1-inch medium double lever rings) are included. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.0 pounds with mounts and length-of-pull is 13.6 inches. CONDITION: Test fired only and never taken afield. 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. $7,250 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 76 Safari left hand .375 H&H Magnum, Kahles, S&K, express, drop box, early production, 90 percent

Dakota Arms Model 76 Safari left hand .375 H&H Magnum. An early lefty, serial 0128L wears a 23-inch medium sporter barrel with bladed ramp front sight, banded sling swivel stud, island rear sight base (with drift-adjustable “shallow-V” express blade left green) and S&K mounts (30mm projectionless low rings). Additional features include an ebony forend tip, 26 lines-per-inch wrap checkering, drop box magazine, inside-the-bow floorplate release button, steel grip cap, scalloped cheek rest with shadow line and a Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. OPTIC: A Kahles Helia C 1.1-4×24 with modified plex reticle (horizontal and lower portions are heavy-to-light step-downs, the vertical wire entirely thin), click adjustments and quick-focus ocular housing is included. The optic is clear and lenses unmarked. DIMENSIONS: Weight (with scope) is 9.0 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.7 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. Metal finish is approximately 90 percent, with light evidence of field use. Wood is also approximately 90 percent, with a scattering of modest impressions and light scratches. No box or papers. The price is firm and layaway is available. The rifle can be purchased sans scope at a savings of $500. $6,000 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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Left hand Dumoulin Imperial Magnum Souvereign .416 Rigby Magnum, square bridge, gold relief busts, engraved, full-length claw extractor, 4+1, snap over, spectacular, 97 percent overall

Dumoulin (Henri Dumoulin & Fils, Belgium) Imperial Magnum Souvereign true left hand .416 Rigby Magnum. An outstanding and properly featured dangerous game rifle, serial 15211 wears a 24-inch barrel (gracefully tapering to .780-inch at the muzzle) fitted with a banded front sight (removable hood with three light ports, matted ramp, fixed blade with silver bead and a flip-up night bead), banded sling attachment point and a matted quarter rib rear sight with three leafs (one fixed and marked 100, two folders marked 150 and 200, both 100 and 150 leafs have gold sighting lines). The double square bridge action (untapped, dovetailed for EAW mounts) has a drop box magazine (3.8-inch magazine box with 4+1 round capacity, snaps over thumbed topping round), full-length claw extractor, jeweled bolt body and follower, sweeping bolt handle, eight-panel checkered bolt knob, three-position safety, single-stage trigger, oversize trigger guard, recessed floor plate release button and timed action screws. An unexpected pleasure in hand, the sleek stock wears an ebony forend tip, 24 lines-per-inch wrap checkering offset with a double border, twin crossing bolts, trapdoor grip cap, scalloped pancake cheek rest with shadow line, inletted sling swivel stud on the toe line and a Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad topped with a smooth, hard shoe that won’t hang up on clothing. ENGRAVING: Signed “Dumoulin” followed by what appears to be another “N” under the guard, the engraving is extraordinary! A gold relief bust of a heavily-maned lion graces the left side of the front ring, a leopard watches from the right and a magnificent solid-bossed Cape buffalo bull glowers from the floorplate. Each bust is surrounded by an intricate vine pattern that is in turn supported by delicate gold wire. The pattern continues to nearly full coverage over the action, trigger guard and trap door. In addition to the eight checkering panels circled in gold, the bolt knob ends in a spectacular floral sunburst. For all that, possibly the most striking engraving element is the delicate gold lattice topping each of the bridges. GOLD MARKINGS: “Imperial Magnum Souvereign” appears on the right side of the receiver, the maker’s name is scrolled on the right center of the barrel, “Safe” centers the shroud and “Cal 416 Rigby” floats within a ribbon across the bottom metal. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.8 pounds. Length-of-pull is 14.2 inches and drops are 1.5 inches and 1.3 inches respectively. CONDITION: The bore is exceptional, mirror bright with sharp rifling. Barrel finish is approximately 96 percent, with a trace of thinning at the muzzle, scratches on the front sight ramp from removing/replacing the hood and a few other scattered scratches along its length. The action is nearly 100 percent, with one small area of lifting in the gold wire on the upper right side of the floorplate. The grip cap is also nearly pristine. Stock condition is just short of 95 percent, with a general scattering of minor field impressions and light scratches that attest to intended use. The “New England Arms” import mark is hidden on the underside of the barrel just ahead of the forend tip. FUNCTIONING: Bolt operation is frightfully smooth. Feeding, extraction and ejection are effortless. The price is firm and layaway is available. $18,500 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. $20,000 plus shipping.


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Gentry custom left hand .338 Winchester Magnum, McGowen barrel, drop box, mounts, 7.8 pounds, 98 percent

David Gentry custom left hand .338 Winchester Magnum. Built on a Gentry-customized action, serial number 74 wears a 22-inch stainless steel fluted McGowan Premium barrel (muzzle diameter .755-inch) with a recessed crown. The action (stainless steel or carbon steel with satin nickel finish) is featured with a full-length Mauser claw extractor, straight bolt handle, checkered bolt knob (four bordered teardrop panels capped with the “DG” logo), three-position Model 70-type safety, sculpted bottom metal with drop box (4-round) magazine and inside-the-bow release, and a custom (unmarked) trigger that breaks as easily as a maiden’s heart. The premium synthetic stock is finished out with gray textured paint and fitted with stainless steel sling swivel studs and a Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. The action rests on twin aluminum pillars as well as glass. MOUNTS: Custom-dimensioned Conetrol bases support unmarked (likely Gentry custom) low one-inch one-piece rings. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 7.8 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.7 inches. CONDITION: The bore is pristine and mechanics are superb. Metal finish is approximately 98 percent, with traces of handling and a few scattered spots of the faintest tarnish. Stock paint is approximately 97 percent. The price is firm and layaway is available. $2,500 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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Griffin & Howe 1903 Springfield .30-06, 22-inch, 8.0 pounds, 14.3 LOP, jeweled and checkered

Griffin & Howe custom Springfield 1903 .30-06. Serial number 1509264 and G&H number 2650-0 is a classic sporter that wears a 22-inch barrel with a banded, hooded and stippled front ramp front ramp with brass-beaded blade sight, jeweled bolt body, extractor, raceway and follower, Lyman adjustable aperture rear sight, three-position Model 70-type wing safety, checkered bolt knob (two bordered panels), contoured bottom metal, steel grip cap and timed screws. The stock has been shaped from a well-figured walnut blank with an elegant reddish hue and dressed with an ebony forend tip, Howell-type inletted sling swivel studs, borderless wrap checkering (22 lines per inch), scalloped and bordered pancake cheek rest and a 1-inch recoil pad with widow’s peak spacer. An plate on the toe line bears initials “RWM”. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.0 pounds and length-of-pull is 14.3 inches. CONDITION: The front ring has somehow avoided the drill. The bore is bright and shows the barest hint of roughness. Metal finish (a deep rust blue that appears to be properly refreshed) is approximately 97 percent, with a tiny freckle on the underside of the sight band. Wood is approximately 95 percent, with a scattering of minor impressions around the balance point. The trigger pull is quite good. The price is firm and layaway is available. $3,000 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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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. $16,000 plus shipping.


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Kimber of Oregon Model 82 SuperAmerica .22 LR, two-digit serial SA90, select wood, quarter rib, Warne levers, Leupold with tapering crosswire

Kimber of Oregon Model 82 SuperAmerica .22 LR. An extremely early SuperAmerica with important options and selected wood, serial number SA90 features a 22-inch sporter barrel with quarter rib express folding rear sight, Warne quick detaching rings with Leupold M8 4x scope (tapering crosswire reticle) and a five-round magazine. The stock is accented with a figured forend tip (reddish ebony or possibly rosewood), wrap-around checkering, scalloped cheek rest, steel grip cap, checkered steel butt plate with a widow’s peak and sling swivel studs. Along with serial number SA690 (presented separately), this rifle was hand-selected by the original owner at the Kimber factory. Wood figure is outstanding for an early SuperAmerica. DIMENSIONS: Weight with optic is 7.4 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: This two-owner rifle has fired approximately 150 times since leaving Clackamas in the 1980s. The bore is pristine and finish conditions are nearly 100 percent with faint but faint indications of handling. The front sight is missing. No box, papers or additional accessories. The price is firm and layaway is available. $3,500 plus shipping.


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Kimber of Oregon Model 82 SuperAmerica .22 LR, hand-selected at factory, very early production, SA690, quarter rib, Warne levers, Leupold, unfired

Kimber of Oregon Model 82 SuperAmerica .22 LR. A very early SuperAmerica with important options and selected wood, serial number SA690 features a 22-inch sporter barrel with ramp front sight (white-beaded blade and knurled hood), quarter rib express rear sight with folding leaf (drift adjustable for windage), Warne quick detaching rings with Leupold M8 2.5x Compact scope (DuPlex reticle) and a five-round magazine. The stock is accented with an ebony forend tip, wrap-around checkering, scalloped cheek rest, steel grip cap, checkered steel butt plate with a widow’s peak and sling swivel studs. Along with serial number SA90 (presented separately), this rifle was hand-selected by the original owner at the Kimber factory. Wood figure is outstanding and highlighted by a heart-shaped grain accent above the trigger guard on the left side of the stock. DIMENSIONS: Weight with optic is 7.4 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: This two-owner rifle has not been fired since leaving Clackamas in the 1980s. The bore is pristine and finish conditions are nearly 100 percent with a small impression on the toe line and otherwise faint indications of handling. No box, papers or additional accessories. The price is firm and layaway is available. $3,500 plus shipping.


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Kimber 8400 Classic .300 WSM, 6.4 pounds, exceptional wood, unfired

Kimber Model 8400 Classic .300 WSM. Serial KWO3505 features a 24-inch match grade light sporter barrel with match grade chamber, full-length Mauser claw extractor for true controlled round feeding and extraction, three position Model 70-type safety, match grade trigger and inside-the-bow floor plate release button. Stocked in a fantastic claro walnut blank (better than most Select Grade models), it wears 24 lines-per-inch borderless panel checkering, oil finish, steel grip cap and a Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. The action is bedded at the recoil lug and rides on aluminum pillars. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.4 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: New and unfired. No box or papers. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,100 plus shipping.


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Knight’s Manufacturing Stoner SR-25 .308 Winchester, from the collection of Soldier of Fortune’s Robert K. Brown, special serial number, unfired

Knight’s Manufacturing Stoner SR-25 .308 Winchester from the collection of Robert K. Brown. Serial number 007 (RKB’s unique 007 serial number is marked on both the upper and lower receivers) features a 24-inch barrel (.830 muzzle diameter) with recessed crown and integral optic rail. An ArmaLite magazine is included. MARKINGS: “Knight’s Mfg. Co, Vero Beach, FL. USA” appears on receiver right. In addition to the serial number (2x) and caliber, “Stoner Rifle SR-25” and the Knight’s Manufacturing Company logo appear on receiver left. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 11.2 pounds. CONDITION: Unfired since leaving the factory, the bore is bright and shiny. Overall metal finish is approximately 98 percent, with a scattering of minor storage and handling marks and rubs. No box, papers or additional accessories. LT. COL. ROBERT K. BROWN, USAR (Ret.) has lived a life of incredible adventure. He served as a Green Beret in Vietnam, trained troops from other countries and fought communists alongside them in hotspots around the globe, and has diligently defended the Second Amendment via his long-held seat on the NRA Board of Directors. Brown’s publishing career began when he founded Panther Publications, which later merged into Paladin Press. In 1974, RKB sold his portion of Paladin Press and shortly thereafter founded Soldier of Fortune Magazine. Always willing to use the platforms he created in support of what he believes without the slightest regard for the fallout sure to follow, Brown has been praised and damned in equal parts by those dumbstruck that such a person or personality actually exists. Now 87, RKB has elected to part with a number of his special firearms and memorabilia accumulated over the years. The purchaser of each item will receive a personalized letter from RKB discussing its known history, along with a vintage “Communism Stops Here” poster of Brown cradling his sniper rifle during his time in El Salvador from the archives of Soldier of Fortune Magazine. The price is firm and layaway is available. $7,500 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 some 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. $15,000 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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Craig Boddington’s MG Arms Classic left hand .350 Remington Magnum, Trijicon, indisputable provenance

MG Arms Classic .350 Remington Magnum. Specially made for Craig Boddington, serial number E6517977 is based on a short, left hand Remington action featuring a 22-inch custom barrel with tapered crown, AR-style extractor, matte black metal finish and a premium synthetic stock with green and brown grass-pattern camo finish. MARKINGS: “Craig Boddington” is engraved on the right side of the action. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 7.8 pounds (with scope) and length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. OPTIC: A Trijicon 3-9x40mm with illuminated post rides in aluminum Ironsighter mounts. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. Metal and stock finish condition is approximately 80 percent. Optics are clear and lens coatings are absent issue. PROVENANCE: Craig Boddington will prepare a personalized letter relating to the rifle for the purchaser. Digital copies of Craig’s field photos (see below) are also included. The price is firm and layaway is available. $2,500 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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Olsen & Helgeland Mauser 98 .35 Whelen, Lilja, NECG, AGP, Blackburn, 7.4 pounds, pristine bore, 97 percent

Dennis Olsen (metal) and Lee Helgeland (stock) custom Mauser Model 98 .35 Whelen. Serial 28673 is based on a Mauser 98 action with a 23-inch Lilja barrel, NECG open sights (banded front with hood and brass-beaded blade, island rear with single folding leaf), custom shroud with three-position wing safety (serrated face), AGP folding aperture (mounted on cocking piece), checkered bolt knob, custom bottom metal and Blackburn trigger. The stock is shaped in a sleek mountain rifle coutour and features a an ebony forend tip, borderless wrap checkering, traditional cheek rest with scallop and shadow line, steel grip cap, “screwless” Howell-type sling swivel studs and a Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. Both attach screws ride in aluminum pillars and the barreled action is glassed from the front ring forward. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 7.4 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.25 inches. CONDITION: The bore is flawless and mirror-bright. Metal (matte blue) is approximately 98 percent, with one small spot of thinning on the front sight band and a bit of rubbing on the guard. Wood is approximately 97 percent, with slight thinning of the surface coat over the balance point and other instances that hint at excess application. The price is firm and layaway is available. $2,750 plus shipping.


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Proof Research 6.5 Creedmoor custom employee build, Multi H6 (Defiance Deviant Hunter) action, carbon fiber, threaded, spiral fluted, test fired only

Proof Research 6.5 Creedmoor custom employee build. Created for a former senior manager of Proof Research, serial number H-0566 is based on the Proof Multi H6 action (same as found on their “Terminus” model, actually a Defiance Deviant Hunter action) with integral rail. Features include a 20-inch Proof Sendero carbon fiber threaded barrel with removable fluted cap, spiral fluted bolt body, Triggertech Special trigger, MagPul Hunter 700 adjustable stock with detachable magazine system and custom (white) finish accents. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.2 pounds and length-of-pull (as pictured) is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Test fired just 10 times since completion, the bore is pristine. Trigger pull is superb. Finishes are nearly 100 percent with but faint signs of handling. The price is firm and layaway is available. $4,000 plus shipping.


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Ranger Arms Texas Magnum left hand 7mm Remington Magnum, 8.2 pounds, crossbolt safety, strong condition

Ranger Arms Left Hand Texas Magnum 7mm Remington Magnum. Serial 771 (appears on action, bolt and trigger assembly) is an early 1970s semi-custom rifle that features a 23-inch tapering medium sporter barrel, three-lug action with jeweled bolt body and magazine follower, contoured shroud, steel bottom metal, inside-the-bow floor plate release button, crossbolt safety and a wonderfully-tuned trigger. The stock (as well as the action) is reminiscent of the Weatherby design, with an angled rosewood forend tip and flaring grip cap bordered with blonde spacers. It features 24 lines-per-inch borderless checkering and a scalloped roll-over check rest with accented transition lines. The recoil pad bears the Ranger Arms script logo. Simmons (Australia) mounts (1-inch medium rings) are present. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.2 pounds with mounts. Length-of-pull is 13.6 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. All mechanical aspects appear to operate properly. Barrel finish (polished blue) is approximately 98 percent. Action finish (matte blue) is also 98 percent, the recoil lug and shroud turning slightly plum. Bottom metal finish (polished blue) is approximately 95 percentage, with slight evidence of thinning. The stock is approximately 97 percent overall, with a modest scattering of tiny impressions. What appears to be a superficial hairline crack shows at the rear attach screw just behind the trigger guard. As it is under the original finish and shallow when examined at the inletting point (with the stock removed), it probably occurred during shaping and was stabilized at that time. Therefore, it remains unobtrusive. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,250 plus shipping.


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Remington 40-X .22-250, 1975, great wood, 27-inch stainless, single shot, great bore

Remington 40-X single shot .22-250. Made in 1975, serial number 047653B sports a 27-inch stainless steel heavy barrel (.885-inch muzzle diameter) with sight taper, short action with solid bottom, jeweled bolt body and a surprisingly well-figured walnut stock with flat forend and filled forend rail slot. The barrel is drilled/tapped for a front sight as well as a scope block. Redfield bases are present. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 12.0 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright, with sharp rifling. Barrel exterior has some light rubbing and scuffing, mostly along the bottom. Wood is at least 95 percent, with near-perfect finish, a few light impressions and one lug ding at the bolt slot (recess) at the point of the comb. The trigger pull is superb. The price is firm and layaway is available. $2,000 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 .375 H&H Magnum, Tomlin gold busts and scroll, Dakota 76 drop box barreled action, quarter rib, trapdoor, night bead, EAW mounts, fine condition

John Rigby & Company .375 H&H Magnum. Based on a Dakota Model 76 Safari magnum-length barreled action with a drop box magazine, serial 2373 is a well-appointed and lively dangerous game rifle that features a 23-inch medium sporter barrel wearing a banded front ramp with removable hood, sight blade with brass bead and a pop-up night sight, banded sling swivel stud, quarter rib with three leafs (one fixed and two folders, each with a gold sighting line and respectively engraved 75/150/250). The action is topped with EAW Quick-Loc pivot mounts (30mm rings) and has a full-length Mauser claw extractor, Model 70-type three position wing safety, jeweled bolt body, checkered bolt knob (three bordered teardrop panels) and a cloverleaf tang. Additional metal appointments include twin crossing bolts and a trapdoor grip cap. The stock is fashioned from a heavily-grained blank of English walnut and dressed with a contrasting forend tip, fine wrapping double-bordered checkering, a generous traditional scalloped cheek piece with shadow line and a Pachmayr recoil pad. ENGRAVING: Signed by Lisa Tomlin, the floorplate presents two magnificent lion busts in gold (inspired by artist Daniel Smith’s work “Allied Forces”) set in a oval border and further enhanced with elegant scroll. The pattern reappears on the guard, grip cap and crossing bolts. Additional gold highlights include “John Rigby & Co.” on the rib, “375 H&H Mag” on the barrel, “Rigby” on the receiver left, the Rigby addorsed Rs on the trapdoor cap and initials “JPB” on the guard. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 9.2 pounds and length-of-pull is 14.2 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. All aspects of engraving are flawless. The barreled action finish is approximately 90 percent, with thinning in spots. A small impression is visible on the left side of the quarter rib base at the barrel line. Stock integrity and finish are at least 98 percent. AMMUNITION: Available separately for $1,000 are 20 boxes of Federal Cape-Shok ammunition: 10 boxes 300-grain Nosler Partition and 10 boxes 300-grain Trophy Bonded Sledgehammer solids. INCLUSION: A premium leather padded cobra sling from Murray Leather is included. The price is firm and layaway is available. $12,500 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. $22,500 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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R. F. Sedgley .30-06, Rock Island Armory 1903, Holland engraved with silver relief, strong condition

R. F. Sedgley custom .30-06 on a Rock Island Arsenal 1903 Springfield. Serial 64247 is a rare find, a high condition Sedgley with engraving. Features include a 23.5-inch barrel with banded and hooded front sight (brass beaded blade). The receiver has not been tapped for scope mounts and the Lyman rear aperture has matching numbers. Bolt body, ejector, bolt handle, cocking piece and safety wear polished nickel. The walnut figure is above average for a Sedgley and dressed with a Schnabel forend tip, double-bordered checkering, checkered metal butt with widow’s peak and sling loops. ENGRAVING: The floorplate is graced with a descending cougar in silver relief, surrounded by a delicate border and scroll signed by J. Holland. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 8.4 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. Metal finish is approximately 85 percent, with some minor thinning and some light freckling. The engraving and markings are tack sharp. Wood is at least 90 percent with a few light impressions and scratches. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,850 plus shipping.


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John Warren Custom Mauser Model 98 7mm Remington Magnum, 7.4 pounds, engraved, trap doors, Buehler

John Warren custom Mauser Model 98 7mm Remington Magnum. A surprisingly light and lively mountain rifle created by one of the masters, serial 57608 wears a 23-inch plain barrel with an elegant oval swivel stud base, Buehler rings (1-inch low) and bases, jeweled extractor/bolt body/follower, custom bolt handle and shroud, extended tang with checkered safety button, sleek bottom metal with inside-the-bow release, Canjar trigger, trap door grip cap and a trap door butt plate. The heavily-figured walnut stock begins with an ebony forend tip (slight Schnabel with tapering point). Checkering is a proper 26 lines-per-inch wrapping borderless pattern accented with diamonds and the scalloped cheekpiece is a slight Monte Carlo with shadow line. ENGRAVING: Discretely signed “John Warren Eng.” on the inside of the butt’s trap door, the bolt knob features four checkered teardrops with outlined borders ending in a symmetrical leaf-bordered sunburst and the widow’s peak butt plate displays a scroll and lattice pattern to full coverage. Both “7mm Rem. Mag.” and “Safe” appear in gold. DIMENSIONS: Weight is 7.4 pounds with mounts. Length-of-pull is 14.3 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. Trigger pull is superb. Rust blue over all metal surfaces stands at approximately 97 percent, the exception being the butt which has uniformly silvered to approximately 70 percent. Wood finish is approximately 95 percent. Wood integrity is approximately 85 percent, with a number of impressions, scratches and instances of flattened checkering. A micro-chip occurs at the point of the extended tang. The price is firm and layaway is available. $3,850 plus shipping.


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Weatherby Mark V Accumark 6.5×300 Weatherby Magnum, very early production, 10 boxes factory ammo, 97 percent

Weatherby Mark V Accumark 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum. One of the very first rifles made in this caliber/model configuration during late 2015, serial number PM000026 features a 26-inch stainless steel barrel with recessed crown and blackened flutes, Leupold 30mm medium rings and a synthetic stock with slight palm swell and gray/black textured finish. DIMENSIONS: Weight (with mounts) is 8.8 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.75 inches. CONDITION: Consigned by the original owner, it is known to be fired less than 400 rounds. The bore is strong and bright. Metal finish is at approximately 97 percent with minor rubbing overall and finish loss on the bolt knob. The stock is approximately 98 percent, with a rub at the base of the pistol grip. AMMUNITION: Nearly ten full boxes of factory ammunition are included, consisting of 127-grain Barnes LRX (99 rounds), 130-grain Swift Scirocco (40 rounds) and 140-grain Swift A-Frame (60 rounds). The original factory box (fair condition) and manual is also included. The price is firm and layaway is available. $1,950 plus shipping.


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Harry Selby’s Weatherby Mark V .300 Weatherby Magnum, 1967, engraved, gold initials, scoped, superb provenance and condition

Weatherby Mark V factory custom .300 Weatherby Magnum. Made in 1967 by special order for a satisfied safari client and presented to renowned African professional hunter Harry Selby, serial number P134412 stands tall among the most important and desirable West German Weatherby rifles ever created. Basic features include a 24-inch barrel, jeweled bolt body, two-panel checkered bolt knob, rosewood forend tip and pistol grip cap with double spacers, intricate skip-line checkering pattern, Buehler mounts and a Weatherby 2-7x scope with fine crosshair reticle. CONFIGURATION: The rifle has a right hand bolt and a left hand (right side) cheek rest, as was Selby’s preference. ENGRAVING: The floorplate presents initials “JHS” (for John Henry Selby – “Harry” was his nickname) in gold relief. The entirety of the action as well as the Buehler mounts wear full-coverage scroll intertwined with flowing grasses, the pattern continuing along the top of the barrel to the middle of the forend tip. PROVENANCE: Dated 2nd August, 2017, a letter with Mr. Selby’s original signature recounts his time with the rifle. MARKINGS: In addition to the standard Weatherby markings, a small “Griffin & Howe, Andover NJ” rides the bottom of the barrel just forward of the forend tip and “181529” shows on the bottom of the trigger guard, these both required as a condition of the recent repatriation from Africa. DIMENSIONS: Weight, with scope, is 8.8 pounds and the length-of-pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: The bore is strong and bright. Engraving is flawless. The barrel blue is approximately 95 percent, with some thinning on the muzzle face and a highlight line along the top between the muzzle and forend tip (no doubt from riding the rack in a safari truck). One small freckle appears on the right side of the barrel a few inches aft of the muzzle. The action finish is 100 percent, with slight thinning on the bolt knob and some thinning following the edges of the floorplate. Even the gold plate on the trigger rates near 95 percent. The stock is also approximately 95 percent overall. The varnish has some light crazing and checkering is tack sharp. One minor impression appears on the left side of the barrel channel, some faint impressions show on the grip cap and along the toe line, and one small area of missing varnish tops the Monte Carlo hump. The scope is optically clear, with lenses and coatings in fine condition. The rubber “bumper” ring on the ocular housing as cracked from pressure of the included covers. HARRY SELBY (1925-2018) is one of the most famous and respected professional hunters who ever swung a rifle onto his shoulder and took up the track. By greatest fortune, he gained the both the respect and admiration of Robert Ruark , becoming internationally famous through Ruark’s writings. Selby served as the inspiration for Ruark’s hero Peter McKenzie in Something of Value and Ruark dedicated what many believe is the finest book ever written about safari life, Horn of the Hunter, to Selby. On a personal level, Ruark was honored to become Godfather to Harry’s son, Mark Selby. The price is firm and layaway is available. $30,000 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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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. $35,000 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 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 pre-64 Model 70 serial number 1 & serial number 2

A most remarkable pairing – serial number 1 and serial number 2 Winchester pre-64 Model 70 rifles. Absent anything short of absolute certainty, each of these rifles stands among the world’s most important and valuable sporting arms. That they are paired presents an unequaled acquisition opportunity. Both rifles have a captivating history. According to Roger Rule’s The Rifleman’s Rifle, serial number 1 was marked on January 20, 1936. As Winchester records are unavailable so far as supporting a proper factory letter is concerned, the actual shipping date and destination are unknown. As detailed in Winchester Model 70 No. 1, a feature article appearing in the June, 1990 issue of American Rifleman (bound copy included), the current owner’s uncle purchased the rifle from a hardware store in Durango, Colorado during the 1937 hunting season. Whether new or used when that sale was wrung, the rifle was already fitted with a Lyman receiver sight. Upon returning from the hunting trip, the owner had the rifle drilled and tapped in order to install a 10x Fecker scope, then hunted with it for the next forty years. In 1977, after borrowing it over the course of several deer seasons, the current owner formally acquired the rifle still wearing the Fecker and with the Lyman sight in tow. Staggeringly, another ten years passed before a chance showing resulted in a dealer getting the vapors and blurting a surprisingly high offer. This sparked a curiosity which lead to the realization that his plain old Model 70 was the first of its kind. With significant reservation, the rifle was retired from hunting after 50 years of faithful and flawless service. Published in 1982 by Alliance Books, The Rifleman’s Rifle did much to expand and solidify collector interest in Winchester pre-64 Model 70 rifles. Quite naturally, the owner of the number 1 rifle acquired a copy as part of his research. Page 193 carried a photo of serial number 2 from the author’s collection, and page 52 showed a photo of a letter from Richard Pelton, Winchester’s Director of Marketing dated March 6, 1980. Written to Mrs. Ethel M. Lied, the letter mentions the January 20, 1936 marking date for the number 1 rifle and also states that assembly of Model 70 rifles did not begin until 1937. Pointedly, the letter references Mrs. Lied’s inquiries as to the value of her rifle – serial number 2. No doubt, ownership of the number 2 rifle passed to Roger Rule at approximately this time. At some point thereafter, the number 2 rifle was presented for sale at a major gun show attended by the owner of rifle number 1. As things tend to do, one lead to another and ownership of serial number 2 transferred. To no surprise, both rifles are of “standard” configuration and chambered in .30-06 Springfield. Serial number 1 condition: The bore remains smooth, strong and viable. Drilling/tapping for scope mounting includes 2x on the barrel just forward of the rear sight boss and 2x on the front ring. The rear sight is absent and the dovetail is protected with a “plug”. Overall metal finish is approximately 65 percent, as expected after 50 years of use in the hunting fields. Wood integrity is strong (absent cracks or chips). Wood finish condition is also approximately 65 percent overall and the checkering is smoothing. Finish is thinning or absent in places and a general distribution of field impressions and scratches are in evidence. The bolt body is faintly marked “1” in electric pencil (or similar). The Fecker scope is viable and remains optically clear, with surface finish of approximately 70 percent. Serial number 2 condition: The bore remains smooth, strong and viable. Drilling and tapping for scope mounting includes 2x on the front ring, with the rear ring untapped. Overall metal finish is approximately 80 percent. Wood integrity is strong (absent cracks or chips). Wood finish condition is also approximately 80 percent overall. Checkering is strong. A general distribution of field impressions and scratches are in evidence. The bolt body is faintly marked “2” in electric pencil (or similar). Inclusions: In addition to a complete bound set of American Rifleman magazines from 1990 with the referenced article, a personalized letter detailing the known history and transfer details of the rifles will be provided by the owner. Price is firm at $1,750,000, and an installment purchase may be arranged following a suitable deposit. The pair will not be separated. All transportation arrangements and associated costs are the responsibility of the purchaser.


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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 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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