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

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


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Jack O’Connor’s personal .416 Rigby Magnum, flawless ownership documentation, field photos, Burgess metal, Brevex

Jack O’Connor’s personal .416 Rigby Magnum on a Brevex Magnum Mauser action with metalwork by Tom Burgess and stock by Bob Johnson. Supported by flawless documentation, serial 66179 is a magnificent piece of hunting history which can rightfully command the rack-center position from any of the world’s the finest firearm collections. O’Connor used this rifle to take his only elephant, finest lion and last Cape buffalo. Features include a 24-inch barrel with ramped front sight, “sweated on” barrel-mounted sling swivel stud and island rear sight with adjustable fixed leaf. The stock begins with an ebony forend tip that transitions into a properly shaped and dimensioned forearm, and the butt has a gracefully scalloped and shadowlined cheekpiece. Checkering is fine, a borderless pattern that wraps around the forearm and panels the grip, each area in turn accented with arrows. The pistol grip ends in a checkered metal cap and the stock concludes in a one-inch pad mounted on a widow’s peak plate. The action itself features a jeweled bolt body and follower, straight bolt handle with two checkered teardrops,  two position wing safety and a Canjar trigger. Weight is  10.4 pounds and length of pull is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Overall condition is at least 95%, with some evidence of field service. The bore shows strong and bright. Blue is beginning to thin in spots. DOCUMENTATION: Copy of letter from O’Connor dated 3/1/73 regarding the preliminary sale of this rifle to the present owner, stating his intentions to use the rifle on safari later that year. (In fact, the rifle had been promised to another who delayed picking it up. Just after this letter was written, the fellow wanted to close the sale and Jack agreed. Some years later, the current owner tracked the rifle down and managed to complete his purchase.) The purchaser will receive a letter detailing specifics and history, and the following inclusions. PUBLICATIONS: Photocopy of Outdoor Life 1/70 feature “Elephants on the Zambezi” which chronicles bringing this rifle into play on elephant. It also mentions the scope, a Weaver 2.5x that still remains mounted and capable of service. Photocopy of Outdoor Life 2/70 feature “Cliff-Hanging Lion” covers the .416’s use on his best lion and also makes reference to the Weaver scope. Photocopy of Outdoor Life 1/70 column “One-Rifle Safaris” that makes several references to the rifle. Photocopy of Hunting Guns 1991 (annual by Outdoor Life) feature “A Full House On Lions” with references to the rifle. Photocopy of Gun Notes, Volume 1, and a “letter” circa 1970 from O’Connor to Truman Fowler (who published Elmer Keith’s “Safari”) stating he had only owned two .416s (meaning Rigby Magnums). The subject rifle is the second of those. True copy of Gun Digest 1970 which carries the story “The Killing Power Controversy” and a one half page photo treatment of the subject rifle that details features and handloading information. PHOTOGRAPHS: Spectacular color 8×10 print of O’Connor, the rifle and his last Cape buffalo. B&W 8×10 print of the rifle resting across the boss of the last buffalo (Zambia, 1969). Color 8×10 and 5×7 prints of Jack with his only elephant. Although taken with the .416, he is holding his wife’s rifle in the photo. Color 5×7 print of O’Connor with his finest lion. In this image, Jack is cradling the rifle. Wonderful 8×10 print of O’Connor and his best lion, the rifle appearing in detail in the foreground. Several (color and B&W) studio images of the rifle, no doubt intended for publication. B&W 5×7 studio print of Rigby (brand) ammunition which appears in the O’Connor’s book “The Hunting Rifle”. AMMUNITION: Rigby – 28 vintage rounds of yellow/black box .410-grain solids. Rigby – 7 vintage rounds of brown box hollow points. HANDLOADS: partial box of .378 Weatherby Magnum formed to .416 Rigby with Jack’s handwritten (faint) loading information. Also two boxes of current Federal ammo and Lyman dies. $65,000 plus shipping. The price is firm and layaway is available.


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

Winchester Model 70 .375 H&H Magnum from the Wally Johnson estate. Mr. Johnson is the subject of Peter Hathaway Capstick’s biography “The Last Ivory Hunter” and this was his most-used hunting rifle. Serial 13997 was made in 1938 and is certainly among the most historic and important hunting firearms ever offered, as it was used to take countless elephants and other dangerous game during Wally’s storied career. After becoming a professional hunter, Wally carried it when guiding an impressive list of clients which included Robert Ruark. Warren Page, Fred Huntington, Jack Lott and Fred Bear, as well as while hunting with Harry Manners. As is expected, its condition reflects generations of hard use – but it remains perfectly operational. Recent issues of Safari (Nov/Dec ’15) Sports Afield (May/June ’15) and Petersen’s Hunting (April/May ’15) magazines detailed every aspect of this rifle, and copies are included with the purchase. Also included are personalized a letter of authenticity from Wally’s son, Walter, plus an impressive selection of large laminated photographs of Wally with his famous clients and some of his best trophies. Walter Johnson will also personally inscribe a copy of Capstick’s book “The Last Ivory Hunter, The Saga of Wally Johnson” for the purchaser. Finally, the Johnson family is including their framed print (27/500) of Guy Coheleach’s “The Last Ivory Hunt” (which appears in the limited edition of Capstick’s book). The price is firm and a layaway program is available. $75,000 plus shipping.


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Left hand battery of eleven Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 rifles, 1990s, new/unfired, consecutive serial numbers, special calibers, controlled round feeding actions, solid documentation

Spectacular left hand battery of eleven Winchester Custom Shop Model 70 rifles with consecutive serial numbers and controlled round feeding actions. Calibers include .243 Winchester, .25-06 Remington, .270 Winchester, 7mm Remington Magnum, 7mm STW, .30-06 Springfield, .300 Winchester Magnum, .338 Winchester Magnum, .35 Whelen, .375 H&H Magnum and .416 Remington Magnum. 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. Most include boxes with handwritten serials and/or calibers. The price is firm and layaway is available. $75,000 plus shipping.

.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 very front of the trigger guard (where it meets the floorplate). This caliber was never offered in production.

.25-06 Remington. Serial number G151998 features a 24-inch barrel. 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.

.270 Winchester. Serial number G152001 has a 24-inch barrel marked “Classic Sporter” on the right side. Bolt body is jeweled. Weight is 8.0 pounds and LOP is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Overall 99.5% + with only slight evidence of handling.

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.

7mm STW (Shooting Times Westerner). Serial number G152005 has a 26-inch barrel. Bolt body is jeweled. Weight is 8 pounds and LOP is 13.5 inches. Features include cheekpiece and single crossbolt. CONDITION: Overall 99%. Metal finish on the barrel is pristine. Finish on the receiver has some faint spots of thinning (splotches) that likely will not show in photographs. As with some of the other rifles, the cocking piece has minor indications of surface rust. Wood finish has some very small and scattered “bumps” along the butt, possibly airborne contamination that settled when the finish was still tacky. There is also a tiny finish rub at the top of the butt just ahead of the pad. This caliber was never offered in production.

.30-06 Springfield. Serial number G15200. This is the first left hand Model 70 CRF rifle ever built, even among the prototypes. Even though a Sporter stock was specified, a Featherweight stock was delivered. Both the bolt body and follower are jeweled. Barrel is 22 inches long, weight is 8 pounds and LOP is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Overall is about 99%, with area of flecking and surface rust on cocking piece and a small area of stock finish blotching just above the rear sling swivel stud on the left side.

.300 Winchester Magnum. Serial number G152002. Barrel is 26 inches long, LOP 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 areas of surface rust. The cocking piece has a slight trace as well.

.338 Winchester Magnum. Serial number G152003. Barrel is 26 inches long, 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.

.35 Whelen. Serial number G152007. Barrel is 24 inches long, LOP is 13.5 inches and the stock has a single crossbolt. Both bolt body and follower are jeweled. Caliber stamp unique (either struck by hand or engraved by special machine). CONDITION: 99%+. Wood is pristine. Trigger guard blue has two flecks/chips. Tiny area of tarnish on the bolt body polishing. This caliber was never offered in production.

.375 H&H Magnum. Serial number G152006. Heavy sporter barrel with hooded ramp front sight and adjustable folding rear sight is 23.5 inches long. Markings include “Classic Super Express” on barrel left and “Super Express” in gold (fill) on the floorplate. Bolt body is jeweled. The stock has two capped crossbolts, an inletted (Super Grade-type) rear sling swivel stud (there is no provision for a front stud) and a Monte Carlo cheekpiece. The recoil pad (1-inch) has the Winchester logo and the LOP is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Overall 99%. Barrel blue is pristine. Receiver has one minute freckle on front ring and small rub on right side of rear ring. Cocking piece has a trace of surface rust. Floorplate finish/polishing is splotchy.

.416 Remington Magnum. Serial number G151997. Heavy sporter barrel with hooded ramp front sight and adjustable folding rear sight is 23.5 inches long. Markings include “Classic Super Express” on barrel left and “Super Express” in gold (fill) on the floorplate. Bolt body is jeweled. The stock has two capped crossbolts, an inletted (Super Grade-type) rear sling swivel stud (there is no provision for a front stud) and a Monte Carlo cheekpiece. The recoil pad (1-inch) has the Winchester logo and the LOP is 13.5 inches. CONDITION: Wood is 99%, with some light impressions on each side of the stock near the front crossbolt. Metal finish is nearly pristine, with only slight indications of handling. This caliber was never offered in production.


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Colt SAA 1st Generation .32 WCF (.32/20) with 5.5-inch barrel, shipped 1913 to Browning Brothers, ivory eagle, factory letter

Colt SAA 1st Generation .32/20 with 5.5-inch barrel. Serial number 326617 is supported by factory history letter and was shipped on May 3, 1913 to Browning Brothers in Utah. CONDITION: Overall original condition is about 50%. Colors on frame and hammer are consistent. Sides of trigger retain much of the fire blue, and the blue on both barrel and cylinder is about 70%. Ivory grips have the expected cracks that come with age. Bore is very good, with a bit of consistent roughness. Screw heads are very good, with most perfect. All four clicks retain authority and the cylinder locks up tight. DOCUMENTATION: Factory history letter. The price is firm and layaway is available. $9,000 plus shipping.


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