Musgrave Afrika Supreme 375H&H - Proudly South African
Would like any info anyone might have on my 375H&H Afrika Supreme?
I got the rifle in the 1980s while I was still in the Safari Business.
The story I got from the dealer was:
The rifle was the first Supreme ever built by Musgrave. Serial Number is XMA001
Musgrave intended to build these rifles for export
The engraving was done by Armin Winkler who Musgrave had brought out from Austria and trained at Ferlach.
The stock is French Walnut
The foregrip is tipped with buffalo horn
Trigger solid gold
Polished Action Mod 90 (as smooth as a Sauer)
Express sights are Holland & Holland
He added Zeiss detachable mounts and a 4X36 Schmidt & Bender scope
The pistol grip has a hidden compartment with two additional front sights drop compensated which I have never tried.
I used the rifle for everything from Buffalo to Steenbuck and tested ammo for Art Alphen of A-Squared. We also tested PMP monolithic solids. Accuracy is amazing and recoil is no more than a 30-06 I think due to stock design. Several of my clients wanted to buy it. I hunted with Peter Capstick around 1990 when Gordon Cundill had Hunters Africa in Botswana and after seeing mine, he ordered a 375 H&H Supreme from Musgrave I saw the rifle before he passed away and it was the only other one I know of. Peter was, at that time, one of the best known authors and hunters in the world and virtually every gunmaker offered him free firearms. He told me the Musgrave was his favourite which is quite a compliment to Musgrave.
In all the years that followed, which included some very fancy rifles at SCI, Dallas, and Houston conventions as well as a visit to Holland & Holland I have never seen a rifle I would rather own. It has the classic English lines but, I think, is better engineered. It is another example of what South Africa was capable of during those difficult times of sanctions and embargoes. This was also a time of secrecy so it was difficult to get more info.
I would love to know more about why they were made, how many were produced, and what it might be worth to a collector.
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