"404 Jeffery" wanted to purchase.
I am in the market for a 404 Jeffery. This is something I have been thinking about for awhile but Gert's purchase of a beautiful one last month ( My .404 Jeffery is home. ) pushed me over the edge. Maybe it's my ego, "yea, I shoot a .4 caliber" but its small enough I won't flinch and cry like a baby! Maybe its just me being sentimental remembering the game warden carrying one. (The sweat, oil and dirt from his hands turning the stock a chocolate brown and the bluing worn down to a chrome finish) Yea, I know it doesn't have the ballistics of a 416 or the power of a 458. What ever the reason is, I'm in the market.
What better place to start looking than AH. There have to be a few hanging around old Commonwealth countries (or the other half of the world) open to a new home. If one is purchased outside of the U.S., I don't know about the laws to get it out of a country and into the U.S. but I am sure some of our friends here can help us out or point us in the right direction.
Manufactured by Jeffery (not just a Mauser action)
No pitting in barrel or significant rust on metal
No split stocks (all other "normal wear and tear" I can probably live with. Less wear and tear is certainly better. If you dropped it on bricks and can persuade me it was a buffalos boss from a charge and have a really good story.... I might buy it.....literally.)
Rifling must not match bullets from any known crime scenes. :devil:I have never been to prison and don't think I will do well there. :crying: (With a 404 there is a great chance of a pass through, hence if you are sure there are no bullets in a police station somewhere you are okay):thumb:
Prefer earlier model but open to all. (There is a good chance I won't bite on an 1890's model though.)
Prefer action to not be tapped
Prefer everything to be original or close to it
Accurate (Rifling must not be shot out but can be worn a bit)
I prefer paying in Zim dollars (I have a few hundred trillion left) but am open to other types of currency if you wish.
Prefer it to not be so expensive it costs me my left nut (yea I know its a surprise but I still use it)
Getting older and more senile I reserve the right to change my mind on any of the above requirements. If any of you have one and are interested in selling or have a friend who is interested in selling, feel free to post or pm me. Pics will be necessary at some point. Try not to take to much advantage of a senile ole goober.
Have a great day!
"404 Jeffery" wanted to purchase.
Since you are from abroad (not from South Africa) it is likely that you will pay a lot less for a rifle build in South Africa hence the currency difference between our country and America or England . Sabi Guns in Nelspruit Mpumalanga , South Africa can custom build you one for about R30 000 South African rands, a friend of mine took that road. Contact Rosenthal Arms, Cape Town/Windhoek Namibia , maybe they can assist you, Classic Arms Witbank , Mpumalanga ,South Africa has a .404 Jeffery as well.
I am of the opinion the requirements set by you regarding the specific .404 Jeffery is maybe not realistic, if you can get a .404 Jeffery, take it as is, they normally are in reasonable condition since not many hunters can afford a safari anymore, so the owner will sell it since he is to old to hunt anymore (my scenario reason how I got my .404 Jeffery) or he just don`t use it anymore and it is standing in his rifle safe taking other more practical rifle`s place.
But the only way you will get one is to build one or surf the many rifle forums and auctions... if you do not try you will not get one, they are there, you need to find its owner and negotiate...:D