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John Rigby Double Rifle .416/.470

John Rigby and Company Sidelock Double Rifle in .416/470. Ready for the dark continent, this game gun is of substance, with magnificent wood and metal work. Fantastic figure is found in the walnut stocks, tasteful engraving with the Surguja State Crest on the locks embellishes a rock-solid action. This rifle was built for the Maharaja Ramanuj Saran Singh Deo (1917-1965) of Surguja State in 1939. This is the only double of that caliber made by Rigby. Truly an unusual rifle. Makers case and accessories. This unique double rifle was completed by John Rigby & Co. and dispatched to the Maharaja of Surguja in 1939. as it is said the Maharaja paid a massive sum of 6000 pounds for this customised rifle.
With this rifle of his he nearly took 500 odd tigers & lots of species in Indian Subcontinent & in Africa. He has the world record of taking 1157 tigers in his life time.
This finely engraved rifle is believed to be available at Cabelas now, which was bought by some American Hunter in 1970s.

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