Rigby 416 Bolt Action For Sale

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  1. Shumbatsvuku

    Shumbatsvuku New Member

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    The History

    In 1990 I was posted from Canada to Zimbabwe in south central Africa, thereby fulfilling
    a lifelong dream to live in Africa. For most of my life, I devoured every book and
    magazine article I could find that recounted African hunting adventures, explorations,
    natural history and African peoples and their culture.

    In the 1950’s and 60’s, Robert Ruark, a best selling American journalist, author and
    hunter chronicled one of his long African hunts in “Horn of the Hunter” and then
    produced “Something of Value”, a best-selling fictional tale of the Mau Mau revolt in
    Kenya. Both books featured characters based on White Hunter Harry Selby who was
    greatly admired by Ruark. He carried a 416 Rigby bolt action.

    So here I was, an Africaphile and hunter headed for those legendary game fields and I
    had to have a suitable rifle.

    And after much thought and justification, I decided that it had to be a Rigby.

    In 1991, on one of my regular trips between Canada and Zimbabwe, I stopped in on
    Rigby’s office and workshop on Suffolk Street in London. The mahogany panelled show
    room was as British as could be. And so was Piers Crump, who managed Rigby’s at the
    time. After I explained why I was there, I listed my requirements for a suitable rifle. Piers
    said they had just started one like that and he led me downstairs to the workshop to
    show me a 416 rifle with the stock roughed out, the barrel and action fitted, but in the
    white. In a split second I made my decision and we proceeded with a personal fitting for
    me.

    After the fitting, John Roberts, Rigby’s owner at the time dropped by for a chat. He
    asked about the specs I wanted and he approved.

    Several weeks later, the finished rifle arrived in Zimbabwe. It was indeed a handsome
    and relatively simply embellished rifle; Rigby’s “Professional hunter” model. Stocked in
    slightly figured Turkish walnut, it sported a 23 inch barrel, a concession to the brush
    country that most of southern Africa is. And like Harry Selby’s rifle, it was chambered in
    the famous 416 Rigby caliber.

    After my first major hunt in the Makuti-Charara Safari area in the Zambezi Valley, I took
    the rifle to Walter Roth, the Rigby authorized gunsmith in Harare for a few tweeks.
    Walter re-hardened the safety and installed a larger white bead on the front sight made
    from warthog ivory.

    The rifle proved to be deadly with Barnes X and Speer Grand Slam premium bullets in
    hand loaded brass. 350 and 400 grain bullets grouped within the same 2 inch circle at
    100 yards and penetration on buffalo was excellent.

    During the next 15 years I used it as my primary rifle in Mozambique and Zimbabwe and
    as a back-up on my hunting concession is Zimbabwe.

    For hunting large plains game and the dangerous sorts, it is difficult to trump the Rigby
    in 416. It is both an enduring icon and “the best of the best” in the African game fields.



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    Rigby 416 Professional hunter model, stocked in lightly-figured Turkish walnut, a 14 inch length of pull and 23 inch barrel.


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    Magnum length action with flag safety and Rigby detachable custom scope mounts.


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    Express sights with standing blade and two leaf blades.


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    Barrel mounted sling swivel.


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    Pachmeyr express rifle recoil pad.


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    My initials engraved on sterling plate under the butt stock.


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    Serial number engraved on trigger guard.


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    Barrel mounted Rigby scope bases with scope removed.


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    Leupold 1.5 to 6 power scope removed from rifle with rings mounted.


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    Engraving on top of receiver.


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    Engraving on top of barrel.


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    Rigby cartouche in gold on blued steel magazine floor plate.


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    Wart hog tusk bead installed by Walter Roth, Rigby-authorized gunsmith in Harare, Zimbabwe.


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    Full field rig with Rigby- supplied leather sling and belt mounted shell holder and polishing cloth.


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    Another view of full field kit. Not shown are a set of reloading dies.


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    Initial sight-in, 3 shot group with scope by Rigby.


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    I met with both Paul and Piers on my first visit for a fitting.


    If you would like to make an offer please contact me by PM.







     

  2. sierraone

    sierraone SILVER SUPPORTER AH Legend

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    @rookhawk ...Value estimate? Since it is obviously a SSB, what type of scope mounts are those, other than installed by Rigby. Is the scope still centerlined above the barrel using offset rings? I'm not sure how that works.
     

  3. Roan

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  4. rookhawk

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    It's nice. It's right. It's real.

    The mounts are occasionally called 'mannlicher style'. They are center lined. Don't ever shoot it off a lead sled and you'll be fine.

    If the stock were longer I'd be tempted to buy it to leave in country in Zim.

    Point of clarification: where is the gun now?

    @sierraone if you PM me privately I'll tell you what I think it's worth. (Prefer not to answer here) It's a very nice working gun.
     

  5. Roan

    Roan AH Enthusiast

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    @rookhawk pm me aswell please.

    Also interested in what tou think its worth.
     

  6. enysse

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    I'm pretty sure spiket knows what it's worth too.
     

  7. Custom

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    That is a righteous rifle for sure! I am not a buyer, wish I could be. Just enjoyed looking at the pics.
     
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  8. Shumbatsvuku

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  9. Shumbatsvuku

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    Thanks for the comments. The rifle is currently in Canada.
     

  10. CAustin

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    It is a beautiful rifle! All the best in selling it! I don't think I could part with one like that.
     

  11. bassasdaindia

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    lovely rifle , GLWS
     

  12. Roan

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    Damit! I cant get a break.

    Would have taken it no peoblem if it was here or in Zim.

    Good luck with sale!
     

  13. spike.t

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    nice rifle. interesting rookhawk as you called my three .416 rigbys and my .470 from this exact period... 1990 to 1996 approximately, bits of crap......never saw you in vegas and every time i saw marc and asked if you had been to the rigby booth he said nope.......
     
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  14. Red Leg

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    The single claw side mount is preferred by the Brits for some unfathomable reason - less intrusive (and expensive) I presume than a standard claw. It also works. H&H puts the same mount on their finest bolt guns today https://www.hollandandholland.com/gun-room/bolt-action-magazine-rifle/ . It is, indeed, similar to the old Mannlicher Schoenauer claw - at least with respect to the rear mount. The Schounauer has a split rear receiver and so the rear mount had to ride on the left side. Front mount was a standard claw and the scope was centered. The Brit version offset both front and rear, eliminating the need to inlet the mount into the front of the action. Hence a cheaper solution. But it does work very well.

    That appears to be an excellent rifle, and it is an English product - not one of the Paso Robles one offs.
     
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  15. rookhawk

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    I think we'd need to go to the footage because my words are a bit more nuanced than your synopsis.

    It's a John Roberts gun it appears? It will surely be a decent working tool. It is obviously not a between the wars golden era gun. Someone will be happy to own a nice working rifle at the end of this thread. If you'd like to banter about which guns are more collectible let's bicker on nuances of such like proper art enthusiasts via PM and not on the gentleman's ad. We aren't doing the sale any benefit by you proclaiming how good your guns are or me saying how much better pre-war guns are. Neither of those are for sale here. So let's not jack his thread.
     
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    I PM'd an offer that I believe was full retail value on the rifle. It was within $~100 of what another Rigby aficionado thought it was worth on this forum.

    I heard no response of any kind?
     

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    So what is it going for???? $$$$$
     
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    +1. Maybe the current owner decided to keep it or wasn't happy it's not as valuable as he thought. Would still like to know though!
     
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    @sierraone i think you may be spot on with the value not being what was imagined.

    Hope he gets back to you Rookhawk!
     
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  20. Witold Krzyżanowski

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    Great rifle.
    Witold
     

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