275 is more versatile. It will hold value better. It’s a rigby cartridge in a rigby gun.
you know what you must do!
you know what you must do!
I would go with either a .275 or a 9.3x62 in the highland stalker. Either caliber would do everything you want. Given that you have AHR CZ’s in 7x57 and .30-06, why not venture out a bit and go with the 9.3? I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
First off I can not afford a rigby rifle, but between those calibers i would choose the 275. I do have one of the ruger africans in 275, and I'm very attached to it.
Yep! Ass chewing it is then . The rigby sounds much better than a new kitchen anyways.I also cannot comfortably afford one bu
I agree practically it does not make sense for me to purchase one as I already own all the calibers in CZs. I guess its something over a couple decades of deploying and reading Jim Corbett book among others I always said I would purchase one. As others mentioned its a significant expense. I have been diligent in paying off all debt to this point so its either the rifle or the wife sneaks' in a new kitchen. I'm willing to take the ass chewing on this one I think.
@roverandbrewI am looking to purchase a rifle as a retirement gift to myself and have settled on a Rigby Highland Stalker. I have been looking at Rigby rifles since I was a child and now have the opportunity to purchase one. I am trying to decide between the 275 Rigby and the 30-06.
I currently own both of those calibers in CZ 550s with AHR # 2 upgrades so I am not looking to fill a gap. The rifle would get most use in the US as a whitetail and elk rifle with Africa every other year or so. I do reload so not super concerned with the availability of 7x57 / 275 factory ammunition.
I am torn between the .275 been the classic Rigby caliber against the versatility and practicality of the 30-06. Any thoughts from the group?
@Red LegI have the .275 Stalker and truly love it. If it isn't, you can certainly make the argument that it is the perfect whitetail rifle. It is not, in that caliber, the "perfect" elk rifle. On the other hand, with a 156 gr Oryx load you would be at very little practical disadvantage anywhere on the mountain. Next summer mine will be with me in Zambia hunting sable and lechwe with Mike @spike.t . I suppose a 180 gr bullet from an '06 would be better on paper - but not from a practical standpoint.
Another consideration is, as @WAB suggests, the 9.3. I fills a spot that you do not have covered and is every bit as classic a caliber as the .275.
The 9.3x62 in a obendorph Mauser yes but a Rigby in the same just ain't right. A bit like putting a Ford motor in a Chevy it just ain't the done thing
An 06 belongs in a Springfield not a Rigby as well.
The 375 screams Holland and Holland not savage, Remington or Winchester.
Call me strange but that's how I see it.
@NewbyI'll swim against the 275 tide and say 30.06.
IF the 275 is regarded as being the longest running and "most classic" the 06 must surely be No. 2.
I see no problem with the 06, which is a world cartridge, if ever there was one, being chambered in a Rigby, or the very similar current Mauser 98. More versatility, availability, and horsepower. Only downside is a little more recoil, but those Rigbys are heavy suckers, and should soak it up well.
A minor niggle for me with the 275/7x57 in a current M98 is the unused mag length, but that has nothing to do with the classic or not debate.
Anything like 7RM or 300Win, would of course be defilement.
While some of the caliber suggestions are interesting, I believe that the only calibers the highland stalker is offered in are: .275 Rigby, .308, .30-06, 8x57 and 9.3x62. Rigby will make you a rifle in any caliber you like, but it will be a London Best if it is not one of their standard offerings for the highland stalker or big game. That takes you into an entirely different league of firearm and likely not what @roverandbrew is considering, unless that’s a heck of a kitchen his wife is considering.
A London best might be more of a neutering than an ass chewing!
@WABI certainly respect your opinion Bob, but don’t forget that the Rigby is a Mauser just as the originals were. The highland stalker has as many Mauser stampings as Rigby. It is a beautifully balanced rifle with plenty of punch and very mild recoil. I wouldn’t part with mine (my wife’s actually as you great friends seem glad to remind me).
On that note, she has claimed the Rigby and my custom M70 in 7x57. If this keeps up I’ll be hunting with a slingshot!
@Red LegThat would indeed be a unique and rare Highland Stalker.