So judge the gun for what it is - not the name on the rib. If you can get a solid, on the face boxlock .470 on a Merkel action that apparently shoots, for a price commensurate for what it is, then sure, why not. I just wouldn't pay anywhere near the price of an actual Rigby for it.This one has clearly been redone as the barrels are now soldered and have been regulated with Swift bullets in Norma cases! Not sure who has the skill to do that other than the guys in Enid and I would doubt they would bastardized a Bastard!
Still a very nice gun cosmeticly and locks tight. Supposedly there is all the paperwork with the gun on all the work, seller is from an estate and owns the gun and several other nice pieces but is not a gun person and the appraisal was done by a local shop so it is of no value!
They were marked “Rigby” because the California ownership had purchased a version of rights - all of which became muddled in battling lawsuits. You can google up the story. Of course, stamping Rigby on a rifle didn’t make a Merkel with odd barrels and California walnut a traditional bench made Rigby any more than taping “Fararrie“ over “Ford” will make a Mustang a Portofino. When you become familiar with both, you will know instantly. But as Cal notes only a real Rigby will have English proof marks.Just a quick question for the uninformed like me, Is the barrel stamped Rogue River or how do you tell between a true Rigby and California Rigby?