Rizzini 45/70 Double rifle inital review

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Well like many who have asked who has shot one and searched for a review here is my first cut from the first range session. I picked up one of their 45/70 from William Larkin & Moore in Scotsdale AZ.
It has some decent turkish walnut, checkering is very even and well executed, the wood to metal fit is very good. Has a tasteful amount of scroll engraving and a color case finish on the receiver. The blueing is high gloss and very well done. Rifle weights 7LBS, 15 1/8 LOP and is balanced well. The sights are the fiber optic type and very visible. I would perfer a nice small white bead but will need to work on that. It also came with a mount for a reflex sight. (I will give that a try next range session) It was regulated with Hornaday leverevolution ammo. The conditions at the range were windy 10-20mph but coming straight into the shooters faces. I was having a decent day at the range. I used the 6in peel and stick shhot and see targets. The hornaday ammo shot well. 2in center to center at 50. I also tried federal fusion 300gr speer, Federal 300gr trophy bonded bearclaw. These both were around 4 1/2 in. But were 175-200fps slower than what is is regulated for. I also took some reloads out that work in a SIACE 45/70 double. The 400r hawk shot well at 3 inches center to center, should be able to get down to around 2in with a little more speed. The 400gr CEB solids and 405 rem bullets were around 3 1/2 in so will need to bump the speed up for these also. For a first range session I was very pleased. Have a base line to work from want to concentrate on the 400gr hawk and CED solids. So far I am happy with the rifle and consider it a decent purchase. Will keep you all informed of progress and impressions as I spend more time at the range.

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Nice looking rifle Dave. Congrats on your purchase.
 

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Dave,

I've been curious as to how this rifle performs. I saw an advertisement for the new Rizzini Rhino Express in the DSC bulletin I believe for less than $10 K........

You can't really find many reviews of the rifle out there. I beleive they chamber those in 470 NE and 500 NE.
 

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Yes they have two models, the larger frame Rhino is in 470 and 500NE. the smaller 550 models in 7x64, 30/06, 9.3x74 and 45/70 if my memory serves me. They also have a couple models of O/U double rifles in the smaller calibres. I have had a couple sabatti's and these are several cuts above in quality, right on the heels of Merkel and Chapuis level of rifles. I also forgot to include front trigger breaks crisp at 5 lbs and the rear is also crisp at 6lbs.
 

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Nice looking double, but I am still waiting to see the VC !!! I'll not likely ever own one so I am still waiting to see yours!
 

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Sierraone, The VC will happen at some point. Had a costly family emergency earlier this year. So it was be able to go on a 2018 safari and get the Rizinni or get the VC. At some point I will trade or sell a couple doubles to get the VC. But for now I plan on shooting this one alott. Now I will just have to decide for the 2018 safari, 405, 45/70 or 450/400 double for lion and plains game to accompany my 6.3x62 bolt gun for nocturnal critters.
 

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Sierraone, The VC will happen at some point. Had a costly family emergency earlier this year. So it was be able to go on a 2018 safari and get the Rizinni or get the VC. At some point I will trade or sell a couple doubles to get the VC. But for now I plan on shooting this one alott. Now I will just have to decide for the 2018 safari, 405, 45/70 or 450/400 double for lion and plains game to accompany my 6.3x62 bolt gun for nocturnal critters.
I know the .405 was Teddy's lion medicine in a 1895 Winchester, and the .45-70 was America's buffalo rifle, so I vote for the 450/400...All African history!!!
 

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Sierraone, The VC will happen at some point. Had a costly family emergency earlier this year. So it was be able to go on a 2018 safari and get the Rizinni or get the VC. At some point I will trade or sell a couple doubles to get the VC. But for now I plan on shooting this one alott. Now I will just have to decide for the 2018 safari, 405, 45/70 or 450/400 double for lion and plains game to accompany my 6.3x62 bolt gun for nocturnal critters.
Would definitely recommend the 450/400 NE above the other two. What is a 6.3 x 62 never heard of it? Perhaps a typo? 9.3 x 62mm? If it is it is 9.3 x 62, an excellent calibre for Africa you will not go wrong with it.
 

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Yea typing was never my strong suite. 9.3x62:whistle:
 

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Yea typing was never my strong suite. 9.3x62:whistle:
I am sure am glad you corrected the caliber. Was looking everywhere to see what a 6.3 x 62 looks like!!!
 

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Did it come with that single weaver style base on the rib? Mount for a red dot or something?
 

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Yes it cane with the weaver mount for a red dot. I plan to give the red dot a try next range session.
 
 

 

 

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