What has become of the Purdey bolt rifle?

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I had the pleasure about 18 months ago when in London to handle Purdey's bolt rifle. It was certainly beautiful, excellent wood, and from what I recall the balance was good. It sports an in-house Mauser type action and is reputed to be super accurate. If I recall that very rifle was in 30-06.
Has anyone heard news about it?
 

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They still exist, to my knowledge.

Built on Mayfair mauser style actions, free float barrels and with a metal chassis system hidden in the (pretty, walnut) stock.

My ultimate bolt rifle. Unfortunately, and unlike Rigby, they only do them as a full custom 'London Best' piece, without condescending to do a cheaper 'semi-custom' version for us plebs. Amazingly you don't see too many about... Lovely things though.
 

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They still exist, to my knowledge.

Built on Mayfair mauser style actions, free float barrels and with a metal chassis system hidden in the (pretty, walnut) stock.

My ultimate bolt rifle. Unfortunately, and unlike Rigby, they only do them as a full custom 'London Best' piece, without condescending to do a cheaper 'semi-custom' version for us plebs. Amazingly you don't see too many about... Lovely things though.
If I recall it was around 24 thousand pounds, with a Swarovski scope, which is more than a Rigby, but not ridiculous for such a beauty. Funny enough I did ask the manager, cant recall his name, whether they would consider a lower cost, more run of the mill variant and he said that their business model didn't suit that approach. I agree.
 

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If I recall it was around 24 thousand pounds, with a Swarovski scope, which is more than a Rigby, but not ridiculous for such a beauty. Funny enough I did ask the manager, cant recall his name, whether they would consider a lower cost, more run of the mill variant and he said that their business model didn't suit that approach. I agree.

I'd agree too. Plus there is something nice in hyper exclusive, high end stuff. Makes it all the more satisfying when you do finally get one. £24k isn't too bad in that market really, but by the time you've actually specced it how you want, with nice upgraded wood, a couple nice game scenes, chosen the nice engraved swing off mounts, sorted the case etc etc it's more like £50k, which is probably a different market than a £10-15k Rigby Highland Stalker.
 

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What's nice about Purdy is that they have maintained their status, but have not gone the full-on consumer fashion blitz that H&H has devolved to.
 

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Andrew Ambrose left Rigby to head up sales and marketing at Purdey’s. Great guy, it may have been him you visited with.
 

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