John Bolliger     Custom Winchester Model 70    .416 Rigby

Note how the extended top tang is not simply a plain flat strap; it is beveled to the right as it flows onto the comb to accommodate the base of one's thumb.


24" tapered round Krieger barrel with integrally-machined ramp front sight

with fine silver bead and flip-up twilight bead, integral swivel stud, integral

barrel recoil underlug and 1 standing and 1 folding gold-inlaid express

sights engraved for 50 and 200 yards on integral matted quarter rib. Dark,

oil-finished, highly figured walnut stock with widow's-peaked ebony forend

tip, classic borderless ribbon and point-pattern checkering wrapping under

the forend, twin recoil crossbolts, Trapdoor steel capped pistol grip, inletted

rear swivel base, beaded pancake cheekpiece and red rubber Decelerator

recoil pad. Winchester post-'64 Model 70 controlled-feed action with

jeweled bolt and extractor, 5-panel checkered bolt knob, built-up and

checkered bolt stop, hinged straddle floorplate with release inside

triggerguard, solid drop-box magazine holding three cartridges, checkered

long bottom tang extending to grip cap and long top tang extending over

comb. Schmidt & Bender 1.1 - 4x24 Zenith, illuminated, matte-finish scope

with 30mm tube and 4A bold duplex reticle on Bolliger's double-locking

double-squarebridge style quick-detachable mounts. Satin cold rust blued

finish and with fire-blued small parts. Finely and extensively engraved by

Thierry Duguet: Charging rhino in raised bulino on floorplate, lioness with

cubs on grip cap. Action, bottom metal, scope mounts and top tang covered

with finely executed intertwining acanthus scroll, interwoven with meticulous

gold inlaid scroll. FIRE inlaid in gold. Pull: 14". Weight: 10lbs, 9oz.  99% blue.  $17,450.


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