Centre Fire Rifles
Reminto Model 700 VTR in 204 Ruger
A Ruger Model 700 VTR. The Model 700 has been around since 1962, but the VTR was introduced on 2014. VTR stands for Varmint Tactical Rifle. It has a green synthetic stock and a unique triangular barrel with an equally unique slotted vertical muzzle brake. These rifles are famed for their accuracy. This example is in .204 - a blistering fast, flat shooting round. This came to me from a dealer closing down his business and has apparently not been fired. I can vouch for it being in exceptional condition and can happily agree it does not look to have been fired.
CZ 527 Bolt action .222 Outfit
A CZ Model 527 bolt action rifle in .222". The rifle is fitted with an Apollo 6x40 scope which seems to be of decent quality. The whole outfit is in good condition with it's original finish present on both the metal work and the stock. The bore looks perfect and the rifle shoots very well with the factory ammunition I tried in it. It comes with the standard metal detachable magazine.
Ruger M77 Mark 2 .30-06
A classic and reliable rifle, this Ruger M77 is in very good condition and comes with a Burris 3-9 x scope. The walnut stock has good figure and is in good condition. The popular .30-06 calibre provides a great range of bullet weights and is suitable for all stalking and is of course very capable on Boar.
Winchester Model 94 Canadian Pacific Railway Centennial Presentation in .32 Winchester Special
A limited edition "One of 300" Winchester Saddle Ring Lever Action Rifle. The rifle has selected fine figure grain and a pewter plated action and metal work. The engraving is of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The rifle is numbered CPC 021 and comes in a very solid oak case which also contains a numbered railway spike wi the same serial number. There is a certificate authenticating the railway spike. The lockable case comes with a key. The barrel does have some loss of finish around the muzzle on the left side and again small losses to the bluing on the tubular magazine. The wood is perfect, and the likelihood is the rifle was stored without being properly dried at some point. The calibre is .32 Winchester Special. This is not to be confused with the .32 pistol round. .32 Winchester Special is a necked up .30-30 round and is a popular deer round in the USA. It is available in the UK, but not commonly so. I have 60 rounds which can be made available with the rifle, along with a set of re loading dies. A very handsome and collectable rifle which shoots very well indeed.
SAKO 75 Hunter Left Handed in 6.5 x 55
A classic stalking rifle - SAKO 75 Hunter IV in 6.5 x 55 Left handed. In very good condition and given only occasional use since new. The rifle is fitted with a Specialist Rifle Service Bowers Moderator and a Leupold VX-III4.5-14 x 50 Long Range Matte Duplex scope. Everything is in very good condition and is set up correctly as a very accurate and reliable stalking outfit. There are reloading dies and a quantity dies available to go with this rifle.
Remington 600 Mohawk .308"
A Remington 600 Mohawk bolt action rifle in .308". The Model 600 normally featured a full length rib, but this was not present on the Mohawk. The Model 600 was intended to be a "Guide Gun", and with the short 18 1/2' barrel and light weight ( 5 1/2 Ib ) it was an easy rifle to carry. The Model 600 was not produced after 1968, but was followed by similar models - the 660 and the 600 Mohawk. The Mohawk was made from 1972 through to 1979. Only 142 of them were made with the full length "Stutzen" stock, making this a rare rifle. This example is in tidy order with a good barrel and only a few handling marks on the stock. The rear sight is missing, but the front one is present. The receiver is drilled and tapped for telescopic mounts. As a woodland stalking rifle, few will be handier than this, and the short length makes it ideal for anyone in and out of a vehicle during their work.
Lakelander Model 389 .308" Sporting Rifle
A Lakelander Model 389 bolt action rifle in .308". This Norwegian made rifle has seen little work and is in a very tidy condition. The stock has good figure and the high raised comb lending itself well for a decent sized scope. The walnut stock has a 14" reach and the fore end cap and pistol grip cap are in a darker hard wood - Rosewood I think. The 22" barrel has an excellent bore. The integral magazine takes three rounds. A good quality rifle in a very versatile calibre.
Ishapore 7.62mm Jungle Carbine
The Indian armoury at Ishapore produce Lee Enfield based bolt action rifles in 7.62mm as a stop gap while they updated there front line forces with the FN rifle. This one is dated 1966. This is also marked with the RFI mark of Ishapore and 2A. It has the aluminium butt plate typical of the model. The overall condition of the rifle is sound, and generally good. It would look better with a bit of polish on the stock. There is a small loss and replacement at the top of the comb where it joins the butt plate. The bore is good - well above average. It has the standard 12 round magazine fitted. The shorter barrelled "Jungle Carbines" were generally popular with the troops as they were lighter and easier to carry. They do bark a bit more with the shorter barrel and are great fun on the range.
Austro-Hungarian Steyr-Mannlicher Stutzen 8x56R
A 8x56R M95/30 conversion of a Mannlicher M1895. These were converted by Steyr-Mannlicher during the period of the First Austrian Republic, from 1930 to 1940. The M1895 was an updated version of the famous Mannlicher straight pull action.They were popular with troops with the high rate of fire the straight pull action gave; 30 to 35 rounds per minute were possible. Originally made in the 8.50mmR chamberings most were updated to the M95 calibre of 8x56mmR which was much more powerful. This example has tidy woodwork and most of the original bluing present. The bore is very presentable. The integral magazine hols 5 rounds and would have been loaded by a stripper clip. A tidy and useable rifle which is a bit different from the straight pull Schmidt Rubin which is getting quite popular.
Winchester Model 70 XTR Featherweight .270"
The Model 70 was introduced in 1937, and gained the name "The Rifleman's Rifle". In 1952 a lightweight version was launched, and called the Featherweight. Made in 1982, this example has the original finish, which still looks good with the bluing staring to lighten and take on a brown tint. The pre '64 Featherweights were considered the best ones as various cuts to expense were made in that year, which inevitably lead to claims of poorer quality. Further changes were made and many commentators declare the post 1974 models to be the equal of the pre 1964 productions - perhaps excepting the replacement of hand chequering with laser cutting. It comes with a German Schmidt and Bender 8x56 scope in quick release removable scope mounts. The rifle also has iron sights fitted with a fold down leaf rear sight with ivorine insert. This outfit is very accurate and the big scope, along with the versatile .270" calibre make it a very effective Boar outfit.
BSA Bolt Action .270
A BSA .270 bolt action sporting rifle in good condition. The rifle has good iron sights fitted, with graduated adjustment for windage and elevation. It also has a one piece scope mount with 1" rings. The .270 round is a versatile round, and is now enjoying a surge in popularity as a round for Boar.
Varberger .308" with scope
A very competent stalking outfit. The Swedish made Varberger rifles all have a good reputation. This example is in a good but used condition . It has a 21 1/2" barrel which is screw cut for a moderator. The 4 shot magazine is internal and without a trap door. Depressing a side button ejects the rounds when the bolt is open. The stock is 14" including a recoil pad. Thumb operated safety. The scope is a good quality 6x42 Meopta. The rifle even comes witrh the original facctory test certificate showing a sub 1" group at 100m. The previous owner tells me it can do significantly better than this with home loads.
Midland Gun Co .243 with 3-9x56 Scope
A .243 Bolt Action rifle by the Midland Gun Company. A tidy rifle with a very good bore. The rifle is fitted with a 3-9x56 Tasco scope with an adjustable illuminated reticule. The rifle is in good condition - almost very good but it has a few marks on the stock which look as if they have come from a car type gun rack; not deep but superficial . The blueing is in good order. The rifle has iron sights fitted. The Midland Gun Co was formed in 1889 and was best known for providing practical and good value guns, particularly for colonial service where serviceability scored over fine or fancy finishes. The premises moved around Birmingham over the years and the company was taken over by Parker Hale in 1952, but continued to use the Midland Gun Co name. The rifle is built on a Mauser action. The story is that after moving into new premises in the 1960s an old tunnel range was cleared out and large quantities of Mauser action were found in crates, originally taken as war reparations. These were then used for sporting rifles with great success. Later actions were bought from other sources including Czechoslovakia. these were produced up until the demise of Parker Hale in the 1990s. Sadly the records of serial number have been destroyed or at least lost. this rifle would appear to be from the very end of the line.