Rigby .450 3 1/4" custom made for Craig Boddington. This John Rigby & Co. (CA) left hand double rifle was used by Boddington on many African safaris and featured in his works. The .450-3 1/4" Nitro Express became his favorite elephant rifle soon after it was delivered in 2006 and accompanied Craig on expeditions to Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. He used it to take two of his best elephants. Specifications and details include Caliber: .450-3 1/4", Barrels: 24", LOP: 14 1/2", Stock: English walnut with left-hand cheekpiece, Triggers: Double, currently set left-hand (left barrel first, then right), Receiver: Color-case-hardened, Sights: 3/32" gold bead front on ramp; rear express, 1 standing leaf, 1 folding leaf regulated for Hornady 480-grain and very accurate. Stock includes sling swivels and splinter fore-end. Weight 9 3/4 pounds. Craig had the rifle built on an action scaled for the .450-3 1/4" cartridge to keep weight moderate because, in his view, many modern doubles are either too heavy or too light. Craig will provide a proper letter of history and provenance to the purchaser along with a collection of photos. Overall condition approximately 95% due to slight hunting wear.
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