DESIRABLE JOHN RIGBY CLASS C BOXLOCK EJECTOR DANGEROUS GAME DOUBLE RIFLE IN 470 NITRO WITH CASE.
Cal. 470 Nitro.
S# 17560 (CA 1910).
The 470 nitro was developed after the prohibition of military caliber (.450) sporting rifles in 1905. It gave ballistics similar to the popular 500-450 nitro. This rifle has 28″ chopper lump barrels fitted with full length matted rib, central portion slightly cut away forming quarter rib and front sight ramp. Rib is fitted with one standing, two folding leaf express rear sight and silver bead front. Top of rib is engraved in old English script with Rigby’s Sackville Street address. Tops of barrels are engraved with caliber markings and loads. Barrel flats are stamped with S#, caliber info, Rigby RR trademarks, and “CLASS C”. A sling eye is soldered to bottom rib. Case hardened Webley long bar, screw grip boxlock action features non-automatic saftey (“SAFE” inlaid in gold), screw grip third fastener engaging square shouldered dolls head rib extension, bushed strikers, and double triggers. Breech face is also stamped “CLASS C”. Action is engraved with some sprays of scroll and small scroll borders. “J. Rigby & Co.” is on each side. Blued top lever, floor plate, trigger plate and trigger guard are engraved to match. S# is on trigger guard tang which extends to case hardened grip cap. Well marbled and lightly figured European walnut pistol grip buttstock measures 14 7/8″ over Silver type pad. Stock features drop points, point pattern checkering, later sling eye and vacant silver oval. Matching splinter Southgate ejector forend has forward pivoting lever release. MEASUREMENTS: STOCK: DAH: approx. 2 3/4″. DAC: approx. 1 13/16″. CAST: neutral. LOP: 14 7/8″. WEIGHT: 10 lb. 15 oz. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: rifle is housed in what is possibly its original leather case with brass corners. Top is embossed “J.A.T.”. Interior is lined it green cloth, and there is a reproduction Rigby paper label in lid. Case contains a target shot at 40 yds. showing good shot placement, pair of snap caps, bench cloth, spare firing pins, and a sealed box of five 470 soft nose cartridges by Westley Richards.