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DORLEAC
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7x57 Mauser DORLEAC Stalking Rifle
      #374880 - 06/03/23 07:00 PM


When an excellent customer asks us to build a light stalking rifle chambered for the timeless 7x57 by modernising the classic lines of the beautiful pre-war English models.
We do our best without abandoning the specifications of our personal style.
We revisit the legendary .275 Rigby HV to our taste, regretting that Rigby couldn't do the same for their modern production.
Our goal, to build a light, elegant and sleek rifle which is at ease whatever the hunting ground.

Regards to all.

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Re: 7x57 Mauser DORLEAC Stalking Rifle [Re: DORLEAC]
      #374881 - 06/03/23 07:25 PM

Really perfect. One day a Dorleac like this in my safe!

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Re: 7x57 Mauser DORLEAC Stalking Rifle [Re: DORLEAC]
      #374882 - 06/03/23 07:33 PM

There is no question that this is a beautiful weapon,...

but not everyone desires a modernized version of an classic as a mix between French, English and German gunsmithing. Rigby just hold on to a special line, even if that might not correspond to everyone's aesthetic perception.


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Re: 7x57 Mauser DORLEAC Stalking Rifle [Re: grandveneur]
      #374885 - 06/03/23 08:43 PM


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...but not everyone desires a modernized version of an classic as a mix between French, English and German gunsmithing. Rigby just hold on to a special line, even if that might not correspond to everyone's aesthetic perception.




I know that this type of rifle is not to everyone's taste, fortunately!
I don't quite understand where the mix is between French, English and German gunsmithing, but what must be remembered is that we are responding to the specific request of a customer who was disappointed by the modern interpretation of the pre-war Rigby bolt rifles as offered by the Blaser Group.
Afterwards, everyone is free to choose what suits them or what they like.

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Re: 7x57 Mauser DORLEAC Stalking Rifle [Re: DORLEAC]
      #374886 - 06/03/23 10:11 PM

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I don't quite understand where the mix is between French, English and German gunsmithing, but what must be remembered is that we are responding to the specific request of a customer who was disappointed by the modern interpretation of the pre-war Rigby bolt rifles as offered by the Blaser Group.
Afterwards, everyone is free to choose what suits them or what they like.

DORLEAC







I made the comment just because you made mention of the Rigby company.

A mixture of different styles is not to be understood as negative, it can only lead to a deviation from a traditional classic historical line, but as you have already written, everyone is free to choose what suits them or what they like.


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Re: 7x57 Mauser DORLEAC Stalking Rifle [Re: grandveneur]
      #374887 - 06/03/23 11:03 PM

Beautiful work MrD as always!
Stunning timber & masterful engraving, very small, very subtle & just the right amount with hints here & there.
While not a real fan of the peep sight on the cocking piece, its usefulness cannot be overlooked should the optics fail at an inopportune time.
As to the lucky owner of this rifle, you have magnificent tastes indeed!
And YES, you're not the only one who would desire one of these in their gun cupboard John.


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Re: 7x57 Mauser DORLEAC Stalking Rifle [Re: 93x64mm]
      #374893 - 07/03/23 01:21 AM

Magnificent....as usual!!

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Re: 7x57 Mauser DORLEAC Stalking Rifle [Re: degoins]
      #374898 - 07/03/23 04:17 AM

Another beautiful Dorleac Mauser.

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Re: 7x57 Mauser DORLEAC Stalking Rifle [Re: DarylS]
      #374905 - 07/03/23 05:43 AM

Great looking rifle

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Re: 7x57 Mauser DORLEAC Stalking Rifle [Re: tinker]
      #374906 - 07/03/23 09:38 AM

Always a pleasure to see one of your latest masterpieces. Simply gorgeous rifle!

Thank you for sharing!




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Re: 7x57 Mauser DORLEAC Stalking Rifle [Re: FlatTop45]
      #374908 - 07/03/23 10:09 AM

What a true masterpiece. Very elegant yet functional.

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Re: 7x57 Mauser DORLEAC Stalking Rifle [Re: 85lc]
      #374912 - 07/03/23 01:40 PM

Well, and then there's this rifle...

At first, I didn't think I liked the vertical line in the stock at the rear of the bolt release, but see that it is mirrored on the bolt handle side which does add a little thickness right behind the bolt where many rifles tend to get chipped. So, kind of nice to add a little more mass there.

That radius on the butt plate edge is a superb touch giving the plate a bit more thickness and allowing it to add to the architecture of the whole rather than being just an added on part on it's own.

Excellent, excellent work Joel!

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Re: 7x57 Mauser DORLEAC Stalking Rifle [Re: Huvius]
      #374918 - 07/03/23 07:02 PM

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Well, and then there's this rifle...

At first, I didn't think I liked the vertical line in the stock at the rear of the bolt release...

Excellent, excellent work Joel!




You actually doubted the design aesthetic / purpose of a Dorleac creation?

Even for a moment?

For shame, tsk tsk... .


Alas, you soon saw / mended the error of such ways. All is forgiven.


Seriously, the functional works of art and superb craftsmanship from Joel's shop are astounding and worthy of the highest praise, as I'm sure you'll agree.

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Re: 7x57 Mauser DORLEAC Stalking Rifle [Re: Rothhammer1]
      #374928 - 08/03/23 04:44 AM

Superb.
If I were to have a custom hunting rifle built, it would be built by DORLEAC & DORLEAC.


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Re: 7x57 Mauser DORLEAC Stalking Rifle [Re: Rothhammer1]
      #374929 - 08/03/23 04:48 AM

Joel, you are in a class of your own!!! Years from now lovers of fine rifles will go to great trouble to try and secure one of your masterpieces! They will become collector pieces on another level! Keep on doing what you do best! On my bucket list is to one day own a D&D rifle....
I salute you!

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Re: 7x57 Mauser DORLEAC Stalking Rifle [Re: Vintage_Canvas]
      #374937 - 08/03/23 07:53 AM

Well done Joel, an exceptionally classy and beautifully built rifle with some very nice accessories and finishing touches. Thanks for posting not only some pics but such a large amount of such quality in HD.

Matt.

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Re: 7x57 Mauser DORLEAC Stalking Rifle [Re: Waidmannsheil]
      #374960 - 08/03/23 08:38 PM

Very nice. Where I the customer I would be delighted. If I was commissioning I might change a few minor details. Scope would be a 42mm objective rather than 50. I would prefer a forend tip that is cut square to the barrel and the rounded and a grip that is a little thicker and ends with a grip cap (I have long hands and fingers). And I would want bolt and cheek piece on opposite sides.

But that is in no way meant as any form of criticism. One day I will commission one of these. I


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Re: 7x57 Mauser DORLEAC Stalking Rifle [Re: HeymSR20]
      #374962 - 08/03/23 09:19 PM


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If I was commissioning I might change a few minor details. Scope would be a 42mm objective rather than 50.




Scope is an Austrian made Swarovski Z3 3-10x42 !

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Re: 7x57 Mauser DORLEAC Stalking Rifle [Re: DORLEAC]
      #374966 - 09/03/23 01:21 AM

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Scope is an Austrian made Swarovski Z3 3-10x42 !





Which when viewed in scale to the rifle will tell us how slender and handy this rifle really is

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Re: 7x57 Mauser DORLEAC Stalking Rifle [Re: DORLEAC]
      #374988 - 09/03/23 11:36 AM

A very beautiful rifle. I like the colour case harding. To me it really adds to the rifle. Very well done again Mr D.

Re the Rigby comment, I agree. A mate has a Rigby Stalker in 30-06. Nice looking rifle, but it is no stalking rifle. It is way to heavy. From memory, with out a scope on it, it is heavier than my Styer Pro Hunter with a Khale's 2.5-10X50 with a steel tube on it. I had seriously considered saving up and buying a Rigby Stalker until I handled his.

However, each to their own and thankfully we do not all have the same wants/likes and dislikes.


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Re: 7x57 Mauser DORLEAC Stalking Rifle [Re: Rule303]
      #375112 - 13/03/23 11:45 PM

As always, a beautiful piece of functional art.

Curl

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Re: 7x57 Mauser DORLEAC Stalking Rifle [Re: CptCurl]
      #375645 - 28/03/23 02:15 AM

Dear JoŽl. Sincere belated congratulations on this stunning piece of revisited classical work that makes my mouth watering. Could you please tell us which trigger mechanism you fitted the rifle with and what is its average pull weight, an obviously important detail for a stalking rifle? Louis

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Re: 7x57 Mauser DORLEAC Stalking Rifle [Re: Louis]
      #375663 - 29/03/23 12:36 AM


We use a specific trigger system that we build on the basis of a deeply modified Recknagel single stage mechanism.
All our trigger blades are completely custom made to have the best position inside the trigger guard bow.
This allows us to adapt the curvature and position of this part.
Depending on the customer's request, the single stage let-off weight varies from 800 to 1200 grams, roughly 2 to 3 lbs.
But what is most important is the sharpness of the trigger let off: we must have the impression of breaking a thin piece of glass.
Personally I use a very light weight trigger but it's a matter of habit, especially when you have been trained in the use of German double set hair triggers.

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Re: 7x57 Mauser DORLEAC Stalking Rifle [Re: DORLEAC]
      #375684 - 30/03/23 11:22 AM

The more I look at the pictures the more I like it. Well done Mr. D !!!!!!!!!

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Re: 7x57 Mauser DORLEAC Stalking Rifle [Re: bwanabobftw]
      #375697 - 31/03/23 03:45 AM

Thank you very much for your detailed answer, JoŽl.
Louis

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