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paradox_
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Rare Vintage Rigby Mauser
      #333109 - 07/10/19 02:42 PM

Rare Vintage Rigby Mauser in 303 British

Earlier this year I was very fortunate indeed to take pocession of this Rigby Mauser rifle.
Its previous owner after some 40 years agreed I should be its new custodian.

It’s a “ short intermediate action” slant box (some Rigby 303s were built on the standard intermediate action).
Jon Speed states around 100 of these actions were made, give or take, after Rigby requested Mauser make an action to accommodate the 303-rimmed cartridge.

This example is particularly special in that it is in taking down configuration and not the detachable barrelled action examples, or the screw through the front ring type, instead a proper takedown rifle.
Rigby built just 16 such rifles and its anyone’s guess how many still exist, or at least exist in original condition. I know of 2 others only.

The action dates around 1907, Rigby delivered the rifle in 1922.
The 303 were never very popular, due in no small way to the immense popularity of the 275, resulting in limited production numbers of the 303.

The action number is part of the “ normal” Mauser production range. This rifle left the Mauser factory as a stocked barrelled action, with the barrel set up for the take down option. The Mauser number is stamped in the stock reinforcing this.
It is therefore more Mauser than Rigby with the later adding furniture, including the Deely type fore end release.

Do hope you enjoy the pictures.

Best
Eric
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Re: Rare Vintage Rigby Mauser [Re: paradox_]
      #333110 - 07/10/19 02:44 PM

Well now, isn't that SPECIAL!

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Re: Rare Vintage Rigby Mauser [Re: Daryl_S]
      #333111 - 07/10/19 03:19 PM

So very nice!

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Rod4861
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Re: Rare Vintage Rigby Mauser [Re: tinker]
      #333112 - 07/10/19 05:01 PM

There's another rifle like that in Queensland. I last saw her about 2 years ago, up Toowoomba way.

Rod


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Re: Rare Vintage Rigby Mauser [Re: Rod4861]
      #333117 - 07/10/19 06:40 PM

That is one rare and great looking rifle.

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Re: Rare Vintage Rigby Mauser [Re: Rule303]
      #333121 - 07/10/19 07:12 PM

Jolly good show, Old Chap! Wonderful for a days stalking of sambar in Ceylon, very pukka.

What a lovely vintage rifle. And a takedown M98 Rigby in .303 British. Cased and classic.

Thanks for posting Eric.

I like to put it on the NE page/group as well and share around, including on the Rigby fan page (I'm an admin). Always good 'advertising' of the forums, and maybe get another member or two here. If they can part from the 'glitter and glam' of fb and its crack cocaine instant 'delights' ...

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paradox_
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Re: Rare Vintage Rigby Mauser [Re: NitroX]
      #333126 - 07/10/19 07:37 PM

Hi JOHN

No problem. One small correction, regrettably it is not cased......yet!

Best
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Re: Rare Vintage Rigby Mauser [Re: paradox_]
      #333129 - 07/10/19 08:01 PM

Just realised (and re-read) it is yours! Well done.

BTW I will have one please in .303 AND .275.

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jc5
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Re: Rare Vintage Rigby Mauser [Re: NitroX]
      #333132 - 07/10/19 08:16 PM

Very nice!

Would you please post some pictures of the proof marks or other markings on the barrel?

Thanks!

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Re: Rare Vintage Rigby Mauser [Re: jc5]
      #333139 - 07/10/19 10:53 PM

Oh, such a lovely rifle!

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Ahmed577
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Re: Rare Vintage Rigby Mauser [Re: JDL]
      #333142 - 08/10/19 02:07 AM

That is a rifle I could live with. Have to do a trip to QLD soon to pick up a Rigby rifle, if that gun was over that way I would love to see it. ( I am not a buyer)

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paradox_
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Re: Rare Vintage Rigby Mauser [Re: Ahmed577]
      #333178 - 08/10/19 11:00 AM

Ahmed

No problem, let me know when you are in town

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Re: Rare Vintage Rigby Mauser [Re: paradox_]
      #333184 - 08/10/19 02:28 PM

nice gun ,,and more rare that its a takedown ,, there were 2 on guns int. for nearly a year ,1 left now ,but i can't believe both weren't scooped up long ago ....paul

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Homer
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Re: Rare Vintage Rigby Mauser [Re: pjaln]
      #333190 - 08/10/19 04:06 PM

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Donuts!

Thanks for sharing Paradox.

D'oh!
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Re: Rare Vintage Rigby Mauser [Re: Homer]
      #333197 - 08/10/19 05:39 PM

Eric

Congratulations on this great find. a Top class addition to your all-ready classy collection.

Best regards from SA


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Re: Rare Vintage Rigby Mauser [Re: Gen_Hicks]
      #333198 - 08/10/19 11:00 PM

I had a nice cased .303 Rigby in takedown also.

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Re: Rare Vintage Rigby Mauser [Re: Rule303]
      #333224 - 09/10/19 06:47 AM

Quote:

That is one rare and great looking rifle.



Not wrong there!
In safe hands now Paradox, this old bird will be lovingly looked after!


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Re: Rare Vintage Rigby Mauser [Re: 93x64mm]
      #333319 - 11/10/19 06:51 PM

Superb and congratulations of finding such a rare item, Eric!
Louis

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Re: Rare Vintage Rigby Mauser [Re: Louis]
      #333330 - 12/10/19 03:07 AM

Excellent!

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