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bouldersmith
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A very early Rigby 98
      #337276 - 01/02/20 12:18 PM

Speed talks about these rifles in his book on sporting Mausers. Intermediate length, small rings that were left over from the GEW tests and the only ones Oberndorf ever sold commercially were retailed to Rigby. A client purchased this rifle in the Holt's auction I imported it for him. When it arrived it had a few issues he was not happy with, a couple of minor stock repairs, the front sight had been botched, a few areas of external deep pitting and some soft lettering. I was asked to strike out what I could on the metal and anything that could not be polished out sent to my engraver for micro welding when he picked up the lettering and proof marks. The existing stock finishing was flaking off and the color not correct for a Rigby. The good news is the rifling remains strong and nobody did anything other than the front sight damage that added to my job. Stock finish is traditional alkenet root in boiled linseed oil finished with Daly's Sea Fin and a slow rust blue using Pilkington's. Here are some before and after photos. I use IMGUR and choose the bbs option, it works most boards I post on but not here. Help re-sizing?

























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Edited by bouldersmith (01/02/20 02:03 PM)


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Re: A very early Rigby 98 [Re: bouldersmith]
      #337293 - 01/02/20 08:35 PM

GREAT

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Louis
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Re: A very early Rigby 98 [Re: lancaster]
      #337297 - 01/02/20 11:07 PM

Superb, Bouldersmith!
Which caliber is this beauty chambered for, .275?
Louis

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kuduae
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Re: A very early Rigby 98 [Re: Louis]
      #337298 - 01/02/20 11:47 PM

Quote:

Speed talks about these rifles in his book on sporting Mausers. Intermediate length, small rings that were left over from the GEW tests and the only ones Oberndorf ever sold commercially were retailed to Rigby.



Wrong. Only the ones Oberndorf sold to Britain went to Rigby. Others, maybe even earlier ones, were sold to German gunmakers. These were 1897 small ring tests actions, already featuring many 98 features, like gas shield, third locking lug, C-collar inside receiver ring, but still cock on closing like the Spanish and Swedish Mausers. Some photos of such rifles on very early, cock on closing, transitional actions:
Rigby's serial number 1059, Mauser commercial serial number 10, receiver dated 1897:


Rifle here in Germany, restocked and rebarreled, Mauser # 19:


Rifle by Sauer & Sohn, Suhl,in 8x57I, Mauser # 279:


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Ripp
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Re: A very early Rigby 98 [Re: kuduae]
      #337300 - 02/02/20 12:29 AM

Fine looking rifle..

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bouldersmith
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Re: A very early Rigby 98 [Re: kuduae]
      #337303 - 02/02/20 12:44 AM

This rifle cocks on opening, not closing. I was just repeating what Speed stated, I may indeed be wrong, it would not be the first time.

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kuduae
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Re: A very early Rigby 98 [Re: bouldersmith]
      #337310 - 02/02/20 05:35 AM

Bouldersmith, look at Jon Speed's "Archive" book, page 25: The sporting rifle he mentions there is #19.

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KWJohnston
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Re: A very early Rigby 98 [Re: kuduae]
      #337312 - 02/02/20 06:48 AM

Excellent work with the restoration Steve!

The fiddle back figure of the stock reminds me of the Jim Corbett rifle.

The iron sights are wonderful. It's fortunate the rifle survived all these years without the desecration of being drilled and tapped for a scope.

Best Regards.

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Re: A very early Rigby 98 [Re: KWJohnston]
      #337314 - 02/02/20 08:26 AM

Great work to get an old lady back on her feet again......marvellous job microwelding!

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rigbymauser
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Re: A very early Rigby 98 [Re: 93x64mm]
      #337323 - 02/02/20 08:01 PM

A lovely rifle. A true historical early Rigby boltaction rifle from where their name and succes story in Mausers began. Its a keeper.

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Re: A very early Rigby 98 [Re: bouldersmith]
      #337335 - 03/02/20 02:18 AM

Bouldersmith,
This is truly great artwork. Your client should be very happy.

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Re: A very early Rigby 98 [Re: 85lc]
      #340936 - 10/05/20 09:16 AM

restoration looks good tho I could live with it either way

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