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Waidmannsheil
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A very nice 318 by WR
      #374645 - 01/03/23 02:11 PM


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Re: A very nice 318 by WR [Re: Waidmannsheil]
      #374647 - 01/03/23 02:46 PM

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YOWSER
Made a file in my computer's folder of Guns, in my Album's folder for that one. I have a number of these of various makers.

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prairie_ghost
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Re: A very nice 318 by WR [Re: Waidmannsheil]
      #374648 - 01/03/23 02:59 PM

These are certainly beautiful rifles and finished to the highest level of finish. But that same degree of finish especially the wood would seem to negate it as a serious hunting tool it seems. I have always thought of a hunting rifle as finely finished with a subdued, non reflective finish on the wood. Mind you, I do not hunt with plastic rifles so try to practice what I preach. What do the rest of you have to say about this? Do you believe this rifle will see field use as claimed? If it were mine it would get a good rottenstone scrub before leaving the house.

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Re: A very nice 318 by WR [Re: prairie_ghost]
      #374657 - 02/03/23 04:25 AM

I might "see" that rifle on a guided hunt in Africa, open country.
If mine, the pumice of rottenstone would see use - be a shame though, to dull that rifle's finish, but I own no safe queens.

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Re: A very nice 318 by WR [Re: DarylS]
      #374662 - 02/03/23 11:39 AM

Agreed. I would love to hunt with it but it would not look like that when I gave it back.

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DarylS
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Re: A very nice 318 by WR [Re: prairie_ghost]
      #374663 - 02/03/23 12:28 PM

"gave it back" does not compute.

If I hunted with it and I would only if I owned it - it might pick up a light mark or 2. If well finished and I'll be it is, it won't be TOO delicate.
250gr. RN at 2,400fps, no flies on that.

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NitroXAdministrator
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Re: A very nice 318 by WR [Re: DarylS]
      #374666 - 02/03/23 06:59 PM

Westley Richards rifles are always of a high finish standard, the ones they present at least. Excellent wood grain, very shiny finish. More for fondling with arv0chival gloves than the dust, heat, mud, rain, cold,veetness of the field. And especially shiny reflections scaring off animals.

How important is that shine? I remember a feral goat hunting the Northern Flinders Ranges, my first in 1982. Chasing a herd of goats the three of us got split up. I was on a high ridge in some rugged country and wondered where the other two were. I saw a flash. Off a shiny stock kilometres away. I wondered how they got that far away? But that flash off a shiny stock taught be something. My own rifle was a Parker Hale 1200 Delux .30-06 with its Monte Carlo shiny stock. Since restocked with a oil classic stock. Though if it was the first hunt I carried a plainly stocked Remington 788 .222. The Parker Hale went later.

Sad that lovely station is now owned by a non hunting youth outreach charity. It has some lovely rugged mountainous country side. One block was called Mandarin. And had something like a mini Grand Canyon. Bad for sheep, good for rugged hunting.

Back to Westley Richards. Always lovely to look at. Usually exhuisite examples of a classical theme. They would function well for real hunting if the owner did not mind dings, scratches, rubs, and dents.

But probably gonwell with the $5000 safari clothing outfit.

Someone has to do it!

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Re: A very nice 318 by WR [Re: NitroX]
      #374671 - 02/03/23 10:02 PM

I'd much prefer the satin oil finish instead - beautiful work though to say the least!

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bwanabobftw
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Re: A very nice 318 by WR [Re: 93x64mm]
      #374706 - 03/03/23 08:48 AM

I agree, “much prefer the satin oil finish”. But, I’d still take this one hunting !!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: A very nice 318 by WR [Re: bwanabobftw]
      #374711 - 03/03/23 10:17 AM

Nothing shows off the actual grain, than a totally filled and polished glass smooth finish.

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Re: A very nice 318 by WR [Re: bwanabobftw]
      #374747 - 03/03/23 09:29 PM

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I agree, “much prefer the satin oil finish”. But, I’d still take this one hunting !!!!!!!!!!!!




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