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The Rigby Highland Stalker rifle
      #296173 - 03/03/17 09:54 PM

Today John Rigby and Co releases its new model, the Highland Stalker rifle.



A comparison.

Vintage 1900 Rigby .275




Modern Rigby Highland Stalker .275





The Highland Stalker - John Rigby & Co.'s most important rifle launch in a generation.

Hailed as a traditional deerstalking rifle, Rigby's new Highland Stalker is inspired by the same rifles we produced at the turn of the 20th century. These rifles were used by iconic British adventurers such as Karamojo Bell and Jim Corbett. We regard the Scottish Highlands as the birthplace of stalking and the title befitting the rifle.

Available in both men's and ladies' versions, the rifle took three years to develop with our historic partner Mauser and features grade 5 wood as standard, traditional Rigby pattern iron sights, an ambidextrous stock, rounded grip shape, hand-finished chequering and original-style engraving.

Weighing 7.8lb, the rifle's magazine holds 4+1 for all calibres. A scope can be easily fitted with our quick release return to zero mounts. This is a classic stalking rifle with a full line of fit for purpose accessories to accompany it.

Available in .275, .308, .30-06, 8x57, 9.3x62

RRP: 6,495 I 7,595 I $8,995





















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Re: The Rigby Highland Stalker rifle [Re: NitroX]
      #296177 - 03/03/17 11:50 PM

I'll get the popcorn!

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Re: The Rigby Highland Stalker rifle [Re: Ash]
      #296188 - 04/03/17 03:45 AM

Yes please.

https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t...amp;oe=596EBAF0

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Re: The Rigby Highland Stalker rifle [Re: Ash]
      #296189 - 04/03/17 03:45 AM

https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t...amp;oe=596EBAF0

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Re: The Rigby Highland Stalker rifle [Re: gryphon]
      #296190 - 04/03/17 04:29 AM

While along my cup of tee, the proportions of that rifle, to me, look like a heavy dangerous game rifle, not a stalker. I expected a sleek rifle, not a heavy hitter.

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Re: The Rigby Highland Stalker rifle [Re: Daryl_S]
      #296195 - 04/03/17 04:58 AM

The Highland Stalker - John Rigby & Co.'s most important rifle launch in a generation.

Hailed as a traditional deerstalking rifle, Rigby's new Highland Stalker is inspired by the same rifles we produced at the turn of the 20th century. These rifles were used by iconic British adventurers such as Karamojo Bell and Jim Corbett. We regard the Scottish Highlands as the birthplace of stalking and the title befitting the rifle.

Available in both men's and ladies' versions, the rifle took three years to develop with our historic partner Mauser and features grade 5 wood as standard, traditional Rigby pattern iron sights, an ambidextrous stock, rounded grip shape, hand-finished chequering and original-style engraving.

Weighing 7.8lb, the rifle's magazine holds 4+1 for all calibres. A scope can be easily fitted with our quick release return to zero mounts. This is a classic stalking rifle with a full line of fit for purpose accessories to accompany it.

Available in .275, .308, .30-06, 8x57, 9.3x62

RRP: 6,495 I 7,595 I $8,995

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Re: The Rigby Highland Stalker rifle [Re: NitroX]
      #296196 - 04/03/17 05:04 AM

I'll load the photos up here later but here's another link.

https://scontent-syd2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t...amp;oe=592A3282

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Re: The Rigby Highland Stalker rifle [Re: NitroX]
      #296197 - 04/03/17 05:05 AM

It isn't a big rifle.

https://scontent-syd2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t...amp;oe=596C89F6

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Re: The Rigby Highland Stalker rifle [Re: NitroX]
      #296198 - 04/03/17 05:18 AM

The launch of the Rigby Highland Stalker!

https://www.facebook.com/336468443171072/videos/830712590413319/

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Re: The Rigby Highland Stalker rifle [Re: NitroX]
      #296208 - 04/03/17 07:47 AM

I am a little intrigue that `Scotland` is the theme. I know...Highlands is Scotland but John Rigby was from Irland and they have mountain and hillcountry in Irland
https://www.google.dk/search?q=mountains...2074xZ4ZcwnPmM:

Rigby also mailed me an advertisement of a Whisky with again `Scotland as a theme. If Rigby should have done anything they should have had an Irish Whisky with their name on it.

Is my observation wrong..?..


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Re: The Rigby Highland Stalker rifle [Re: rigbymauser]
      #296218 - 04/03/17 09:52 AM

Why don`t we just enjoy the rifle. There are rifles built around the world with African themed names,does it make them any less?

Scotland is THE Holy Grail when it comes to stalking,I mean proper stalking out in the 'forest' not pulling up at the ranch and pen stalking.

US made..African name,fantastic rifles.The African theme doesn't detract.

http://kilimanjarorifles.com/made-in-usa.html

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Re: The Rigby Highland Stalker rifle [Re: gryphon]
      #296222 - 04/03/17 10:38 AM

Looks quite nice, the safety and the QD scope rings are off the M12 Mauser. Good to see that they are making it in 9.3x62 and 8x57 as well as the usual 30-06, 308 and of course 275 Rigby. For me there could be a little bit more sweep out at the forend nose, otherwise, very nice. It will be interesting to see what the weight is like and of course the price.

As for Scotland being the home of stalking, I bet the Austrians and the Germans would beg to differ as they have been stalking in the mountains with firearms and before that crossbows for hundreds of years. Even St.Hubert was a stalker and that was in the fifteen hundreds I believe.

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Re: The Rigby Highland Stalker rifle [Re: Waidmannsheil]
      #296227 - 04/03/17 12:25 PM

Perhaps I should have qualified it with "to the non European" Scottish deer stalking is the Holy Grail. It too has been there and done that for centuries.

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Re: The Rigby Highland Stalker rifle [Re: Waidmannsheil]
      #296229 - 04/03/17 01:02 PM

Quote:

It will be interesting to see what the weight is like and of course the price.




Quote:

Weighing 7.8lb, the rifle's magazine holds 4+1 for all calibres. A scope can be easily fitted with our quick release return to zero mounts. This is a classic stalking rifle with a full line of fit for purpose accessories to accompany it.




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Re: The Rigby Highland Stalker rifle [Re: NitroX]
      #296230 - 04/03/17 01:11 PM

As for the Scottish vs Irish themes, it is a new rifle and model. The key word is NEW.

Lots of guys hunt in Scotland and enjoy hunting there. And lots who never have, would like to, even if they never do. And I assume a lot would like again to carry a Rigby rifle, in this case a new model for 2017 and beyond. Of course that is the mystique and no doubt it will work just as well in the "Highlands" of New Zealand, after Sambar in the Victoria Alps, or Elk in the Rockies. Maybe even Moose in Swedish forests.

Rigby is also bringing out a ladies model.

For years and years people wished for the return of Mauser 98 actioned rifles. And thanks to Rigby and Mauser we are seeing a number of new models, costly a reason being the action, but very successful for the company.

The Highland Stalker uses a standard sized Mauser action. As Rigby posted, not something Mauser has done for many years.

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John Rigby & Co.: Rigby and Mauser have not produced as small calibre rifle together since the second war. This is a new Mauser standard action made in Germang by Mauser.




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Re: The Rigby Highland Stalker rifle [Re: NitroX]
      #296233 - 04/03/17 01:30 PM

Yes, I obviously didn't read properly. The last post with the facebook page doesn't seem to work unless you log into facebook.

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Re: The Rigby Highland Stalker rifle [Re: Waidmannsheil]
      #296242 - 04/03/17 02:16 PM

I will post photos here soon.

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Re: The Rigby Highland Stalker rifle [Re: NitroX]
      #296255 - 04/03/17 04:21 PM



I'd happily own one - if I had the cash. Nice clean lines and very obviously a Rigby.

I tried to imagine another bolt action rifle, of current manufacture, that I'd prefer to buy but couldn't come up with anything.


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Re: The Rigby Highland Stalker rifle [Re: Daryl_S]
      #296259 - 04/03/17 05:46 PM

Just adding to the comment by Daryl S about the proportions. I like the style a lot but to my eye the end of the butt, at the pad join, looks a bit shallow.

It might look better with a few mm added to the bottom at that point, tapering up to the same depth it has now behind the grip. The shallow butt depth might be making the grip area look a bit large.

Another thing that doesn't seem quite right, the pitch seems too flat. The recoil pad seems to be very square to the bore line. i wonder how many shooters would find that comfortable?

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Re: The Rigby Highland Stalker rifle [Re: GABE93]
      #296260 - 04/03/17 07:59 PM

A comparison.

Vintage 1900 Rigby .275




Modern Rigby Highland Stalker .275

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      #296262 - 04/03/17 08:43 PM

Nice comparison NitroX. I'll copy the image to a file in case i need it for future use. The 1900 example here has one of the nicer stocks i have seen for this model.

I was offered one of this model many years ago, all original in it's case, with a stock profile not as well done as the old one here.

I think the new rifle is excellent but the comparison confirms for my personal taste it would be better with a bit deeper butt and a touch more pitch. Anyway i think Rigby will get a lot of orders for it.

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Re: The Rigby Highland Stalker rifle [Re: GABE93]
      #296263 - 04/03/17 09:07 PM

Photos added.

I like the 1909 trigger guard magazine floorplate release on the new model.



A few more photos.







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Re: The Rigby Highland Stalker rifle [Re: NitroX]
      #296264 - 04/03/17 09:50 PM

7.8lbs, lovely!! Nice and light. Looks very nice. After seeing the the photos Nitro X posted I see your point Gabe. Nice to see your on here Gabe, I'll get off my butt and give you a call shortly.
Personally if they copied Corbetts .275, I'd be hard pressed not to buy one.


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Re: The Rigby Highland Stalker rifle [Re: BillG500]
      #296266 - 04/03/17 10:04 PM

With the Mauser QD mount bases fitted.


Photo by Philip Massaro

It does remove the sleek action lines, but most hunters nowadays use a scope for medium game rifles. A good QD mounting system allows use of both the open sights and a scope.

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Re: The Rigby Highland Stalker rifle [Re: BillG500]
      #296277 - 05/03/17 12:38 AM

Howdy BillG500, i only have a mobile ph now so if you don't have it send pm for it. My email is still the same. Look forward to catching up sometime.

Another point we should remember...in the flesh at arms length a gun looks different compared to how it looks in an image. In the flesh a gun has to be propped up and then appraised from a couple of meters away to see the lines and profile as you would in an image. I imagine the Rigby stalker would look better in the hands.

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