The next rifle is a work of art.  I feel a little bit of an intro is necessary in order to fully appreciate this piece.  From about 1890 to about 1904, the primary rifle of the British Commonwealth was the Martini Henry.  In Australia, the rifle was commonly referred to as the "rook" rifle.  Rook is a slang term for kangaroo.  I'll let you figure out how it got it's nickname !  Here's a picture of an original rifle.

The next rifle is a work of art.  I feel a little bit of an intro is necessary in order to fully appreciate this piece.  From about 1890 to about 1904, the primary rifle of the British Commonwealth was the Martini Henry.  In Australia, the rifle was commonly referred to as the "rook" rifle.  Rook is a slang term for kangaroo.  I'll let you figure out how it got it's nickname !  Here's a picture of an original rifle.

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This is what it looks like after Texas artisan, Lester Brooks got through with it !

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The rifle was stripped down to it's basic action.  It was then highly polished and rebarrelled in .17 cal remington.  The bullet is a real screamer and the rifle is an excellent, lightweight varmit rifle. 

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The above picture shows the tiny "rook" with the lever in the opened position.  This is a true "rolling block" action and the round is ejected when the lever is worked.  Notice the incredibly fine checkering and the metalsmithing which has gone into this action.

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Look at this hand checkered steel butt plate.  Beautiful !

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Again, the picture doesn't do it justice.

A very rare and beautiful rifle by a highly respected craftsman.  Offered at $1950.00. This price includes the scope on this rifle.

 

I've always been nuts for single shots.  There's just something about the expectation of making that perfect shot.  Varmint hunting is a time honored tradition.  As a young man, I worked on a paint horse ranch in the rolling hills of San Luis Obispo County in California.  We were infested with ground squirrels.  In the spring, my boss would buy my ammo and turn me loose for days at a time to thin them out. They left awful holes in the ground and there was a constant fear that a valuable horse would break a leg.

After four years in the Marines and two tours in Viet Nam, I had come to grow quite respectful for the caliber of 22.  In those days, My first effort was a .222 that I had rechambered to .223.  It was excellent. 

In later years, I progressed from the ground squirrels of California to the prairie dogs of Colorado.  I kept using .223's but had fallen in love with a Ruger #1 in the meantime.  It wasn't long before I "discovered" the ultimate .22 of all, the .220 Swift.  So, that meant another Ruger #1 !  Don't ya just love it ?  I spent a lot of time accurizing these rifles and developing the perfect loads for them.  I could regularly shoot five shot groups that stayed inside 5/8th of an inch.  I loved those guns.

Have you seen those pictures of 19th century sharpshooters using rolling block rifles and scopes that are almost as long as the rifle ?  Well, I love that look.  I equipped both of these rifles with old Redfield varmint scopes from "the old days".  The scopes are in pristine condition and are perfect.  They give those Rugers the look I wanted.  With these rifles Iam pretty dang dangerous on a prairie dog out to 500 yards plus.

Okay, so where am I going with all of this ?  Well, I was out at Reno for the Gunmakers Guild Convention.  There are a couple of people who are in the "stock blank" business and they bring the finest wood in the world to that convention for the Guild Members to pick through it and pick the wood for their future projects.  It is nothing to see blanks go for $1,000.00 plus, but you are looking at REALLY nice wood.

Anyway, I came across two sets of blanks that were matched.  They were the most beautiful filligree'd blanks I think I'd ever seen.  Well, they followed me home !

So, I wanted a stockmaker who could bring out the magic of the wood.  It didn't take long to decide on Sterling Davenport.  Remember that .375 H&H above ?  Yep !  That Sterling Davenport.

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Now, have you ever seen a finer looking Ruger #1?  This is the .220 Swift version.

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The fleurs are flawless.

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Look at that wood !  And Sterling did an absolutely outstanding job carving it.  Look at how tight the checkering is.

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The 20x Redfield looks as new as the day it was made.

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This rifle is truly a work of art. And it's as lethal as it is beautiful!  Available for $3650.00. with scope.

 

If you like the Sterling Davenport Ruger # 1 above, well here's another one !

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The only differences between the two rifles are 1) this one is .223, the other is .220; 2) this one has no ebony forend piece (this is how I could tell them apart easily) 3) this one is a 16x scope.

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The filligree is simply perfection and matches the other rifle perfectly.

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Beautiful wrap-around checkering complete an incredible piece of art by one of the masters of our time. Aavailable for $3550.00. with scope.

 

The following rifle is a true classic.  A pre-64 Winchester, Model 70, Supergrade.  It has a target barrel chambered to .220 Swift.

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The following rifle is a true classic.  A pre-64 Winchester, Model 70, Supergrade.  It has a target barrel chambered to .220 Swift.

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This is your chance to own a classic pre-64 Winchester in a  tack-driving cartridge, with a period target scope.  This scope's lenses are comparable to the best of today's.  Excellent condition.  It can be purchased with the scope for $2250.00, o.b.o.

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The scope is a Balvar 6-24.  (Bausch & Lomb Variable ).

 

This is the second rifle from Pachmayer GunWorks.  This rifle is based on a small Sako action.

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The beauty of the small Sako action is the size. This is a perfect, control round feeding action that has been shrunk down to fit the .223.

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The quick release sling swivel is an exclusive design of Pachmayer Gun Works and are flawlessly installed.

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The stock is a beautiful example of basic stockmaking skills taking to perfection.

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The brass pistol grip cap has been lightly engraved but could be easily buffed out and re-engraved.

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This is a rare opportunity to own a beautiful custom rifle, built on a collectible action by a big name gunshop without breaking the bank. The rifle is available for sale for $1650.00. including the Leopold 2-7 scope.

 

Sometimes, there's just not a lot to say. I bought this rifle to plink with on the ranch. It does a very seriously good job of it ! And it's pretty quiet !

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This is a rare opportunity to own a beautiful custom rifle, built on a collectible action by a big name gunshop without breaking the bank. The rifle is available for sale for $1650.00. including the Leopold 2-7 scope.

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The heavy barrel and the laminated stock are "just right".

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This is a rare opportunity to own a beautiful custom rifle, built on a collectible action by a big name gunshop without breaking the bank. The rifle is available for sale for $1650.00. including the Leopold 2-7 scope.

 

Beautiful pre-64 varminter in .243 Win. (6mm). This rifle is in excellent shape.

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The rifle includes a beautiful Balvar (Bausch & Lomb) 6-24 period scope.

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The rifle is available with scope for $1975.00 including the Balvar 6-24 scope.

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This is a perfect combination for long range varmint shooting !