254. German Magazine Sporting Rifle by Christoph Schilling

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serial #51, 30-06, 24" part octagon part round barrel with integral full-length matted rib and a bright excellent bore. The barrel retains 98% excellent quality, likely later, restored rust blue. The receiver and bottom metal retain 98% original color case-hardening, muting slightly on the floorplate, the bolt body similar with only light operational marks and some light wear on the butterknife handle. The front ring is neatly matted and there is loose open foliate scroll on both receiver rings, the bottom metal is similarly embellished with an oval stag game scene vignette on the floorplate. The checkered round knob European walnut pistolgrip stock is classic style without cheekpiece and features a scant schnabel tip. It is equipped with a smooth steel buttplate which shows nice case colors and there is a sling swivel mounted along the toeline, its mate is soldered to the underside of the barrel. The stock rates very good showing some added finish and minor dings and handling marks near overall, consistent with a hunted arm; the checkered panels are mostly crisp, the grip panel showing a few very minor dings or compressions. This nice rifle is equipped with double set triggers and a lever-release floorplate and has been fitted with a low scope safety. The rifle is sighted with a simple bead front sight and four leaf express rear, one standing, three folding. At some later date the barrel and rear bridge of the receiver was professionally fitted for dual claw mounts. The rings currently mount a Hubertus II 4x32 telescopic sight with thick German three post reticle and bright excellent optics. The scope does show some dings and handling marks with a ding on the external ring at the objective lens. The dovetailing for the front claw mount has partially obscured the makers name on the rib. Overall a very nice 98 sporter with some super amenities in that "most American" of calibers. (37866-12) {C&R} (1200/1800) SOLD FOR $1,265.00

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