Lot 60: Stunning Griffin & Howe 1961 Winchester Model 70 Caliber 7mm

Stunning Griffin & Howe 1961 Winchester Model 70 Caliber 7mm, Built For noted gun magazine writer and big game hunter Robert Farwell Chatfield-Taylor. Taylor was well known to big game cartridge aficionados and big game hunters. He designed several high power cartridges including the .375 Taylor and .416 Taylor, powerful loads meant for African big game. He was a friend and hunting partner of William Ruger Sr. and this piece was consigned to us by the Ruger family. Rifle appears to be in practically new condition. It is stocked in spectacular tiger striped walnut with a raised European style cheek piece, an engraved and checkered Nieder style buttplate, an engraved steel pistol grip cap, an ebony forend cap, an engraved trigger guard and an elaborately engraved floor plate with Chatfield-Taylor's initials applied in gold (RFCT) in a gold outlined triangle. All wood and metal finishes are 100% condition. The bolt with its controlled extractor have been jeweled. The fine checkering is in perfect condition and the front swivel sling is mounted on the barrel in the manner of African style rifles. The 22 inch barrel has a sparkling bright bore with sharp rifling. The barrel has no rear sight with a ramp mounted front bead with a globe-type hood. Griffin & Howe was established in 1923 and was purchased by the outfitter Abercrombie & Fitch in 1930. Since then they have had the reputation of the finest large gunsmith in the United States. They have built rifles for Ernest Hemingway, Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Robert Ruark. This beautiful piece is a testament to their high level of craftsmanship. Griffin & Howe serial number 2473.

Estimate: $4,000 - $7,000

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