Dangerous-Game Rifles by Terry Wieland

By Terry Wieland

The recognition of rifles designed to take immense video game hasn't ever been larger. Terry Wieland, a well known firearms professional, explores intimately the rifles and calibers which are drawing cognizance. This moment variation covers what has replaced within the box because the first version used to be published-new calibers, new cartridges, new weapons, new actions-and contains new fabric on motion and barrel manufacture, tracing the construction of an excellent, personalized, big-bore rifle.

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The stock, where it fastens to the frame, is thicker. Proponents of the sidelock insist its frame is stronger because less metal is cut away to accommodate the sear and tumblers, but where strength really counts is in the action bar and the right angle where it meets the standing breech. This is where metal is cut away to accommodate the spring in a baraction sidelock, which is why most are back-action locks, but even this can be beefed up by adding a bolster. Arguments abound in favor of both boxlocks and sidelocks, and since none has gained a real ascendancy, it is reasonable to assume that neither demonstrates any meaningful superiority.

M. 275 Rigby, the British designation for the Mauser 7x57. 350 in both rimmed and rimless form; today, both are moribund. indd 14 10/5/09 1:30:42 PM The Great English Double John Rigby rising-bite sidelock action. Regarded by experts as the finest of all double-rifle locking systems, the rising bite was made until the outbreak of the Second World War. Any rising-bite Rigby is in great demand today — and rightly so. and getting livelier. 450 Rigby was born. Traditionally, Rigby made both sidelock and boxlock double rifles.

The lock plates that allowed the shooter to cock or uncock the gun manually, but these never caught on. As rifles became larger and more powerful, sidelock designs for rifles began to evolve in directions slightly different from shotguns. The actions became heavier and stronger, with certain features designed either to withstand recoil or stand up to the greater strain of firing cartridges of much higher pressure. Obvious features included bolsters — the elbow-shaped bulge of extra metal down each side of the standing breech and along the action bar that is frequently seen on rifles and also on many Continental shotguns.

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