CZ Safari Classic II

Calibers: 300 H&H Mag., .375 H&H Mag., .404 JEFFERY, .458 Lott , 416 Rigby

List Price Start at: approx. 5,000.00€

Source: CZ

The CZ 550 SAFARI (2005) & later the SAFARI CLASSIC 2 (as of 2017) rifles are heavily based on the Mauser 98 model and have all the features that the Mauser system does. The fairly basic 550 models were often very rough and needed a few more hours at the gunsmith before use.

On the later Classic 2, the rifles were refinished by hand again at the factory and therefore had a better finish. The rifles are and were honest workhorses and make a solid basis for a custom rifle. CZ stated themselves: that the rifles represent the highest quality and craftsmanship. The bluing was clean and the fits precise. The first 550 Safari models were still equipped with a plain and painted walnut stock.

The Classic 2 then had a matte oil finish that also highlighted the more beautiful wood grain, of the better woods. The all around front checkering improves grip. Minimal tolerances were achieved by hand fitting the system and barrel into the stock. The barrel and system are finished with an extremely durable DLC (Diamond like Cabon) coating. 

Dakota Model 76 African

Calibers: 416 Remington, 404 Jeffery, 416 Rigby and 450 Dakota

Source: Ron Spomer

In 1986, master gunsmiths Don Allen and Pete Grisel had a dream of bringing together the latest technology and proven techniques. They fulfilled that dream with the Model 76.

The Dakota 76's system borrows heavily from that of the Mauser 98 and features a long case extractor and a three-position Winchester Style, slide safety at the rear of the rifle's lock. The magazine is a classic box magazine that loads from the top and holds four magnum cartridges. For quick emptying of the magazine, the rifle has a button at the front of the trigger guard that unlocks the magazine plate. The release button is located in a way that accidental unlocking of the magazine cover is unlikely.

The stock is made of good walnut wood and the system is glass bedded. The system mounts are made of aluminum and are permanently attached to the glass bedding. Another intricate detail is the flat ground system that ensures maximum bearing surface and pressure distribution.

With the Dakota 76, you get a solid and cleanly finished bolt action rifle "Made in USA". 

Heym Express

Calibers. 375 H&H Mag, 416 Rigby, 404 Jeffery, 458 Lott, 450 Rigby, 505 Gibbs

List Price Start at: 7,900.00€

Source: Heym Germany

Source: Heym USA

The "Heym Express" rifle made its new debut in 2013. For its 25th anniversary, German-born gunsmith Ralf Martini was chosen to redesign the stock and profile of the rifle. Borrowing from the 1914 Mauser Magnum system and visually following the English sporting rifles "between the wars," Martini says the "Express" rifle is a modern interpretation of the classic design.

The bolt action features a three-position safety on the lock and a classic stock magazine with a hinged cover. The rifle has a weight of about 4.3kg and a standard barrel length of 61 cm. The overall length is about 114 cm.

Heym offers the rifle in different variants and all variants can be ordered as left-hand version. Of course, Heym's custom store offers a variety of finishes to those willing to spend the money.

The rifle is priced above the CZ and a little below the new original Mauser 98 Magnum model.

Source: Heym Germany

Holland & Holland The "Bolt Action"

Calibres from:  .240 to .500.

Price: start £ 49,000

Source: Holland & Holland

Adventurers and professionals have relied on this classic British magazine rifle since the early twentieth century. It set the standard across the Empire for handling, reliability and practicality. Holland & Holland have been building it since the end of World War One.

The modified Mauser '98 action at its heart is available in most modern calibres; from .240 to .500. The most noted incarnation being the .375 Holland & Holland Magnum. This belted rimless cartridge is the most versatile yet developed for a bolt-rifle, famed as the 'one rifle for the whole world'.

The system is a Mauser model 98-style action with a modified bolt, a single-stage trigger and an optional wing or side safety for use with telescope sights. Fitted with a standard wide-V rear sight with one folding leaf and a standard foresight with a folding protector, the rifle is ready for harsh hunts. The quick-detachable sling loop is attached with a barrel band.

Each Holland & Holland rifle comes with excellent selected walnut wood for the stock with an optional traditional or Monte Carl comb style cheekpiece. The pistol grip and the front stock have hand crafted chequering with a superb oil finish. Additional options are the rubber recoil pad or horn butt plate, an optional gold oval engraved with initials or crest and a hand cap box for spare foresight.

The quick-detachable mount allows a telescopic sight to be removed and re-fitted in seconds without the need to re-zero. The rugged bolt-action and box-magazine have served dependably, in the harshest hunting conditions, for generations. There is no finer hunting rifle.

The weight depends upon bore and specifications

Mauser Magnum

Calibers: .375 H&H Mag., .416 Rigby, .450 Rigby

List Price: 9,143.00€

Source: Mauser

Source: Mauser

Even the legends of African big game hunting knew exactly what to rely on in the savannah and thick bush: either the powerful double rifle or bolt action rifles with the indestructible Mauser Magnum system.

Following this tradition, the new Mauser 98 Magnum, makes it clear in every detail that there is no challenge out there that it cannot master. Based on a Double Square Bridge system milled from the solid, this big game classic is crafted to the highest quality and perfection. The double cross bolt action as well as the slightly longer stock are the answer to the high forces of the .375 H&H Magnum, the .416 Rigby or even the .450 Rigby that optionally fill the chamber.

The rifle has a barrel length of 62 cm and an overall length of 118 cm. The classic box magazine stores almost up to six rounds (.375). With 4.6 kg, the rifle brings enough dead weight to shoot the strong calibers properly. All metal parts are plasma nitrided. The coating reliably protects against corrosion and, more importantly, reflections that could make shooting difficult.

With the Mauser 98 Magnum, the big game hunter holds in his hand a rifle that, with its reliability and uncompromising firepower of six (.375) or five rounds (.416 and .450), offers exactly the reserves that a double rifle lacks. Moreover, thanks to the legendary long Mauser extractor as well as its sensational lock action, the next shot is available safely and quickly.

The cartridge opening is about 10 mm longer with the Mauser Magnum as with the standard Mauser system and operates without adjustments up to 505 Gibbs.

Source: Mauser

Rigby "Big Game"

Calibers: From 375 H&H (Double Square Bridge) until 450 Rigby (Single Square Bridge)

List Price: Starting from £ 8,340.00

Source: Rigby

Source: John Rigby & Co.

A Modern Classic

A century and more ago, Mauser made barreled bolt-actions for us and shipped them to London, where they were assembled, finished and proofed by Rigby craftsmen. Today, in an echo of halcyon days before the Great War, we have resumed this arrangement with Mauser for our new range of Big Game rifles, making aspirational but affordable rifles for use around the world.

These outstanding rifles have classic Rigby design features, plus a robust, ergonomic stock shape with a higher comb for better fit and absorption of recoil. They also feature plasma nitriding on all exposed metal surfaces for a tough but attractive anti-glare and rust-resistant finish. The Rigby express sights have a single fixed V and two folding leaves (sighted for 65, 150 and 250 yards) dovetailed into the quarter-rib. With original pattern engraving, case-hardened recoil bars and a heat-blued extractor, these rifles represent exceptional value and are a benchmark in modern sporting firearms manufacturing.

The Big Game is available on a single or double square bridge action (depending on the model), and offers professional and sporting hunters a more moderately priced alternative to our London Best custom rifles.
The Single Square Bridge style is the professional hunter's rifle of choice. Available in .416 and .450 Rigby calibers, it is designed for use with express sights only. The action is fitted with the classic three-position flag safety and a 22-inch barrel. Unloaded, the rifle weighs 10 pounds 8 ounces; the length of pull is 14 ½ inches, including a recoil pad.

The Double Square Bridge model is available in .375 H&H or .416 Rigby calibers. With its lightweight 24-inch barrel, this rifle is ideally suited for a telescopic sight. The horizontal Winchester-style safety catch accommodates a variety of scope-mounting systems on the machined action bridges. The weight of this rifle is 10 pounds, unloaded, and the length of pull, including the red rubber recoil pad, is 14½".

The Big Game PH is designed to be the perfect tool for the Professional Hunter, the PH boasts the classic lines and rock solid engineering of the original Big Game rifle. Made in consultation with Professional Hunters in Africa, this version of the multi-award-winning Big Game rifle has been designed as a utilitarian, hardwearing gun for the field with a price point that is considerably lower than the original.

Rigby pattern magazine holds five rounds in .375, four in .416 and three in .450, plus one in the chamber.


Source: Rigby 

Ruger Hawkeye African

Calibers: 300 Win. Mag, 338 Win. Mag, 375 Ruger, 416 Ruger

List Price USA: $1,883.00

Source: Ruger USA

Source: Big Mountain Mike - shows the more classic first generation of the Ruger African!

The Ruger M77 Hawkeye African is a classic rifle for big game hunt. The ergonomically pleasing, American walnut stock has rounded contours and wrap-around checkering on the grip and the forend. With the LC6 trigger the M77 features smooth, crisp performance right out of the box for increased accuracy on the range or in the field.

The Ruger Muzzle Brake System includes a removable, radial-port muzzle brake that significantly reduces felt recoil. For times when the brake is not preferred, it may be replaced by the included dynamically-matched muzzle weight. Switching between the brake and the weight will not change the bullet's point of impact for a particular load. The included thread protector may be used if neither the brake nor the used.

The rifle has a 23-inch cold hammer-forged barrel that results in ultra-precise rifling that provides exceptional accuracy and longevity. The three-position safety is easily accessible and allows the shooter to lock the bolt or to load and unload the rifle with the safety engaged. With its Mauser-style bolt and the long rotating extractor, it guarantees reliability when it is needed. The overall length of the Ruger is 45-inch and the weight is approximately 8 pounds.

As any good rifle for African game the M77 has a shallow "express-style" windage-adjustable "V" notch rear sight and large white bead front sight for instant target acquisition. It also is prepared for mounting a scope. Therefore, the integral scope mounts, machined directly on the solid-steel receiver, provide a stable mounting surface for scope rings, eliminating a potential source of looseness and inaccuracy in the field (scope rings included).

Very interesting are the Ruger cartridges .375 & .416 Ruger. Both do not have a belted cartridge and a modern case geometry. 

SAKO 85 Safari

Calibers: 375H&H, 416 Rigby, 450 Rigby, 500 Jeffery

List Price: 9,450.00€

Source: SAKO

Source: Remi Warren

Sako's master gunsmiths make the Sako 85 Limited Edition premium Safari rifles. These beautiful rifles are made one by one and with an eye for detail and perfection.

The Sako Safari rifle is built around the Sako 85 size L and XL action with the Sako Round Control System and the integral dovetail rails for scope mounting. All Sako 85 models are featured with the controlled cartridge feed system (RCS) to eliminate double feed or cartridge jams. The three lug conical bolt is solid and lockup is outstanding. Feeding, extraction and ejection have been perfected. The turn-bolt handle places the hand in a natural position during bolt operation, which allows for rapid repeated firing.

The Sako 85 barrels are manufactured with a passion for quality and the very best knowledge of Sako. Barrel blanks are drilled, honed, cold- hammer forged, finished and finally individually inspected by an optical fine-tuning instrument: the human eye. Twist rates are chosen for each caliber to optimize accuracy and bullet performance.

The adjustable iron sights of the Sako 85 Safari model feature a quarter rib, a rear blade shallow-V and band type front sight with ivory white bead. Each Sako 85 Safari has the option to install a premium scope with the Sako Optilock mounts.

The classic appearance of the handmade Safari stock is finished off with a custom-made Pachmayr recoil pad. The high-grade walnut stock features traditional hand-cut checkering and the force-end tip and pistol grip cap are made of ebony.

Each Safari rifle is hand-finished and the barreled action is epoxy-bedded to the stock to provide you with the best and most durable fit and accuracy.

Westley Richards & Co Ltd

Calibers: Up to 505 Gibbs

List Price: Start at £35,500

Source: Westley Richards

In 1812, William Westley Richards founded the company that bears his name and continues to flourish today. In over 200 years of continuous gun making, Westely Richards has been credited with some of the greatest designs in both military and sporting firearm history. Such was the ingenuity and success of these patents and designs, that today we are still building our guns and rifles on the best of them, a testament to their enduring capabilities.

The bolt action rifle

Many sportsmen will have at least one bolt action rifle in their battery - a classic type that has remained largely unchanged for more than a century. At Westley Richards we believe that a bolt action rifle bearing our name must be as elegant as it is strong, reliable and accurate. Our bolt action rifles - whether for stalking deer, plains game or the most dangerous species - are built on one of the four appropriately scaled Mauser '98 actions: Short, Intermediate, Standard or Magnum. Our attention to every detail when building your rifle means you can expect to gather years of sporting memories, wherever in the world the hunt takes you.

We know that the pursuit of big game often necessitates arduous and lengthy international travel, and transporting a rifle can be a concern. Conventional rifle travel cases tend to be long, obvious and can be susceptible to damage in handling; not exactly a recipe for a stress-free journey. Our take-down big game rifle offers an elegant solution to your worries. Breaking down neatly into a compact package, we can ensure the accuracy of your rifle, no matter how far you roam. Our carefully designed system of technical threads ensures a solid lock up, time after time, whatever calibre you have chosen.

We apply the same rigorous standards of construction to both formats of bolt action rifle that we manufacture here in our factory. By taking great care and pride in regulating all of our rifles in our indoor electronic range, we can guarantee supreme accuracy. Ultimately, one shot is all you might ever get or need, so we would like to be sure that every rifle leaves Westley Richards with the advantage firmly in your hands. We actively encourage our clients to visit and shoot their rifle for added peace of mind.

Winchester 70 Safari Express

Calibers: 375 H&H, 458 Win. Mag, 416 Rem.

List Price USA: $1,559.00

Source: Winchester USA

Source: Winchester / Pancho 22222

Perfect for your once-in-a-lifetime hunt.

Perfect for your once-in-a-lifetime hunt. The Model 70 Safari Express in its matte blued finish is the perfect choice for your once-in-a-lifetime hunt because it is built to handle the heavy cartridges necessary to take dangerous game.

The Model 70 Safari Express has the Pre-'64 type claw extractor which, works like the famous Mauser 98 one. The Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad is actively supporting the second shot and the swivel base is attached with a barrel band. The hooded-blade front sight and the express-style rear sight make the Safari Express ideal for any African hunt.

The forged steel receiver with double integral recoil lugs is bedded front and rear to eliminate shifts for exceptional long-range accuracy. With two stock reinforcing crossbolts the Safari Express is handling the punishment from heavy magnum loads easily. A cold hammer-forged and free-floating barrel gives pinpoint accuracy for years and the Three-Position Safety has been a hallmark of the Model 70 for decades.

The satin finish Grade 1 walnut stock with the good cheek piece positions your eye instantly and firmly on target. With the matte finished metal surfaces that, reduces glare, the targeting will be done as a natural movement. The M.O.A. Trigger system with zero take-up, zero creep and zero overtravel gives you outstanding accuracy.

Large calibers are available, making the Model 70 Safari Express a fine big game rifle.