The actual bullet diameters are .264" (6.5mm), .277" (.270) and .284" (7mm). Hornady .275 Rigby brass was handloaded for the range tests. For the late 19th century, these ballistics were impressive, and the loading provided a fairly flat trajectory combined with excellent penetration. Copyright 2004 by Chuck Hawks. This project uses a brand new FZH left hand Mauser 98 action. One modern change is the safety. Before the .275, most 7x57 hunting ammunition featured traditional roundnose bullets weighing 170 to 175 grains loaded to a muzzle velocity around 2,300 fps, essentially duplicating the original 173-grain military load. My oldest edition of Cartridges of the World (1972) states this occurred because Rigby’s  “. It will be a working rifle in the rigby style with the famous .275 Rigby cartridge. Compared to the illustration in the 1924 catalog, it appears to be mounted slightly farther to the rear, and instead of the leaves being set for 100, 300 and 400 yards, it is regulated for 65, 150 and 250 yards, probably because anybody wanting to shoot beyond 250 will mount a scope. The Highland Stalker.275 Rigby is a somewhat modernized version of the company’s original No. The action is a Remington 700 Deluxe with jeweled bolt. The target was fired by somebody named Jamie Holland, with a signature next to the printed name. The British firm Rigby, hesitant about adopting a German cartridge, renamed their rifles and ammunition under the designation .275 Rigby (1899). During testing of the sight regulation, I was assisted by friend Jay Rightnour, partly because I do most of my shorter-range testing on his personal range and he happened to be there that afternoon. The barrel … Hornady’s Custom load for the .275 Rigby is built around the 140-grain InterLock and gave 1/3 MOA from this Highland Stalker. One famous .275 Rigby fan definitely disliked the “hollow tube” 140-grain ammunition, which he called “the copper-pointed” load. The 7mm-08 Rem. It would be logical to assume the shooting took place on an indoor test range, but even so, the group stands as a great testament to shooting skill and, perhaps, young eyes. Many other countries soon followed Germany’s lead, including America’s military; in 1906, the U.S. Army changed the original 220-grain roundnose bullet loaded in the 1903 Springfield to a 150-grain spitzer. . According to the Speer No. "Dear Axel, Your .275 has started and we are in the last stage of the action reshaping and finishing. Taylor’s opinion of the copper-pointed bullet sounds similar to criticisms of early plastic-tipped bullets, before bullet companies realized how much the tip “enhanced” expansion. All recoil values have been rounded off to one decimal place. . . W.D.M. The action is still made by Mauser but is modified for scope mounting. Designed by Peter Paul Mauser in 1892 to serve in the military, the 7x57 Mauser showed the American soldiers what a cartridge should be on the slopes of Cubas San Juan Hill, and inspired the development of our own revered .30-06 Springfield. Also, the Highland Stalker had very little recoil—one of the often overlooked features of the .275 Rigby/7x57 Mauser—and that trigger was a dream from the bench. The case is an original design with a rimless, bottleneck type case that fits a .285 inch bullet on a .325 inch neck with a case length of 2.244 inches and overall length of 3.071 inches. The bolt has also been fitted with a Sako type extractor. The original cartridge featured a long, 11.2-gram (173 gr) round-nose, full-metal-jacketed bullet with a muzzle velocity of about 700 m/s (2,300 ft/s) with 2,744 J (2,024 ft⋅lbf) muzzle energy from a 740 mm (29.1 in) barreled rifle. The military of the Kingdom of Spain adopted the Mauser Model 1893rifle. Bell, perhaps the most famous of all African commercial ivory hunters, killed the majority of his over 1000 elephants with the 7x57. The reloader with a strong rifle who loads to about 50,000 cup can do better than most factory loads. Few cartridges, in the history of modern firearms, have influenced our shooting world as much as the 7x57mm Mauser. Rigby also offered a No. Many bolt action rifles built in the UK were so marked. Its moderate velocity ensures excellent bullet performance, and it does its work with minimal fuss: Little recoil and muzzle blast, yet definitive results on game. In Europe, Serbia adopted the cartridge, and it became a popular sporting cartridge all over Europe. A Rifle for the Ages Rigby’s Highland Stalker is not an inexpensive rifle, but it’s one of those pieces that are born with soul. With that particular 7mm, Bell shot some 1,000 elephants and plenty of buffalo, lions and similar creatures judged too stout for anything less than a 375 H&H Mag. 2 High Velocity rifle (inset). Bell used heavier, roundnose solids on elephants – and apparently every other kind of big game as well, claiming the bore of his .275 had never been “polluted” by an expanding bullet. For that reason it was decided to model the Highland Stalker on the look of the original .275 Rigby, which was the ubiquitous rifle of its time. This indicated the .275’s reintroduction was a success, but the shortage is no doubt partially due to a limited run of ammunition; Hornady lists it on its website, indicating more will be made sometime. 2 High Velocity rifle. CANVAS TRUNK CASE- TALLEY Q D LEVER BASES & 1" RINGS- OPEN SIGHTS- 97% for sale online. All rights reserved. 10oz. 1’s sight-leaves were set for 100, 200 and 300 yards; the No. The Highland Stalker’s more elegant bolt handle is much lower, and the safety is another version of what is commonly known as the three-position Winchester Model 70 safety, operating horizontally on the right-hand side of the bolt sleeve. While these ballistics sound mundane compared to the latest overbore magnum cartridge, the 275 Rigby has proven its worth for over 100 years with mild recoil and real life performance that surpasses it’s “paper ballistics”. . Pushed all the way forward, the rifle is ready to fire. In the hunting world, it made an immediate transitionas so many military car… Subsequently, several Latin American countries adopted the 7x57, including Mexico. Rigby’s rebranding of the 7x57 took advantage of technological advances during the 15 years after the 7x57’s appearance in 1892. This produces a relatively flat trajectory with the soft-­point bullet only dropping 9 inches at 300 yards and 26½-­inch at 400 yards when zeroed at 200. The original Rigby rifle featured a bolt handle and safety that interfered with low-mounted scopes. At about the same time, at least one other firearms company produced two rifles stamped .275 Rigby, and Hornady introduced .275 Rigby ammunition in its Custom line with 140-grain InterLock Spire Points at a listed 2,680 fps, along with component brass. 2 rifle, and among the five available chamberings is, of course, .275 Rigby. A .275 (RIGBY HIGH VELOCITY) MAUSER SPORTING RIFLE BY J. RIGBY, No. Rigby also claimed, “The difficulty of estimating distances does not exist unless for a shot over 300 yards.” That might be true if muzzle velocity was actually 3,000 fps, but with the smokeless powders then available, actual velocity was probably around 2,700 to 2,800 fps – except, perhaps, on a particularly hot day. The average three-shot group at 100 yards was around 1.5 inches, which is more than adequate when using open sights for big game. Jay also shoots pretty well with iron sights due to competing in black-powder cartridge silhouette shooting. We had done this before with several other rifles, including my .416 Rigby, which Jay declared to be the best “rock rifle” he’d ever fired because it easily turned even big rocks into smaller targets, some very suitable for the .275. John Rigby & Co. Mauser Sporting Best .275 Rigby (7x57mm Mauser). of the world. The test rifle weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces. This disgruntled hunter was not W.D.M. A well constructed 375 H&H with a good recoil pad, using 300 grain bullets could feel the same as your stiff 30-06 loads. It hates Hornady’s 139-gr. (Hunters from a century ago were far more optimistic about the long-range potential of multi-leaf open sights.). John Rigby and Co. adopted the cartridge—rebranding it the .275 Rigby—and with it many hunters around the globe faced the largest and most dangerous creatures that ever walked. However, I did locate several boxes of Hornady .275 brass at a local store. Wolfe Publishing Company | 2180 Gulfstream Suite A | Prescott, AZ 86301. “Karamojo” Bell of Africa or James Corbett of India, perhaps the two most famous .275 users. Federal and PMC also load 175 grain RN bullets at a MV of 2440 fps and ME of 2315 ft. lbs. InterLock .275 Rigby load, but it loves Hornady’s Superformance 139-gr. We both whacked rocks (or severely scared them) out to 250 yards thanks in part to the crisp trigger, which according to my Timney trigger scale broke right at Rigby’s advertised 2.5 pounds. Rigby similarly modernized the .275 for sporting purposes, loading both solid and “expanding” 140-grain spitzer bullets for the No. After three years of R&D, Rigby is extremely proud of the result: the Highland Stalker’s striking slim lines and lightweight frame makes it ideal for the hill. In Great Britain the 7x57 became so popular that the John Rigby Company adopted it as the .275 Rigby. for either the ordinary, or high velocity ammunition,” weighing almost a pound less, “. The right side of the receiver has the Dallas Arms Collectors Association logo. Many hunters attributed the over-expansion to the separate tip driving down into the bullet, the common theory about the Bronze Point, but slow-motion videos of bullets shot into clear ballistic gelatin show the tips actually drift ahead of the expanding bullet. .450 Rigby.303 British .500/450 Nitro Express.310 Cadet.577/450 Martini Henry.318 Rimless.500/465 Nitro Express.333 Jeffery Flanged.458 Winchester Magnum .333 Rimless Nitro Express .458 Lott .35 Winchester.470 Capstick .350 Rigby .470 Nitro Express.400/350 Nitro Express & .350 Rigby No.2 .475 Nitro Express.400/360 Purdey Early smokeless rifle powders tended to be rather temperature sensitive, especially the long-stranded British powder called cordite. Current ammunition catalogs from PMC, Remington and Federal show loads for the 7x57 This is an RC Knipstein Custom in.275 Rigby. I also suspect Corbett and Taylor would like the Hornady ammunition, since the InterLock Spire Point is a very reliable big-game bullet, especially at the moderate muzzle velocity of the .275 Rigby. Do not use the maximum loads quoted below in the relatively weak Model 93 and 95 Mauser actions, or in Remington rolling block rifles. Jay and I tried the sights on the abundant rocks scattered across the hillside above his range, using a laser rangefinder to determine distance. 3 Light Weight rifle with a 21-inch barrel in .275 “. Unfortunately, no Hornady .275 Rigby ammunition could be located, whether in local stores that had sold a few .275 rifles, on the Internet or even from Hornady. . Under both names the cartridge was used extensively for plains and mountain game in Africa and Asia. John Taylor, an Irish ivory poacher in the era following Bell, had this to say in his popular 1948 book African Rifles and Cartridges, which is still in print more than 70 years later: Taylor’s book lists the muzzle velocity of the 140-grain load as 2,750 fps. As with the original Rigby, the action is made by Mauser in Germany. Pushed to the middle position, the firing pin is still locked on “safe,” but the bolt can be opened. Rigby also chambered its No. Barnes offers a 175 grain RN solid (SD .310) and a 195 grain soft point spitzer bullet (SD .345). Historically minded hunters do not always desire the latest high-tech rifle advancements, one reason for the thriving retro-market for new but traditionally styled rifles. The 130-140 grain bullets are generally the best choice for CXP2 class game, while the 150-175 grain bullets get the nod for CXP3 class game. It was chambered for the new 7×57mm Mauser cartridge. The 7x57 has a long, romantic history, and among some hunters the .275 Rigby’s aura is even greater, partly due to the reputation of the Rigby firm. Armies found the round was accurate at long range with moderate recoil. There are a wide variety of 7mm bullets available to the reloader, from around 110 grains to 195 grains. Aside from the Mannlicher stock, what really sold Fortier on this rifle is the.275 Rigby stamping. The 416 Rigby can be a real punisher if the stock and recoil pad are not optimal. Ruger has been doing runs of handsome .275 Rigby marked hunting rifles, and the .275 Rigby is nothing more than a 7x57 with a catchy Irish name used for marketing it to the Empire.