Olympian Grade Browning High Power Medium Game Rifle - Cal. 270 - Engraved by Vandersmissen,Legiers and Richelle
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Category: Browning Belgium Rifles - Olympian - Browning Belgium Rifles
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Seller: New London Arms Co.
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BROWNING OLYMPIAN GRADE HIGH POWER MEDIUM GAME RIFLE
ENGRAVED BY VANDERMISSEN, LEGIERS AND DENISE RICHELLE
FACTORY ENGRAVED MOUNT / RINGS w/ BROWNING 3x9 SCOPE
This lisiting is for a Browning Olympian in the very desireable .270 caliber. Originally purchased from the renowned Browning expert the late Rod Fuller (see card in case). The rifle is Serial Number 7P 42430 (1967 mfg.), Caliber .270, and the 22" round bbl (without sights) is marked Browning Arms Company on left with caliber, SN, and 'Made in Belgium' on right side.
There are 2" triangles of scrolled acanthus engraving at sides of breech ends. Coin finished small ring Mauser action has typical gold-plated trigger. Action is engraved with well cut, shaded, acanthus scroll, as background to game scenes appropriate to this caliber; a bugling elk on the left side of the receiver ring (unsigned but similar to other Vandersmissen engravings), a running pronghorn is on the right receiver ring (signed by Vandermissen). The floorplate depicts a portrait of a mule deer near a tree (signed Legiers), and an approaching grizzly bear is engraved on the trigger guard bow (signed 'DR' for Denise Richelle). All engraving is pristene with no scratches or dings. Not bad for a 50 year old firearm !
Very fine figured gloss finished walnut with rosewood capped pistol grip stock and original Browning compostition butt plate. Stock freatures a Monte Carlo comb with swept right hand cheekpiece and rosewood forend tip with white line spacer. Flared rosewood grip cap with white line spacer has gold diamond inset (not monogrammed) on bottom. Closely spaced checkering at grip and forend is flanked by relief carved scrolling acanthus with stipple shaded background. Sling studs are in the forend and on toe line (and appear unused). This is a 1967 rifle and the wood tests negative for salt (which you would expect with a Rod Fuller owned Browning). Rifle is mounted with a Browning 3x9 scope with duplex reticle. The black scope rings and mount are tastefully engraved in minimal acanthus style and complement the coin finish.
Weight with scope: 8lbs 14oz.with scope LOP: 13 5/8" Trigger pull is factory specified 3-3.5 lbs. Browning Hartmann rifle case is lined with off-white faun faux fur with typical signs of use and includes factory owners instruction manual (although not original to this rifle).
CONDITION: Exceptionally fine and appears largely unfired with minimal (if any) handling marks with checkering and engraving bright and unmarked. A fine example of the 'triple signed' Belgium engraved rifles of the 1960's. Bolt shows minimal/slight signs of operation, bore is excellent and bright with rifle being mechanically crisp. Scope is clear and fully operational and has minimal surface scratches and no chips in finish. This is a salt era manufactured rifle and tested negative for salt when purchased.
PROVENANCE: Current owner purchased the rifle directly from the late renowned Browning expert and collector Rod Fuller of Imperial, Nebraska.