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Ralf Martini Gunmaker -- Big Game Magazine Rifle -- .338 Win Mag -- Mint
Ralf Martini Gunmaker -- Big Game Magazine Rifle -- .338 Win. Mag. -- Mint
This is a full & total custom by Ralf Martini of Martini Gunmakers, Creston, B.C. Canada.
Built on a Pre-64 Winchester Model 70 action; completely overworked. Custom action features include jeweled bolt, 3-position safety, built-up and checkered bolt stop, Blackburn hinged floorplate with trigger bow release reworked with custom contours and scroll engraving. The receiver bridges have been configured to accept Dakota Talley-type scope bases. The 25” tapered round Kriger barrel has twin gold bands at the breech and is fitted with full-band front sight, full-band swivel base, and a matted quarter rib with a standing gold-lined express sight with polished pyramid to center the eye -- all of which are fully made “in-house” by Ralf.
Inscriptions include “Martini Gunmakers Canada” inlaid in gold on the barrel and the caliber, “.338 Win. Mag.” gold-inlaid on the rib.
This is Ralf’s American style with classic stock built from highly-figured American Black Walnut with classic comb, a right-hand full-formed cheekpiece and shadowline. Features include an ebony forend tip, fancy wrap-around borderless checkering in 24 LPI with ribbon and fleur-de-lys carving and quality metal engraving on the steel floor plate and pistol grip cap. Other stock furniture include a vacant inlaid gold oval, a rear sling swivel stud and a classic red rubber recoil pad with a length of pull of 14 1/8”. For those of us drawn to the classic American custom rifle, this one is the epitome of that style.
Action and barrel are rust blued. Weight is 8 lbs, 15 oz. without scope. This rifle captures the hallmarks of Martini’s work: the satiny black of the traditional rust blue finish, the flawless function of a classic action, the luster of the stock, and his well-executed wood-to-metal fitting, his superb checkering and tasteful minimal engraving.
Scope is a high-end Swarovski Habicht 3-10x42 A, made in Austria, duplex reticle with five range bars and fitted in Talley Quick-Detachable rings.
Condition: 99.9% nearly new.
As listed in the Bluebook, go to Martini’s veb site and click on pricing: It shows his basic handmade rifle starting at $19,200 with extras of $2,000 for upgraded wood, $1,000 for Talley mounts with custom bases, and $300 for inlaid vacant gold oval, bringing the total without scope to $ 22,500, but only if, the buyer places an order and waits three years for the work to reach its queue. And that price is without the scope.
Priced here to sell: $10,795, a discount of $12,000 plus and you don’t have to wait.
Seller is the author of The Rifleman’s Rifle (Winchester pre-64 Model 70s) and will furnish a Letter of Provenance that this gun is from his collection. Please check out author’s feedback on ebay under rcrwin70roger. 3-day non-firing inspection for full refund, shipping is $65 to buyer’s FFL, payment by MO, certified check , wire transfer or personal check with wait for validation.
Note from Roger Rule: Ralf and his family visited me in Hawaii on the Big Island and after I purchased several guns directly from Ralf through my occasional import permits, I had to have one built by Ralf and made in my favorite action and my favorite big game cartridge. I am now ready to give this one up as my days chasing big game are numbered.
About the gunmaker (excerpts from Shooting Classics Daily, “Making a Martini” by L.D.McCaa):
“Ralf Martini is one of the best in the business with a resume to support it. Born in West Germany, Mr. Martini is a former military sniper turned machinist turned custom gun maker. Building guns in Canada, he is registered as a Professional Member of the American Custom Gunmakers Guild and has partnered with Master Gunmaker Martin Hagn — inventor of the Hagn Single Shot, one of the finest falling block single shot rifles ever made.
Martini excels as both a metalsmith and a stockmaker — two talents shared by one person less and less these days. In 2009 Ralf created a new stock design for the Heym Express bolt action rifle which was in full production by 2011 under the name “Heym Express by Martini”. Besides his American style, Ralf offers a British style using the same classic lines as the original London “Best” magazine rifles from before the wars. While many gunmakers attempt this, few achieve it with such success.
Mr. Martini is a gunmaker who is clearly familiar with what makes a rifle “shootable.” Nothing too fancy, just a rifle that incorporates simple elegance.
His rifles are but a fraction of the cost of what London thinks is its “Best,” and he certainly seems to have a better idea of what a “Best” gun is. No doubt one of the great gunmakers of our times, Mr. Martini’s guns reflects what triggers the “want” in all of us as gun collectors.”
Price: $10,795.00 reduced
Rifle Caliber: .338 Winchester Magnum
Manufacturer: Martini Gunmaker
Model: Big Game
Barrel Length: 25
Condition: Near Mint
Metal Condition: 100
Wood Condition: 100
Bore Condition: new
Action: Win Pre-64 Model 70
LOP: 14 1/8
Finish: Engraved Rust Blue
Engraving: Floor plate, Pistol grip cap, muzzle
Extras: Upgraded wood, monogram oval