Rigby 400/350 Nitro Express Mauser.
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First Name: Mike
Last Name: Muth
Country: United States
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The 400/350 Rigby is a very interesting round and rifle that is steeped in history. Not only did it help spur the development and advancement of other large bore magazine rifles, with the birth to the Magnum Mauser action, but it also armed the men thats writings would inspire generations of hunters to visit Africa.
The 400/350 Nitro Express was developed in 1899 by John Rigby as a medium bore companion to his popular large bore .450 Rigby. He took the low velocity .400 Purdey, necked the case to .358 to accept a 310grn bullet 2150+fps.(African Outfitter pg. 84). It is worth noting that the 350no'2 (350Rigby Rimmed) loading of 225grn bullet loaded to 2600fps can also be used.
Rigby then asked Mauser to create an action that could accommodate the long rimmed round. Mauser created a unique longer than normal M98 action, with a slanted magazine box to so that four, longer and rimmed rifle cases could feed, fire and extract flawlessly. Thus, the Mauser Magnum action was born (Speed. 215).
The 400/350 Rigby was one of the most popular rifles and rounds used by English and American sportsmen in Africa well up too and even after the First World War. Famous users included Karamojo Bell (SN. 2525), WS Rainsford (SN. 2924 which is mentioned in his book, "The Land Of The Lion"), Leslie Tarlton in which in "Wildlife in Central Africa" he "shot fifty four lions...with the old .350 pattern Rigby.. 310grn bullet." John "Pondoro" Taylor who famously said "I would happily finish the remainder of my career with a 400/350 Rigby as my only medium bore" (African Rifles & Cartridges.chapter V).
The Rifle itself is in very good condition for its age. Built by Rigby in 1906 for General Sir Webb Gillman (see below), the rifle is one of the earlier, St. James st addressed, non square bridged, magnum actions.The 24" barrel is in very good condition with strong rifling. The stock is in good refinished condition. With only a hairline crack in the toe by the heel of the factory steel buttplate which can easily be fixed.
The rifle also comes with Holland & Holland detachable side mounts, with a Leica Magnus 1-6,3x24i.
100 pieces of 400/350 Bertram brass. (About half loaded by Superior 310 & 225grn load)
40 pieces of Norma 9.3x74r trimmed to 400/350.
10 original Kynoch rounds, packaged.
1 set of RCBS dies.
100 225grn Woodleigh .358 Bullets.
General Sir Webb Gillman had an active and storied military career, spending a large majority of it in Africa. Starting as a 2nd LT with the Royal Horse Artillery in the Second Boer War, he later was awarded the DSO and promoted to Captain during the Anglo-ARO War in Nigeria. He later became a Brigadier General in the Mesopotamian Expeditionary force sent to Gallipoli. He then became a General of the British Salonika Force, 17th Indian Div. then later from 1917 on, the General Chief of Staff for the British Mesopotamian force. The Gillman Barracks Art Museum in Singapore is named after him.
Price is $15,500 would accept an early .333 Jeffery or Daniel Fraser magazine rifle in partial trade.