A SCHOLZ-ENGRAVED 'MODEL 88 LIGHT PH' BOXLOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE WITH INTERCHANGEABLE .375 H&H MAG AND 7X65R BARRELS, serial no. 880346L,
for 2015, 26in. nitro .375 H&H barrels, numbered 880346 L/1, with sight rib carved in high relief with thistle leaf designs on a matted background, open sights with folding leaf sight, partially matted and with '100 YARDS' and '50 YARDS' inlaid in gold with gold-sight lines, engraved ramp-mounted bead fore-sight, the sunken rib gold-inlaid 'HEYM CAL .375 H&H MAG.', the breech end mounted with quickly-detachable telescopic sight mount bases and with relief engraved thistle designs and two gold bands, mounted with a Zeiss Victory HT 1.5-6x42 telescopic sight, serial no. 4357634, in quickly-detachable mounts, individual fore-end with ejector / non-ejector selector switch;
25in. nitro 7x65R barrels, numbered 880346 L/2, with sight rib carved in high relief with thistle leaf designs on a matted background, open sights with folding leaf sight, partially matted and with '100 YARDS' and '50 YARDS' inlaid in gold with gold-sight lines, engraved ramp-mounted bead fore-sight, the sunken rib gold-inlaid 'HEYM CAL. 7x65R.', the breech end mounted with quickly-detachable telescopic sight mount bases and with relief engraved thistle designs and two gold bands, mounted with a Zeiss Victory HT 1.5-6x42 telescopic sight, serial no. 4393536, in quickly-detachable mounts, individual fore-end with ejector / non-ejector selector switch; together with an extra Aimpoint Micro H-2 2MOA red dot sight, serial no. W3985197, in its original packaging;
bolstered scoop-back action with gold pin cocking-indicators, manual safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail and red highlighted fire position, articulated front trigger, the action and furniture fully engraved with bold stylised thistle motifs on a stippled background, the triggerplate signed 'A SCHOLZ', 15in. well-figured pistolgrip stock with cheekpiece, engraved and monogrammed steel pistolgrip-cap, sling eyes and including 1in. rubber recoil pad, weight 8lb. 5oz. (.375 barrels, unscoped), 9lb. 14oz. (.375 barrels, with scope) and 8lb. 1oz. (7x65R barrels, unscoped), 9lb. 9oz. (7x65R barrels, with scope), in its fitted ostrich-skin leather case with provision for both sets of barrels and telescopic sights, together with its original paperwork and sighting targets, sling and snap-caps
Provenance: The vendor has kindly supplied us with the following history and supplied us with a flashdrive of images showing various stages in the making of the rifle and its case (which will be supplied with the Lot):
"A friend of mine had a Heym double in 270 which had been imported by the Shooting Lodge in Skipton as a demo. I always had a hankering for this as it was much more elegant and handleable than an English gun. The best I managed with him was a promise of first refusal, if he ever decided to sell. Many years later I met up with him, I found he had sold it some 6 months beforehand and had completely forgotten his promise.
The club I belong to in Malta arranged a visit to the museum and some gunmakers in Suhl in 2015 and I managed to wangle a trip to the Heym factory. Subsequent to that I specc'ed up a rifle based on the smaller of the two actions Heym produce for double rifles as I wanted two sets of barrels, one for driven boar and the other for Africa. The African barrels were to be in 375 H and H rimless. Heym from my previous experience have perfected an extractor for rimless cartridges and I was keen to have the performance of the rimless cartridge. The lock up of the action is easily strong enough for the higher pressure round. There is sufficient weight in the rifle to accommodate the recoil of the 375, whilst having the feel of a 20 bore with the lighter driven game barrel set. For this I selected the 7x65R round. I had happily shot driven game with this cartridge in it's 7x64 guise for boar and this to me was an ideal combination.
The barrels and ejectors are selective.
The barrels are both 26 inch and are fitted with a 1/4 rib with folding and a single fixed open sight - both of which are regulated with the chosen factory rounds which are:
375 H and H rimless Norma PH 350 grain solid and soft which shoot to the same point of aim
7 x 65R RWS KS 10.5gr.
On a subsequent trip to Heym we agreed the final spec and chose the (grade 6) stock wood to be used for the stock and both fore-ends and saw both sets of barrels being hand laid. The fore-ends are both slight beavertail with wrap around chequering as I personally like having something to hang on to and not the barrels. Whatever else, this is not a shotgun!
There is a small amount of subtle 22ct gold inlay on the chambers, safety, and calibre markings and open sights. The engraving was commissioned from an independent Suhl engraver. I explained to him I prefer full bas-relief engraving, but as I am not a fan of animal scenes we came up with a thistle style which was just perfect for me.
Two optical scopes are provided - one for each barrel set. They are Zeiss Victory 1-6 x 42 and thus suitable for most game, including driven. The mounts are Sulher type claw mounts. Furthermore, both ribs are cut to fit an Aimpoint H2 red dot sight, which is also provided.
The oak and leather case was custom made and fitted to accommodate the whole package, including a matching leather sling. The leather is in dark tan genuine ostrich from an ostrich shot by myself at 560m. The case lining is in deep red baize. Also included are two sets of snap caps for both calibres.
The 7 x 65R barrels are regulated to shoot hot, or cold at 100m. A 0.5 " group can consistently be achieved. Test targets are provided.
I have used this rifle in Africa on running buffalo, giraffe, eland and other of the larger plains game species. It has been used in Europe for deer, antelope and boar with the smaller barrel set. This fulfilled my dream for the rifle and time for another project....."
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