Purdey-mauser bolt-action rifle
During the 1920s Purdey double rifles were offered in their own proprietary calibres: .246, .369 and the Light .400. However, Purdey did offer other standard calibres such as .465 and .400 for heavier game.
The double rifle was the acme of perfection and style as it was reliable and secure, offering two shots in the event of danger.
However, double rifles were very expensive and many hunters wanted something far cheaper and workmanlike. Bolt-action rifles had made their appearance in the late 19th century and by the beginning of the 20th century they had become increasingly popular with their multi-shot capability and relative cheapness.
The Purdey-mauser rifle of the 1920s.
Bolt-action rifles were primarily machine made and after the Great War Purdey bought in Mauser actions and barrels that were stocked and finished in the factory. It termed these rifles the Purdey-mauser and they were offered in .275 and .404 calibre at a price of £42. They were all highly finished and engraved and expertly shot and regulated. The .275 was suitable for deer and the like and the .404 for big game abroad.