Purdey-mauser bolt-ac­tion ri­fle

Shooting Gazette - - A dog’s life -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.