Supported by a factory letter, rifle number 1124 was shipped in 1898 with a 26-inch barrel, “Peep 3 and flush 1-2-300″ sights and is based on a Mauser 98 action with serial number 200. This disgruntled hunter was not W.D.M. Under both names the cartridge was used extensively for plains and mountain game in Africa and Asia. A well constructed 375 H&H with a good recoil pad, using 300 grain bullets could feel the same as your stiff 30-06 loads. Nearly 119 years later, these specifications remain true. For the late 19th century, these ballistics were impressive, and the loading provided a fairly flat trajectory combined with excellent penetration. Early smokeless rifle powders tended to be rather temperature sensitive, especially the long-stranded British powder called cordite. The 7x57 was developed by the famous German firm of Mauser in 1892, and adopted by the Spanish government in 1893. Current ammunition catalogs from PMC, Remington and Federal show loads for the 7x57 Aside from the Mannlicher stock, what really sold Fortier on this rifle is the.275 Rigby stamping. InterLock .275 Rigby load, but it loves Hornady’s Superformance 139-gr. In the hunting world, it made an immediate transitionas so many military car… While these ballistics sound mundane compared to the latest overbore magnum cartridge, the 275 Rigby has proven its worth for over 100 years with mild recoil and real life performance that surpasses it’s “paper ballistics”. I was fortunate enough to get one of the Ruger 77 Africans in 275 Rigby. If you see a 0 in the Recoil Velocity column it signifies no data available for that particular load. Subsequently, several Latin American countries adopted the 7x57, including Mexico. W.D.M. My oldest edition of Cartridges of the World (1972) states this occurred because Rigby’s “. 2 rifle, and among the five available chamberings is, of course, .275 Rigby. A Rifle for the Ages Rigby’s Highland Stalker is not an inexpensive rifle, but it’s one of those pieces that are born with soul. Cartridge Type: Rifle Height: 2.235" Width: 0.473" Average FPS: 2602 Average Energy: 2255 Average Gr: 150 Recoil: 1.68 Power Rank: 3.9 of 20 The 7x57mm Mauser was designed in 1893 by Paul Mauser and is also known as the 7mm Spanish Mauser, .275 Rigby, along with 7mm Mauser. The 160 grain spitzer (BC .502, SD .284) can be driven to 2,363 fps by 42.0 grains of H414, and 2582 fps by a maximum load of 46.0 grains of the same powder. However, I did locate several boxes of Hornady .275 brass at a local store. The North American shooter who wants to get maximum utility out of a 7x57 really should be a reloader. The case is an original design with a rimless, bottleneck type case that fits a .285 inch bullet on a .325 inch neck with a case length of 2.244 inches and overall length of 3.071 inches. All of the above loads used Remington cases and CCI 250 primers, and were chronographed in a 22 inch rifle barrel. During testing of the sight regulation, I was assisted by friend Jay Rightnour, partly because I do most of my shorter-range testing on his personal range and he happened to be there that afternoon. Rigby also chambered its No. Haven't been this excited about a rifle since I got my Boddington No 1's in 7x57 and 300 H&H. We both whacked rocks (or severely scared them) out to 250 yards thanks in part to the crisp trigger, which according to my Timney trigger scale broke right at Rigby’s advertised 2.5 pounds. 5714, blued finish, stock with semi-pistolgrip and recoil-pad, sling-swivels, barrel with block-mounted open-sights and ramp-mounted bead-foresight, the receiver side-mounted with a Leupold telescopic-sight Weight 8lb. W.D.M. It hates Hornady’s 139-gr. The sound of the Hornady 165-grain InterLock from the .30-06 Springfield striking flesh was undeniable and, within 25 yards, the stag was down for good. One famous .275 Rigby fan definitely disliked the “hollow tube” 140-grain ammunition, which he called “the copper-pointed” load. The action is a Remington 700 Deluxe with jeweled bolt. for either the ordinary, or high velocity ammunition,” weighing almost a pound less, “. I’ve used the 139-grain version from the 7x57 on game from Coues’ deer to caribou, and an extra grain of bullet weight will work at least as well! After three years of R&D, Rigby is extremely proud of the result: the Highland Stalker’s striking slim lines and lightweight frame makes it ideal for the hill. In 2017, Rigby introduced its Highland Stalker rifle, a somewhat modernized version of the No. . The top of the action is drilled and tapped for modern scope-mounting bases. For that reason it was decided to model the Highland Stalker on the look of the original .275 Rigby, which was the ubiquitous rifle of its time. The 7x57mm Mauser, which he called the .275 Rigby, became his favorite elephant cartridge! The 130-140 grain bullets are generally the best choice for CXP2 class game, while the 150-175 grain bullets get the nod for CXP3 class game. John Rigby & Co. Mauser Sporting Best .275 Rigby (7x57mm Mauser). T… Armies found the round was accurate at long range with moderate recoil. This project uses a brand new FZH left hand Mauser 98 action. these days. Bell’s .275 Rigby, the British title for the 7x57mm Mauser. This created a flurry of .275 interest, and I was able to persuade Rigby to briefly send a Highland Stalker for testing. The construction of the rifle either reduces or amplifies felt recoil. The 7mm-08 Rem. Pushed all the way forward, the rifle is ready to fire. Long experience with several 7x57s had proven H-4350 very accurate, and 47.0 grains duplicated Hornady’s 2,680 fps, which consistently grouped three shots into about 1.5 inches at 100 yards. At the s… ‘Karamoja’ Bell used his .275 Rigby—with 173-grain solids—to take … Hornady’s 140-grain factory load ballistics were reproduced with 139-grain Spire Points and 47.0 grains of H-4350 with CCI 200 primers. It was chambered for the new 7×57mm Mauser cartridge. Bell used heavier, roundnose solids on elephants – and apparently every other kind of big game as well, claiming the bore of his .275 had never been “polluted” by an expanding bullet. These are the standard American low pressure factory loads. The rifle features a raised ramp beaded blade front and adjustable rear folding rear notch sights set into a quarter rib machined for Ruger scope rings. RIGBY 275 (7 x 57 Mauser)- 1951 LONDON RIGBY- MAUSER ACTION- ORIG. The 145 grain Spitzer (BC .457, SD .257) can be driven to 2501 fps by 44.0 grains of H414, and 2748 fps by a maximum load of 48.0 grains of H414. . The average three-shot group at 100 yards was around 1.5 inches, which is more than adequate when using open sights for big game. of the world. . In 1907, the Rigby company turned the 7x57 Mauser into a British sporting round, calling it the.275 Rigby. The barrel … Oddly, the other famous fan of the .275’s 140-grain load is today widely known as a big-bore boy. The 275 Rigby aka 7x57 aka 7mm Mauser aka Spanish Mauser has a bigger case capacity than the 7mm-08 and loaded to similar pressure levels, the 7-08 can not reach the performane levels of the 7x57 et al, especially with the heavier bullets. 13 Reloading Manual the Speer 130 grain spitzer bullet (BC .394, SD .230) can be driven to 2649 fps by 46.0 grains of H414 powder, and 2960 fps by a maximum load of 50.0 grains of H414. 3 Light Weight rifle with a 21-inch barrel in .275 “. He used the 175 grain FMJ bullet for brain shots, and liked the.275 Rigby (as he called the 7x57) for its accuracy and low recoil … The others are the .308 Winchester, .30-06 and the 8x57 and 9.3x62 Mausers. One modern change is the safety. 2 High Velocity rifle. Hornady’s Custom load for the .275 Rigby is built around the 140-grain InterLock and gave 1/3 MOA from this Highland Stalker. Rigby also claimed, “The difficulty of estimating distances does not exist unless for a shot over 300 yards.” That might be true if muzzle velocity was actually 3,000 fps, but with the smokeless powders then available, actual velocity was probably around 2,700 to 2,800 fps – except, perhaps, on a particularly hot day. Rigby similarly modernized the .275 for sporting purposes, loading both solid and “expanding” 140-grain spitzer bullets for the No. Note: A full length article about the 7x57 can be found on the Rifle Cartridge Page. John Rigby and Company produced a number of rifles chambered in .275 Rigby (which is what the British called the 7mm Mauser) for British citizens hunting all over the globe. Safari…with WDM Bell On this Adventure (in my warped mind), I’m attired in my pith helmet and transporting myself back a century or so, as I make notation in my leatherbound field ledger and quill pen. Sporting ammunition manufacturers eventually began to produce 140 to 154 grain high velocity soft point loads for the 7mm. Wolfe Publishing Company | 2180 Gulfstream Suite A | Prescott, AZ 86301. The test rifle weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces. . 2 High Velocity rifle (inset). Many hunters attributed the over-expansion to the separate tip driving down into the bullet, the common theory about the Bronze Point, but slow-motion videos of bullets shot into clear ballistic gelatin show the tips actually drift ahead of the expanding bullet. Also, the Highland Stalker had very little recoil—one of the often overlooked features of the .275 Rigby/7x57 Mauser—and that trigger was a dream from the bench. John Taylor, an Irish ivory poacher in the era following Bell, had this to say in his popular 1948 book African Rifles and Cartridges, which is still in print more than 70 years later: Taylor’s book lists the muzzle velocity of the 140-grain load as 2,750 fps. In the table below rifle weight is given in pounds, free recoil energy is given in foot pounds, and free recoil velocity is given in feet-per-second. (The 7x57 was also known as the .275 Rigby because Mauser supplied bolt actions to British rifle builder Rigby, who sold them under their name and cartridge designation.) Compared to the illustration in the 1924 catalog, it appears to be mounted slightly farther to the rear, and instead of the leaves being set for 100, 300 and 400 yards, it is regulated for 65, 150 and 250 yards, probably because anybody wanting to shoot beyond 250 will mount a scope. GMX load, consistently sub-m.o.a. As with the original Rigby, the action is made by Mauser in Germany. Rigby eventually added a load using a 140-grain semi-pointed softnose. 1 rifle in .275 that used ammunition loaded with traditional 175-grain bullets, both “solid” and “soft nose.” Apparently the only difference between the two models was the “regulation” of the rear sight, with one fixed and two folding leaves. Since the projectile bounced off his skull, he concluded the pointed type bullet was not satisfactory against bone!”. . (Hunters from a century ago were far more optimistic about the long-range potential of multi-leaf open sights.). The three-leaf rear sight closely resembles the original model. A .275 (RIGBY HIGH VELOCITY) MAUSER SPORTING RIFLE BY J. RIGBY, No. Bell disliked the recoil of the heavy big-game calibres and favoured the 7×57 for its mild recoil, accuracy and effectiveness. The 7x57 is a true world-wide cartridge. Jay also shoots pretty well with iron sights due to competing in black-powder cartridge silhouette shooting. Another reason cropped up when I found a test target in the rifle case, fired at 65 yards with the standing leaf and Hornady 140-grain ammunition, the three shots forming a horizontal, overlapping line .38 inch from center to center. Among these are H414, H380, H4350, IMR 4064, IMR 4320, IMR 4350, and W760. The “Turkish Grade 5 walnut” on the test rifle is simply spectacular. particularly suitable for a lady or youth.” All three .275 rifles were built on 1898 actions from the Mauser Werke in Oberndorf, like other Rigby bolt actions. Questionable by today’s standards, ivory hunters such as Karamojo Bell, nevertheless, took thousands of elephant with the.275 Rigby Mauser and similar calibres. The weight for both models is 7.8 pounds, of course varying somewhat with wood density and chambering. We had done this before with several other rifles, including my .416 Rigby, which Jay declared to be the best “rock rifle” he’d ever fired because it easily turned even big rocks into smaller targets, some very suitable for the .275. With the lever all the way to the rear, the firing pin and bolt handle are locked in place. Restrict shots at the latter to 200 yards/meters or less. The actual bullet diameters are .264" (6.5mm), .277" (.270) and .284" (7mm). The action is still made by Mauser but is modified for scope mounting. The bolt has also been fitted with a Sako type extractor. Pushed to the middle position, the firing pin is still locked on “safe,” but the bolt can be opened. 1’s sight-leaves were set for 100, 200 and 300 yards; the No. 2 High Velocity rifle (inset). . Note the rifle is marked both .275 and 7x57. My eyes aren’t so young anymore, but I still shoot a lot with iron sights so am usually able to group three shots with a rifle’s preferred ammunition into less than 2 inches at 100 yards, even with much cruder sights than the Rigby’s. Bell, perhaps the most famous of all African commercial ivory hunters, killed the majority of his over 1000 elephants with the 7x57. In Great Britain the 7x57 became so popular that the John Rigby Company adopted it as the .275 Rigby. Taylor’s opinion of the copper-pointed bullet sounds similar to criticisms of early plastic-tipped bullets, before bullet companies realized how much the tip “enhanced” expansion. The original cartridge featured a long, 11.2-gram (173 gr) round-nose, full-metal-jacketed bullet with a muzzle velocity of about 700 m/s (2,300 ft/s) with 2,744 J (2,024 ft⋅lbf) muzzle energy from a 740 mm (29.1 in) barreled rifle. “Karamojo” Bell of Africa or James Corbett of India, perhaps the two most famous .275 users. 2’s sight was set for 100, 300 and 400 yards. One of the long-time virtues of the 7x57/.275 is plenty of “killing power” combined with light recoil in a light rifle – something all three famous .275 fans mention in their books. The 7x57 is a true world-wide cartridge. Its moderate velocity ensures excellent bullet performance, and it does its work with minimal fuss: Little recoil and muzzle blast, yet definitive results on game. It is similar to the Winchester Model 70’s safety, rather than the military- style safety of the original rifles. Few cartridges, in the history of modern firearms, have influenced our shooting world as much as the 7x57mm Mauser. The trigger was also changed at this time, with the original adjustable design being dropped. Before the .275, most 7x57 hunting ammunition featured traditional roundnose bullets weighing 170 to 175 grains loaded to a muzzle velocity around 2,300 fps, essentially duplicating the original 173-grain military load. I did not mount a scope for several reasons, the least important being wary of inadvertently scratching a rifle retailing for almost $10,000. Rigby still makes a couple models available in .275 Rigby and occasionally a used rifle will turn … While the run of this particular chambering is over, Lipsey’s is now offering the International in.260 Rem. The target was fired by somebody named Jamie Holland, with a signature next to the printed name. Furthermore, you can always go ahead and get an applied ballistics meter to make the experience much more enjoyable. Under both names the cartridge, and among the five available chamberings is, of course,.275 cartridge... 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