Lot 1455: *HOFFMAN ARMS COMPANY MAGNUM MAUSER CUSTOM RIFLE WITH SCOPE.
October 4, 2011
Fairfield, ME, USALive Auction
Description: SN 83739. (CORRECTION): Correct serial number is 3739 Stamped on action, and seen with rifle disassembled. (ca 1925) Cal. .300 H & H Magnum. 26" Tapered round bbl is engraved on top "Hoffman Arms Co. Cleveland, Ohio 169." It is fitted with matted quarter rib, as well as banded-on sling eye, and matted front base with typical Hoffman side button detent to retain sight hood. Base is fitted with large gold bead longitudinally dovetailed. Rear bbl sight is three folding leaves with platinum lines marked for 100, 200, and 300 yards. Rear of bbl is engraved "300 Mag". Commercial Mauser 98 magnum square bridge action has had rear bridge modified and dovetailed for Hoffman's pop-up rear peep sight, marked for 100 yards, with checkered steel push-button latch. Griffin & Howe side base has also been installed. Double pull trigger has been retained with checkering on blade. Drop box magnum bottom metal with hinged straddle floorplate, has release button in trigger guard bow. Floorplate and area around front and rear guard screws have been engraved with semi relief scroll borders with radiating feathers around screw heads, in the style of the work done by Rudolf Kornbrath. Bolt retains standard pear shaped knob. Body has been polished and damascened. Later low scope safety has been fitted to shroud. Nicely streaked, dense, European walnut full capped pistol grip stock measures 14" over checkered steel trap buttplate with space for cleaning equipment, and two spare cartridges under trap, and features nicely carved Whelen style beaded and molded right hand cheekpiece, horn forend tip, feather engraved steel grip cap, and classic point pattern checkering fore and aft with mullered borders. Drop at heel: Approx 2-7/8", drop at comb: Approx 1-5/8". Weight without scope: 9 lbs. 6 oz. LOP 14". 2-1/2 X Zeiss Zielklein scope with post and crosshair reticle is in Griffin & Howe rings, and slide, with windage adjustment. CONDITION: Excellent. Metal retains nearly all nicely colored blue, probably done at time of refurbishment, most likely by Griffin & Howe when scope and base were added, and bbl shortened and re-chambered to .300 H & H from .300 Hoffman. Wood has been added to bbl channel in front of bbl reinforce. Bolt release is a replacement. Stock retains most of its orig oil finish, grain slightly open, and a bit dry. Bore is excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Scope is fine with blue turning to brown. Optics are clear. A fine classic rifle by this highly regarded company. 4-42495 MGM240