Sold For: $3,625.00
Make: Dakota Arms
Model: 76 Classic Deluxe Left Hand
Serial Number: 0069L
Year of Manufacture: 1980s-2000s
Caliber: .375 H&H Mag.
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The right side of the receiver is marked “DaKoTa 76” and with the serial number. The right side of the chamber is marked “375 H&H MAG”. There are no markings on the bolt.
Barrel Length: 23″ Mag-Na-Port
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade that is dovetailed into a ramped base that is fixed to the barrel. The front sight is not snug and can be pushed out. The rear sight is a shallow fixed express sight that is dovetailed into an island that is screwed to the barrel. The top of the receiver has bases that are installed with a pair of quick detach rings holding a Leupold VARI-X III 1.5-5 scope. There are a few little marks through the finish. There are some scuffs and rubs. There are some scattered light handling marks. The scope has a duplex reticle and the glass is clear. The scope rates in about Fine condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is checkered walnut with a capped pistol grip, straight comb, cheekpiece, ebony forend tip, inlet sling swivel mount on the belly, and a solid rubber buttpad. There is a thin hairline crack on the top of the wrist at the tang. There is a little scrape on the left side of the forend in front of the checkering. There are some scattered light compressions and draglines. There are light handling marks. The checkering is mostly strong. The LOP measures approximately 13 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the solid rubber basketweave buttpad. The recoil pad exhibits light wear. The stock rates in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Matte Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There are a few freckles of faint surface erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 93% of its metal finish. There are some little nicks, scuffs, and scratches on the right side of the barrel at the muzzle. There are a few scuffs on the bottom metal that have caused finish loss. There is some thinning on the edges, most noticeable on the bottom metal. There are a few little scuffs on the bolt handle. There are a few little marks on the bolt knob from use. There is standard operational wear. The screw heads are lightly worn. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is crisp. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is the previously described scope.
Our Assessment: The epitome of strength and beauty among bolt action rifles, the famous Model 76 is well built, pleasing to the eye and deadly accurate. Its exceptionally solid Mauser type action and controlled feed bolt produce world-renowned accuracy and shot-to-shot consistency, and the fit and finish are impeccable. This is a Model 76 Deluxe bolt action rifle from Dakota Arms. Dakota made their way into the rifle market producing high-quality rifles at “affordable” prices, though their quality means that affordable is in relation to rifles such as Blaser, Cooper and other high-end manufacturers. Beginning in 1982, they have been known as one of the top makers of bolt action rifles ever since. This example has a 23? barrel chambered for .375 H&H Magnum with a beautiful walnut stock and a matte blued finish. This is a gorgeous rifle that will make a nice safari gun for one lucky winner. Please see our photos and good luck!