SOLD FOR: $3975
Make: Dakota Arms
Model: 76 African Grade
Serial Number: R049
Year of Manufacture: 1980s-2000s
Caliber: .416 Rigby
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The right side of the receiver is marked “DAKOTA ARMS / 76” and with the serial number. The underside of the bolt handle is marked “R049”.
Barrel Length: 26″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed into a hooded, ramped, banded base. The rear sight is an adjustable “U”-notch in a base fixed to the rear of the barrel. The top of the receiver has Dakota Arms bases.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is checkered deluxe walnut with a capped pistol grip, straight comb with shadow-line cheekpiece, two recoil lugs, sling swivel mount inlet into the belly (there is another sling swivel mount banded to the barrel in front of the forend), and a black rubber Decelerator buttpad. The stock has only a few light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures approximately 13 3/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. The pad exhibits light wear. The stock rates in Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Matte Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are a few minor marks, mostly on the floorplate. The action shows minor operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent 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: None.
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. 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 is a Model 76 African Grade bolt action rifle from Dakota Arms. Distinguished by its “R” prefix serial number, this example deviates from the standard African grade with a 26? barrel, no nosecap on the forend, and a lack of barrel markings. Chambered for .416 Rigby 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!