SOLD FOR: $15150
Model: Classic “Big Five” Double Rifle
Serial Number: 002485
Year of Manufacture: 1999 (KK Date Code)
Caliber: Two barrel sets are included. One is chambered for .500/416 Nitro Express and the other is chambered for 9.3x74R.
Action Type: Side by Side Double Rifle with Dual Triggers with Extractor
Markings: The underside of the receiver is marked “KRIEGHOFF / CLASSIC / GERMANY”. The right lip of the receiver is marked with a proof. The receiver has arabesque scroll engraving coverage.
9.3x74R: The bottom of the right barrel is marked “R 229”. The bottom of both barrels has proofs. The barrel lug is marked with proofs, “069”, “KK”, “H / 9,3” and “KRIEGHOFF / ULM”. Each barrel flat is marked “9,3x74R”. The top of the left barrel is marked with a two-line warning over “KREIGHOFF INT. OTTSVILLE, PA.”.
.500/416 NE: The bottom of the left barrel is marked “002485”. The bottom of the right barrel is marked “832”. The bottom of both barrels has proofs. The barrel lug is marked with proofs, “201”, “H / 416” and “KRIEGHOFF / ULM”. Each barrel flat is marked “500/416 NE”. The top of the left barrel is marked with a two-line warning over “KREIGHOFF INT. OTTSVILLE, PA.”. The forend is stamped “2485”.
Barrel Length: Both sets measure 23 5/8″ (Nominal 24″)
Sights / Optics: Both sets have the same iron sights. The front sight is a red fiber optic insert in a base that is pinned to a ramped base. The rear sight is a shallow “V” notch with a red fiber optic post that serves as a reference. The rear sight has holes to either side of the aiming reference, which when used with the front sight, serve as apertures. The rear sight is dovetailed into a quarter rib and each has a set screw.
The 9.3x74R barrel set has a quick detach base. Included is an Eramatic H7 quick detach base and a pair of rings holding a Zeiss Varipoint 1.5-6×42 scope. The scope has a few little marks through the finish, mostly on the edges. The red dot illuminates properly and the scope rates in Fine Plus condition.
Also included are four additional iron sights: one brass beaded front sight, one blade with a square brass reference, one “V” notch express sight with white line reference, and one serrated square notch base.
.500/416 NE: 11 lbs 6 oz
9.3x74R: 9 lbs 12 oz
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered walnut with a pistol grip with palm swells, cheekpiece, Schnabel tip beavertail forend, and rubber buttpad. There are some scattered light compressions and draglines, the most noticeable are on the belly. There are some minor marks through the finish, some of the most noticeable are on the comb and on the right side of the buttstock. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 12 3/4 and 13 3/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad and 13 3/8″ and 14 3/8″ to the wood. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: All bores are bright with sharp rifling. No bores have erosion. The .500/416 has stubborn fouling. In my opinion, all the bores rate 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. There is some light wear on some of the edges. There are some scattered light handling marks. There are a few marks through the finish on the lever and trigger guard. There are a few little marks through the finish. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The 9.3x74R regulation can be adjusted. The .500/416 NE regulation is fixed and we do now know what distance it is regulated to. The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a hard case, the previously described sights, the previously described Zeiss scope, and a manual.
Our Assessment: H. Krieghoff GmbH – known worldwide as “Krieghoff” – began as a single vision to build the ideal hunting gun, a Drilling. Krieghoff’s evolution from its 1886 founding as Sempert and Krieghoff to one of the top manufacturers of fine hunting and sporting arms currently spans five generations, each with an innovative eye to the future. Reflecting it roots, Krieghoff continues to build and offer hunting arms, such as drillings, rifles including double rifles and shotguns including a bespoke line of true sidelock arms. With their pure elegance, first-class craftsmanship and proven technology, these masterpieces of the art of gunmaking fall into the same category as the highly coveted “best” English or Italian guns.
This is one of their bespoke rifles, the Classic “Big Five” Double Rifle. Nothing epitomizes the skills and experience needed for a successful hunt like taking game with a classic double rifle. Prized by dangerous game hunters for years the classic double rifle provides the security and reliability when each shot really counts. The Krieghoff Classic “Big Five” Double Rifle combines the heritage of the traditional side-by-side and the sophistication of the most modern design and manufacturing technology. Krieghoff’s master gunmakers combined both traditional wisdom and innovative ideas to build a rifle that provides the ultimate in safety and reliability and a wide range of features that ensure smooth, quick, and accurate shooting. In addition to the superb handling of the rifle, a most important feature is the manual cocking device, which is located on the top tang, in the position usually occupied by a conventional safety. It allows carrying the rifle fully loaded with the hammers uncocked – the safest position since there is no chance of an accidental discharge. Craig Boddington, an accomplished hunter and knowledgeable writer remarks: “After using it in the field, I am increasingly impressed with your cocking device versus a traditional safety. Great rifle, and of course it performed wonderfully.”
This one has seen little use, and if it were not sweet enough just to get your hands on one, this one comes with an additional barrel set and scope. If you have the stones to chase the African “Big Five” (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and African buffalo) then you are certainly ballsy enough to drop a bid! Please see our photos and good luck!
Some are hot, some are not, but thankfully most can be shot!