SOLD FOR: $6325
Make: Butch Searcy & Co.
Model: Stalking Rifle with BS1 Falling Block Receiver
Serial Number: S-108
Year of Manufacture: Butch Searcy introduced this model to the public in 2007, there are no date codes for an exact DOM.
Caliber: .375 Holland & Holland
Action Type: Single Shot, Falling Block, Lever Actuated Rifle with Internal Hammer
Markings: The top of the quarter rib is marked “.375 H&H MAG”, the sides of the receiver are marked “B. Searcy & Co.”, the upper tang is marked with the serial number. The recoil pad is marked “Pachmayr”.
Barrel Length: 24 7/8” from the muzzle to the breech block.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a white beaded blade, dovetailed onto a barrel band sight base with a rear ramp, the sight is covered with a removable hood with forward knurling. The rear sight is a small “U” within “V” notched base, dovetailed onto the rib, the rear of the base has a strait line for coupling with the front dot. The rear of the rib measures 0.500” wide and is slotted for claw mount bases (not included).
Weight: 8 pounds 3.4 ounces
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are stunning matte finished Exhibition European walnut with vivid grain figuring and splendid fit to the metal. This is the takedown model, which has a checkered forend, set to a case colored bracket, aligning perfectly to the front of the receiver, which has extra panels of wood on the sides which were cleverly cut from the same piece as the forend with matching grain patterns. The butt stock has a case color steel-capped pistol grip and straight comb with a shadow-line cheekpiece. The belly has a sling stud, the forward stud is integral to the rear barrel band. Both stocks are free of any notable damages. Drop at comb is 1 1/2”, drop at heel is 2 1/8”. The LOP measures 13 3/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the Pachmayr brand brown rubber recoil pad; the pad is set with a black spacer and is free of damage. The stocks rate in Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Colored
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows some shallow marks on the rear right of the barrel by the receiver, the left of the rear sight has tooling marks and small scratches. The only other marks are light scuffs on the joining components, covered with the rifle assembled. The left of the rib has light surface etching. The case coloring is vivid and without notable marks. The rifle looks to have been used infrequently, if at all outside of the factory. The metal-to-metal fit is superb with Butch Searcy’s masterful craftsmanship evident. The screw heads are sharp and appear un-turned. The markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The rifle has a BS1 falling block receiver with internal hammer, modeled after the Westley Richards 1897 action. The trigger consistently pulled at 5lbs 4oz with no creep. The rifle is the higher grade take-down type with only light scuff wear on the joining components, covered with the rifle assembled. There is zero play in any of the components, this is one well-made rifle! We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: Originally located in Boron, California, just north of Edwards Air Force Base in upper Southern California, Butch Searcy has since moved to Sturgis, South Dakota. He and his crew create nothing less than phenomenal product in the form mainly of double rifles and single shot target rifles. This is the Stalking model with exhibition grade European walnut stocks, vibrant case colored receiver, and a rich, blue barrel with quarter rib. This item looks to have seen little use, if any outside of the factory and grabs the eye immediately. With its hearty .375 H&H Magnum cartridge, you can take anything in North America and challenge dangerous game in Africa. If you need a safari rifle, this is it. Please see our photos and good luck!
Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California. -Bud