SOLD FOR: $2950
Model: Atlas Short Range Benchrest Rifle
Serial Number: A338
Year of Manufacture: 2000s-2020s
Caliber: 6mm PPC
Action Type: Single Shot Bolt Action Rifle
Markings: The left side of the action is marked with the serial number and “-STOLLE – ATLAS- / KELBLY’S INC. / N. LAWRANCE, OHIO”. The underside of the bolt handle is marked “A338”. The barrel is marked “KELBLY INC. / 6PPC .265 N”.
Barrel Length: 24″ Kreiger Barrel (1:13.5″ Twist)
Sights / Optics: There is no provision for iron sights. The top of the receiver is installed with a pair of bases and rings holding a Sightron SIIISS 8-32×56 scope. The scope has some scattered light wear but nothing major. The adjustment turret caps are missing. The scope has a fine thin crosshair and the glass is clear. The scope rates in about Excellent condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a one-piece smooth composite Kelbly’s target stock. The stock has a wide flat-bottom forend, pistol grip, straight comb, and black rubber buttpad. The stock is marbled tones of blue with black mixed in, it looks great, especially with the stainless metal. There are some scattered light handling marks and a few spots of faint finish wear but nothing major. The LOP measures 13 7/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the butt. The butt has minor wear. Overall, the stock is in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore. In my opinion, this bore is a 10 out of 10. Our consignor has notified us that he had this rifle built, fired 5 shots then consigned it with us.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are no major defects, just light handling marks. There is operational wear. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is currently installed with a Jewell Benchrest trigger set to .2 OZ. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is the previously described scope and brass.
Our Assessment: From Kelblys: “In 1969, Ralph Stolle, an active benchrest competitor, designed and built an unlimited steel action that he called the Stolle Grizzly. It was a round action, over 14 inches in length, 1.700″ in diameter, with a blued finish. He built somewhere between 25 and 30 of them, mostly for unlimited bag guns. In 1970-71, Stolle manufactured the first aluminum Panda action, which was 11.5″ inches in length with a long barrel thread area. Stolle suffered a heart attack in 1979, and moved to North Lawrence a year later. In 1981 he produced his first actions at Kelbly’s facility with George E. Kelbly Sr. Ralph Stolle passed away in September 1982. In November 1982 Jim Kelbly was hired in with George E. Kelbly Jr. coming aboard in 1986 and Mike Kelbly in 1991. In 2012 George Sr. retired and sold company to his three sons and Kelbly’s Inc. now has 13 employees including Ian and Ryan Kelbly, both Jim’s sons.
Production has come along way since. Today, Kelbly’s is averaging over 1200 actions yearly with 30% sold to overseas customers. And complete rifles are now over 200 a year. Kelbly’s Inc. is always updating and advancing our product line with new rifle actions and rifles.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. This is a very nice target rifle built on an Atlas action and comes with a nice scope. This is a serious rifle for the serious competitor. Any bidder would be lucky to add this to their competition rotation. Please see our photos and good luck!
Some are hot, some are not, but thankfully most can be shot!