Sold For: $1,403.92
Model: Rolling Block Silhouette Rifle
Serial Number: R09120
Year of Manufacture: 1998
Caliber: .40-65 Winchester
Action Type: Single Shot Rolling Block Rifle
T Markings: The left shoulder of the barrel is marked “BEAUCHAMP / RICHMOND, MA / R09120 PEDERSOLI CAL. 40-65 / MADE IN ITALY CAT. 10757”, the left has an inspection and nitro proof, seen again on the left of the receiver by the date code. The upper tang is marked “CAT. / 10757 / R09120”.
Barrel Length: The barrel is 34” in length, part round, part octagonal.
Sights / Optics: The rifle currently has a tow piece base scope mount, the rear base allows micro-adjustment for elevation and windage, the scope is a 36 5/8″ W.M. Malcom 6 power type with brass and blue construction and a fine crosshair reticle. The brass has natural tarnish, the blue shows rubbing. The objectives are free of damages and could use a good cleaning. The rifle comes with two Soule style tang rear sights, one with a 0.98″ aperture cup installed, this sight allows adjustment for elevation. Another Soule sight, with a 6 3/4″ OAL is provided with a 0.98″ aperture cup. A 0.70″ aperture cup is provided, along with two blue and one case colored front sights, with fine crosshair inserts. A large lot of various front sight inserts are provided as photographed.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are smooth walnut, the forend has a Schnabel-esque tip, the butt stock has a flank checkered pistol grip. The stocks have a few scattered handling marks, the forend has a ding on the underside, the butt has dings on the belly and pistol grip butt, there is a larger chip loss under the wrist at the tang. The LOP measures 14 3/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the butt plate, which has a few scrapes, in Fine condition. The stocks rate in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Colored
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp without erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 93% of its current metal finish. The barrel has a few scuffs and light handling marks. The receiver has a light dusting of freckled patina and dings on the underside of the trigger plate. The upper tang screw has screwdriver marks, the other screw head slots are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly, the rifle has a rolling block action with extractor. The hammer has a strong spring, the trigger is currently a tad stiff, we believe from lack of long term use. We have not fired this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes with a W.M. Malcom 6 power fine crosshair scope, on a two piece barrel mounted base system. Two Soule sights, three rear cup apertures, three front sights, multiple front sight inserts, instruction manual for the sights, two brass caps for the scope, bag of small screws and a spring, Lyman #2640660 1 cavity 40 caliber 385 grain bullet mould, its case, a Lyman #2766505 cast bullet size die, Lee 3-die set with powder measure and shell holder, 21 bullet projectiles, bag of Over Powder Wads and 60 fired brass shells (head stamp is *-*-* 40-65). The accessories have light use, in Fine to Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: This is one hell of a rifle! The heavy 34″ part octagonal, part round barrel gives heft, which is balanced by a heavy duty action and beautiful walnut stocks. It is currently topped with a 6 power scope but with all of the included Silhouette sights and inserts, the sky is the limit for configuring your next distance match gun. The rifle comes with enough reloading gear to intrigue those scared of jumping into a new or scarce cartridge like the .40-65 Winchester; it is definitely worth the extra effort; per https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.40-65_Winchester “The .40-65 Winchester (also called the .40-65 Winchester and Marlin) was an American rifle cartridge. Introduced in 1887 for the Winchester Model 1886, and available in Winchester single shots and in the Marlin Model 1895, it was “a further effort to put more steam” in repeating rifle cartridges. In the modern era, the cartridge has gained favor for metallic silhouette shooting and Black Powder Cartridge Rifle matches where is serves as a low-recoil alternative to the common 45-70. It was commercially available in black and smokeless varieties until around 1935, and can be handloaded by reforming .45-70 brass.”