Make: David Miller Company, Tucson, Arizona
Model: Marksmen – Custom Safari Rifle
Serial Number: DM-G48
Year of Manufacture: Late 1970’s-Present
Caliber: .375 H&H Mag.
Action Type: Bolt Action with Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The left rear of the barrel is marked “DAVID MILLER CO. / -375 H.&H.”. The top of the receive at the left side of the port is marked “DM-G48” and the left shoulder is marked “”. The left side of the chamber ring is marked “-MARKSMEN-”. The top of the receiver on the right side of the port is marked “3 CARTRIDGES”. The bottom of the magazine floorplate is marked “-375 H.&H.-“.
Barrel Length: The fluted barrel is 24” in overall length, which includes the integral muzzle brake. The rifled part of the bore is about 22 ½”.
Sights / Optics: There are no provisions for iron sights. There is a Zeiss variable power scope mounted to the receiver with a custom one-piece stainless mount and rings. This scope has a matte black finish that shows a faint mark near the front edge of the objective. The eyepiece of the scope is marked “Diavari Z / 2.5-10X48 / MC”. The scope comes with Zeiss lens covers and the rear of the eyepiece is rubber to protect your face and glasses under recoil. The reticle is a full duplex. The power ring turns freely and the lenses are clear and free of distortion. This scope is in Excellent condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a beautiful brown and black laminated hardwood. The stock has a smooth pistol grip with a matte stainless steel grip cap that has a polished stainless diamond in the center with what looks like a scripted “X”. There forend has an ebony nosecap. The buttstock has a cheekpiece and a solid red rubber recoil pad with rounded edges. There are custom stainless steel sling swivel studs inlet into the belly and the underside of the forend, and a stainless or silver plated marking disk inlet into the belly. There are a very few light handling marks in the stock with a tiny ding just in front of the bolt handle on the right side of the forend. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the trigger to the back of the recoil pad. The pad shows no wear and there is still a little give on its rounded edges. The pad is in about Fine condition. The stock rates in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: The finish is a matte stainless. The top of the bolt handle and the magazine release at the front of the trigger guard are finished bright stainless. The bolt is jeweled.
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling and no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. There is a small scratch on the underside of the barrel at the front of the forend, a few light marks in the bolt’s extractor and a light mark in the tang at the front of the magazine floorplate. The screw heads are engraved Allen head and the markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The action is a Winchester action with a push-button bolt release on the left side of the receiver and a safety at the back of the bolt. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The scope is included.
Our Assessment: David Miller and his partner Kurt Crum, who is a magician with wood stocks, are extremely talented gun makers who cater mostly to the high-end custom trade. They make beautiful yet functional rifles. This is a custom safari rifle they chambered in .375 H&H Mag. and added a muzzle brake to help with recoil. The heavy barrel is fluted to help reduce weight and the edges of the recoil pad were rounded to keep them from leaving imprints in your shoulder. The high-end Zeiss Diavari Z 2.5-10X48 scope is mounted to the receiver with custom single piece mount that is never going to bend or break or allow the rings to shift (unless they shift on the scope itself). A fancy brown and black laminated stock with ebony nosecap and stainless steel grip cap completes the package. PLEASE SEE OUR PICTURES! We could go on for some time extolling the virtues of this rifle, but you have to see for yourselves. The .375 H&H Mag. was only the 2nd cartridge developed to feature a belt. It was introduced in 1912 by Holland & Holland for large and dangerous game. With light bullets it is a flat-shooting cartridge ideal for use on light to medium game and with heavy bullets, it has the punch necessary for large and thick skinned dangerous game. African game guides and professional hunters have repeatedly voted the .375 H&H as their clear preference for an all-round caliber if they could only have one rifle. An article in Outdoor Life (https://www.outdoorlife.com/articles/hunting/2015/09/3-rifles-hunt-world) featured a safari rifle built by Miller as follows: “Rifles made by the David Miller Company of Tucson, Ariz., are widely considered the finest hunting rifles ever created. Note the emphasis on hunting, because many of today’s custom gunmakers have strayed from the basic concept of making rifles to be actually used… Beautiful as David Miller’s rifles are, the Tucson gunmaker’s philosophy is to build firearms that eliminate mechanical failures in the field. Carmichel’s .338 features Miller’s signature scope-mounting system, which unites the scope with the receiver in an interlocking cradle of steel.”. What a great testimony! If you are looking for a beautiful, well-made and reliable rifle to take to Alaska after bear, or on safari to Africa, then you don’t need to look any further. If you are after dangerous game, why settle for less than the ultimate in quality, or for a caliber that might not provide you with a one-shot kill that you need to save your life?