The military of the Kingdom of Spain adopted the Mauser Model 1893rifle. Supported by a factory letter, rifle number 1124 was shipped in 1898 with a 26-inch barrel, “Peep 3 and flush 1-2-300″ sights and is based on a Mauser 98 action with serial number 200. Rigby still makes a couple models available in .275 Rigby and occasionally a used rifle will turn … 2 High Velocity rifle. This project uses a brand new FZH left hand Mauser 98 action. The barrel … Ruger has been doing runs of handsome .275 Rigby marked hunting rifles, and the .275 Rigby is nothing more than a 7x57 with a catchy Irish name used for marketing it to the Empire. The three-leaf rear sight is regulated for 65, 150 and 250 yards with 140-grain bullets, and the action is drilled and tapped for modern scope bases. My reprint of the 1924 Rigby catalog from Cornell Publications (cornellpubs.com) claims a muzzle velocity of 3,000 fps. Bell disliked the recoil of the heavy big-game calibres and favoured the 7×57 for its mild recoil, accuracy and effectiveness. Wolfe Publishing Company | 2180 Gulfstream Suite A | Prescott, AZ 86301. John Rigby and Company produced a number of rifles chambered in .275 Rigby (which is what the British called the 7mm Mauser) for British citizens hunting all over the globe. John Rigby & Co. Mauser Sporting Best .275 Rigby (7x57mm Mauser). The North American shooter who wants to get maximum utility out of a 7x57 really should be a reloader. The 7x57 is a true world-wide cartridge. The 7mm-08 Rem. Bell used heavier, roundnose solids on elephants – and apparently every other kind of big game as well, claiming the bore of his .275 had never been “polluted” by an expanding bullet. is the modern version of W.M.D. Rigby’s rebranding of the 7x57 took advantage of technological advances during the 15 years after the 7x57’s appearance in 1892. Since the projectile bounced off his skull, he concluded the pointed type bullet was not satisfactory against bone!”. Oddly, the other famous fan of the .275’s 140-grain load is today widely known as a big-bore boy. The original Rigby rifle featured a bolt handle and safety that interfered with low-mounted scopes. It is similar to the Winchester Model 70’s safety, rather than the military- style safety of the original rifles. The others are the .308 Winchester, .30-06 and the 8x57 and 9.3x62 Mausers. Also, the Highland Stalker had very little recoil—one of the often overlooked features of the .275 Rigby/7x57 Mauser—and that trigger was a dream from the bench. Rigby similarly modernized the .275 for sporting purposes, loading both solid and “expanding” 140-grain spitzer bullets for the No. Subsequently, several Latin American countries adopted the 7x57, including Mexico. .450 Rigby.303 British .500/450 Nitro Express.310 Cadet.577/450 Martini Henry.318 Rimless.500/465 Nitro Express.333 Jeffery Flanged.458 Winchester Magnum .333 Rimless Nitro Express .458 Lott .35 Winchester.470 Capstick .350 Rigby .470 Nitro Express.400/350 Nitro Express & .350 Rigby No.2 .475 Nitro Express.400/360 Purdey This disgruntled hunter was not W.D.M. Few cartridges, in the history of modern firearms, have influenced our shooting world as much as the 7x57mm Mauser. Note: A full length article about the 7x57 can be found on the Rifle Cartridge Page. The 7x57 is a true world-wide cartridge. Sporting ammunition manufacturers eventually began to produce 140 to 154 grain high velocity soft point loads for the 7mm. It will be a working rifle in the rigby style with the famous .275 Rigby cartridge. The 7x57 has a long, romantic history, and among some hunters the .275 Rigby’s aura is even greater, partly due to the reputation of the Rigby firm. RIGBY 275 (7 x 57 Mauser)- 1951 LONDON RIGBY- MAUSER ACTION- ORIG. The average three-shot group at 100 yards was around 1.5 inches, which is more than adequate when using open sights for big game. with 140 grain spitzer bullets (SD .248) at a muzzle velocity (MV) of 2,660 fps and muzzle energy (ME) of 2,199 ft. lbs. Many hunters attributed the over-expansion to the separate tip driving down into the bullet, the common theory about the Bronze Point, but slow-motion videos of bullets shot into clear ballistic gelatin show the tips actually drift ahead of the expanding bullet. I’ve used the 139-grain version from the 7x57 on game from Coues’ deer to caribou, and an extra grain of bullet weight will work at least as well! The “Turkish Grade 5 walnut” on the test rifle is simply spectacular. Jay and I tried the sights on the abundant rocks scattered across the hillside above his range, using a laser rangefinder to determine distance. There are a wide variety of 7mm bullets available to the reloader, from around 110 grains to 195 grains. In 1903, however, Germany introduced a modernized military load for the 8x57 – the 7x57’s parent case – with a 152-grain spitzer (pointed) bullet at 2,880 fps, flattening trajectory enormously over the original 2,200 fps, 225-grain roundnose load. For the late 19th century, these ballistics were impressive, and the loading provided a fairly flat trajectory combined with excellent penetration. Many other countries soon followed Germany’s lead, including America’s military; in 1906, the U.S. Army changed the original 220-grain roundnose bullet loaded in the 1903 Springfield to a 150-grain spitzer. One famous .275 Rigby fan definitely disliked the “hollow tube” 140-grain ammunition, which he called “the copper-pointed” load. Long experience with several 7x57s had proven H-4350 very accurate, and 47.0 grains duplicated Hornady’s 2,680 fps, which consistently grouped three shots into about 1.5 inches at 100 yards. The trigger was also changed at this time, with the original adjustable design being dropped. The 7x57mm Mauser, which he called the .275 Rigby, became his favorite elephant cartridge! . However, if shooters might desire a little shorter LOP straight from the factory, there’s also a “ladies” model with a 137⁄8 LOP and “a rounded recoil pad with ladies’ toe.” This twenty-first-century version, however, is not listed as lighter than the standard, probably because barrel length is 22 inches for both standard and ladies’ models, not the 23.5 or 21 inches for the originals. This produces a relatively flat trajectory with the soft-­point bullet only dropping 9 inches at 300 yards and 26½-­inch at 400 yards when zeroed at 200. "Dear Axel, Your .275 has started and we are in the last stage of the action reshaping and finishing. . One of the long-time virtues of the 7x57/.275 is plenty of “killing power” combined with light recoil in a light rifle – something all three famous .275 fans mention in their books. It would be logical to assume the shooting took place on an indoor test range, but even so, the group stands as a great testament to shooting skill and, perhaps, young eyes. The three-leaf rear sight closely resembles the original model. . Nearly 119 years later, these specifications remain true. Here are some 7x57 specifications that should be of interest to reloaders: bullet diameter .284", maximum COL 3.065", maximum case length 2.235", MAP 46,000 cup. More importantly, the Highland Stalker’s weight meant even a lightweight scope and mounts would add close to another pound. I strongly suspect Bell, Corbett and Taylor would really like the twenty-first-century version of their .275s. A well constructed 375 H&H with a good recoil pad, using 300 grain bullets could feel the same as your stiff 30-06 loads. Federal and PMC also load 175 grain RN bullets at a MV of 2440 fps and ME of 2315 ft. lbs. Restrict shots at the latter to 200 yards/meters or less. . A Rifle for the Ages Rigby’s Highland Stalker is not an inexpensive rifle, but it’s one of those pieces that are born with soul. We had done this before with several other rifles, including my .416 Rigby, which Jay declared to be the best “rock rifle” he’d ever fired because it easily turned even big rocks into smaller targets, some very suitable for the .275. The 7mm Mauser — also known as the 7x57mm Mauser, 7mm Spanish Mauser and .275 Rigby — was originally designed as a military cartridge and chambered in the then-new Mauser Model 1892 and Model 1893 rifles. Built on a K98 Mauser action, the .275 Rigby cartridge was the British designation for the German 7×57. The British firm Rigby, hesitant about adopting a German cartridge, renamed their rifles and ammunition under the designation .275 Rigby (1899). The actual bullet diameters are .264" (6.5mm), .277" (.270) and .284" (7mm). Hornady .275 Rigby brass was handloaded for the range tests. W.D.M. Armies found the round was accurate at long range with moderate recoil. If you see a 0 in the Recoil Velocity column it signifies no data available for that particular load. Rigby also chambered its No. This rifle is a limited edition that was specially manufactured by Ruger for the Dallas Arms Collectors Association. According to the Speer No. The sound of the Hornady 165-grain InterLock from the .30-06 Springfield striking flesh was undeniable and, within 25 yards, the stag was down for good. In 2017, Rigby introduced its Highland Stalker rifle, a somewhat modernized version of the No. In the hunting world, it made an immediate transitionas so many military car… This is an RC Knipstein Custom in.275 Rigby. (Hunters from a century ago were far more optimistic about the long-range potential of multi-leaf open sights.). After three years of R&D, Rigby is extremely proud of the result: the Highland Stalker’s striking slim lines and lightweight frame makes it ideal for the hill. The top of the action is drilled and tapped for modern scope-mounting bases. While the run of this particular chambering is over, Lipsey’s is now offering the International in.260 Rem. Bell’s .275 Rigby, the British title for the 7x57mm Mauser. Early smokeless rifle powders tended to be rather temperature sensitive, especially the long-stranded British powder called cordite. The .275 Rigby produces moderate recoil, which is effectively managed by the rifle’s 1-­inch rubber recoil pad and overall weight of 9 pounds, 9 ounces with a Leica Visus scope attached. Jay also shoots pretty well with iron sights due to competing in black-powder cartridge silhouette shooting. In Europe, Serbia adopted the cartridge, and it became a popular sporting cartridge all over Europe. Produced by the John Rigby & Sons Company, the Rigby .275 is a takedown rifle: simply lift on the shotgun-style forward release, and the little rifle falls away in two pieces for easy travel. The .275 Rigby and 7mm Mauser are identical, as Tank explains. Among these are H414, H380, H4350, IMR 4064, IMR 4320, IMR 4350, and W760. 3 Light Weight rifle with a 21-inch barrel in .275 “. InterLock .275 Rigby load, but it loves Hornady’s Superformance 139-gr. While these ballistics sound mundane compared to the latest overbore magnum cartridge, the 275 Rigby has proven its worth for over 100 years with mild recoil and real life performance that surpasses it’s “paper ballistics”. 2 High Velocity rifle (inset). Hornady’s 140-grain factory load ballistics were reproduced with 139-grain Spire Points and 47.0 grains of H-4350 with CCI 200 primers. Cartridge Type: Rifle Height: 2.235" Width: 0.473" Average FPS: 2602 Average Energy: 2255 Average Gr: 150 Recoil: 1.68 Power Rank: 3.9 of 20 The 7x57mm Mauser was designed in 1893 by Paul Mauser and is also known as the 7mm Spanish Mauser, .275 Rigby, along with 7mm Mauser. John’s friend Jay Rightnour was very impressed with the Highland Stalker. The 130-140 grain bullets are generally the best choice for CXP2 class game, while the 150-175 grain bullets get the nod for CXP3 class game. 2 rifle, and among the five available chamberings is, of course, .275 Rigby. The case is an original design with a rimless, bottleneck type case that fits a .285 inch bullet on a .325 inch neck with a case length of 2.244 inches and overall length of 3.071 inches. Hornady’s Custom load for the .275 Rigby is built around the 140-grain InterLock and gave 1/3 MOA from this Highland Stalker. Bell, perhaps the most famous of all African commercial ivory hunters, killed the majority of his over 1000 elephants with the 7x57. At the s… The weight for both models is 7.8 pounds, of course varying somewhat with wood density and chambering. As Walter Bell proved, there isn’t much you can’t do with a.275 Rigby (7×57) and the proper bullet. Aside from the Mannlicher stock, what really sold Fortier on this rifle is the.275 Rigby stamping. The 1972 Cartridges of the World lists 2,800 fps in the write-up of the round in the chapter “British Sporting Rifle Cartridges,” though the ballistic table at the end of the chapter shows 2,900 fps for a bullet designated “140CP,” probably meaning copper-pointed. Rigby eventually added a load using a 140-grain semi-pointed softnose. Unfortunately, no Hornady .275 Rigby ammunition could be located, whether in local stores that had sold a few .275 rifles, on the Internet or even from Hornady. As with the original Rigby, the action is made by Mauser in Germany. Tigers can weigh over 500 pounds, which would seem to recommend the 175-grain load, but Corbett apparently preferred the 140-grain version of the .275 due to flatter trajectory, even though on one occasion a “soft-nose, nickel-encased, split” bullet failed to penetrate the shoulder of another man-eating tigress that ran off wounded. . Furthermore it will have a H&H side mount with a Kahles KXi 3.5-10x50 illuminated 4-dot on top. Winchester loads a 145 grain spitzer to the same MV for a ME of 2279 ft. lbs. Current ammunition catalogs from PMC, Remington and Federal show loads for the 7x57 Furthermore, you can always go ahead and get an applied ballistics meter to make the experience much more enjoyable. The Highland Stalker.275 Rigby is a somewhat modernized version of the company’s original No. 1’s sight-leaves were set for 100, 200 and 300 yards; the No. The construction of the rifle either reduces or amplifies felt recoil. Ammunition is manufactured and sold in Europe, Africa, North America and most The test rifle weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces. My eyes aren’t so young anymore, but I still shoot a lot with iron sights so am usually able to group three shots with a rifle’s preferred ammunition into less than 2 inches at 100 yards, even with much cruder sights than the Rigby’s. It has a large rifle primer with a 1:8.66 twist. Another reason cropped up when I found a test target in the rifle case, fired at 65 yards with the standing leaf and Hornady 140-grain ammunition, the three shots forming a horizontal, overlapping line .38 inch from center to center. I did not mount a scope for several reasons, the least important being wary of inadvertently scratching a rifle retailing for almost $10,000. 13 Reloading Manual the Speer 130 grain spitzer bullet (BC .394, SD .230) can be driven to 2649 fps by 46.0 grains of H414 powder, and 2960 fps by a maximum load of 50.0 grains of H414. One modern change is the safety. these days. particularly suitable for a lady or youth.” All three .275 rifles were built on 1898 actions from the Mauser Werke in Oberndorf, like other Rigby bolt actions. for either the ordinary, or high velocity ammunition,” weighing almost a pound less, “. Barnes offers a 175 grain RN solid (SD .310) and a 195 grain soft point spitzer bullet (SD .345). of the world. Safari…with WDM Bell On this Adventure (in my warped mind), I’m attired in my pith helmet and transporting myself back a century or so, as I make notation in my leatherbound field ledger and quill pen. Managing Director was struck in the head by a German 8mm spitzer bullet in the course of [World War I]. In 1907, the Rigby company turned the 7x57 Mauser into a British sporting round, calling it the.275 Rigby. All rights reserved. Historically minded hunters do not always desire the latest high-tech rifle advancements, one reason for the thriving retro-market for new but traditionally styled rifles. The reloader with a strong rifle who loads to about 50,000 cup can do better than most factory loads. The catalog illustrations for both rifles are identical, along with their other listed features: “Pistol Hand Sporting Stock” with a 23.5-inch barrel and a weight of about 7.5 pounds. It hates Hornady’s 139-gr. With that particular 7mm, Bell shot some 1,000 elephants and plenty of buffalo, lions and similar creatures judged too stout for anything less than a 375 H&H Mag. “Karamojo” Bell of Africa or James Corbett of India, perhaps the two most famous .275 users. We both whacked rocks (or severely scared them) out to 250 yards thanks in part to the crisp trigger, which according to my Timney trigger scale broke right at Rigby’s advertised 2.5 pounds. Questionable by today’s standards, ivory hunters such as Karamojo Bell, nevertheless, took thousands of elephant with the.275 Rigby Mauser and similar calibres. Compared to the illustration in the 1924 catalog, it appears to be mounted slightly farther to the rear, and instead of the leaves being set for 100, 300 and 400 yards, it is regulated for 65, 150 and 250 yards, probably because anybody wanting to shoot beyond 250 will mount a scope. For that reason it was decided to model the Highland Stalker on the look of the original .275 Rigby, which was the ubiquitous rifle of its time. The No. Rigby also offered a No. However, I did locate several boxes of Hornady .275 brass at a local store. GMX load, consistently sub-m.o.a. The original cartridge featured a long, 11.2-gram (173 gr) round-nose, full-metal-jacketed bullet with a muzzle velocity of about 700 m/s (2,300 ft/s) with 2,744 J (2,024 ft⋅lbf) muzzle energy from a 740 mm (29.1 in) barreled rifle. T… Note the rifle is marked both .275 and 7x57. . I also suspect Corbett and Taylor would like the Hornady ammunition, since the InterLock Spire Point is a very reliable big-game bullet, especially at the moderate muzzle velocity of the .275 Rigby. Haven't been this excited about a rifle since I got my Boddington No 1's in 7x57 and 300 H&H. Pushed to the middle position, the firing pin is still locked on “safe,” but the bolt can be opened. A .275 (RIGBY HIGH VELOCITY) MAUSER SPORTING RIFLE BY J. RIGBY, No. (The 7x57 was also known as the .275 Rigby because Mauser supplied bolt actions to British rifle builder Rigby, who sold them under their name and cartridge designation.) The military safety lever operated in a half-circle over the top of the bolt sleeve, the reason the 1924 catalog shows “Rigby’s New Telescope Sight” with very high detachable mounts. All of the above loads used Remington cases and CCI 250 primers, and were chronographed in a 22 inch rifle barrel. I bought some and somewhat reproduced the factory ammunition using 139-grain Hornady Spire Points and Hodgdon H-4350 powder. In the table below rifle weight is given in pounds, free recoil energy is given in foot pounds, and free recoil velocity is given in feet-per-second. Do not use the maximum loads quoted below in the relatively weak Model 93 and 95 Mauser actions, or in Remington rolling block rifles. In Great Britain the 7x57 became so popular that the John Rigby Company adopted it as the .275 Rigby. Pushed all the way forward, the rifle is ready to fire. The 160 grain spitzer (BC .502, SD .284) can be driven to 2,363 fps by 42.0 grains of H414, and 2582 fps by a maximum load of 46.0 grains of the same powder. Under both names the cartridge was used extensively for plains and mountain game in Africa and Asia. The Highland Stalker .275 Rigby is a somewhat modernized version of the company’s original No. The action is still made by Mauser but is modified for scope mounting. After several days of tracking, Corbett finally finished the job, finding the initial bullet in the shoulder joint. The action is a Remington 700 Deluxe with jeweled bolt. It was chambered for the new 7×57mm Mauser cartridge. The rifle features a raised ramp beaded blade front and adjustable rear folding rear notch sights set into a quarter rib machined for Ruger scope rings. During testing of the sight regulation, I was assisted by friend Jay Rightnour, partly because I do most of my shorter-range testing on his personal range and he happened to be there that afternoon. My oldest edition of Cartridges of the World (1972) states this occurred because Rigby’s  “. The violent expansion is probably due to the large hollowpoint necessary to accommodate the tip’s shank. I was fortunate enough to get one of the Ruger 77 Africans in 275 Rigby. With the lever all the way to the rear, the firing pin and bolt handle are locked in place. The 7x57 is a well balanced and well designed cartridge for which a number of medium burning rate rifle powders are appropriate. John Rigby and Co. adopted the cartridge—rebranding it the .275 Rigby—and with it many hunters around the globe faced the largest and most dangerous creatures that ever walked. ‘Karamoja’ Bell used his .275 Rigby—with 173-grain solids—to take … All recoil values have been rounded off to one decimal place. W.D.M. 2 High Velocity rifle (inset). The 416 Rigby can be a real punisher if the stock and recoil pad are not optimal. The standard recoil pad that this rifle comes with looks nice and compliments the rifle’s aesthetics, but it is ridiculously thin and inadequate to reduce the felt recoil unless you’re a masochist. 2’s sight was set for 100, 300 and 400 yards. He used the 175 grain FMJ bullet for brain shots, and liked the.275 Rigby (as he called the 7x57) for its accuracy and low recoil … W.D.M. 10oz. Designed by Peter Paul Mauser in 1892 to serve in the military, the 7x57 Mauser showed the American soldiers what a cartridge should be on the slopes of Cubas San Juan Hill, and inspired the development of our own revered .30-06 Springfield. Many bolt action rifles built in the UK were so marked. Bell, perhaps the most famous of all African commercial ivory hunters, killed the majority of his over 1000 elephants with the 7x57. This indicated the .275’s reintroduction was a success, but the shortage is no doubt partially due to a limited run of ammunition; Hornady lists it on its website, indicating more will be made sometime. The 7x57 was developed by the famous German firm of Mauser in 1892, and adopted by the Spanish government in 1893. The bullets were seated just behind the front edge of the cannelure for an overall length of 3.180 inches and an average velocity of 2,681 fps. The 145 grain Spitzer (BC .457, SD .257) can be driven to 2501 fps by 44.0 grains of H414, and 2748 fps by a maximum load of 48.0 grains of H414. These are the standard American low pressure factory loads. The 275 Rigby aka 7x57 aka 7mm Mauser aka Spanish Mauser has a bigger case capacity than the 7mm-08 and loaded to similar pressure levels, the 7-08 can not reach the performane levels of the 7x57 et al, especially with the heavier bullets. I'm thrilled to see Ruger build such a classic, interesting rifle in a market full of synthetic, long-range super guns! Copyright 2004 by Chuck Hawks. The Highland Stalker’s more elegant bolt handle is much lower, and the safety is another version of what is commonly known as the three-position Winchester Model 70 safety, operating horizontally on the right-hand side of the bolt sleeve. Its moderate velocity ensures excellent bullet performance, and it does its work with minimal fuss: Little recoil and muzzle blast, yet definitive results on game. This created a flurry of .275 interest, and I was able to persuade Rigby to briefly send a Highland Stalker for testing. Rigby also claimed, “The difficulty of estimating distances does not exist unless for a shot over 300 yards.” That might be true if muzzle velocity was actually 3,000 fps, but with the smokeless powders then available, actual velocity was probably around 2,700 to 2,800 fps – except, perhaps, on a particularly hot day. 1 rifle in .275 that used ammunition loaded with traditional 175-grain bullets, both “solid” and “soft nose.” Apparently the only difference between the two models was the “regulation” of the rear sight, with one fixed and two folding leaves. Taylor’s opinion of the copper-pointed bullet sounds similar to criticisms of early plastic-tipped bullets, before bullet companies realized how much the tip “enhanced” expansion. 5714, blued finish, stock with semi-pistolgrip and recoil-pad, sling-swivels, barrel with block-mounted open-sights and ramp-mounted bead-foresight, the receiver side-mounted with a Leupold telescopic-sight Weight 8lb. CANVAS TRUNK CASE- TALLEY Q D LEVER BASES & 1" RINGS- OPEN SIGHTS- 97% for sale online. John Taylor, an Irish ivory poacher in the era following Bell, had this to say in his popular 1948 book African Rifles and Cartridges, which is still in print more than 70 years later: Taylor’s book lists the muzzle velocity of the 140-grain load as 2,750 fps. At about the same time, at least one other firearms company produced two rifles stamped .275 Rigby, and Hornady introduced .275 Rigby ammunition in its Custom line with 140-grain InterLock Spire Points at a listed 2,680 fps, along with component brass. He used the 175 grain FMJ bullet for brain shots, and liked the .275 Rigby (as he called the 7x57) for its accuracy and low recoil and report. The bolt has also been fitted with a Sako type extractor. The right side of the receiver has the Dallas Arms Collectors Association logo. 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