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. Nearly 119 years later, these specifications remain true. I was fortunate enough to get one of the Ruger 77 Africans in 275 Rigby. 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. Jay also shoots pretty well with iron sights due to competing in black-powder cartridge silhouette shooting. 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. The right side of the receiver has the Dallas Arms Collectors Association logo. 3 Light Weight rifle with a 21-inch barrel in .275 “. There are a wide variety of 7mm bullets available to the reloader, from around 110 grains to 195 grains. Wolfe Publishing Company | 2180 Gulfstream Suite A | Prescott, AZ 86301. I'm thrilled to see Ruger build such a classic, interesting rifle in a market full of synthetic, long-range super guns! Hornady’s Custom load for the .275 Rigby is built around the 140-grain InterLock and gave 1/3 MOA from this Highland Stalker. 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. 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. 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. The Highland Stalker .275 Rigby is a somewhat modernized version of the company’s original No. 2 rifle, and among the five available chamberings is, of course, .275 Rigby. Bell, perhaps the most famous of all African commercial ivory hunters, killed the majority of his over 1000 elephants with the 7x57. 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. I did not mount a scope for several reasons, the least important being wary of inadvertently scratching a rifle retailing for almost $10,000. 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. The top of the action is drilled and tapped for modern scope-mounting bases. At the s… Ammunition is manufactured and sold in Europe, Africa, North America and most My reprint of the 1924 Rigby catalog from Cornell Publications (cornellpubs.com) claims a muzzle velocity of 3,000 fps. . The target was fired by somebody named Jamie Holland, with a signature next to the printed name. A .275 (RIGBY HIGH VELOCITY) MAUSER SPORTING RIFLE BY J. RIGBY, No. 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. W.D.M. In the hunting world, it made an immediate transitionas so many military car… All of the above loads used Remington cases and CCI 250 primers, and were chronographed in a 22 inch rifle barrel. It has a large rifle primer with a 1:8.66 twist. The barrel … 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. Sporting ammunition manufacturers eventually began to produce 140 to 154 grain high velocity soft point loads for the 7mm. The military of the Kingdom of Spain adopted the Mauser Model 1893rifle. 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. The North American shooter who wants to get maximum utility out of a 7x57 really should be a reloader. 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. 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 .275 Rigby brass was handloaded for the range tests. In Europe, Serbia adopted the cartridge, and it became a popular sporting cartridge all over Europe. . 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. Under both names the cartridge was used extensively for plains and mountain game in Africa and Asia. It hates Hornady’s 139-gr. Note the rifle is marked both .275 and 7x57. 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. 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 others are the .308 Winchester, .30-06 and the 8x57 and 9.3x62 Mausers. 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. The actual bullet diameters are .264" (6.5mm), .277" (.270) and .284" (7mm). It is similar to the Winchester Model 70’s safety, rather than the military- style safety of the original rifles. Managing Director was struck in the head by a German 8mm spitzer bullet in the course of [World War I]. 10oz. Since the projectile bounced off his skull, he concluded the pointed type bullet was not satisfactory against bone!”. The 416 Rigby can be a real punisher if the stock and recoil pad are not optimal. Armies found the round was accurate at long range with moderate recoil. 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. The test rifle weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces. 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. 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. 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 7x57 was developed by the famous German firm of Mauser in 1892, and adopted by the Spanish government in 1893. 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 … ‘Karamoja’ Bell used his .275 Rigby—with 173-grain solids—to take … Bell’s .275 Rigby, the British title for the 7x57mm Mauser. . If you see a 0 in the Recoil Velocity column it signifies no data available for that particular load. Barnes offers a 175 grain RN solid (SD .310) and a 195 grain soft point spitzer bullet (SD .345). (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.) 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. 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. 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.