One of the most famous, respected and revered hunting rifles of the 20th century was also one of the rarest. From the first sold in 1912 to the last built around the start of World War II, only 189 genuine, London-built .416 Rigby Mausers were ever produced. Until now.
John Rigby & Co. of London is reborn. After changing ownership several times, including twice in the United States, Rigby is resettled in its former city and again building its iconic, bolt-action, repeating “magazine rifle”: the Rigby Special .416 Bore for Big Game. Every rifle is being made with genuine German Mauser Model 98 barreled actions, just as they were more than a century ago. The new .416 Rigby Mausers look, feel and shoot like the originals, only better, thanks to a more modern, straight-line stock configuration and the latest, high-quality steel. A low-glare, extremely hard, rust-resistant, plasma-nitride metal finish also contributes increased durability to a dangerous-game hunting rifle that still looks classic.
Rifle aficionados are often surprised to learn that Rigby never has built its barreled actions. Recognizing the brilliant design of the Mauser M98, Rigby eschewed reinventing the wheel. Instead he arranged to become the exclusive importer and distributor of Mauser actions in Britain way back in 1897. Then he commissioned Mauser to engineer a longer, magnum action to fit his rimmed .400/350 Rigby and, undoubtedly, any potential, new rounds to come, like the .416 Rigby. This was the age of rapid advancements in cartridges due to the 1889 British invention of cordite.
With its high-energy, nitroglycerin base, this smokeless powder generated much higher pressures than blackpowder ever could. New cartridges and rifles were needed to take advantage of this, and the rimless .416 Rigby was one of the best.