Parker Hale/Rigby rifle in .275

Wilf102

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Looking for something else in the local dealers when I spied a very nice looking .275. Barrel marked Parker Hale and the magazine floor plate marked Rigby & Sons. So presumably some sort of tie up going on there.

Anyone know now anything about these rifles and the Parker Hale/Rigby relationship. It was in pretty good condition with no markings from previous iron sights so presumably there were't any originally.

It looked so "left-field" I was thinking of offering it a new home.
 

Hunt-Inter

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I guess is just a rebadged PH with maybe upgraded wood and some engraving.

Value wise I'd say less than a grand
 

alberta boy

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Nice . I've heard about some of these over the years . I'm not sure if PH sent them to Rigby to upgrade them , or if Rigby bought them as a basis for their own rifles . I'm sure someone on here knows , stay tuned . All I know is , I'd love to own one , a classic rifle and caliber .

AB
 

Roro

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Lovely lines, good calibre, good maker(s), good action, if the barrel isn't shot out i'd snap it up if i was you Wilf. Rifles like that appeal to me though.
 

enfieldspares

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Ah, yes, but...

Twenty-two inch barrel and in my opinion the Parker Hale M81 Classic (with a twenty-four inch barrel) does "it" better.

If "it" is being a re-creation of the classic English Highland Stalking Rifle then the M81 Classic is just more "it".

Just my 2p worth.
 

alberta boy

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Ah, yes, but...

Twenty-two inch barrel and in my opinion the Parker Hale M81 Classic (with a twenty-four inch barrel) does "it" better.

If "it" is being a re-creation of the classic English Highland Stalking Rifle then the M81 Classic is just more "it".

Just my 2p worth.
I'd love an M81 , unfortunately, rare as unicorn poo in these parts .

AB
 

Roro

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Yes maybe the classic, but the ordinary m81 version with roll over cheekpiece, whiteline spacers, basket weave checkering and dreadful polyurethane stock finish ? No.
 

enfieldspares

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Roro...ouch that faux Weatherby look! Awful. But there never was an M81 like that. It only existed as the Classic.

The others were P-H rifles but with a different model name. So the 1200 and etc., etc..

And what an assault on the eyes some of them were!
 

Roro

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Roro...ouch that faux Weatherby look! Awful. But there never was an M81 like that. It only existed as the Classic.

The others were P-H rifles but with a different model name. So the 1200 and etc., etc..

And what an assault on the eyes some of them were!

Which was a pity as they were good rifles, accurate, well finished, did not cost the earth.Its just the styling was dreadful.
 

greville1689

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I remember them being marketed in the '80s. At the time e new Rigby was about £1800 and these were about £600 (less scope) new. I have only seen one "in the flesh" in a gun shop in Inverness in the early '90s and if memory serves me it was basically a Parker Hale but with finer chequering on pistol grip and fore-end (it went the whole way round). In essence it was a more expensive Parker Hale (I acn't remember PH prices then but would have been about £200-300). Holland and Holland did something similar with Sako and my first rifle was one of these in .270" it had "Shot and regulated by Holland and Holland" on the barrel. These were about £400 when a new H&H was about £2000.
 

Roro

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I remember them being marketed in the '80s. At the time e new Rigby was about £1800 and these were about £600 (less scope) new. I have only seen one "in the flesh" in a gun shop in Inverness in the early '90s and if memory serves me it was basically a Parker Hale but with finer chequering on pistol grip and fore-end (it went the whole way round). In essence it was a more expensive Parker Hale (I acn't remember PH prices then but would have been about £200-300). Holland and Holland did something similar with Sako and my first rifle was one of these in .270" it had "Shot and regulated by Holland and Holland" on the barrel. These were about £400 when a new H&H was about £2000.

Happy days. Walk into Holland and Holland today and see what 2k gets you, other than laughed out the door.
 

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