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Famous "Betsy #1" 7mm Mashburn Super Magnum Mashburn Arms Bolt Action Rifle with Telescopic Sight, owned by Warren Page . ...

2012 December 9 Arms & Armor Signature Auction #6081

 
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Auction Ended On: Dec 9, 2012
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Dallas, TX 75219

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Famous "Betsy #1" 7mm Mashburn Super Magnum Mashburn Arms Bolt Action Rifle with Telescopic Sight, owned by Warren Page
Serial no 3873, 7mm Mashburn Super Magnum. 22-inch barrel with ramped spear front sight and file cut quarter rib with folding rear sight. Enlarged rear of quarter-rib serves as telescopic sight base. Barrel marked: Mashburn Arms Co. / 7mm MAG. Blued commercial Mauser action. Engine-turned bolt with hollowed knob. Single stage trigger with light pull. Curved quarter-turn safety. Finely checkered Monte Carlo stock of well-figured walnut. Checkering with pointed borders and four stippled triangles above the trigger. Stippled area on inside of grip between checkering panels. Cheekpiece. Black Pachmayr recoil pad. Sling eyes. Horn fore-end tip and grip cap with white spacers. 1 3/8-inch long nickel-silver oval marked: Presented to Warren Page by Mashburn Arms Co. Custom two-piece detachable mounts with a Kollmorgen Bear Cub 4X (No. 27881) with medium crosshairs. Pull: 13 ½ -inches. Weight: 8 pounds, 3 ounces.
A copy of Warren Page's hunting book, One Man's Wilderness.
A copy of Field & Stream, May 1969 with the article The Cautious Crocodile.
A photo copy of the 1959 Gun Digest article, Old Betsy, by Warren Page.
Two photos of Arthur McGreevy and Martha Page with the rifle at the 6th International Hunters & Fishermen's Conservation Conference when McGreevy purchased the three Mashburn rifles.
An unsigned parchment with the following inscription:
"Warren Page wrote hunting history. As international sportsman, journalist, firearms experimenter and spokesman for responsible conservation, he clearly marked the hunting life.
From his insistence on the sure and humane taking of game were derived innumerable improvements in riflery.
Old Betsy No. 1, his first 7mm Mashburn Magnum, was the rifle that literally changed the world of big game firearms. Warren Page hunted far and long with this rifle and with it took the first and second Glacier Bear harvested by a modern sportsman.
Ultimately, Warren Page made the commercial introduction of the 7mm Remington Magnum inevitable.
But more important than any impact on the manufacture of rifles, Old Betsy No. 1 was part and parcel of one unique man's hunting experience in the history of the chase. The journeys of Warren Page and the service of Old Betsy No. 1 are not likely to be repeated.
A rifle well used. But more than that, a rifle used well."
Condition: Very Good, showing considerable wear. Barrel shows 60-70% bluing with wear and some scratches. Floorplate shows 80-90% bluing with carry-wear. Engine-turning on bolt shows losses. Excellent bright bore. Stock shows some wear, nicks and scratches. ½-inch chip in stock behind bolt handle channel. Checkering shows some wear, filling, impressions and small losses. Given the extensive use of this rifle in all areas of the world, the wear is minimal and it shows the care that it was given over the 24 years of arduous hunting. Telescopic sight shows clear optics.
According to Dave Petzal, The present Shooting Editor for Field & Stream, "Page was essentially a one-gun hunter. He used lots of different stuff, but the majority of his big-game trophies were killed with a single rifle-a 7mm Mashburn Super Magnum. Page got this rifle very early in his career-1949 or so. He called it "Old Betsy," and used only one handload for everything, a 175 Nosler semi-spitzer bullet at 3,050 fps. Throughout her career, Old Betsey wore only one scope, a 4x Redfield with a medium crosshairs (Note: in the 1959 Gun Digest article, Old Betsy by Page, he states: "... my own pet carries its 4x Kollmorgen." as the gun carries now.), and with this combination, Page killed 475 head of big game of all shapes and sizes, at all ranges. He hunted his way to a Weatherby Trophy and into Roland Ward and Boon and Crockett".
The gun was mentioned in Warren Page's book, One Man's Wilderness:
"The 7 mm magnum, I feel is close to perfect as the caliber for all the lesser African game, including, I might say, the leopard and possibly the lion, for all our North American species that live in mountains, and for all the Asiatic types of both high and low terrain that weigh under a ton or generally don't eat people. ..the sum total of experience is to lead me into the statement that for game from seventy-five to a thousand pounds, especially at ranges beyond rock-throwing yardage this category of cartridge is the most useful we have. It hurts you little, hurts the game a great deal."
From: One Man's Wilderness, by Warren Page
Provenance:
The rifle was featured in the following periodicals:
1959 Gun Digest Article Old Betsy
Field & Stream May 1969 - Article on crocodile hunt with McGreevy by Page.
Field & Stream January 1971 - Article on Zebra hunt with McGreevy by Page.

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