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    .300 Weatherby Magnum Custom Left Hand Bolt Action Rifle Stocked and Engraved by Master Engraver Winston Churchill.
    Serial no. P49924. .300 Weatherby Magnum. 24-inch tapered blued barrel. Blued Weatherby Mark V left-hand action with engine-turned bolt. Blued floorplate and triggerguard. Bolt knob with 5 checkered panels with engraved circular medallion. Highly figured walnut stock with elaborate fine checkering with banding, panel and fleur-dis-lys. Cheekpiece. Ebony fore-end tip. Pachmayr Old English recoil pad. Blued engraved grip cap with bold foliate scroll. Engraved magazine well and triggerguard and gripcap screws. Gold oval with the initials: DEP. Sling eyes. Leupold M8-4x telescopic sight on Redfield 2 piece bases. Condition: Excellent, showing very little use. Metal shows 99+ bright bluing. Excellent bright bore. Wood shows a couple of very light marks. Telescopic scope shows clear optics and 99%+ bluing. Included with the rifle are the following:
    The Modern Rifle, by Jim Carmichael.
    Contemporary American Stockmakers, by Ron Toews.
    Letter from David Petzal
    A copy of the October 1977 issue of Field and Stream.
    A binder with articles from Field and Stream and Forbes on the rifle and Winston Churchill.

    Note: The gun was made for David E Petzal, firearms editor for Field & Stream Magazine, in the early 1970s by master engraver Winston Churchill. Mr. Petzal describes the gun in a letter:
    "The .300 was originally a plain factory Mark V in .270 WM with an undistinguished stock. I hunted with it in Montana in 1973 and killed an antelope with it. Then I decided that I was not a fan of the .270 WM, and sent it to Weatherby to be rebarreled to .300 WM. The only other metal work was the replacement of the factory trigger with a Canjar. At that time, Winston was working for G&H, but was looking to establish himself as an engraver and stockmaker, and this was the first rifle he did for me. (The caption in the book is confusing; the work was done by him at home, on his own time, not under the auspices of Griffin & Howe.) The stock blank was a piece of New Zealand walnut from a supplier named Ernie Paulson. I never hunted with the rifle and shot it only a little bit. I sold it sometime in the early 1980's because it was by then too valuable to hunt with, and Winston had stocked another .300 that was far less fancy. That rifle has had a lot of use.
    That's about all I can recall, and I hope it is of use. Best regards and enjoy the rifle. Dave Petzal
    Winston Churchill, while best known for his world class engraving was also a master stockmaker in his early years. While he only stocked about 5 rifles they have been recognized for their craftsmanship. This rifle was featured in a photograph in The Modern Rifle by Jim Carmichael who states "A Weatherby Mark V, left-hand version, flawlessly stocked by Winston Churchill." on Page 154. It was also featured in Contemporary American Stockmakers, by Ron Toews on pages 41 to 45 with a number of high resolution close-up photos. The photo caption of the fore-end states: "The fleur with ribbons fore-end pattern is notable for the straightness of the top line of the pattern and for the "uninterrupted" way in which the checkering lines stop and start at the ribbon. You will, of course, see absolutely no run-overs of the checkering outside the borders on a pattern done by someone of Churchill's ability."
    The rifle is also illustrated in the October 1977 issue of Field and Stream on page 97 with the caption: "Winston Churchill, who has made his reputation as an engraver, is also a top stockmaker. This left-hand .300 Weatherby (with a Canjar trigger) is stocked in New Zealand walnut. The checkering is an ultra-fine 28 lines per inch, which good wood can take and hold, even with hard use. This rifle will consistently group in an inch or less with 180 grain Noslers."






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