DescriptionFamous "Betsy #2" 7mm Mashburn Super Magnum Mashburn Arms Bolt Action Rifle with Telescopic Sight owned by Warren Page.
Serial no. 5078. 7mm Mashburn Super Magnum. 22 ½-inch barrel with ramped spear front sight. Top of long ramp is matted. Quarter rib with single folding sight. Enlarged rear of quarter-rib serves as telescopic sight base. Blued commercial Mauser action. Single stage trigger with light pull. Curved quarter-turn safety. Engine-turned bolt. Hollow bolt knob. Finely and ornately checkered pistolgrip stock of figured fiddleback walnut. Cheekpiece. Checkered panels with curved borders, floral designs and fleur-de-lis. Rosewood fore-end tip and gripcap with maple spacer and diamond. Brown Pachmayr recoil pad. 1 ¾-inch long silver oval marked: Warren Page from Art Mashburn. Sling swivels. Custom two-piece detachable mounts with a Kollmorgen Bear Cub 4X (No.16376) with medium crosshairs. Pull: 13 ½ -inches. Weight: 8 pounds. Photo 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. A photo copy of the 1959 Gun Digest article, "Old Betsy", by Warren Page. A 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. 2, his second 7mm Mashburn Magnum, was instrumental in changing the world of big game firearms. Ultimately, Warren Page and his 7mm Mashburn Magnums made the commercial introduction of the 7mm Remington Magnum inevitable.
But more important than any impact on the manufacture of rifles, Old Betsy No. 2 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. 2 are not likely to be repeated.
A rifle well used. But more than that, a rifle used well."
Condition: Excellent, as partially refreshed. Metal shows 98-99% bluing with small areas of very light spotting. Excellent bore. Stock shows a 1 ¼-inch crack at the bolt release area. Stock needs to be removed to remove bolt. Stock shows lightly refreshed finish with a few light marks. Telescopic sight shows clear optics.
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