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Ex Tax: $4,875.00
Product Code: Weatherby Mark 5 .416 Rigby Custom Rifle


General Specs: Bill Dowtin, Year 1973, Gauge, 10lbs 1oz, .416 Rigby, LOP 14" Serial Number: 23179 Here we have a fine dangerous game rifle built by Bill Dowtin, who is well known in the custom gun world as an accomplis...

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General Specs: Bill Dowtin, Year 1973, Gauge, 10lbs 1oz, .416 Rigby, LOP 14"
Serial Number: 23179

Here we have a fine dangerous game rifle built by Bill Dowtin, who is well known in the custom gun world as an accomplished gunmaker with over 35 years of experience.  Dowtin has earned a reputation by only producing the finest, FUNCTIONAL, rifles with properly laid out stock blanks, precise inletting, and rifles that are known to shoot precisely.  This fine rifle is no exception.  Built on the Weatherby Mark V action with many modifications, there will be no worry about hot loads in the hot climate of Africa spiking pressures and rendering lesser actions useless.  The Weatherby Mark 5 magnum action with 9 locking lugs on the bolt has been tested to well over 100,000 psi and cartridges still fed and ejected.  The shortest bolt throw in the industry makes the Weatherby the fastest bolt rifle in the terms of feeding the next round, and the Weatherby is known for silky smooth bolt operation and positive case ejection, all contributing to its usefulness for quick follow up shots and reliable ejection and feeding that may save a hunter’s life in a bad situation.  This rifle, built in 1973, has many features you would expect to find on a Bill Dowtin rifle, including an extended top strap with a tang mounted safety, Bill Blackburn bottom metal, Canjar trigger that has zero creep and over-travel and breaks clean at 3.75lbs., a fine European walnut stock, nicely figured with shadow line cheek piece and ebony forend tip, borderless wrap around checkering flawless in its execution, and inletting so well done it doesn’t seem possible.  The heavy contour 26” barrel retains all of its lustrous blue, 2 leaf rear sight, barrel mount sling swivel, and sharp clean rifling in a bright shiny bore.  The rifle is mounted with the well-respected Griffin & Howe double lever scope mount, allowing dismounting the scope for travel or for iron sight use and reinstallation without loosing zero.  The G & H mount for a left-handed rifle is rare and very desirable.  The scope is the appropriate Weatherby Supreme in 1.75-5 x 20 with the Duplex reticle in excellent condition.  This rifle is stunning and ready for heavy, dangerous game.  The .416 Rigby is a great pairing for this Weatherby action as it is known for smooth feeding, even in adrenaline filled moments, and a wide variety of loaded ammunition is available.  LEFT-HANDED SHOOTERS RARELY SEE FINE CUSTOM RIFLES OF THIS NATURE.  DON’T HESITATE OR SHE WILL BE GONE.  Thanks for looking and enjoy the photos!


Barrel Length:  26"
Bores:  excellent, sharp rifling
% Blue:  99%
Sights:  2 position. xpr rear


Action:  weatherby M5
Case Color:  99%
Screws:  perfect
Engraving:  none
Trigger Type:  crisp
Trigger Guard Color:  99%


Type:  Bill Dowtin; bastogne walnut
LOP:  14"
LOP To End Of Wood:  13 1/8"
DAH:  2"
DAC:  1 5/8"
Cast:  1/8" on
Checkering Condition:  superb borderless
Butt Treatment:  decelerator pad 


There are more photos upon request. There is a 30 day mechanical warranty on this gun. Call us for full details. Please see all of our fine Vintage Firearms on this website. We have many more sxs shotguns for sale and soon to be listed, check back or email us for a preview. Thanks for looking!

Payment and Shipping

Payment Methods: Credit Card, Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer (Advertised price represents the 3% cash discount price. Actual price if paid by credit card is 3% higher cost)
Inspection Period / Return Policy: Three Days from the date the item was received.
Sales Tax: 6% Michigan Only
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $55.00 We ship internationally!
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes


Call to purchase #616-292-6240.  If you have any questions please call or email us, at or Thanks! Vintage Firearms Inc

We employ a full time gunsmith on premises and can perform alterations to suit your needs within a few weeks of purchase. Common requests are: -stock bending to suit your particular requirements -addition of any specified butt pad to increase length of pull -alteration of chokes to suit your shooting preferences -lengthening of chambers and forcing cones -darkening stock color with penetrating stains -restoring any part of the gun including rust blue, charcoal blue, bone and charcoal case color, wood restoration and checkering recuts. If you like one our guns but it needs "tweaked", let us know and we can quote you a time and price. Some enthusiasts like the guns "as found" and others want them "just so". We often list guns as found and let the particular buyer choose how they want their gun to fit or look.