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A New Westley Richards .505 Take Down Rifle.

We completed this .505 take down this week which is heading down to a client in South Africa. This rifle is specified for big game hunting with a 'no frills' approach. Strong straight grained figured wood with blacked parts with makers name only engraved. All the very best functional features of a Westley Richards, no decoration!

Westley Richards .505 Take Down.

As I think I have said before, it is always a pleasure to build these' working style PH rifles' as we know they are going to see action plenty of times in their life!


  • Peter on July 6, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Dear Simon

    Congratulations to another really beautiful rifle. Like you said sometimes less is more and with the unequalled lines on Westley guns it just doesn't get any better. I must ask you -the cartridge belt is it a one off or is it something that you produce regularly, it would be perfect for me as I only would have to fill it one time and then hunt happily for years to come.

    Best regards

    • Simon Clode on July 6, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      It is a belt I had made for myself for a hunt one year. It is not something that we normally make in this style but we can of course do so if you would like one!

      • Peter on July 7, 2016 at 7:58 am

        Dear Simon

        If you could make one for me in the same style , I would be very grateful .
        Best regards

        • Simon Clode on July 7, 2016 at 8:10 am

          Thanks Peter I have emailed with the options to consider, qty of ammo, One size loop or for two different rounds. Whatever works best for you!

  • Matthew Schmidt on July 6, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Beautiful rifle with a lovely piece of wood. Working rifles with little embellishment have a very special appeal of their own and this one is very appealing, in a great caliber too.

    Matt Schmidt.

  • Neil McVeigh on July 7, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Simon,a few years back you and the guys built me a lovely take-down in .375.
    Ease of transportation and simplicity were my motivating factors.Did this particular client articulate his reasons?Mere curiosity on my part.

    • Simon Clode on July 7, 2016 at 9:04 pm

      I think that the common reason now for this order is the transport. It is just so much easier to move around and also much less chance of a broken stock. Also I feel the old ingrained fear that these rifles were inaccurate as the barrel comes off have been proven wrong. Whilst you would not use for a 1000yd sniper shot they are perfect for hunting ranges that most people are comfortable to shoot at.

  • Neill on July 9, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Nice, very nice indeed. A good practical tool.

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