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SKU: Franz Sodia Double Rifle .458 WIN MAG sn25100 Categories: , , , Tags: , , , , , ,

Call: 1 (616) 292-6240 To Purchase


General Specs: Franz Sodia, 1985, .458 WIN MAG, 10lbs., LOP 14 3/8″, DAH 2 1/2″, DAC 1 1/2″
Serial Number:  25100

Franz Sodia was a pre-eminent gunmaker, opening shop in Ferlach, Austria in 1910.  Since then, generations of the Sodia family have built some of the finest firearms the world has ever seen.  By 1929, Franz Sodia began making all his components and guns in house, rather than build firearms with a conglomeration of parts sourced from smaller local gunmakers.  This move demonstrated Sodia’s pension for control to produce the highest quality of firearm possible.  By 1952 Sodia added two more shops with cutting edge machinery, an apprenticeship program, and the ability to keep up with the strong demand for his guns, while other Ferlach makers were falling to the wayside.  Franz Sodia had become THE GUNMAKER TO THE WEALTHY AND KNOWLEDGEABLE sportsmen in Europe and the USA.  The rifle we show here is a pinnacle example of the boxlock sideplated ejector DANGEROUS GAME rifle, with the finest engraving and finishing one can find anywhere in the world.  Built in 1985 this rare rifle displays features only found in BEST RIFLES of Europe or England, ie solid forged raised quarter rib mounted with rear sight, forged ramp for front sight, reinforcing bolsters on the frame, and Boehler Steel barrels.  The action shows 5 major locking points to include the Greener cross-bolt, rib extension, double underlug bites, and a through-the-action barrel lug, combining with sculpted reinforced bolsters on both sides of the frame to create an ultra-strong action.  The sideplated boxlock ejector action provides a large palate for incredible deep-relief game scene engraving, with a depth of field that seems impossible, and 7 heavy gold dangerous game animals that are photogenic in realism, all combine to display the highest form of the gunmaker’s art.  The elephants, buffalo, and lion have incredible detail. The rebated frame houses the head of the stock, deep vine and scroll engravings complete the action with total full coverage engraving. The fiddleback figured European walnut stock shows an elegantly sculpted cheek rest with shadow line, strong layout with straight grain through the wrist, profuse 28 line per inch checkering with fancy borders and fleur-de-lis carvings. The pistol grip is capped with an ebony grip cap.   The long slender splinter forend is nearly fully checkered to match the butt stock.  All the finishes are factory original, with 98% metal and wood finishes.  The mechanics are superb, as the gun has been well cared for and shot little, the barrels are tight as new on the hinge pin and breech face, trigger pulls crisp, and ejectors strong and well timed.  The front trigger is hinged, and the striker discs at the firing pins are removable.  The 26” barrels have perfect bores, a 5” wedge of scroll engraving, and a large gold head of a lion on the left barrel and an elephant on the right barrel.  Magnificent!  Chambered in the most capable .458 Winchester Magnum cartridge (a cartridge likely responsible for more large dangerous game kills of any other cartridge) this dangerous game rifle is a work of art and fully capable of ending life threatening charges in the African bush.  The .458 Winchester Magnum cartridge has long ago been improved to be without caking powder issues that occurred in the early development period.  All the modern .458 ammo is consistent and without the early problems.  Our gunsmiths can easily make this a .450 x 3 ¼” Nitro Express if the new owner had an inkling to do so.  In today’s world a double rifle in dangerous game calibers built to this Franz Sodia standards would cost more than double what we are asking for this high condition, high-art rifle.  This is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece from a most prominent gunmaker, a gun of historic and intrinsic value.  Don’t let it escape!  Thanks for looking.

Barrel Length:   25 3/8″
Bores:    perfect bore, 10 out of 10
% Blue:   99% factory blue
Ribs:   tight
Sights:  1/4 rib with drift adjustable rear; ramped front stationary sight
Action:  tight-Slight Right of Center
Ejectors:   timed
Receiver Condition:   99% French Grey factory
Screws:   perfect
Engraving:   full cover with sideplates; 9 large gold African animals
Trigger Type:   double-crisp; 50% gold
Trigger Guard Color:   99% factory blue; scroll engraved
Type:   Capped pistol grip with cheek piece/Splinter; fiddleback figure straight through the wrist
LOP:  14 3/8″
LOP To End Of Wood:   13 3/8″
DAH:   approximately 2 1/2″
DAC:   approximately 1 1/2″
Cast:   1/4″ off
Checkering Condition:   superb 28lpi with fancy edges and fleur-de-lis
Butt Treatment:   Old English pad; white line
There is a 30 day mechanical warranty on long guns. If it is a “VFI Certified” gun there is a 90 day mechanical warranty. Call or email us for more details or questions. Thanks! Vintage Firearms Inc
Payment and Shipping
Payment Methods: Credit Card, Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer (Advertised price reflects 3% cash discount. Actual price if paid by credit card is 3% higher.)
Inspection Period / Return Policy: Three Days from the date the item was received.
Sales Tax: Collected in CO, FL, MI
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $505.00 within the continental U.S. Additional fees for HI & AK.
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes. We accept C&R licenses for shipping on C&R eligible guns.
Terms of Purchase: Check your local and state laws before purchasing. It is the buyer’s responsibility to confirm his/her right to own the firearm or any item before purchasing.
PLEASE SEE OUR OTHER FINE VINTAGE FIREARMS. View all listings and our full inventory of fine sporting and collectible arms will appear. Thanks for looking!We employ full time gunsmiths 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.
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