I received this exquisite rifle from my Grampa Sam's collection. He was a well known S.D. gunsmith in the '50s. I know the ballpark value range is $4-10K but would also like to know more about its history from the identifying marks (attached pics) and the following information that I have gathered.
(Brief double rifle expert eval)
1. Rifling/barrels are in good condition and have not been re-blued.
(Did not say the % remaining bluing)
2. Except for minor repairs on butt, rifle appears to be in original condition.
3. It's a .416 Caliber, a dangerous game rifle (without scope most likely used
4. Has trigger use pop-up pins
5. G. SCHAFER was probably an individual gun maker that purchased parts
from the larger manufacturing guilds.
L side plate: "G. SCHAFER" "HOTBUCHSENMACHER" (Gun Maker)
R side plate: "IN TUBINGEN" (A German town in Black Forest area).
"1903" (Q: Was the .416 Caliber being made prior to John Rigby's introduction in 1912?)
Proofmark (Q. Who's proofmark?) & Crown over "G" (rifled)
Letters "Jh", "K" & inverted "B" (Q. What do these mean?)
Serial No: "22270" near action
Foremarn Hold (fractured) "273"
Thanks Loads for any information you can provide!