Andries
Mar 11, 2018

"The Sands of Time"

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By Peter Hathaway Capstick

In the first chapter Capstick writes this:

"I had a chance to visit the gunmaking plant of Musgrave, which was some hours south of my Pretoria home. We were greeted by Abe Koch, the general manager, who so impressed me with their general and custom shops that I ordered a .375 H&H Magnum on a Mauser action. Now, really, when it was finished, I have never seen a prettier or more functional rifle. I have owned custom guns before, but nobody ever put one together like Musgrave did. Owing to the UN sanctions against armaments, Musgrave has had its problems in exporting its wares, but this seems as if it won't go on very long, since, as of this writing, President F. W. de Klerk has just returned from Washington. Musgrave used Grade V Turkish walnut and inscribed on it my personal serial number, PHC-1, as well as inlaying my name in gold on the top of the octagonal barrel. I was quite puritan about the engraving, although Musgrave has some of the best chisel-men in the world. Just the front of the chamber, the magazine floor plate and the bolt knurl were done, but oh, so tastefully, in a soft scroll. Of course, engraving doesn't add anything to the shooting characteristics of a rifle, but coupled with a Timney adjustable trigger and the rigidity of an octagonal barrel, PHC-1 will shoot one-inch groups at one hundred meters with factory ammo all day long. Believe me, when sanctions go, and they will, possibly by the publication date of this book, the best deal in the world is with Musgrave of Bloemfontein, South Africa. The rand-dollar exchange assures that.

 

Here are some photos of a Musgrave Afrika Supreme:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

His wife donated the late Peter Capstick's Musgrave Afrika Supreme to Dallas Safari Club for the 2003 convention auction (proceeds to conservation) According to the DSC Oct 2002 Newsletter - page 14: Donor - Capstick Rifle Desc - Peter H. Capstick's Custom Musgrave Bolt Action .375 H&H Magnum Rifle Value: Priceless

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