Originally posted by DCS Member: He should’ve just stuck with scroll engraving, as those cats look like a 3rd grader drew them.
I read that before opening the link. I assumed that was the standard internet hyperbole. After looking at the rifle I have to agree with you. Holy smokes!
The cape buffalo looks to be on the level of a 4th grader...
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Posts: 5778 | Location: The North Slope, Alaska(formerly SW Wyoming) | Registered: 22 December 2003
The animal engraving is poor to say the least. What I find even more objectionable is the Blaser-esk disproportionate lines between the action, grip, and butt stock. Hideous ... like a Blaser contraption. The lines completely lack any semblance of flow and beauty.
Originally posted by Todd Williams: That thing is almost as ugly as a Blaser thingy.
The engraving is very well done, but I have to agree with you on this one! it looks like belongs on the walls of a French whore house instead of in a safari camp. ......................................... MacD37
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Well its very French, with really quite unusual styling and a good deal of innovation. It’s definitely different and I don’t see any harm in that, in that different/ innovative is what moves design forward. Most double rifles, even over and unders are pretty much 100 plus year old design that hasn’t really been changed. Blasers etc have moved things forward.
As for this, well not sure about the animal engraving, but that unless done extremely well animal / bird engraving is not for me - especially modern laser engraving.
I would like to have a good look at these rifles and would be interested to see how they handle. It may be that once in the hand they may be things of beauty, but they don’t look right.
Posts: 822 | Location: Scotland | Registered: 28 February 2011
Have a watch of this. These two rifles are weirdly beautifully and intriguing. I get them and I get the engineering expertise etc. They are Art, but not beautiful - a bit like Picasso’s version of a gun.
This was a standard action type and size as built by the French gunmaker Buchet. It is identical to a 460 Wby I saw in a Gun Digest in the 1980s or 90s. It is every bit as hideous as I remember as a kid! I can almost guarantee it would handle like a club. And what is with the lack of checkering? I would hate to haul up that stick to point at a pissed off critter with sweaty hands!
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Posts: 553 | Location: Central Texas, U.S. | Registered: 20 December 2001
The maker IS Buchet .. Claude Buchet. I have visited his premises/farm in France and seen all of these guns in person. The most astonishing thing I recall is that the barrels are ONE piece of steel, no solder or braze or weld anywhere, not even the ribs or lugs. Same with the forend irons which have a vise design. And he liked Weatherby ctgs.
You can all piss on them but he did everything from raw blanks to finished items, the workmanship was superb, and I doubt any of you guys is as good at whatever it is you do, than Claude at his chosen vocation. One of the guns he had engraved in Belgium, I think it was the 300 Wby, and the others he engraved himself.
He is now passed I believe.
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Posts: 2720 | Location: Texas | Registered: 07 June 2003
You can all piss on them but he did everything from raw blanks to finished items, the workmanship was superb, and I doubt any of you guys is as good at whatever it is you do , than Claude at his chosen vocation. One of the guns he had engraved in Belgium, I think it was the 300 Wby, and the others he engraved himself .