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Szecsei & Fuchs Double Barrel Bolt Action Rifles
« on: October 26, 2018, 09:40:02 PM »

If you’ve had the experience of having one of nature’s wild things coming at you with intent to do you bodily harm then you have a very real impression in your mind of just how intimidating that can be. To ensure against unhappy endings in such situations the British big game hunters of the golden age tended to prefer a double rifle because it offered a “swift sure second shot”. However, if you’ve had the opportunity to shoot a double rifle and needed to rapidly reload after that “swift sure second shot” you may have found that a sticky case can be an obstinate problem and your broken fingernails trying to get it out might be the least of your worries.

Back in 1989 Hungarian Joseph Szecsei had the experience of being simultaneously charged by three elephants. He survived the encounter, and decided that a double rifle or a good bolt action were not really enough life insurance when out after the big and the bad. In his thinking he wanted to design a rifle with all the advantages of a double rifle, and of a bolt action with its rapidly accessible magazine. So he invented a bolt action double rifle.

There will be those reading this who ask the question “Why not just get a semi-automatic?” There are a couple of problems with moving to a semi-automatic; the first is that in some of the countries one might go to to hunt dangerous game the semi-automatic is frowned upon as being illegal. The second is that semi-automatics sometimes jam and a jammed rifle can prove to be a fatal liability. The third is to go looking and see how many semi-automatic rifles you can find in .375H&H or .458 Winchester Magnum? Last time I checked Browning’s Safari semi-automatic only goes up to .338 Winchester Magnum. So the short answer is that a semi-automatic is not a solution, its probably going to be illegal where you plan to hunt and unobtainable in the heavy calibers one needs for African Cape Buffalo on up.

To keep the weight of these rifles down to normal parameters extensive use is made of titanium. This enables the creation of the necessary double magazine and double sized bolt action yet keeping the rifle handy and easily portable.


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