Jack O’Connor Rifle Raffle

A quick and dirty intro for those who do not know: There was a guy born 109 years ago who hunted all over the world and spun tales of his adventures in Outdoor Life. He is revered even today by those of us with more than a few miles on us. His name was Jack O’Connor, and he was primarily responsible for the success of the .270 Winchester cartridge and the Model 70 rifle.

The Jack O’Connor Hunting Heritage and Education Center located in Lewiston, Ida., has been raffling off commemorative rifles replicating five of O’Connor’s pets over his lifetime. This year the raffle rifle is a replica of O’Connor’s favorite .270 Winchester Model 70, sometimes referred to as “No. 2.” It is on a pre-’64 Winchester Model 70 receiver with a Featherweight profile barrel. The rifle is stocked in well-figured French walnut with an ebony fore-end tip by Roger Biesen, son of Al Biesen, who built many of O’Connor’s rifles. Biesen checkered the stock in O’Connor’s favorite fleur de lis pattern at 29 lines per inch. The rifle features bottom metal designed and built by Biesen and is engraved by Paula Biesen Malicki. Ms. Malicki executed a high relief engraving of O’Connor’s Pilot Mountain Dall’s sheep on the trapdoor buttplate and a rendition of his best Idaho mule deer on the grip cap. The rifle is topped with a Leupold VXIII scope in Leupold bases and rings.

Anyway, if you are one of us who lusts after fine rifles but can’t tote the note for one, here’s an opportunity to win one. For info on buying raffle tickets call 208-743-5043.

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