Champlin Firearms .338 Winchester Magnum

Champlin Firearms custom bolt action rifle began life back in 1966 and by the early seventies had established itself as one of the top bolt actions in existence. Champlin rifles were always made to order custom sporting arms and examples of the best America produces. This is still the case and Champlin are the only US maker who will build a custom rifle for you based on a bolt action of their own design.

This picture gives an idea of the quality of the workmanship in Champlin Firearms custom rifles.

The custom Champlin Firearms custom action is the heart of every Champlin custom rifle. The design is unique and features a fully recessed bolt head with blade type extractor and plunger ejector. The bolt has three front locking lugs giving the bolt a 60° lift.

In this picture we can see the three front locking lugs, blade extractor and plunger ejector. (Picture courtesy “Bolt Action Rifles” by Frank De Haas and Wayne van Zwoll).

Immediately behind the locking lugs the bolt has three guide rails which serve to ensure the bolt travel is kept butter smooth and precise.

The three guide rails also serve as rear locking lugs making the Champlin Firearms action one of the strongest and smoothest extant. The gas vent is identified at “C” in this picture. (Picture courtesy “Bolt Action Rifles” by Frank De Haas and Wayne van Zwoll).

The three guide rails not only serve that function but also provide three locking lugs at the rear of the action, that makes three front locking lugs and three at the rear, six in total.

With the bolt inserted into the action we can appreciate how the mechanism works together. (Picture courtesy “Bolt Action Rifles” by Frank De Haas and Wayne van Zwoll).

So the Champlin rifle action is quite unique and one of the best one could wish for.

The pictures we have used to illustrate the features of the Champlin come from Frank De Haas and Wayne van Zwoll’s excellent book “Bolt Action Rifles” which is a great resource for all of us who are bolt action rifle enthusiasts.

You will find “Bolt Action Rifles” on Amazon if you click here.

In this picture we see a custom Champlin Firearms rifle in .338 Winchester Magnum for sale at Collector’s Firearms in Houston, Texas. The safety catch on the Champlin rifle is conveniently placed on the tang.

The Champlin Firearms custom rifle in our color pictures is a highly collectible engraved piece chambered for the flexible .338 Winchester Magnum which can be sensibly used on all big game in the United States and across most of the world.

The engraving work on this rifle was done by Daniel Goodwin who was a master engraver in the Colt custom shop.

The engraving work on this Champlin was done by a gentleman named Daniel Goodwin who was previously a master engraver with Colt. The highlight of Daniel Goodwin’s work on this rifle is the gold inlaid African Sable on the magazine floorplate.

The stock design is ultra straight to direct recoil directly back into the shooter’s shoulder. The barrel is ported to further reduce felt recoil.

This rifle is classic Champlin in every way. The stock is of Circassian Walnut, the graceful fore-end tip is ebony. The rifle-scope is a Leupold Vari X III 1.5x-5x.

You will find this rifle for sale at Collector’s Firearms in Houston, Texas, on their web site if you click here.

This is not only a collectible rifle but also one that is a practical hunting rifle well suited to the “one rifle world wide hunter”.

Champlin Firearms specialize in top quality firearms including double rifles and you can find out more about them if you visit their website, click here.

(All pictures courtesy unless otherwise marked).

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