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Old December 17, 2017, 06:26 PM   #1
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Ruger African .375

I traded for this Ruger .375 African a few years back. I've never seen another like it. Every other Ruger African .375 I have seen has a 23-inch barrel. I have a Ruger Alaskan with a 20-inch barrel. I posted this question (and image) a couple years ago on another forum and one gentleman told me it could be a Davidson's special. Any ideas?
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Old December 17, 2017, 06:29 PM   #2
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I neglected to mention my Ruger African .375 has a 20-inch barrel.
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Old December 17, 2017, 06:33 PM   #3
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Try looking up the SN in this link. It may provide some clues.

https://ruger.com/service/productHistory.html
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Old December 17, 2017, 07:13 PM   #4
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CDNN cleared out a lot of the African models a few years back, as I recall, there were numerous non catalog iterations. Whether from Davidsons or Lipseys or one of the other numerous distributors, I couldn't say. This was just prior to the changeover to threaded barrels on the Alaskans, Africans and Guide Guns. I ended up with a LH African that I love for a bargain price.

If I'm not mistaken, as long as it can be assembled from stock parts, Ruger will do an exclusive run for a guaranteed order of just a few hundred (maybe 500?) units. This results in more dealer/distributor exclusives than you might see from other manufacturers.

Yours looks to me like a non stainless Alaskan in an African stock instead of the Hogue. As to who's special run, who knows...but it looks like a fun, handy rifle.

ETA: looking at your pic again, it may have been cerakoted. Most Rugers have a stainless bolt handle and extractor. I'm not well versed in all their models, and I'm sure I'll be corrected shortly, but I'm not aware of any 77 based rifles with a black bolt from the factory. But again, all bets are off when dealing with distributor exclusives.

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Old December 17, 2017, 08:52 PM   #5
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The S/N lookup dates the firearm to 2007. I never paid attention to the blackened bolt before. Nice catch.

The barrel on the 20-inch African is smaller in diameter than my Hawkeye Alaskan. It's not a big deal but I was curious just where/why my firearm was different. Thanks for your answers.
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Old December 18, 2017, 09:08 AM   #6
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You're missing the barrel band sling swivel all Africans I've ever been around have. Granted, I've only been around the .416 Rigby, 9.3X62, and .223 Africans.
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Old December 18, 2017, 09:15 PM   #7
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I think you may be confusing the Hawkeye African with the big MKII Magnum.
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Old December 19, 2017, 09:19 PM   #8
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I've noticed the older Ruger Hawkeye African and Alaskan models do not have the barrel band. My newer Ruger Alaskan has a barrel band.
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