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Curry Rifle?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by j-alan, Sep 18, 2007.

  1. j-alan

    j-alan Member

    Greetings Folks,

    My dad recently acquired a Curry rifle at an estate sale. I don't know anything about it and haven't seen it yet. I've never heard of a Curry. Do any of you have any knowledge of these things?

    I'll post more info about it when I get it. I was just curious.

  2. yesit'sloaded

    yesit'sloaded Well-Known Member

    There is a .250 Curry round and this is what I could find on it:
    The .250 Curry was developed by George W. Curry in the 1950's when wildcat cartridges were in their heyday. The way he made them was by necking down a .270 Winchester or .30-06 case to .25 caliber, then with a light charge of fast burning powder, a filler, then topped with some paraffin, the case could be fire formed in the chamber.
  3. j-alan

    j-alan Member

    Sounds interesting. I'll find out more about it and see if it's the .250.

  4. j-alan

    j-alan Member

    Okay, I have a bit more info on this elusive rifle. It is indeed marked G. W. Curry, but it is a .243 instead of a .250. It's marked a Model 98 and has the number 9507, which I assume is a serial no., stamped on it.

    Any guesses?
  5. yesit'sloaded

    yesit'sloaded Well-Known Member

  6. j-alan

    j-alan Member

    I can't find anything on Google about either the man or the gun. Reckon it could be a hand-made one-of-a-kind type of gun? I'm completely bumfuzzled.

    Thanks for your help, yes! Any and all info is appreciated.
  7. yesit'sloaded

    yesit'sloaded Well-Known Member

    I would find the oldest, most knowledgeable, and best gunsmith around and he might no something. This sounds like one for the old timers.
  8. j-alan

    j-alan Member

    More info on the Curry rifle. It was made by G. W. (George) Curry, a gunsmith who had a shop in San Angelo, Texas from the early 50's through the early '80's when he retired.

    The rifle is a custom model built with a Mauser Model 98 action. It's in a .243 caliber and according to a former employee of George's, it was probably made in the '50's or '60's, but because all of his records were turned over to the ATF upon his retirement, there's no way to know for sure.

    If it uses a standard .243 round, I'd like to take it hunting. If I can determine a value for it, it might be for sale. I'm not sure because the gun was made in my home town. No sentimental value, but how many people get to own a custom rifle made in their home town.

    Thought you'd be interested in the update. Thanks again to yesit'sloaded for the help and info.

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