RIFLE. Cal. 338 Heavy Express. S# 783-30429. Mfg. by Heavy Express Inc. of Colorado Springs, CO (now defunct) as Monarch model using Ruger stainless Model 77 w/ laminated stock as basis. Proprietary cartridge based on machined 348 Win. cases; 100 formed cases were initially supplied w/ rifle. Tapered stainless 24" bbl. incorporating 2 1/2" of multi ported brake. Ruger stock (w/ QD sling studs) modified to have steel grip cap, corresponding wood forend tip, shadow line cheekpiece & super absorbent recoil pad. Thinned grip area removing checkering plus also removed on forend. Right side of stock below ejection port laser engraved & gold filled "Heavy Express Magnum". Glass bedded action, trigger guard, floorplate & chamber area of bbl.; balance of bbl. free floating. CONDITION: very good overall appearance w/ occasional light rub marks on bbl. & trigger guard. Rear of pad w/ traces of adhesive appearing that shoulder pad surface missing. 13 1/2" present LOP. Light marks & spots of finish loss on stock set. Near excellent bore. (18-116/NW). MODERN. $350-500.