I will start off by saying that I like Ivory. I like it as grips for firearms and have carried a ivory gripped pistol professionally in the past. It’s way, way, way more durable than most modern readers would believe.
I suspect the modern penchant to view ivory as fragile is attributable to the significant price increases more than actual experience with ivory.
While I like ivory and own ivory accruements, I also don’t buy poached ivory or any ivory that is not documented as being legal, licensed and acquired under the Boone & Crocket “fair chase” standards.
It’s a natural resource that needs to be properly managed. Not something that warrants being banned on one extreme, or hunting out of existence on the other.
As such, going forward elephant ivory will get to be outmost unattainably expensive since it will likely only be available to those who physically pay for a full elephant hunt.
Last I checked, I believe elephant hunts start somewhere around $25,000 US. Or maybe it was $50,000? Regardless, the amount of ivory needed to stock this rifle basically means something like this would only be available to the actual hunter of the ivory.
It’s a high dollar rifle. With a high dollar ivory stock. Very cool. Would I do it? Honestly, I can say for sure since I’ve never had my own ivory tusks to do with as I wish. But I suspect those tusks would end up behind my desk in my office.
Specs on the rifle? Blaser R93 in 375 Holland & Holland. 24k Gold Plate presented in a elephant skin carrying case.
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