Webley & Scott, known through history for typically higher-end and some eclectic offerings, has reintroduced their first rifle after over 100 years. Manufactured by Howa, the new rifle called the Empire is released in .30-06, .308 WIN and a myriad of its sister calibers.
The new Webley and Scott Empire features a bevvy of features including a cold-hammer forged barrel for “top accuracy”, a native two-stage trigger, and a pillar-bedded Italian Walnut wood stock “with cheek weld” (I am assuming they mean a higher than normal comb).
For aesthetics (and some functionality), the stock is checkered on the grip and forearm. The bolt is jeweled and the bolt handle is knurled. Included is a rubber recoil pad and two sling adapters in the two normal places at the heel of the stock and near the tip of the forearm.
The Empire is avaialble now in multiple calibers including:
- .30-06 Springfield
- .308 Winchster
- .243 Winchester
- 7mm – 08
- .270 Winchester
Currently, barrels are only available in 22″ length with a #2 contour. All calibers are a 1 in 10 inch twist. Weight is pegged at 7.8 lbs without the optional optic and 9 even with it.
The rifles are imported by Legacy Sports International. Retail is set around ~$950 with pricing for all calibers being equal. For an additional $125, the rifle is also available as a scoped package with a Nikko Stirling Panamax 3-9×40 scope.