If you are searching for firearms and a wide range of hunting supplies in the Ballarat area, you couldn’t be in a better place. Here at R.F. Scott & Co, our traditional gunsmiths can provide a comprehensive range of products from guns and ammunition to clothing and gun racks. Whatever hunting supplies you need, from a shell to a gun safe, you will find the largest stocks in the area right here at our store.


Dealing with your local experts in firearms and hunting supplies

Our family owned and operated business has a trading history that stretches right back as far as 1886. Since that time we have been suppliers of some of the world’s most renowned firearms and hunting supplies. Our extensive store at Lydiard Street North in Ballarat provides everything that the shooting enthusiast and hunter needs, at highly competitive prices. From gun cleaning and repairs to gun cases and padded rifle carriers, you will find it right here. Our catchment area includes Ballarat, Bendigo, Warrnambool, and all of western Victoria. We also provide a prompt mailing service for most of our products, including accessories and firearms but excluding ammunition, all over Australia.

History of R F Scott & Co

First established in 1886 and situated in Main Road Ballarat during the gold rush era, Richard F. Scott was an importer and well-known big game hunter. Our local business was highly successful in selling guns, ammunition, and bikes to the miners. We remained in Main Road until 1890, when along with most other Main Road properties it burnt down.

Frank Butler took over the business and we relocated the store to 192 Sturt Street, with the ammunition factory at 714 Sturt Street. In 1933 the business – now being run by Arthur Butler – moved to 45 Lydiard Street North, where the store and reloading facilities continued to operate for a further 36 years.

In 1969 our business moved again, to 22 Lydiard Street North, where the Butler brothers Bob and Joe operated as gunsmiths and locksmiths until 1985. The store remains at the same premises to this very day, making us the oldest continuous firearms business in Australia.

During the early 1900s R.F. Scott & Co directly imported the worlds’ finest handguns, rifles and shotguns from famous makers such as Webley & Scott, Bonehill, John Rigby & Co, Greener, W.J. Jeffrey & Co, and Holland & Holland – to name but a few.

In the early days, the popular 8 and 10 gauge shells were loaded, as were 12, 16 and 20 gauge shells and pinfires which are today usually found in brown quality Eley cases. The larger gauges were usually loaded in brown Eley Gastight cases. They advertised their loaded shot shells as being suitable for pigeon and sparrow shooting.

Our products and services include, but are by no means limited to:

•  Firearms and ammunition
•  Transfers
•  Gunsmithing
•  Spotlights and torches
•  Knives
•  Firearm cleaning accessories
•  Male and female clothing, boots, and accessories
•  Gun safes
•  Gun bags and cases
•  Scopes and binoculars
•  Hunting equipment and fishing accessories
•  Shooting glasses and hearing protection
•  Gun maintenance
•  Whistles, callers, and decoys
•  Reloading equipment
•  Sight and targets
•  Ferret nets
•  Gloves, hats, and backpacks
•  Appraisals and valuations
•  Spare parts

Today our FTA (Firearms Traders Association) accredited business stocks Winchester, Sako, Tikka, Howa, Weatherby, Remington and most other top rifle makes, along with Fabarm, Akkar, Yildiz, Browning, Miroku and Beretta shotguns. We operate a strict three-month lay-by period, and our gift vouchers provide the ideal solution for a shooting enthusiast’s present.

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