Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Double Rile Primer: how to know and do everything in the world of double rifles

The new book is The Double Rifle Primer--how to know and do everything in the world of double rifles.
It is 184 pages, full size, hard cover with dust jacket and thick, glossy paper. The chapters are:

Why a double rifle………………………………...…….7 pages and 6 photos
Double rifle definitions……………….………………43 pages and 77 photos
Double rifle cartridges………………..………...….…8 pages and 27 photos of boxes
Double rifle makers……………………..………...…12 pages and 21 photos of labels
How to buy a double rifle…………………….…….11 pages and 10 photos
How to reload and shoot a double rifle……..28 pages and 29 photos
How to clean and care for a double rifle….…6 pages and 5 photos
Your double rifle………………………………………..19 pages and 11 photos
How to sell a double rifle………………………..….2 pages and 0 photos
Publication on double rifles……………………….10 pages and 0 photos
Where can I get…………………………………....……4 pages and 2 photos
The double rifle today………………………....……15 pages and 39 photos

Ordering details as some special pricing:

post:
Cal Pappas
HC 89 Box 397
Willow AK 99688

phone (evenings Alaska time):
907-495-4505

email:
pappas@mtaonline.net

Primer book is 70$ each and 15$ postage to a US address.
However, if three copies are sent to the same US address I will pick up the postage. How's that?

British Bore Rifle is 90$ plus 15 postage to a US address.

The .600 Nitro Express is 70$ plus 15$ postage to a US address.

However, any three copies to the same US address and I will pick up the postage costs.
Also, with any order the .600 book is 1/2 price or 35$.

Checks, money orders, and credit cards are fine.
I am not set up for Paypal.

All books sent via USPS priority mail and insured.
I do not ship media mail.

Foreign orders are approximately as follows:
Canada
45$ for medium box--up to three copies
65$ for large box--up to six copies

Overseas
65$ for medium box--up to three copies
85$ for large box--up to six copies

Call for details as the Bore Rifle book is 400+ pages and the thickness may reduce the number of books to fit in one flat rate box.




November 7 Updat

Good day, all.
The Double Rifle Primer is here and below are the details. Also, is an update to the situation with 70North Air Taxi for those of you who speak to me about hunting caribou in the north of Alaska.

The new book is The Double Rifle Primer--how to know and do everything in the world of double rifles.
It is 184 pages, full size, hard cover with dust jacket and thick, glossy paper. The chapters are:

Why a double rifle………………………………...…….7 pages and 6 photos
Double rifle definitions……………….………………43 pages and 77 photos
Double rifle cartridges………………..………...….…8 pages and 27 photos of boxes
Double rifle makers……………………..………...…12 pages and 21 photos of labels
How to buy a double rifle…………………….…….11 pages and 10 photos
How to reload and shoot a double rifle……..28 pages and 29 photos
How to clean and care for a double rifle….…6 pages and 5 photos
Your double rifle………………………………………..19 pages and 11 photos
How to sell a double rifle………………………..….2 pages and 0 photos
Publication on double rifles……………………….10 pages and 0 photos
Where can I get…………………………………....……4 pages and 2 photos
The double rifle today………………………....……15 pages and 39 photos

Ordering details as some special pricing:

post:
Cal Pappas
HC 89 Box 397
Willow AK 99688

phone (evenings Alaska time):
907-495-4505

email:
pappas@mtaonline.net

Primer book is 70$ each and 15$ postage to a US address.
However, if three copies are sent to the same US address I will pick up the postage. How's that?

British Bore Rifle is 90$ plus 15 postage to a US address.

The .600 Nitro Express is 70$ plus 15$ postage to a US address.

However, any three copies to the same US address and I will pick up the postage costs.
Also, with any order the .600 book is 1/2 price or 35$.

Checks, money orders, and credit cards are fine.
I am not set up for Paypal.

All books sent via USPS priority mail and insured.
I do not ship media mail.

Foreign orders are approximately as follows:
Canada
45$ for medium box--up to three copies
65$ for large box--up to six copies

Overseas
65$ for medium box--up to three copies
85$ for large box--up to six copies

Call for details as the Bore Rifle book is 400+ pages and the thickness may reduce the number of books to fit in one flat rate box.


I hope all of you enjoy this book as well as my others. The few that have seen the book this past three days it has been for sale have all given it a strong thumbs up!


As to the caribou situation and 70 North Air Taxi:
Gents:
Thanks for your feedback and here is an update on the situation.
Bob Gill, co-owner, offered a refund to me as long as I stopped the "hostilities" i.e. don't publicize the business practices of 70 North. I refused to compromise as right is right and a company can't charge for a flight that is not taken. Here is an interesting comparison for you folks who wish to hunt caribou and fly out of Happy Valley.

70 North $2000 per person, one caribou, $1500 per extra animal
additional notes: some are charged $1750 per person and some the plane is $750 per hour
Arrowhead $2600 per person, two caribou, wolf, grizzly, and change camp if needed
Full Curl $2500 per person, two caribou
Broooksflier $2500 per person, two caribou, wolf, grizzly, or wolverine


Here are some posts and emails from others regarding 70North. My comments follow.

Last year four of us flew with 70 north for dahl,grizzly, caribou and wolf. Cost was $1750 per person with 2 flights in in the Helio allowing 1200 lbs total.
The customer was very pleased with his service. Note his charge was $250 less than many pay.

We were extremely happy with 70 nNorth, they made and extra flight on the way out at no extra charge.
Some are charged an extra flight, some are not as with this customer. In my case I was charged for a flight not taken!

Before I booked with a transporter, I did quite a bit of research and found enough complaints about 70 North's business dealings that I looked elsewhere.
I, now, will agree with the business dealings.

Bob wrecked their 206 a couple weeks ago. They probably need your extra funds to cover costs of a new rig!
Actually, the crash was after my unjust fee.

Mike has a long and well earned reputation for shady dealings. He used to work for Branch River in King Salmon until Van fired him.
I will email and research and look into this.

I also think their pilot Bob pushes the weather and makes questionable decisions. Not someone I want to fly with.
I can't agree with this as I've flown a lot in 30 years here and feel Bob is a safe pilot.

To sum up, my complaint with the BBB and AG are both in process and both agencies have contacted 70 North. Prior to my filing, I made four attempts to contact Mike and all of my communications were ignored. We'll see what happens now and for those of you who wish to hunt the high arctic, you won't have a better experience once in the field. Just be very careful with whom you fly.

Here is a copy of my contract. Note at the bottom the "extra meat haul." This contract will now be amended for the next season and perhaps just a flat fee for more than one animal as it is obvious the charge to me was bogus and illegal.

Good luck, gents. I hope to see you double rifle men at the summer's shoot and feel free to stop by anytime.
Cal




Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October 30 Update

Good day, all:
The good news is my new book, The Double Rifle Primer: how to know and do everything in the world of double rifles, is almost here. I have been informed the shipment is on a truck to Alaska. I will post soon with the details and ordering information. From the two advance copies that have been seen by a few here, the word is very good--a strong thumbs up!

Second, I will be publishing a quarterly digital magazine about double rifles after the new year. To see if it will be a success, I will make the first issue available free of charge to any and all. Expect future updates on this. Most important, if any of you have double rifle info--pics of your favorite doubles, hunt stories, historical info, please send it along as I don't want the new magazine to be all of my stuff. My ego is not that big and I don't want the magazine to be the double rifle world according to Cal. More on this later.

Last of all, I have been making some internet posts. Myself and two friends have been "ripped off" from an air taxi company. Feel free to read and contact me if you have any questions. If you know of the company, email me details as I'm sure I'm not the only one who had beed treated so.

Thank you all for looking at my web site. Please sending your double rifle pics, hunting photos with doubles, and I welcome anything for the new magazine.
Cheers,
Cal

Gents:
This is to inform you of an unfortunate circumstance that happened two hunting friends and myself whilst hunting caribou in the arctic. Last week I filed a complaint with both the BBB and the Attorney General's office in Alaska against 70 North Air Taxi out of Deadhorse and the owner, Mike McCrary.

In a nutshell, the contract we signed and were bound to states if she shoot excessive animals we will be charged $1500 for an "extra meat haul". We were given different bits of information: one was that we are allowed only one caribou each, that we could take up to 4 caribou, and that a 5th caribou was "iffy" if an extra haul would be needed. If an extra flight was needed, it is certainly understandable to pay for an extra flight.

To make this short, we were charged for the extra flight but it was not needed. We were within weight limits for our three scheduled return flights to camp but were charged for a 4th flight that was not taken. The owner will not reply to my emails (3 of them) so I filed with the proper authorities. I do not have a receipt for the $1500. Mike operates a "cash only" basis for his charter flights. 

A prominent attorney looked at the contract and told me a company can't charge for a flight that was not taken. He will take my case for no charge if we go to court, but the AG and BBB are the first steps.

I should also mention here we and other hunters at Happy Valley were charged $2000 for the flight out and back for caribou. To my dismay I have spoken to other hunters who are charged a flat fee of $750 per hour for flight time. This equates to nearly 1/2 of our cost. Others were charged far less, too.

If any of you hunters have flown with 70 North and were charged for an extra flight feel free to contact me as you should have a refund coming if the flight was not actually taken. 

We were taken back by the level of professionalism of the 70 North outfit. The camp manager told us humorous stories of two groups of university paleontologists battling with each other in camp (U of Chicago and UAF), of being told we were not welcome in the office for food or drink as the college groups were there and took precedence, and, of course, the mis information and outright dishonesty of the "extra meat haul" fee.

Personally, it was an embarrassment to bring a prominent physician and the CEO of a large international company with me and be treated like this. 

This was the 4th year I have booked with 70 North and certainly be the last. I will look to other flight services in the area. There is no doubt my complaint will prevail but it is sad when a company puts a small profit ahead of integrity and honesty.

Cheers, mates.
Cal

Sunday, October 5, 2014

October 5 update

Good day, all. The good news is two-fold today. First, the Double Rifle Primer is somewhere on the Pacific in transit to my doorstep in Alaska. I received two advance copies and it looks great and the few folks who saw it gave it a strong thumbs up. Expected delivery is by the end of the month (but I won't be holding my breath as the crates must clear customs in California). I will post here upon its delivery.  Second is my new toy: a John Rigby box lock ejector with 26 inch barrels. I have been searching for a long time for a mid-sized double as my smallest double for 20 years has been a .450-400. This beauty is in .350 no2. The standard .350 shot a 310-grain bullet at 2150 fps, and the no2 version shoots a 225-grain bullet at about 2600 fps. Rifle will arrive just as snow flies but I will be putting my new shooting shed to use and be able to shoot all winter. The shed is a heated and wired and insulated 12x20 with a 4x4 sliding window facing my backstop at 50 yards. I can light a fire, slide the window open, take a few shots, close the window and repeat when needed. Life does not get any better in the 49th state.
Cheers, Cal

Cal's new double

Below is a Rigby .350 no2 box lock ejector with 26-inch barrels in its original case. I saw this rifle three years ago and it was love at first sight. I didn't think the owner wanted to sell it but the next year it was owned by a mutual friend. I hounded the new owner for nearly two years and he passed it on to me. It should arrive just in time for cold weather and snow but I will be developing loads for it with the lighter and faster 225-grain bullet from Woodleigh.

Scherping doubles

Mike V. send in the following pics of his Scherping doubles. Certainly fine examples of double rifles with European lines. Great calibers! From the top: .450 3 1/4 bpe, second down is a .350 no 2 Rigby, number three is a .500 2 3/4" bpe, and at bottom is a .500-450 bpe over and under.



Thursday, September 4, 2014

Wolf 8x57

Charles Weller sent in this photo of his Wolf 8x57 with 68 cm barrels and a Zeiss 8x42 scope, made in 1991. I will replace the photo with an in-focus one if it arrives. Very nice double.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Cal's 2014 caribou

August 2014.
Cal hunted caribou 40 miles south of the Arctic Ocean with two good mates who also took three nice bulls. No doubt about it, the .450-400 is the medicine gun for caribou! Next month, moose!

Update August 29, 2014

Good day, all
Just returned from a good caribou hunt with the .450-400 in the high arctic. No grizzly but the highpoint was returning to camp the first day with a caribou head and antlers and seeing a big black wolf sitting and looking at the camp from a hill across the small river where we set up camp on a sand bar.

The Double Rifle Primer is at the printers with a shipping date for September 15. I expect sometime in October to have the books in hand.  The contents are as follows:
The Double Rifle Primer
How to know and do everything in the world of double rifles

Ch. 1 Why a double rifle 7 pages 4 photos
Ch. 2 Definitions, a dictionary 44 pages 76 photos
Ch. 3 Double rifle cartridges 12 pages 25 photos
Ch. 4 Double rifle makers, vintage years, 8 pages 23 photos
Ch. 5 How to buy a double rifle 11 pages 16 photos
Ch. 6 How to reload and shoot a double rifle 26 pages 28 photos
Ch. 7 How to clean and care for a double rifle 6 pages 5 photos
Ch. 8 Your double rifle 19 pages 11 photos
Ch. 9 How to sell a double rifle2 pages 0 photos
Ch. 10 Publications on double rifles 9 pages 0 photos
Ch. 11 Where can I get… (items for double rifles) 3 pages 2 photos

Ch. 12 Double rifles today 13 pages 38 photos

The book is 184 pages, hard bound, dust jacket, thick and glossy paper.
Price is 70$, with 15$ USPS priority shipping to US address, including insurance and tracking number.
However, if three copies are sent to the same address in the US I will cover the postage costs.
Also, if three copies of any of my books are ordered I will pay the postage to the US address.
How's that?

I will update in a month or so with the book's progress and I also will post information on the Accurate Reloading forum.
In closing, here are a couple of photos of my caribou. Thanks to all of you for looking at my site and your emails. Please send in pics of your double rifles and/or  game taken with them and I will post on the appropriate sections.
Cheers,
Cal

Monday, August 11, 2014

Greetings from Alaska, 8-11-14

Good day, all:

Summer is drawing to a close as the fireweed are blossoming to the top of the flower. I've been shooting several times a week but nothing new to report. In 10 days I depart for the high arctic and a caribou hunt with two mates. I hope to report back some success. In 5 weeks I should depart for the central part of the state and a moose hunt with a friend from the local school. Both hunts should see my .450-400 in action AND on the caribou hunt it will be grizzly season and I have a tag for a bear. I've seen grizzly each year I've been there but it has been prior to the opening of grizz season.

The best news, however, is my next book on double rifles, The Double Rifle Primer--how to know and do everything in the world of double rifles, is at the printer and I hope to  have copies ready to sell in two months. On my next update I will give the chapters, contents, photos, etc., as well as price and ordering information.

Cheers, all, and enjoy your summer.
Cal
 
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