Sunday, November 8, 2015

More of the .577 Jeffery

Here are three more pics of Mike's .577 Jeffery. Enjoy. Mike has the rifle in the early stages of load development and it is good to report all is working well and accurate.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

November 4th update

Good day all.
May 7 is the next double rifle shoot here in Alaska. Keep following the posts for further information. All are invited and we have visitors from the Lower 48 states and from overseas. Great fun, great shooting, great food, and most of all, great rifles!

Check out the two posts on the double rifles page--the engraving is done on the .600 and a stunning .577 Jeffery bpe is added for more eye candy.

Winter is almost here and el Nino is warming things up so shooting is still commencing but a bit slow due to full time work at the local school and some home projects. The 12-bore Whistler is shooting better than ever with new cases from Rocky Mountain Cartridge and with shotgun primers (209) I can use Blue Dot without hang fires. The .450 bpe Reilly is shooting well, also and it is nice to shoot a mild recoiling double. The .350 no2 Rigby has been returned from the gunsmith with a repaired front sight (damaged in the importation process) and the scope mount/rings adjusted. She will accompany me to South Africa for plains game in July. Yes, I may bite the bullet and go again (trip # 17 to Africa) but I must admit I dread the long flight and it's more of a nightmare than an adventure of the early hunts.

Thanks to all of you for you kind emails and book purchases. I still have a good inventory of books for those of you who have not seen or bought my titles on double rifles and the only double I have for sale now is the 8-bore Jeffery box lock.


.577 bpe Jeffery

Below has to be one of the finest .577 black powder express rifles on the planet! A heavy .577, made for 6 1/2 drams (about 180 grains) and a 560-grain bullet, this beauty will take anything that walks on this God's green earth. Amazing wood and engraving and in excellent condition. I saw this rifle and did not go after it as I had such a difficult time importing the .350 no2 Rigby. Mike Warren was the lucky buyer and he states his new rifle is a keeper. Congratulations, Mike.

.600 engraving--the end is near!

As you can see the engraving on the .600 by T. Proctor is completed and the rifle is in its final stages.
What an amazing work of art!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

.450 no2

The .450 no2 is my favorite cartridge in the double rifle world next to the .600 nitro express. George Caswell likes it, too, as his favorite. It is impressive in its 3 1/2" length and just looks so balanced with the bottle neck and a .500 base with a thick rim. It has the lowest chamber pressure of the big rounds, too. Mark Vaz added this beauty to his collection and I'm sure he will hunt with it. (See Mark's buff on the trophies page). This fine double was bought at James Julia auctions and the photos here are from J.J. Eye candy, no doubt! A great find. In my .450 no2 Lang I shoot 105 grains of IMR 4831 and a 500-grain Hornady bullet for regulation accuracy. For solids I drop 3 grains. In 2003 I took a nice cape buff in Zim with my rifle and I'm sure Mark will send me a pic of his trophy with this great rifle! Thank's Mark.
Note: The rifle perhaps had a scope on it at one time. The bases look original to me or certainly period to the rifle.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

.600 Engraving

Check out the fine engraving on the new .600. While craftsmanship has taken a dive the past few decades here in the US, fine gunsmithing is alive and well across the pond. It is one thing to see vintage doubles with fine engraving, but to see it today as it is being done is a thrill to behold.

October 4, 2015 Update

Good day, all.
Unsuccessful caribou hunt. 8 days of rain and snow and I sprained my ankle walking to a downed 'boo my friend shot and I spent the remainder of the hunt in my sleeping bag, 20+ hours per day. Even with the tribulations of the ankle and the weather it is always good to see and be in remote Alaska. The weather was so wet and humid it was tough on my .450-400 double so I may look to a cheap bolt rifle to take when the weather turns to crap.

Soon I will post some targets I've shot and pics of a new toy--a .450 bpe hammer and under lever double. It fits like a glove in a Boswell case I have and shoots two inches at 50 yards with 50 grains of IMR 4198 and a 350-grain Hornady bullet.

Check out the progress of the .600 double that is being built on the double rifle page. The engraving has begun and it is magnificent!

And, so everyone has plenty of time to plan, the next Alaska double shoot will be Saturday, May 7th at the Birchwood range, 10am. Lunch will be served and all are welcome.


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Mark V.s buff

In his own words:
HI Cal, 
After years of sitting on a disc, my clever daughter showed me how to download some of my Africa pictures onto my computer. Here's a buff from the Selous in 2005 with a William Douglas double in .470 I bought from Bruce Van Buskirk, a retired cop and former PH in Zimbabwe who wrote a very good book on African hunting called "The Last Safari: A year of Discovery in Zimbabwe". He gives me a mention in it having given a good home to his much enjoyed 470. 
Mark Vaz

Thanks for the pic and I look forward to more pics and the stories about them. Congratulations!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Zambia Buffalo

Zaheed Omar took this fine buffalo with a Krieghoff .500 nitro double in Zambia. He reports the area he hunts is produces some good bulls.

Jeffery .475 no2

A friend, Mark Sullivan,  leaves today for Tanzania and is taking his new Jeffery with him (along with his .577) for some buffalo hunting. You can see a three-part article I wrote on Mark's life and hunting in the African Hunter magazine. Part 1 is out, parts 2 & 3 in the next two issues.

Monday, August 10, 2015

12-bore double rifle

A gent from overseas sent these two pics of his Thomas Bland Euoplia 12-bore double rifle (ball and shot). It has been refurbished to perfection and it will be a short while before it is shot and hunted with.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

A few more pics from the July shoot

A gent visiting from New Zealand send up these pics he took at the July shoot in Alaska. Thanks, Mark.
Below are Cal's rifles. 4-bore and down the line to a .350.

Next is Rob's .577 Howdah.

Hand W. brought two fine doubles from his collection. This was Hank's first time at the shoot. Below is a Lancaster 8-bore and under that is a Rodda .450 no2.

Two shots with a 4-bore muzzle loader. Below is Mark G from New Zealand and then Doctor Ron.
Great fun for all.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Wood to metal fit on today's doubles

Below are two pics I took from the internet. The rifle is a Krieghoff I believe. Note the wood to metal fit. It sucks! modern makers, both doubles and other rifles and shotguns, state the proud wood is to allow future refinishing. I don't buy it! The vintage rifles has super tolerances in the fitting of the wood and this fit lasts through today. Refinishing does not equate to sanding so the wood does not have to be fitted above the metal surface. To expand, today's guns and rifles mirror the attitude of mediocre acceptance in this cheap throw away society. On the forums and catalogs, synthetic (plastic) stocks show zero workmanship as does CNC made metal work. Long live vintage double rifles from the UK!

August 8, 2015 update

Good day, all.
Not much news except lots of shooting at my home range and grouse season begins in two days. Seeing LOTS of spruce grouse when walking the dog in the am and afternoon. We had a great double rifle shoot oh July 18 but very few pics were taken and I forgot my camera! Below are only three that were sent to me. The shoot had three 4-bores, 5 8-bores, a 10 and 12, and 25+ doubles from .600 down to .350 no2 (three .350 no2 Rigby's showed up!).

Sunday, July 26, 2015

More pics of my return home via the Yukon Territory

These pics are from the same critters in the post below, just different views. Life in the north country is wonderful! I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I did taking the pics and being there in person.

Returning home, May 2015 in the Yukon Territory

In June returning to Alaska I saw even more wildlife and super scenery. Black bears, a brown phase black bear, sheep, bison, and two grizzly bears.