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.

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.

A pair of Verney Carron doubles

Verney Carron of France sure makes a fine double rifle! Google them and check out their website--the workmanship, or should I write craftsmanship, is outstanding. Here is a pair of their doubles, .450 NE and .577 NE. For a large caliber double the price and quality is an excellent buy. VC also makes deer sized doubles and a friend in Kansas ordered one in 7x65 rimmed for deer hunting.

Ken Bush's Verney Carron .450 takes an elephant

Ken, who is the US importer for Verney Carron rifles and shotguns, took this fine elephant on the second hour of the first day of his safari. The rifle was a VC .450 nitro express double. I guess that leaves a lot of safari time for fishing and sightseeing!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Alex Henry 8-bore

Up for sale is my harpoon gun by Alex Henry. Made in 1874 it is the only one Henry made in this configuration. Built on a 4-bore frame with an extremely heavy barrel it shoots an exploding "bomb". Bore diameter is .880", barrel is 22 inches long and the octagon breech is 2" thick and the round muzzle is 1.6" diameter. Smooth bore. Falling block action. The safety catch on the under lever locks both the hammer and keeps the lever from opening. Original rear sight. With the gun are two brass shells and a deactivated original "bomb". The projectile works thusly: upon ignition (110 grains of black powder) a small lead weight in the nose is released and hits a percussion cap which ignites a fuse. The fuse burns as the projectile is imbedded in the whale's back. The body of the bomb carries two ounces of black powder or 880 grains. This explosion is enough to kill the whale. The guns also shoots 3 1/2" 8-bore ammunition. Unique and one of a kind. Options are to 1) leave it as is and shoot it, 2) lengthen the chamber to 4-4 1/2 inches to have the world's most powerful 8-bore, 3) rechamber and rebore to 4-bore), 4) leave as is and have a new barrel made in .600, .700, 8 or 4-bore. Price is $17,500, and I will consider trades on a small English double rifle in .500 bpe, .577 bpe, .303, .300 flanged, .350 Rigby, .360 no2, or .400-360 and maybe a .333. Best ballistics are with a 1350-grain Paradox bullet with 330 grains of FFg GOEX = 1486 fps and 6600 fpe! Others are a 1000-grain ball and 390 grains FFg and 1620-grain conical and 275 grains FFg. It is great fun. Call or email and we'll talk! Many more photos can be emailed, including the bomb, upon request. © Copyright (date) Cal Pappas | Design by krobar