Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lawn and Alder .450-400 3 1/4"

Lawn and Alder double rifle for sale  $17,000

.450-400 3 1/4"

60 grains cordite, 400 grains bullet proof

Dates from 1905

Action built by Charles Osborne

90% engraving coverage

Seen in the film Use Enough Death featuring Mark Sullivan and is on the dvd's cover

28-inch non ejector barrels with doll's head

A small amount of cordite burn just ahead of the throats--no effect on accuracy

Anson push button for end release

All screws east-west and with excellent slots

Pistol grip

Silver's pad--still soft

Cheek piece

14 7/8" pull

Sling eyes

Cased in oak and leather with some accessories

Replacement case label

Bead front sight with "moon" night sight

Three leaf rear sight, one standing, two folding, 50-100-150 yards

File cut quarter rib

Non automatic safety

Barrels and action probably reblacked 

Brass and dies available

Regulating charge: 83 grains of IMR 4831 and 400-grain Woodleigh soft (80 grains with a solid)

More photos upon request. Email to

New .600--A Magnificent Work of Art

I speak honestly when I say I can't even draw a circle. That's the truth, so when I see what you see in the photos below I am impressed to a degree it is difficult to put into words. Jonathan Tonlinson has commissioned Trevor Proctor to build this rifle. Here is a study of the steps in construction is photos. The email received is as follows:
 Hello Cal

Thought you may like to see some pictures from England of a .600 under build by one of England's best kept rifle making secrets, Trevor Proctor, based up in the north of the country close to Manchester Airport.

The rifle is a .600 Best quality ejector built on an action forging left over from the firm of John Wilkes which Trevor bought from Mr Tom Wilkes when the firm finally closed its doors for the last time.  Barrels are chopper lump Bohler steel, possibly the best quality barrel steel made in Europe at this time.

The photos along with some more that will follow will hopefully show you the workmanship that goes into making a rifle and possibly go some way to showing why double rifles cannot be built for little money.

I am happy for you to post the pictures or use the pictures.  I can also send further pictures as the build progresses,  the action has undergone overpressure proof testing and passed proof based on British proof rules.  Trevor has commenced heading up the stock on the walnut blank.  The rifle will have scroll engraving, trap cap, H & H pattern front and rear sights and the action will then be colour hardened and left coloured rather than the bright coin finish that some prefer.  The stock will be finished off with an Orange "Silvers pad".  

Estimated time to completion about 8 months give or take.

I will send some more pictures shortly.

Kind Regards

  Jonathan Tomlinson


Update: January 27, 2015

Good day all.
Below is a photo of a .600 nitro belonging to Jonathan Tomlinson of the UK. For details of its construction by Trevor Proctor turn to the double rifles page. In a few days I will have some black powder express rifles coming in. Some I will keep and some I will pass on. I will post them on the double rifles page, also. Please contribute photos of your doubles and game taken with them. Last of all, thanks for your book orders and kind words on its quality. Last of all, note some new additions to the double rifles for sale page. Just added a Lawn and Alder .450-400 3 1/4", cased in oak and leather.
Cheers, Cal.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January 20, 2015 update

Good day and happy new year to all.
Winter is here but spring is only five short months away. Double rifle shooting is going strong with my new shooting shed. 12x20, insulated and lighted, with a wood stove and a sliding 4x4 window, it makes shooting comfortable in the dead of winter. An hour after the stove is lit, I slide open the window about 6 inches, and fire to my 50 yard backstop. Not only does it make the long winters more tolerable but shooting heavy doubles in May after seven months of no shooting made severe recoil a bit of time to get used to. Below is the shooting shed. Note the rifle and elbow rests. 2x4s with dowels every 1 1/2 inches apart so I can slide a 2x6 to the correct height and have a solid rest. The same for the elbow rest to give an added point of stability. In the top photo, the rifles I was shooting today are a Holland Royal in .500 bpe and a Winchester Model 71 .348.

In other news, the Primer book is selling well and I have a nice 8-bore on the for sale pages. I may have  a black powder express rifle or two for sale in the upcoming weeks. A caribou hunt is booked for September in the Talkeetna Mountains. This will be a break from the long ride to the north slope and a welcome change from the dishonest flight serviced that charged me for a flight they did not take. (By the way, 70 North has not replied to the Attorney General so, at least, they are consistent. I guess small claims is the next step but I'll wait until the AG's office makes a final decision).

Thanks for looking a the site. Please send me your double rifle pics, double rifles and hunting trophies pics, and any questions you may have. It's a pleasure meeting so many of you.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Four critters from an anonymous mate.

A kind gent who would like to remain anonymous as been on several African safaris. Here are a few of his results.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Misc. Africa Pics

Here are a few pics that are floating around on the internet you may like to see.

Jerry and June's Tanzania hunt

Jerry and June Brossia took these fine animals on one of their Tanzania safaris with a .500 double. Jerry is an Alaska mate and has shot some at my cabin in Willow.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Douglas Jardine's Double Rifle

Douglas Jardine was captain of the English Cricket team in the 1930s. He invented an unethical but not illegal tactic called the "Body Line" where the ball is pitched directly at the batter throwing him off balance. This tactic caused the top Australian players to have their score cut in half and England won the title. Then Aussies hated him and he said the Aussies were a bunch of ----- idiots. He was the most hated man down under. Douglas was also a hunter and in 1957 he hunted in Northern Rhodesia, today's Zambia. He was fighting cancer and whilst in Africa contacted tick fever. He died in the spring of 1958 and his widow sold his Harrison and Hussey .450-400 3" back to the company. The rifle, which dates from 1920, was later sold to an auctioneer and it ended up in Australia. I purchased it in an estate sale in the mid 1990s and it has taken more game than all of my other doubles combined--many caribou, leopard, lion, croc, hippo, plains game, water buffalo, white tail, etc. In the group photo, Doug is center right, the rifle, and two critters I've taken with the double. Sorry that the low res photos are a bit blurry but you get the idea.

Recoil Hype

While it looks good on a page in a book or on the internet, then and now big doubles just don't kick this much. Elmer in the 1940s or '50s, or Craig today. The .577, .600, .700 etc., just don't have this much muzzle rise. Or, maybe they are shooting birds.

Watsui Bulls

If only these guys could be hunted. What a great European mount!