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.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

July 5, 2014 update

Good day, all. Not a lot of news here except doing a bit of shooting and using nitro for black loads in my .500 NE Watson is proving to be a successful experiment. We have a shoot on July 19 at the Mat Su Range at mile 95 of the Parks Highway. The double rifle men are guests of the local shooters' open house day and family day. Some nice rifle pics have been posted on the double rifles page for you to enjoy and the best news is my new book, The Double Rifle Primer--how to know and do everything in the world of double rifles is just completing the layout and it should be off to the printers in a week or two. The book contains everything double rifle--how to buy, sell, reload, shoot, care for, hunt with, current makers, past makers, ammunition, ballistics, and 40+ pages of definitions of the terms we use. I will keep you posted here and on the Accurate Reloading forums when delivery is close at hand. Please do not send any money prior to the books being here at my home. Many have offered to buy in advance but I prefer not to take any payment prior to delivery. Please send in your double rifle pics and hunting trophies (taken with a double, of course). Cal

July 4th on the Denali Highway

A vacation in Alaska that comes too rarely: 75-80 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. Here are some pics of the scenery. The moose pic with the brown grass is the same area but last May. The moose and calf and the mountain reflected in the lake are my favorites. Welcome to my world!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Lang 10-bore

Joe Butterworth sent in this pic of his 2 7/8" chambered Joseph Lang 10-bore double. These  beautiful bore rifles have a special place in the world. Note the engraving and fine Damascus pattern on the barrels. I understand she shoot well with GOEX black at 5 or 6 drams.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

2014 Alaska Double Rifle Shoot

The 2014 AK double shoot was fun but could have been better. many could not make it, it rained and only one brought a camera. But, it is better than staying home watching Opra reruns.
From the top:
1. my .600
2. my 4-bore
3. Todd Kilby's .375 2 1/2" Holland belonging to the Maharaja of Patiala
4. Rob's guns
5. Some of my guns with Scott Marx' .500 Gibbs to the right.

Alex Henry 8-bore harpoon gun

Forgive me for posting a single barrel gun here but its uniqueness begs inclusion. Made in 1874 it is the only one Henry made in this configuration. Built on a true 4-bore falling block frame she shoots and exploding bomb (I have one sample which is deactivated). The 15" missile self ingrates a fuse upon ignition of the powder charge to propel it out of the 22-inch barrel. When in the whale it explodes the main charge of powder--880 grains--to, hopefully, kill the whale. She weighs 22 pounds and is smooth bore. The best thing of all is I fire 3 1/2" 8-bore ammo from it. 330 grains of FFg propels a 1350-grain Paradox bullet at 1486 fps for 6600+ ft lbs of energy. I will experiment with 390 grains and a 1000-grain ball and 275 grains and a 1620-grain conical. While a fun toy, it is not a double so expect to see this one of a kind gun on the for sale page of my site this summer or fall. If you are interested, contact me.

W&C Scott .475 no2 sidelock ejector

Here is the latest addition to my gun safe. A Scott .475 no2 sle with 26-inch barrels, weight of 11 pounds, and all internal parts are gold plated. Rifle was made in 1935 and was unfired by its prior owners. I shot it12 times into targets and it is super accurate.

Hippo kill--brain shot with the .600, Chiredzi, Zimbabwe, June of 2013

Here is a brain shot hippo in Zim. Photos are taken from a high res film by Greg Hoversten.
1. sighting over sticks
2. the shot
3. he's hit
4. he hits the water

Sunday, May 25, 2014

May 25, 2014

Welcome all. This Saturday the 31st is the double rifle shoot at Alaska's Birchood range. I will bring a .450-400, .450, .475, .500, .600, 8 and 4 bores. Hope to see you there and I'll post pics next week.
PS. The double rifle primer book is to the layout people now.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Double Rifles for Sale



  • Jeffery waterfowl gun
  • Robert Hughes 4-bore double


Jeffery waterfowl gun

Below are three photos of a rare Jeffery waterfowl gun from about 1925. If it was by Bland it would be common, but not so with Jeffery guns of this nature. 32-inch barrels, choked full and full, very thick wall thickness at .050", side clips, full engraving, 14 1/2 inch pull, and 3"chambers (note on the flats 12 over LC = long chamber). Condition is excellent plus and the price is $6500.


Robert Hughes 4-bore double

Below is a Robert Hughes 4-bore double. 28" steel barrels, 4" chambers, 22 pounds, fully rifled. Owned by Maynard Buehler in the post war years it was advertised in the December 1959 issue of the American Rifleman as "The World's Most Powerful Rifle" shooting a 2400-grain bullet ahead of 550 grains of black powder. Stretching the truth is an understatement! This rifle is very accurate with ball and conical, both FFg GOEX and Blue Dot. This rifle is not cheap. The last two sold for well over 100K. If you are interested, call and we'll chat.


Below are two interesting items if you are a shotgun man. Top photos are of a Gannochy Loader. Patented in Scotland and somewhat unheard of today, the GL holds 100 shells and is carried over the shoulder. It is for the gent who loads his own (if he does not have a pal to serve as loader in driven shoots). Every other row is offset to shell height for ease in grasping the cartridges. Repros are made today for about 11-1200$. I am asking $425 for this one. ***SOLD***

Below is a shotshell magazine that holds several boxes of shells. The front of the case has been repaired and the lock is a correct replacement (or has been cleaned). The dealers ask 1000-1500 for these and my price is $700. I have a replacement label for the case as shown in the photo. ***SOLD***

Below is a George Gibbs.500 black powder express riffle from 1902. 26-inch steel barrels, rebounding hammers, excellent bores, best quality engraving, cheek piece, Jones patent under lever. In its original case with a remarkable documented history. ***SOLD***


Below are four photos of a Lyon and Lyon .470 nitro express double rifle. This fine rifle just came into my hands. A friend in Arkansas was to buy it from the prior owner but he must have had buyer's remorse and stopped all communication on the deal. So, I bought it, will play with it for a while, and offer it up for sale. Features are: 24-inch barrels, weight a bit over 10 pounds, non auto safety, sling eyes, Deeley forend latch, extractors, near mint bores(!), three leaf sight set on quarter rib, and Silver's pad. Barrels most likely reblued. This rifle is what one thinks of when dreaming of Africa or India and going on safari with a fine double rifle. Birmingham proofs. Comes with 45 rounds brass. ***SOLD***


Below are a pair of photos of my EM Reilly .500 bpe double rifle. She is a best quality, fully engraved, three leaf rear sight, 28-inch barrels, near perfect  bores, weighs a bit under 9 pounds, exposed hammer, Jones patent under lever, wedge forend fastener. Date of production would be about 1880.***SOLD***


Lyon and Lyon "Jungle Gun"12-bore side lock ball and shot gun. 30" barrels choked improved cylinder and improved modified. Prince of Wales grip, recoil pad, nice walnut, bead front sight and two leaf folding rear sights when shooting ball. Weight a bit over 7 pounds. The coolest thing about this gun is the accuracy with Fiocchi slugs--about 1" group at 50 yards all day long. Folks at my home who have shot it are amazed at its accuracy! Also, it is a side lock--most are box locks. Two triggers, doll's head. I do have some ammo but it is not worth while to ship the ammo out of state--it's a 200 mile rt to the FEDEX office, the paperwork fee, and it must go out overnight express. That equates to 150+$ for a few boxes of ammo--not worth it. One note: there is a very slight--read VERY slight bulge at the left muzzle. I imagine some nitwit shot a heavy slug load through it. The bulge is not easily visible but it is there and does not affect accuracy. Gun has a canvas case. PS. I can deliver the ammo to the lower 48 if I drive out for the winter and it's about 90% I will. I will post more photos and a slug target soon. ***SOLD***

Below is a John Graham of Scotland .450 3 1/4" bpe double rifle. 28-inch barrels, Jones under lever, rebounding hammers, three leaf rear sight, bead front, metal butt plate. Very good bores and VERY accurate. Will have more details, target, and price soon. ***SOLD***

Below is the only photo I have of my John Wilkes .475 no2 best quality double. They don't get any better than this! Absolutely perfect inside and out and with a bit of history, too. Used by Ray Meyer on a 1952 safari in Kenya that was guided by Patrick Hemingway. Boxlock ejector, 26-inch barrels, 10 1/2 pounds, fully engraved, three leaf rear sight.  ***SOLD***

Alex Henry 8-bore (below) 8-bore best quality double rifle from 1883. One of a pair with the other identical in all aspects except a 10-bore and two pounds lighter in weight. (Yes, I have searched for 10 years for the ten). This unique rifle has 90% original case colors, rare 23-inch barrels, and the rear sight set to the breech as per the instructions of the original owner, J.L. Laird MacKenzie Esq. Fully engraved in fine scroll that was characteristic of the era and Henry. ***SOLD***


You won't find one of these anywhere for any price! Below is my Jeffery .600 nitro express single shot. Jeffery had a batch of six single shots, all identical, made about 1914, with consecutive serial numbers. These six sold over the next few years and then Jeffery made one additional and that was it. I incorrectly wrote "made" but Jeffery did not make much of anything. Other makers produced rifles and shotguns over time and serial number blocks with the Jeffery name. How rare is she? Well, in all of my research I found only two of the 33 singles sold by Jeffery (also were 37 doubles). Since my book on the .600s was published I have found an additional 40+ vintage .600s but they are all doubles. Where have the single shots gone? Your guess is as good as mine. The bore is near perfect but there is some pitting on the exterior of the action due to poor storage. I sent the rifle to Griffin and Howe to remove the pitting but G&H suggested I leave as is. Comes with brass, dies and 900-grain cast bullets. Again, you will never see another. If you are a single shot man, call me! ***SOLD***


Time for a complete set of the Double Gun Journals to go. Every issue, excellent condition, including the two index and readers. DGJ sells the complete set, many of the issues are "blemished" for about 1300$. Approximate postage to a US address is about 120$ via USPS insured priority mail large boxes (will take about 8).  DGJ are ***SOLD***


Below is a German rifle in .270 WCF I picked up two weeks ago at a gun show in a complex trade. Since it has only one barrel I will offer it for sale. It came in a trade with some money and three firearms and to make the trade I took the .270. It is accurate!! The scope is a B. Nickel 2-6x, has jeweled bolt and other hardware, super stock carving with three ivory diamond inlays, two leaf rear sight for 100 and 200 yards, and the scope is set on quality claw mounts. If I can scan a target I will do so and place it here. (Target was just placed). The maker's name in stamped on the stock behind the pistol grip: A. Reich. I can't make out the name of the city but it is ----stadt. Bore is excellent. This one has to go via FFL. ***SOLD***


Below is a very rare Winchester rifle. It is the extra light weight Model 1886. This rifle chambers the much sought after .45-70 cartridge (.33s are the common chambering) and is a deluxe model. Most rare is the pencil thin barrel. The bore is excellent, wood has super grain with the correct pistol grip, and a 22-inch barrel with sling eyes. Receiver finish has faded but barrel blue is nearly all there. If this rifle was a minty rifle the price would be in the high teens to 20K$. Don't pass on this extra light deluxe .45-70. ****SOLD****

Below you see an Manton 8-bore single shot shotgun with an exposed hammer and a Jones under lever. The barrel is 36" long, the weight is 10 pounds and 13 ounces, and the barrel is steel. She is nitro proofed for 3 1/4 tons with a true 8-bore of .835" (the proof is the same as on the Henry above). The hammer is rebounding. Condition is excellent as refinished and the bore is excellent--not but perfect. I have brass cases and wads to go with the sale. ***SOLD***

A huge 4-bore single shotgun by Consolidated Stores Ltd is below. The barrel is 42 1/2" long, the weight is 15 pounds and 6 ounces, and the barrel is Damascus. The hole in the buttstock is for a lanyard rope and is common on many of the shotguns used in boats for waterfowl. The hammer is rebounding with the Jones under lever. Condition is excellent as refinished. The bore is rough and will be honed and kept in proof. Engraved "Civil Service" on top of barrel. Some pits under forend--common on guns used around salt water. Some proud metal is around the top strap but not too bad. 4-bore single shots are far more rare than double 4s but the price is far less. If you want a 4 (and they only come up for sale every several years) call me and put your name on this one. The chambers are 4 inches long and I have 12 empty English shells and several bags of wads to go, too--spacer and over powder wads. I would guess this gun is from the early 1890s. ***SOLD***

Below are two photos of a PA Watson and Williams and Powell 10-gauge double shotgun from the mid-1890s. The barrels are 30 inches long and choked modified and full. Don't let the Damascus barrels fool you into thinking it is not shootable. I took a turkey in 2008 in the People's Republic of Massachusetts and have several boxes of old Winchester and Remington 2 7/8" shells with 1 5/8 and 1/7/8 ounces of shot and she shoots them well. The interesting thing about this rather plain shotgun is she was built on a frame for 8-gauge and is nearly 3" across the face. And, here is an idea for you: why not make this into an 8-bore rifle? Take a pair of 8-bore tubes and have them sleeved into the monoblock. Use the ribs and front bead, add a rear wide V backsight, and you have an English 8 for well under 10K. ***SOLD***

A Colt Officer's Model .38 Special revolver is below. Target sights and a very rare 5-inch barrel. Most of these handguns had 6" or 7 1/2" barrels. 4- + 5-inch barrels are rarely seen. This revolver was my grandfather's brother-in-law's sidearm when he was a police officer in Massachusetts in the 1930-40s. It has been in my family since new and comes with his Lawrence holster. There is some blue wear on the metal between the grips but, as you can see, the blue is near perfect. This .38 must go to an FFL and I have to drive 200 miles (rt) to the FEDEX office to ship it so we have to arrange a convenient time to get it off to you. ***SOLD***. © Copyright (date) Cal Pappas | Design by krobar