Wednesday, March 22, 2017

.450-400 double, unknown maker, rough shape but a dimond in the rough

A gent from overseas found this .450-400 well-used double for a very reasonable price. It needs a major facelift, makeover if you will, but is easily restorable to its original glory. Excuse the photos, but they are all I was sent when asked to evaluate this rifle for purchase. For the price quoted, I gave the rifle a strong thumbs up. They are out there--doubles that collectors would turn down but will make fine shooters for the rest of us.







Sunday, March 19, 2017

Buying a double from Cal? I'm here to please!

Double Rifles for Sale

TO PROSPECTIVE BUYERS:

I CAN SHIP MOST RIFLES I SELL AS ANTIQUES DIRECTLY TO YOU. MODERN FIREARMS MUST BE SENT TO YOUR FFL DEALER. SOME CAN GO TO A C&R FFL. DEPENDING ON THE INDIVIDUAL CIRCUMSTANCE I CAN OFFER MY FIREARMS TO BE PAID FOR OVER TIME--LAYAWAY. HOWEVER, LAYAWAY ITEMS ARE CONSIDERED SOLD. FOR PURCHASE BY CHECK, ONCE THE FUNDS ARE CLEARED BY MY BANK I WILL SEND YOU YOUR RIFLE FOR AN INSPECTION OF 3 DAYS. YOU MAY RETURN IT FOR A FULL REFUND WITHIN THAT TIME IF IT RETURNED IN THE SAME CONDITION AS SENT AND THE RETURN PACKAGE SHOWS FULL INSURANCE COVERAGE. I AM NOT A DEALER BUT OFFER ITEMS FROM MY COLLECTION AT TIMES IN ORDER TO THIN OUT MY COLLECTION OR TO UPGRADE A SPECIFIC ITEM. PLEASE CALL IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

I SHIP USPS REGISTERED MAIL WITH FULL INSURANCE. I WILL GIVE YOU AN APPROXIMATE QUOTE TO ADD TO THE PRICE OF THE FIREARM WHEN YOU PURCHASE IT. ANY EXCESS I WILL REFUND BY CHECK AS I DON'T MAKE A PROFIT ON SHIPPING.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Westley Richards .500 no2--Stunning!!

Stan Watson send these pics of his stunning Westley .500 no2 bpe. While a student of fine Shotguns from the UK's vintage years, Stan is new to the world of double rifles. Well, let me tell you, he has not just got his feet wet with this, his first purchase, but has jumped in and submerged!  Stan has bought my three books on double rifles and I will coach him in reloading. Of course, he is invited to our shoot May 6th (as all of you are). Enjoy!










Monday, February 13, 2017

.500 no2 bpe historical double rifle

Gents:
It's time to move my .500 no2 Gye and Moncrieff double rifle/shotgun. Amazing history. You can read the details in the double rifles pages of my blog. Basically, a double rifle with original shotgun barrels, in the original two-tiered case with all the cleaning accessories and reloading tools imaginable. Rifle barels are 26" and the shotgun barrels are 32" with 2 1/2" chambers. This rifle has it all: cased, accessories, tools, complete history. This unique set won't be cheap but it is nearly one-of-a-kind. Note the engraving. Missing the name plate in the butt stock. I have many more pics if you would like them. I have some brass, also. She shoots well and I have shot clays with the shotgun barrels.
Price is $18,500.






February 14 update

Gents:
Sorry for the delay in posting. My computer had a virus and it took away my ability to get to the edit page of my blog. Please check out the for sale pages and I've offered several nice rifles for sale and also one from a friend. 16-bore Westley Richards project gun, a .458 Model 70, a stunning .375 H&H takedown by Cogswell and Harrison, a .500 no2 historical double, 12-bore double, 10-bore double, and a friend's .500 no2 double.

I'd like to thank you all for your interest in my three books. They are selling well and it is my pleasure to sign them for each of you and also I've included lead bullets for my 4-bore just for giggles.

One more gun show in early March and then spring is around the corner. Lots of bullet casting and powder coating. By early summer I should have complete ballistic data for my doubles and powder coated bullets.

The Alaska double rifle shoot is on target for May 6. All are welcome. Please email me at for details. All are welcome. We shoot 10am to noon, break for an hour and grill some burgers and dogs, and shoot for another hour or two. At 4 is a get together in Anchorage for the shooters--just snacks and byob drinks. It is also the weekend of the AGCA gun show in Palmer if you want to take that in.

I will take some day trips to the Denali Highway for grizzly in late May and June (.450 no2 or .500) and then off to Africa in July. Plans are not set yet but I hope for elephant in Zim (.600) or plains game in South Africa (.350 no2) and then to visit friends in Zim for another week. August will see caribou in the Talkeetna Mts. (.450-400 or .577 bpe).

Cheers all and please send me pics of your doubles and your double rifle hunting pics for posting here. If any of you are interested in hunting South Africa or Zim, feel free to email and I'd be pleased to assist. I don't hunt much in the States but can definately recommend where NOT to go for elk!! (Unless, of course, you like road hunts with dozens of vehicles and 100+ hunters seen in the week you are there).

Until next time.
Cal

EM Reilly .500 no2 bpe for sale

A close friend would like to offer his Reilly .500 no2 bpe for sale. The no2 is a .577-500 on the 2 3/4" (approximately) case. Jones under lever, rebounding hammers, peninsula locks, 2-leaf folding rear sight, steel butt plate, near excellent bores, and 28" barrels. LOP is 14 1/2". This rifle is accurate and I can attest to that as I was a former owner. Tight on the face. A very plain rifle with no engraving. An excellent value as the price includes brass, dies and some lead bullets. Price is $6500. If you are interested, I can put you in contact with the owner and you can discuss details.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

.458 Model 70, control round feed from the 1990s

A new (or near new) in the box control round feed Model 70 Winchester super express. Looks 100% new. Heavy contour 22" barrel and express sights. Photos are from the internet but my rifle looks just a nice! Price is SOLD. Must go to an FFF. Comes with the box, instruction booklet, soft sleeve.


Lang 10-bore ball and shot gun

This Lang 10-bore is a smooth bore for ball. The sight leaves all fold flat to use the front bead when shooting shot and individual leaves can be upright for ball or conical distances. 28" barrels non-reboudning hammers, Jones under lever.  Proper 10-bore proofs and also nitro proofs. The former owner stated to me this may have been one of a pair of 12-bore shotguns and long ago bored out to 10 gauge. However, the proofs are 10 and the rifle sights are correct. I've shot ball to 50 yards and broke clays and shot grouse with her! 2 7/8" chambers. Price SOLD.













Westley Richards 16-bore project gun

As the title says this light 16 is a project gun. The gun is loose on the face and needs hinge pin work. This is not a problem for a good 'smith. The big thing is long ago a 2" section of the left barrel was blown out and replacement steel welded in. The added piece is twist or Damascus so it was done long ago. It is in there solidly but needs external filing to make it flush with the remainder of the barrels. The good news is there is enough barrel wall thickness so the exterior filing and a honing of the bore can be done (bores are rough). It's a project gun for sure but what a beauty it was when it was new and could be that way again. 30" barrels, non-ejector, very fine engraving. Made in 1889 and sold in France. Heel and toe plates and an outstanding piece of wood. OR--have new barrels made!! Weight is 6 pounds.
If this was a nice 16 it would be $7500. As this is a project is it priced right at $1600.









Williams and Powell 10-bore shotgun

A fine Williams and Powell 10-bore shotgun is for sale. 2 7/8" chambers, 28" barrels choked M & F. Weight is about 7 pounds so it is a light 10 for upland and pheasant hunting. Note the engraving. This is a plated box lock--side plates added for the engraving. Ejectors. Great bores! Price$ 5250.


.375 Cogwsell and Harrison TAKEDOWN

Forgive me for owning and posting a rifle with a single tube!

This rifle is in excellent condition! 26" barrel, sling eyes, cheek piece, recoil pad, and the rare and desireable take down feature. Made in 1926 for F. Hamilton Gordon at a cost of 25 Guineas. Three leaf rear sight and all features listed in the letter from C&H. Weight is about 8 1/2 pounds. Comes in a vintage oak and leather case. Scope is a Leupold 1 1/2-5x VXIII. The scope on this rifle long ago was a longer scope and there is space in the case for it but it was missing long ago. Desireable Griffin and Howe side mount. Price PENDING