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C.G. Bonehill .577 3" Side-by-Side Boxlock Double Rifl

C.G. Bonehill .577 3″ Side-by-Side Boxlock Double Rifl

C.G. Bonehill .577 3″ Side-by-Side Boxlock Double Rifle: 26″ chopperlump barrels, one standing three folding gold line express sights on a quarter rib, proofed for the 100 gr. cordite 750 bullet.  Double triggers, auto ejectors.  This is the real stopper, genuine article! Original heavy proof.  Built on the Webley long bar, bushed pins, screw grip doll’s head.  The Rock of Gibraltar! Finely scroll engraved, with the “C.G. Bonehill” name in gold.  The rifle retains about 98% of what appears to be an older refresh.  Chambers are perfect, bores very good +, with fine sharp rifling right up to the chambers.  Tight on the face.  Beautifully grained French walnut, straight through the head, fits perfectly – no gaps – no cracks, just perfect.  A really rare pre-war ejector, in one of most of the most fabled calibers.  A true .577 weighing exactly 14 lbs., they way they ought to be!  15″ LOP over a leather pad.  This is the one you want when things get ugly!  Cased in canvas trunk case with brass corners. Price: $57,000

MANUFRANCE IDEAL GRADE 6RE SxS - 16 GAUGE - 29" BARRELS - HIGHLY ENGRAVED

MANUFRANCE IDEAL GRADE 6RE SxS – 16 GAUGE – 29″ BARRELS – HIGHLY ENGRAVED

MANUFRANCE IDEAL GRADE 6RE SxS – 16 GAUGE – 29″ BARRELS – HIGHLY ENGRAVED: Forend fastening system. Chisled vine fences with side clips. Ejectors. Ambidextrous safety. Acier barrel steel. Chambers 2 3/4″. Right bore measures .667 with 5/1000 choke (IC). Left bore at .668 with 28/1000 (Imp Mod). Barrels are 29″ and have a swamped rib. Gun is tight on face / no loose ribs. Loaded cartridge indicators. Stock has a 1″ ebony butt plate and skip line checkering. Weight is 6 LBS 2 1/2 OZ. Shipping is $50. Retractable sling is misisng. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 7/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 3/8″, Drop at Heel – 2 3/8″. Price: $6,750

Ithaca NID 28 gauge SxS Shotgun

Ithaca NID 28 gauge SxS Shotgun

Ithaca NID 28 gauge SxS Shotgun:  The gun is in great condition with no pitting on the barrel or bore.  There is very little original finish remaining, the majority of the original finish can be found on top of the receiver.  The LOP is 14 3/4”, the drop to heal is 2 1/8” and the drop to comb is 1 3/4”.  The gun is overall in great condition and is ready to be taken out on your next bird hunt. Price: $4500

BERETTA – Model 471 Silver Hawk – SxS – 20ga – 28″ Mobilchoke – CasedSingle Selective Trigger, Selectable Ejectors or Extractors, English Stock, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-3/8″ to 2-3/8″, Weight 6 lbs. 7 oz. Excellent Condition. The coloring is faded to a modeled gray patina. Very little wear. A few minor handling marks. Includes: Case, Manual, Socks, Total of Four Chokes. Price: $2875

BERETTA - Model 471 Silver Hawk - SxS - 20ga - 28" Mobilchoke - Cased

BERETTA – Model 471 Silver Hawk – SxS – 20ga – 28″ Mobilchoke – Cased

L.C. Smith "O" Grade 16 Gauge - 1899 GUN, 70% CASE 70% CASE COLOR, CONDITION!

L.C. Smith “O” Grade 16 Gauge – 1899 GUN, 70% CASE 70% CASE COLOR, CONDITION!

L.C. Smith “O” Grade 16 Gauge – 1899 GUN, 70% CASE 70% CASE COLOR, CONDITION: 6lbs 14oz, Side by Side, Serial Number 60594.  The L.C. Smith “O” Grade, a “pre-1913” name given to this grade by Hunter Arms prior to 1913 (too obvious?) was a step above the Field Grade that came out in 1913 from Hunter Arms in that it had a bit nicer wood and checkering, a black ebony inlay in the forend tip, and a set of nice damascus steel barrels.  This gun, sn60594 built in 1899, is in remarkable condition for its 118 years of age, with lots of case color, perfect screws, perfect wood to metal fit, nicely figured European walnut (book says English walnut, looks like French to me), factory original checkering is excellent, no cracks anywhere, full length butt stock to the factory butt plate, 30″ damascus barrels that still retain 98% of their original black and white pattern, and tight as new mechanically.  With the long barrels and 1/2 round pistol grip, this is a great sporting clays or upland gun, and weighing 6lbs. 14oz. is not too heavy to carry all day.  They only made about 3100 of these guns in 16ga., likely less than 2500 or so left on the planet, so it is not a common gun, especially with this much factory condition remaining.  Price: $1,995

Second pattern Woodward OU, from Boothroyd's book The British Over & Under Shotgun

Second type Woodward OU #6640, from Boothroyd’s book The British Over & Under Shotgun

James Woodward & Sons over-under shotguns are some of the finest doubles ever built. When patented in 1913 (four years after Boss’s OU), Woodwards’ version of a stack-barreled double was a lot things: lightweight, elegant, easy to load and put together, and built on a shallow action. But it wasn’t was perfected.

That didn’t come later. In 1922 when the company completed #6640, a lightweight 12 bore, Woodward noted in their records this OU had the “new type action and ejectors.” Was it the first? Perhaps.

In the pictures below are the key features of the first type Woodward OU. We’ll cover the improvements in another post.

BTW: Note the rounded bottom of the barrels, the cocking bar crossing the bottom of the barrels, the rounded bottom of the action and the ejector work mounted on the sides of the barrels. All these features changed in Woodward OU #6640.

First pattern Woodward OU, 16 gauge #6429. Note ejectorwork mounted on bbls

First pattern Woodward OU, 16 gauge #6429. Note ejector work mounted on bbls

Woodward’s first pattern OU shotgun, showing rounded bottom of barrels

First pattern Woodward OU, from Boothroyd's book The British Over & Under Shotgun

First pattern Woodward OU, from Boothroyd’s book The British Over & Under Shotgun

First pattern Woodward OU, from Boothroyd's book The British Over & Under Shotgun

First pattern Woodward OU, from Boothroyd’s book The British Over & Under Shotgun

First pattern Woodward OU, from Boothroyd's book The British Over & Under Shotgun

First pattern Woodward OU, from Boothroyd’s book The British Over & Under Shotgun

I don’t know much about this maker, and I think the ignition system is based on an updated version of Dreyse’s needlefire patent. But I am 100% certain that it’s a beautiful gun.

Ornate Deep Relief Engraved Gold Inlaid Heinrich Barella of Magdenburg, Double Barrel 16 Gauge Shotgun with Elaborate Raised Relief Carved Stock, made approx. 1865

More info on it from the Johann Springer website:

Barella was reported to have had clients such as the King of Italy and Romania as well as the Tsar of Russia.

Ornate Deep Relief Engraved Gold Inlaid Heinrich Barella of Magdenburg, Double Barrel 16 Gauge Shotgun with Elaborate Raised Relief Carved Stock, made approx. 1865

Ornate Deep Relief Engraved Gold Inlaid Heinrich Barella of Magdenburg, Double Barrel 16 Gauge Shotgun with Elaborate Raised Relief Carved Stock, made approx. 1865

Beautiful example of a needle fire shotgun made by Heinrich Barella of Magdenburg, Germany. Barella was born in Soest, Germany, in 1819 and at the approximate age of 24, attained the level of Master Gunsmith. In 1844, he founded his firm H. Barella Gewehrfabrik in Magdeburg, Germany. In the mid 1860s he was a gunmaker to the Prussian Royal Court and in 1871, he was the gunmaker to the Royal Court in Berlin. Barella died in 1893.

This shotgun features Damascus barrels. The breech end of the rib is gold inlaid “H. BARELLA KÖNIGL. PREUSSISCHER & KAISERL. RUSSISCHER HOFBÜCHSENM: BERLIN” flanked by relief oak leaf engraving.

Ornate Deep Relief Engraved Gold Inlaid Heinrich Barella of Magdenburg, Double Barrel 16 Gauge Shotgun with Elaborate Raised Relief Carved Stock, made approx. 1865

Ornate Deep Relief Engraved Gold Inlaid Heinrich Barella of Magdenburg, Double Barrel 16 Gauge Shotgun with Elaborate Raised Relief Carved Stock, made approx. 1865

The breech end of the barrels are relief engraved with a broad scroll and oak leaf design. There are two gold wire inlaid bands on the muzzles and one on the breech end as well as a decorative design on each end. The bottom of each barrel under the forearm are marked with the serial number 1539. The receiver and under break lever are relief engraved with a floral scroll design and the rear portion of the forearm, has a scene of a hunting dog flushing a game bird on the left side and two deer on the right side. There are wide gold inlaid bands on the front and rear of the receiver and on the rear of the forearm. Double triggers with the forward trigger being a set trigger and a decorative horn grip extension. The forward wood portion of the forearm is carved with a floral vine design, as are the sides of the stock wrist and right side of the stock. The bottom of the forearm has a round silver initial plate which is engraved with a crown and inscribed “AK”. With the Baron crown, one can only suspect this shotgun was made for someone of royalty. The left side of the stock features a cheekpiece and a beautifully carved wooden scene of two deer. The iron buttplate is engraved with a floral vine design, there is a compartment for two shells, and the door is engraved with a buck in a field scene. The barrels have 2 1/2 inch chambers.

1960 - Beretta Model 409 - Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun

1960 – Beretta Model 409 – Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun

Beretta is famous for its OUs. But they’ve also made a lot of nice side-by-sides.

Here’s a nice, lightweight, no-frills one that’s perfect for grouse, woodcock, and quail. It has a few issues, but nothing you can’t fix (or just live with).
1960 – Beretta Model 409 – Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun: 20ga, 2-3/4″, 28″ IM / F, Raised Solid Rib with Rib Extension Third Bite, Single Non-Selective Trigger, Extractors, Hand Engraved, LOP 14-1/8″, Drop 1-5/8″ to 2-1/2″, Weight 5 lbs. 15 oz. Price: $1575

Condition: Mechanically the gun is Excellent. The barrels have a few freckles. The stock has a crack on the left side. This is typical on these guns because of the sharp corner at the back of the frame. The stock is a through bolt stock, so it has no affect on the strength of the stock. Overall, a very nice little gun with the longer barrels that everyone seems to want these days.

1960 - Beretta Model 409 - Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun

1960 – Beretta Model 409 – Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun

1960 - Beretta Model 409 - Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun

1960 – Beretta Model 409 – Silver Hawk SxS Shotgun

A lot of hunting dogs find birds, point, and retrieve. Keep trails clear of debris for other hunters? This is my pointer, Sky, last fall at 8 months old.

Here are some interesting gunmaker case labels I’ve come across lately. Makers glued these labels inside the cases they supplied with their guns. I love seeing them.

James Woodward & Sons, St. James St., Gunmaker case label

James Woodward & Sons, St. James St., Gunmaker case label, circa 1890

James Woodward & Sons, St. James St., Gunmaker case label

James Woodward & Sons, St. James St., Gunmaker case label

James Woodward & Sons, Bury St, Gunmaker case label

James Woodward & Sons, Bury St, Gunmaker case label

William Cashmore, Birmingham, Gunmaker label

William Cashmore, Birmingham, Gunmaker label

Custom 2-hole Diamond Deluxe Dog Box

Custom 2-hole Diamond Deluxe Dog Box

As I was downloading some pics over the weekend, and I came across these ones of the aluminum Diamond Deluxe dog box I picked up last October.

Back when I just had Puck and then Lexi, I kept my dog in a crate in the extended-cab part of my pickup. But when I added Sky, I needed to come up with a better way to do things.

This box has proven to be a safe, secure way to transport my two pointers. It has lockable top storage, cross ventilation in the back, insulated holes, and lockable doors. The holes are wide and deep, and both of my girls can fit in one with ease. So now I have room for two more dogs.

Custom 2-hole Diamond Deluxe Dog Box

Custom 2-hole Diamond Deluxe Dog Box

Custom 2-hole Diamond Deluxe Dog Box

Custom 2-hole Diamond Deluxe Dog Box

Custom 2-hole Diamond Deluxe Dog Box

Custom 2-hole Diamond Deluxe Dog Box

BOSS & CO. A RARE 12-BORE 'PURDEY-ACTION' SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5633, with extra barrels

BOSS & CO. A RARE 12-BORE ‘PURDEY-ACTION’ SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5633, with extra barrels

This shotgun is just plain strange. It’s a 12 gauge Boss & Co. side-by-side built on a Purdey/Beesley self-opening action, and it’s coming up in Holt’s Fine Modern & Antique Guns auction on Thursday 16th March 2017.

Purdey patented the Beesley hammerless self-opening action in 1880. By the time this Boss was built (1908), that patent had expired. So Boss was free to build this gun without paying Purdey s single cent in licensing fees. But that doesn’t mean Boss went ahead and did it.

BOSS & CO. A RARE 12-BORE 'PURDEY-ACTION' SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5633, with extra barrels

BOSS & CO. A RARE 12-BORE ‘PURDEY-ACTION’ SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5633, with extra barrels

The Beesley action is difficult to make and nothing like the action Boss uses on its side-by-sides. So rather than manufacture this gun themselves, I think Boss had Purdey (Purdey’s outworkers) do it for them. Here’s why:

  • While the action is filed up like a Boss, the fences look like they belong on a Purdey
  • The toplever, tail of the topstrap, and safety looks more Purdey than Boss
  • The screws securing the locks to the action are a hybrid of Purdey & Boss styles
  • The action features striker discs and firing-pin retaining screws. Boss didn’t add these to SxSs they made until the late ’20s
  • It looks like it has Purdey ejectors

A RARE BOSS &CO 12-BORE ‘PURDEY-ACTION’ SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5633, with extra barrelsOriginal Whitworth-steel 30in. nitro chopperlump barrels, rib engraved ‘BOSS & CO. 73 ST. JAMES’S STREET. LONDON.’ and gold-inlaid ‘1’ at the breech end, tubes engraved ‘SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH’S PRESSED FLUID STEEL’, 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl. in both, rib slightly loose, right wall at 18;  extra 28in. unsigned nitro barrels (by another), 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 1/2 choke;  self-opening action with removable striker discs, toplever gold-inlaid ‘1’, gold-inlaid cocking-indicators, best fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, retaining traces of original colour-hardening, 14 3/8in. figured stock, weight 6lb. 7oz. (original barrels) and 6lb. 9oz. (extra barrels), in a brass-cornered oak and leather case with provision for the 30in. barrels only, the extra 28in. barrels in a canvas leg of mutton slip. Estimate £7,000-9,000

Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that the gun was completed on the 26th August 1908 as No.1 of a pair of ‘Purdey Action’ guns for an Edward Bunbury.

BOSS & CO. A RARE 12-BORE 'PURDEY-ACTION' SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5633, with extra barrels

BOSS & CO. A RARE 12-BORE ‘PURDEY-ACTION’ SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5633, with extra barrels

BOSS & CO. A RARE 12-BORE 'PURDEY-ACTION' SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5633, with extra barrels

BOSS & CO. A RARE 12-BORE ‘PURDEY-ACTION’ SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5633, with extra barrels

I was going through some pictures this weekend, and I came across these ones I took last fall. Hope you like them.

Lexi pointing a grouse, fall, 2016

Lexi pointing a grouse, fall, 2016

Enjoying the view, Fall, 2016

Enjoying the view, Fall, 2016

Fall, 2016

Fall, 2016

Wildflower in an Alder cover, fall, 2016

Wildflower in an Alder cover, fall, 2016

Fall, 2016

Fall, 2016

Fall, 2016

Fall, 2016

This tire has been there a while. Fall, 2016

This tire has been there a while. Fall, 2016

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

On Wednesday, I put up this post  and asked Can you guess this 20 gauge Westley Richards’ secrets?

Right away, few folks spotted this pretty little side-by-side’s special features right: sideclips, a Greener-style top bolt, and, most impressively, droplocks (AKA hand-detachable locks).

Westley Richards patented the Anson & Deeley boxlock action in 1875. Twenty-one year later, they updated it with their iconic hand detachable locks. Hand-detachable locks were to clean up the action’s appearance. After their introduction, a couple major benefits became apparent: If a lock breaks in the field, it can be replaced in a few minutes, and at the end of damp mornings or wet days, you pull the locks out for oiling and give the inside of the gun a good opportunity to dry.

Original WR advertising image for detachable locks

Original WR advertising image for detachable locks

Here a few things I love the 20 gauge droplock you see here:

-The beautiful cut scroll engraving

-The original Westley Richards single selective trigger

-The blushes of genuine color-case hardening

-The untouched, fancy checkering on the stock

-It’s tiny action. I hard to tell in the pictures, but its perfectly scaled to the gauge.

-It’s condition. Other than the extension on the stock (and maybe a bit of oil on the wood), this gun has not been messed with. Sure it has some dings and wear, but every one was put there

BTW: Remember, this gun is for sale. If you would like to know more about it, drop me an email: gregg@dogsanddoubles.com

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26" barrels, Westley single trigger

20 gauge Westley Richards SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 26″ barrels, Westley single trigger

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