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HOLLAND & HOLLAND 450 #2 N. E. ROYAL DOUBLE RIFLE VERY RARE CARTRIDGE

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 450 #2 N. E. ROYAL DOUBLE RIFLE VERY RARE CARTRIDGE

HOLLAND & HOLLAND 450 #2 N. E. ROYAL DOUBLE RIFLE VERY RARE CARTRIDGE in a H&H- EXC. PLUS BORES- EXC. GUN INSIDE & OUT: #19100, Holland & Holland Sidelock Royal Ejector 450 No. 2 Nitro Express Finished at the Factory on August 30, 1906. This gun is a new offering on the U. S. market in a very rare cartridge offering of the great 450 #2 chambering, It has 26″ Ejector Chopper Lump barrels with rib extension third bite, 1/4 rib with 1 standing & 2 folding rear sights, Fold-up night sight, London proof at 80 Cordite and 480 grain bullet, Bushed strikers, Double triggers with the front articulated, An extended top strap over the comb, Trapdoor grip cap with spare strikers and 2 spare front sights, Original LOP at 14 11/16″ over the original 1″ Silvers pad that is removable with plugs over the tiedown screws, Cast-off for the right hand, Proper weight of 10 lbs. 13 oz., The gun with 98% coverage of typical H&H Royal scroll, The frame retains 75% of original case colors, The breech face with 95% case colors, The inside forend metal with 99% case colors, The barrels have 96% original blue, The outside barrel striking is perfect, The buttstock re-oiled professionally and remains in 98% condition, The checkering remains at 96%, The bores are excellent plus and remain in super condition and for all intents and purposes look like they did over a 100 years ago, It is smack on the face, It has a Deluxe Oak & Leather brass cornered trunk case that is more modern than the gun and has a reproduced H&H trade label. This is flat out one nice 450 #2 Royal in a very rare chambering that is seldom ever seen or heard of in a H&H. Then top it all off; it has super bores, great condition, points like a dream with the proper cast-off and is offered in one of the greatest English cartridges of all time that shoots .458″ diameter bullets all day long. This is nice stuff here, most likely the only one of its kind on the world market. ////////////////////////////// Relative to the records from Holland & Holland, it was originally to be built as a 500/450 3 1/4″ nitro express. On the original build sheet it has a memo on June 12, 1906 that it was shot with Eley’s No. 2 nitro cartridge with 80 grs cordite and a 480 grain bullet. The gun is so marked and was proved accordingly. The length of pull on the build sheet is exactly as the gun measures to this day. Another memo on August 10, 1906 mentions fitting a spare Ivory front sight and it still is there in the trap grip cap and never installed. This piece remains almost exactly as it left H&H in August 1906. It was ordered by Fusils Guinard Armuriers in Paris and there is a very strong chance it never made it to India or Africa. Also, a very good chance that the First World War interupted the intended purpose or use of this gun and it remains to this day a very well kept piece. Price: $89,000

FRANCOTTE PRE WAR SIDELOCK 20 BORE SIDE x SIDE - RARE

FRANCOTTE PRE WAR SIDELOCK 20 BORE SIDE x SIDE – RARE

FRANCOTTE PRE WAR SIDELOCK 20 BORE SIDE x SIDE – RARE: This a wonderful little Francotte Pre War Sidelock Side by Side 20 Gauge, with 2.5 inch chambers, auto ejectors, double triggers, splinter forearm, English stock w/checkered butt, etc. Barrels are 25 & 5/8 Inches in length choked imp cyl & modified. European 3/4″ swivels are installed on the buttstock and bottom center of barrels. Barrels marked under the forearm Fluid Compressed Steel,  Left barrel marked A Francotte Maker & Patentee Liege. Barrels retain most all blue and receiver retains approx 95% original blue finish. Gun was not a case colored gun. Wood is totally original with original finish and while solid with no cracks, chips, or issues I would (if I kept it) bring the wood to new and to include a freshening of the very fine checkering. Very minimal engraving on receiver for a sidelock firearm. Serial number range indicates gun was made circa 1937/38. Price: $8,995.

1937 Merkel Combination 16 Gauge / 7X57R: Serial #20329  This beautiful gun includes the original Carl Zeiss 4X scope and a very complementary case is also included.  Barrel length is 26 & 3/4 with the length of pull set at 14″. Price: $8,500

1937 Merkel Combination 16 Gauge / 7X57R

1937 Merkel Combination 16 Gauge / 7X57R

Browning Belgium 20 gauge Superlight Grade I: Straight english stock, 14 1/4″ LOP, 26 1/2″ barrels, IC/MOD, vent rib, single trigger, hard butt plate, all original and 99% as new.  Price: $4,350

Browning Belgium 20 gauge Superlight Grade I

Browning Belgium 20 gauge Superlight Grade I

Winchester Model 21 field 12 gauge SxS shotgun. 32" bbls

Winchester Model 21 field 12 gauge SxS shotgun. 32″ bbls

Winchester Model 21 field 12 gauge SxS shotgun. 32″ bbls:  A very early Model 21 with double triggers, extractors and splinter forearm.  This 21 appears, in all regards, to be almost completely original and untouched.  The 32” barrels are chambered 2 3/4″ and choked Mod & Full: measuring Mod (.018) and Full (.035(; the bores are perfect and barrel blue retains over 95% original blue.  The frame has bright spots on the fences and on the bottom edges..otherwise the frame has 90-93% original blue.  The back of the top tang is bright and I think the trigger guard has been “freshened”.  The wood finish is original.  No major damage or cracks; just an assortment of 70+ years of handling; checkering is smooth in spots.  Butt plate is original and in great shape.  14” LOP, 1 9/16” DAC & 2 7/8” DAH.  Weighs 8 lbs. Price: $3700

12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip

12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip

Lefever is one my favorite American shotgun makers. While their lower-grade doubles are too plain for me, the E-grades and up are some of the most beautiful side-by-sides this country has ever built.

Check out this EE grade to see what I mean. And if you know where I can find a nice 16 gauge E grade Lefever, please let me know. I’ve been looking for one for years.

12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip:  Price: $3,299.99

Serial #: 487XX
Caliber: 12 GA
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Excellent (Minor Pitting)
Wood Condition: Excellent (Various dents and scratches; free of cracks)
Bore Condition: Excellent
Barrels: 30″ Damascus Barrel
Triggers: Double Triggers
Stock: English Checkered Walnut Stock
Stock Dimensions: 13 1/8 LOP, 2 1/2 DAH, 1 1/2 DAC
Fore End: Checkered Walnut
Butt Pad: Rubber Pad
Weight: 8 lbs.
Sights: White Front Bead
Chokes: RT IC,LT IC

 

12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip

12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip

12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip

12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip

12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip

12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip

12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip

12 gauge Lefever EE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Straight Grip

Angus the Lab suffering from a rattler bite.

Angus the Lab suffering from a rattler bite.

A reader sent me an email yesterday and asked that I post the info below. The pic is of his lab Angus. We’ll keep you posted on how Angus is doing.

To all of our D&D friends:  MAKE SURE to get your animals vaccinated for snakebite..NOW…We did and Angus looks like he’s going to make it through this one. (fingers X’d).
All:  Take a good look at this photograph (taken approximately 10 hours after the bite) of our 15 month old Lab “Angus”.  We live on an large tract of open range here in West Texas.  Rattle Snakes are a common occurrence.
Last evening sometime around 10 PM,  I put the dogs out for their last potty break before bedtime.  Our Labs live in the house with us, so this is our normal routine.  I didn’t notice anything odd about Angus’ behavior before turning in – just the normal licking of paws and settling in.  However I awakened this AM to what you are seeing in the photo.  Scary to say the least, but as a veteran Quail hunter, this ain’t our first rodeo.  So, I checked his vitals (heart rate, temp, focus).  He was very alert, able to swallow and was displaying no serious signs of systemic failure that is sometimes associated with a serious bite (actually all bites are serious).  I called my vet immediately and he didn’t seem to concerned for the immediate time frame given the dog’s vitals.  We took him in and he’s at the doctor’s office under observation until later this afternoon.  Hopefully he’ll continue to improve and we’ll bring him home today.  I got to think the vaccination might have saved his life – especially since he went overnight without us knowing he had been bitten.
Now: I advise all of you to get your dogs in for their snake-bite vaccines.  These are a 2-part series and must be done according to schedule.  Some say they don’t work, but I’ll beg to differ as this is the second dog we’ve had bitten – the first made it through with no complications.  Remember, the aftermath of a bite is the worst part.  There can be serious tissue damage and loss of eyesight, smell etc.  I am a believer that the vaccine mitigates some of the bites aftermath.
GET YOUR DOGS SHOTS TODAY!  This is no guarantee that your dog will survive a bite, but you’d sure hate to face the grim reality of “what if” when your beloved dog passes from a bite and you didn’t have it vaccinated.
We’ll keep y’all updated on Angus’ recovery.
Safe shooting,
Jeff

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Buy the gun, not the name…

BREDA- 1952 ITALIAN 12 SIDELOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

BREDA- 1952 ITALIAN 12 SIDELOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

Here’s a side-by-side that looks like a good deal. It’s a BREDA — an Italian maker I know nothing about — and it has everything you would expect to find on a top-quality double, except for the  high price.

A lot of Italian gunmakers have come and gone since World War II. It looks this BREDA is one of them. There is an Italian maker named Breda Meccanica Brescia. I think that’s a different company, though.

BREDA- 1952 ITALIAN 12 SIDELOCK EJECT- 28″ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls: #229, Breda – Roma: A 12 Bore Sidelock Ejector Bar Action SxS Game Gun. Made in 1952 with 26 3/4″ Ejector Chopper Lump Acciaio Supernitor Barrels with a hidden rib extension third bite with a concave flat game rib at .733 .020 & .041″ (Mod. & Full), 1.350 KG weight barrels, Original 2 3/4″ chambers, Wall thickness on the right barrel at .033″ and .029″ on the left, Bushed strikers, Double triggers with the front articulated, Splinter forend, Straight hand stock at 14 5/8 x 1 5/16 x 2″ over a full face checkered butt, Slight cast-off for the right hand, 7 lbs. 1 oz., No engraving coverage has a soft coin finished frame, This piece remains original from muzzle to butt, The original barrel blue at 96%.

BREDA- 1952 ITALIAN 12 SIDELOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

BREDA- 1952 ITALIAN 12 SIDELOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

The coin finish receiver at 94% but has areas of surface tarnish but no pitting, The original stock finish at 88% with handling marks only, The checkering at 95%, The bores are excellent plus, It is smack on the face, The barrels ring with a nice chime. This is a doggone nice Quality 1952 Italian sidelock that represents very high value for the price. It has excellent balance. JJ in our shop stripped and cleaned it and the locks inside represent best gun quality. This is a lot of gun for the money. ///////////////////////// Breda Meccanica Brescia has been in business over 7 decades. Most people in the U. S. relate to them from their production of light hunting semi-automatic game guns. Price: $3,400

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Does this 20 gauge A.H. Fox CE look odd to you?

20 gauge CE grade A.H. Fox Shotgun

20 gauge CE grade A.H. Fox Shotgun

Nice smallbore A.H. Fox shotguns are tough to find, especially twenty-gauge CEs with straight grips. The one you see here looks like a decent example. But there are a few things about that have me scratching my head.

According to the seller, the stock and metal finishes on the gun are original. I’ve looked at the pics several times, and to me, the bbls and triggerguard look too blue and the checkering looks too sharp  — especially for a gun with so little original color-case hardening. Like I said, a real head scratcher……

20 gauge A.H. Fox CE grade Double Barrel Shotgun. Price: $17,500

Shotgun type: SxS

20 gauge CE grade A.H. Fox Shotgun

20 gauge CE grade A.H. Fox Shotgun

Action: Boxlock
Ejectors: Yes
Trigger: Double
Grip: Straight Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 13 5/8 ”
Drop @ comb: 1 9/16 ”
Drop @ heel: 2 3/8 ”
Cast amount: 0 ”
Weight: 5 lbs, 12 oz

20 gauge CE grade A.H. Fox Shotgun

20 gauge CE grade A.H. Fox Shotgun

Finish: Brushed
Overall condition: Very Good
Stock condition: Very Good
Metal condition: Very Good
Stock: Original finish
Metal: Original finish
Type of Case: none

Barrel info:
Gauge: 20 ga
Chamber: 2 3/4 ”
Length: 26 ”
Chokes: Full Mod

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Happy Easter.

Happy Easter! Have a great day.

Happy Easter! Have a great day.

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A couple nice Beretta O/Us: a 20g ASE EELL & a 12g BL-4….

Beretta ASE 20 EELL Scarce 20 Bore O/U

Beretta ASE 20 EELL Scarce 20 Bore O/U

Beretta has been in the gun biz for a long time, and since they introduced their first O/Us around 1935, they’ve refining their designs and developing new over unders.

Beretta introduced ASEs in 1949. A boxlock version of their SOs, ASEs were introudced in the 1960s as lightweight hunting guns. They’re made with SO-type actions and feature the SO’s Kersten-style top bolts and removable bbl cheek pieces.

ASEs came in 12g and 20g, there were built in 3 grades (ASE, ASEL, and ASEELL). T0day, the ASEs are common, but top-of-the-line models like the EELL you see here are scarce.

Beretta ASE 20 EELL Scarce 20 Bore O/U: Circa pre-1964, 20 bore, 2 3/4″ chambers, 26″ barrels with a hand file cut solid rib and choked .015 Mod. and .025 Full, 14 3/4″ LOP over a 7/8″ leather covered pad, 1 7/16″ DAC, 2 5/16″ DAH, 1/8″ cast off, 5 lbs. 11 oz., ejectors, single gold trigger, straight grip, coin finished receiver with very fine hand engraving of large and bold stylized acanthus scroll with foliate and floral work signed by B. Consoli, bottom of action also engraved “P. Beretta, Gardone” and “Brevettato”, nicely figured European walnut, excellent condition with some handling marks.  These ASE guns are very scarce and were very limited.  20 bores are even more scarce. Price: $14,995

Beretta ASE 20 EELL Scarce 20 Bore O/U

Beretta ASE 20 EELL Scarce 20 Bore O/U

Beretta’s BL over-unders were built from the late ’60 into the ’70s. Like ASEs, these O/Us are boxlock-style guns. With the BLs, Beretta introduced the dual locking bolts used on many of the O/U’s the make today. The Garcia Sporting Arms Corporation Beretta BLs and they offered them in four grades: BL-1, BL-3, BL-4 & BL-5. In 1970, the BL-4 below cost $375. At the same time, sidelock Beretta SO-3s started at $1200.

This one is on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends Monday, 4/21/2014, @ 4:26:58 PM ET.

Beretta BL-4 12g Over Under Shotgun: This shotgun has 30 inch vent rib fixed choke barrels, twin beads, an engraved receiver, a tang mounted safety/barrel selector, selective ejectors, and a very nice checkered hardwood stock with a black grip cap and an attached recoil pad. It is in very good 90% condition with a little bit of freckling on the barrels and some handling marks on the stock. The bore are in mirror bright condition and the action is very tight. Choked full over modified. 14.25 inch length of pull. 1.5 inch drop at the comb, 2.5 inch drop at the heel. 3 inch chamber. Made in 1971.

Beretta BL-4 12g Over Under Shotgun

Beretta BL-4 12g Over Under Shotgun

Beretta BL-4 12g Over Under Shotgun

Beretta BL-4 12g Over Under Shotgun

 

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Auction alert: a nice looking 12g Gebruder Merkel O/U…

12 Ga. MERKEL FRERES SUHL Double Barrel Over Under Shotguns

12 Ga. MERKEL FRERES SUHL Double Barrel Over Under Shotguns

Over the past few years, I’ve developed a real appreciation for German and European O/U shotguns. Continental gunmakers built some of the first breechloading, over-under shotguns. Gebruder Merkel was making O/Us as early as 1903, and the company continues to make them to this day.

The Merkel O/U you see here looks like it was made around 1952 or so. It’s a 200E, built on Blitz-style action  with double Kersten bolts. Overall, it’s a very solid gun and extremely well made. It’s on Gunbroker now and the listing ends on Sunday, 4/20 @ 8:56:14 PM ET.

12 Ga. MERKEL FRERES SUHL Double Barrel Over Under Shotguns: Straight grip. It has working cocking indicators, double triggers and auto ejectors. It has 28″ barrels the chokes are .685 on top barrel and .700 on the bottom, and the length of pull on front trigger is 14 5/8″ and 13 5/8′ to the back trigger. The weight is about 7 pounds + -. The bluing is very nice, and it still retains some of the case color. The wood is solid with no visible signs of cracking. There are some light marks on the wood work which can be seen in the photos. The bores are very bright and shiny.

12 Ga. MERKEL FRERES SUHL Double Barrel Over Under Shotguns

12 Ga. MERKEL FRERES SUHL Double Barrel Over Under Shotguns

12 Ga. MERKEL FRERES SUHL Double Barrel Over Under Shotguns

12 Ga. MERKEL FRERES SUHL Double Barrel Over Under Shotguns

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Wow: $3,000 for a 20 gauge J. Woodward sidelock SxS shotgun…

J. Woodward & Sons, English "Best Gun", 20 gauge, 28 inch barrels

J. Woodward & Sons, English “Best Gun”, 20 gauge, 28 inch barrels

No — that’s not a typo, and the price shown is not missing a zero. Here’s is a 20 gauge James Woodward & Son sidelock side-by-side shotgun for just $3,000. But of course there’s a catch: this double barrel is missing its forend.

This gun was made around 1896. For some reason, it looks like it was proofed for nitro loads a few years later. James Woodward was in business from 1874 to 1948. In all, they made around 4500 or so guns — far fewer than Boss, Purdey, or Holland & Holland. Twenty-gauge, best-quality side-by-side Woodwards are rare. The last one I saw sold for a around $40,000, and a decent one could easily bring $50,000+ today.

J. Woodward & Sons, English "Best Gun", 20 gauge, 28 inch barrels

J. Woodward & Sons, English “Best Gun”, 20 gauge, 28 inch barrels

Three thousand dollars isn’t a bad price for this one. Building a new forend will be expensive, but it is doable — especially if the barrels are sound and the rest of the gun is in good shape. But because the seller has listed the gun “as is,” you won’t know if restoring it is an option until after you own you own the gun. And if the barrels are bad, you’ll have spent $3000 on a paperweight, some firewood, and a fancy stake for a tomato plant.

So are you feeling lucky?

J. Woodward & Sons, English “Best Gun”, 20 gauge, 28 inch barrels: Being sold as a “parts gun” as it is missing a complete forend. Without the forend, it will not cock. Butt stock has been shortened and added to. Bore is shiny without evident pits. Right barrel on underside has small ding/dent, felt when running hand up and down. No evident pits on metal. Purdey and other English gun makers have been contacted for an appraisal as to restoring gun to shooting condition. Estimates have been as high as $31K. U.S gunmakers contacted have not been willing to undertake project. Gun closes tightly and is not loose in any part. Receiver metal has light patina. C&R/FFL needed. No sale to CA. Ask any and all questions. More photos can be asked for. Seller has given up hope of restoring as restoration cost may exceed value of finished gun.

J. Woodward & Sons, English "Best Gun", 20 gauge, 28 inch barrels

J. Woodward & Sons, English “Best Gun”, 20 gauge, 28 inch barrels

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Bet your dog can’t do this: A truly versatile spaniel….

Now this is what I call versatile. Jess the springer spaniel feeds a baby lamb from a bottle.

Now this is what I call versatile. Jess the springer spaniel feeds a baby lamb from a bottle.

Pointing, retrieving, tracking game – sure some versatile gun dogs can do all that.

But Jess springer spaniel goes one step further. Watch as she feeds an orphaned lamb from a bottle.

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