Holland & Holland Dominion double rifle, 500/450 Express …

LOT 1003 - HOLLAND & HOLLAND DOMINION SXS RIFLE, 500 / 450 Express, coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20/18.
LOT 1003 – HOLLAND & HOLLAND DOMINION SXS RIFLE, 500 / 450 Express, coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20/18.

I love guns that tell a story, and as I was checking out the doubles in Poulin Auctions’ upcoming sale, this old double rifle starting telling me one the moment I saw it.

LOT 1003 - HOLLAND & HOLLAND DOMINION SXS RIFLE, 500 / 450 Express, coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20/18.
LOT 1003 – HOLLAND & HOLLAND DOMINION SXS RIFLE, 500 / 450 Express, coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20/18.

I could tell it had seen a lot of action, and considering the caliber, I could imagine what that action was: Africa during the golden days and lots of big, dangerous game. I sure it has had many cape buffalo, rhinos, and elephants in its sights.

LOT 1003 - HOLLAND & HOLLAND DOMINION SXS RIFLE, 500 / 450 Express, coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20/18.
LOT 1003 – HOLLAND & HOLLAND DOMINION SXS RIFLE, 500 / 450 Express, coming up at Poulin Auctions on 10/20/18.

LOT 1003 – HOLLAND & HOLLAND DOMINION SXS RIFLE, 500 / 450 Express

Instead of being a Holland & Holland Royal, it’s a Grade 3 / Dominion. Rifles like these were workhorses, favored by professional hunters and serious sportsman who wanted a rugged gun that could be counted on to perform flawlessly safari after safari.

What a double rifle: A Holland & Holland 500/465 Nitro sidelock…

Holland & Holland .500/.465 Nitro SxS double rifle
Holland & Holland .500/.465 Nitro SxS double rifle

How would you spend $75,000? On a BMW 6-series, a year-and-a-half of fancy college for your kid, or on this  Holland & Holland .500/.465 Nitro SxS double rifle — one of the nicest DRs I’ve seen in a long time.

Unlike your standard H&H Royal rifle, this one has a slightly rounded bar (nice is you ever carry it there) and a blued action with minimal engraving. The blued action is gorgeous to the eye. But to the gunmakers, I’m sure it was pain in the ass. On a finish like that, the tiniest screw-up stands out like fresh blood trail on snow.

Holland & Holland .500/.465 Nitro SxS double rifle
Holland & Holland .500/.465 Nitro SxS double rifle

Size and performance wise, the .500/.465 Nitro Express pushes a 440 grain bullet @ 2,150 ft/s and generates a tooth-rattling 4,930 ft·lbs of force. That’s a bit less than a .470 Nitro Express (500 grs @ 2,150 Ft/s, generating 5,140 ft lbs of force), but more than enough to clobber all but the biggest, most POd animal (and a lot more than a .30-06 — about 2,850 ft lbs).

Holland & Holland .500/.465 Nitro SxS double rifle: 26″ Whitworth chopperlump barrels, quarter rib, one standing, two folding sights.  Front sight with folding moon.  An unusual Holland described in the ledger as a “best-quality hammerless ejector cordite express rifle”.  Border engraved hand-detachable action with a blacked finish throughout.  Fitted with the Holland detachable mounts, the scope is marked British made W. Ottway & Co. Ealing London.  The rifle went back to Holland & Holland in 1951 for regulation of sights and scope.  Appears to have seen little use since that time.  Stock of densely grained, well-figured dark walnut measures 14-1/4″ over a leather pad.  Tight on the face, the bores are perfect.  Weighs 11 lbs, 12 oz with the scope.  Cased.  A fabulous rifle for your next safari! Price: $75,000

Holland & Holland .500/.465 Nitro SxS double rifle
Holland & Holland .500/.465 Nitro SxS double rifle
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