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Chapuis Progress  9.3x74R and $9,975

Boxlock Ejector with Sideplates 20ga, 3" Magnum

Double Rifle and Shotgun Set  

23 1/2" SxS 9.3x74R double rifle barrels with ramp front sight, matted quarter

rib and 1 standing blade rear sight. 26 1/2" SxS 20 gauge shotgun barrels

with shallow matted vent rib, choked improved cylinder & modified. 14

3/4"pull from front trigger to checkered wood butt. 1 1/4" - 2 1/2" drop. 1/4"

cast-off. Figured walnut stock with two Deeley-release beavertail forends,

classic point-pattern checkering, pistol grip with slight palm-swell capped

with silver medallion of baying elk in high relief, and cheekpiece. Scroll and

game scene engraved, coin-finished, sideplated receiver with double

triggers, bushed firing pins and manual top tang safety. Weight: 7lbs, 13oz

as a double rifle; 6lbs, 14oz as a shotgun. Very little used. In maker's leather

trunk case with papers.

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Louis Christophe, Sidelock Ejector Double Rifle .405 Winchester $19,450

Brussels

24 1/2" SxS barrels with flat matted rib, fine bead front sight, 1 standing and

1 folding express sight at the transition to a raised quarter rib. 14" pull from

articulated front trigger to checkered wood butt. 1 3/4" - 2 7/8" drop. 3/8"

cast-off. Figured, European walnut stock with Anson-release splinter

forend, classic point-pattern checkering, straight English grip, sling swivels,

and teardrops. Bolstered sidelock action with bushed firing pins, concealed

third fastener, automatic ejectors and automatic top tang safety with S inlaid

in gold, fully engraved in fine Purdey-style rose & scroll. CV inlaid in gold

on underside of forend. Weight: 6lbs, 14oz. Built for Christophe in 1930 by

Jules Bury, Liege. Retaining 99% barrel blue, 99% triggerguard blue and 95%

casehardening colors. Tight, and with excellent bores.

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Johan Fanzoj, Ferlach Sidelock Ejector Double Rifle .470 Nitro Express $29,975.

24 1/2" SxS chopper-lump, ported barrels of Boehler Rasant steel with fine

fluorescent front sight, through-screwed swivel base, matted quarter rib, 1

standing and 3 folding silver-lined express sights and maker's name in gold.

15" pull from matte-gold-plated, checkered, articulated front trigger to

Pachmayr solid brown recoil pad. Highly figured walnut stock with Deeley-

pulldown-latch splinter forend, steel trapdoor pistol grip cap containing spare

firing pins, triggerguard tang extending to grip cap, top tang extending over

comb, teardrops, classic point-pattern checkering, beaded pancake cheekpiece,

rear swivel stud and mercury recoil compensator in butt. English rose &

scroll engraved, bolstered, French-greyed, Holland & Holland-type bar action

sidelock with intercepting sears, gold-washed internals, automatic ejectors,

cocking indicators, bushed firing pins with retaining setscrews, double

Purdey underbites, active third fastener intercepting doll's head extension and

manual top tang safety with SAFE inlaid in gold. Weight: 10lbs, 10

1/2oz. Built 1981. Excellent mechanical condition. 99%+ blue. Tight and

with excellent bores.

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Auguste Francotte Sidelock Ejector Double Rifle .300 H&H Flanged $34,750

25" SxS chopper-lump barrels with ramp front sight, smooth swamped rib,

hand-filed quarter rib, 1 standing and 1 folding express sight. 14 3/8"pull

from casehardened articulated front trigger to leather covered pad. Highly

figured walnut stock with Anson pushbutton release splinter forend,

beaded pancake cheekpiece, classic point-pattern checkering, teardrops,

vacant gold oval and engraved steel trapdoor PG cap. Fine scroll and game-

scene engraving by R Smeets on casehardened Holland & Holland-style

bolstered action with gold-line cocking indicators, intercepting sears,

concealed third fastener, bushed firing pins, manual top tang safety with S

inlaid in gold, bottom tang extending to grip cap and top tang extending

over comb. Weight: 8lbs, 12oz. Built in 1957 of pre-war quality. New

condition, retaining 99%++blue and 99%+ vivid casehardening colors. With

Brady-type leather-trimmed canvas trunk case, snap caps and oil bottle.

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Dan'l Fraser & Co. Hammerless Toplever Boxlock .500 BPE $22,450

Ejector Double Rifle

27" SxS fluid steel barrels with hooded bead front sight and folding twilight

bead, solid flat hand-filed rib, one standing bone-lined express sight

engraved for 100 yards and 1 folding platinum-lined tangent sight engraved

to 600 yards. Figured walnut stock with Anson-pushbutton-release splinter

forend, horn-capped pistol grip, classic point-pattern checkering and with

checkered sidepanels, double-beaded pancake cheekpiece, sling swivels,

cloisonné-inlaid monogram with crown on gold escutcheon, and leather-

covered recoil pad. Scalloped-back boxlock action with deep-chiseled fleur-

de-lys fences, double Purdey underbites and rib-extension third bite,

bushed firing pins, double triggers, automatic top tang safety with SAFE

inlaid in gold and with fire-blued locking lever with BOLTED inlaid in

platinum, all engraved with rope-bordered fine English scroll. Pull: 14".

Weight: 8lbs, 8oz. Built ca 1892. Retaining 98% original barrel blue, 90%

original casehardening colors, 95% high-polish floorplate and triggerguard

blue. Tight, and with excellent bores. In vintage English leather-bound

canvas trunk case with cleaning rod, oil bottle and maker's trade label.

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Friedrich Wilh. Heym Model 88-BSS .300 Win. Mag. $17,450

Pinless Sidelock Ejector Double Rifle

25" SxS barrels of Krupp Special Laufstahl with full solid matted rib, square-

blade front sight, 1 standing express sight, sling swivel and gold-banded

breeches. Fully figured oil-finished European walnut stock with Deeley-

release semi-beavertail forend, horn-capped pistol grip, beaded cheekpiece,

classic point-pattern checkering and rear sling swivel. Light scroll engraved,

bolstered, coin-finished action with Greener crossbolt, intercepting sears,

ultra-reliable mandrelled-coil mainsprings, cocking indicators and manual

top tang safety. Leupold VX-III 1.5-5x20, 30mm matte-finish illuminated

scope with fine duplex reticle on quick-detachable claw mounts. Pull: 14

3/8" from front single-set trigger to thin brown Pachmayr Old English recoil

pad. Weight: 9lbs, 14oz. Scoped; 8lbs, 13oz without. Built 1984.

99%+blue, tight, and with excellent bores.

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Holland & Holland Royal Hammerless Sidelock .45-70 Gov't $29,750

Double Rifle and Shotgun and 28ga, 2 3/4"

Two-Barrel Set

23" SxS chopper-lump double rifle barrels with matted quarter rib, 1 standing

and 1 folding platinum-lined express sight engraved for 100 and 300 yards.

26" SxS chopper-lump 28ga shotgun barrels with flat matted rib choked

modified & full. 14 3/4"pull from checkered front trigger to leather-faced

Silvers pad. 1 9/16 - 2 3/8"drop. 3/8" cast-off. Holland & Holland signature-

scroll engraved, coin-finished receiver with concealed third fastener, bushed

firing pins, extended top and bottom tangs, built-in recessed folding tang

peep sight, gold-lined cocking indicators and manual top tang safety with

SAFE in gold. Highly figured walnut stock with steel trapdoor pistol grip

cap, Anson-pushbutton-release splinter forend, classic point-pattern

checkering, teardrops and vacant gold oval. Weight: 7lbs, 12oz as a double

rifle; 6lbs, 12oz as a shotgun. Originally built 1910 as a .375 double rifle. Two

sets of barrels, new circa 1975, the shotgun barrels by Holland & Holland

for Abercrombie & Fitch; the double rifle barrels possibly by another,

London proofed 1975. 99%blue. Tight action. Excellent bores. In trunk case

with maker's label.

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Merkel 140A Boxlock Double Rifle .470 Nitro Express $8,975

23 1/2" SxS barrels with full flat matted rib, raised at muzzle with

rectangular blade front sight and raised as a quarter rib with 1 standing and 1

folding express sight. 14 7/8"pull from front single-set trigger to thin black

Decelerator recoil pad. Figured, oil-finished, European walnut stock with

Deeley-release splinter forend, capped pistol grip, flat sidepanels, reinforced

head, classic point-pattern checkering and pancake cheekpiece. Polished,

casehardened, light scroll engraved, scalloped, bolstered receiver with side

clips, Greener crossbolt, cocking indicators, bushed firing pins and manual

top tang safety. Weight: 10lbs, 15oz. Built 2000. Very little used. In

original box with original buttplate and manual.

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Merkel 140A Boxlock Double Rifle .470 NE $7,950

23 1/2" SxS barrels with full flat matted rib, raised at muzzle with rectangular

blade front sight and raised as a quarter rib with 1 standing and 1 folding

express sight. 15 1/8"pull from front trigger to black Decelerator recoil pad.

Figured European walnut stock with Deeley-release splinter forend, steel

capped pistol grip, flat sidepanels, reinforced head, classic point-pattern

checkering, vacant silver oval, swivels and pancake cheekpiece. Polished,

casehardened, light scroll engraved, scalloped, bolstered receiver with side

clips, Greener crossbolt, cocking indicators, bushed firing pins and manual

top tang safety. Weight: 10lbs, 15oz. Built 2003. 99% blue. Tight and with

excellent bores.

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Merkel Model 2020 Double Rifle 8x57JRS $4995.

24" O/U barrels of Krupp steel with ramp front sight, matted half rib and 1

standing express sight. 14 1/2"pull from single trigger to original buttplate.

Dark oiled walnut stock with Deeley-release field forend, capped pistol grip,

classic point-pattern checkering, swivels and pancake cheekpiece.

Scalloped, coin-finished, blitz action with light scroll engraving, double

Kersten locks and hold-open toplever. Weight: 7lbs, 11oz. Built 2005. New,

unfired in box with papers.

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E. M. Reilly & Co. Boxlock Double Rifle .360 2 1/4" $8,250

BP Express

28" SxS barrels with full flat matted rib, fine bead front sight, and four

folding express sights for 100, 150, 200 and 250 yards. 14 1/8"pull from

front trigger to checkered butt finished with border-engraved steel heel and

toe plates. Recently refitted with a proper new buttstock of dark, highly

figured walnut with classic point-pattern checkering with mullered borders,

teardrops, sling eye, vacant silver oval, steel pistol grip cap and beaded

pancake cheekpiece. Original splinter forend with Anson pushbutton release.

Anson & Deeley boxlock action with rib-extension third fastener, long-tang

triggerguard, partial coverage fine scroll engraving and automatic top tang

safety with SAFE in gold. Redfield Bearcub 2 3/4x scope with fine crosshair

reticle on Kesselring hand-detachable mounts. Weight: 7lbs, 11oz without

scope. Loading data and dies available. 85% barrel blue. Action mostly

silvered. Tight, with forend in place. Good bores, the rifling a little frosty,

but with no visible pitting. Pictured Double Gun Journal, Spring 2014, p50,

and described pp 69 & 70.

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B. Searcy & Co. Classic Model Boxlock Ejector .470 Nitro $15,750

Double Rifle Express

24" SxS dovetail-lump barrels with matted ramp front sight, smooth

swamped rib, raised quarter rib and 1 solid standing express sight. Fully

figured European walnut stock with Deeley-release splinter forend, steel

capped pistol grip, beaded pancake cheekpiece, classic point-pattern

checkering, swivel studs and leather-covered recoil pad. Bolstered Anson &

Deeley boxlock action with articulated front trigger, bushed firing pins,

automatic ejectors, intercepting sears and manual top tang safety with S in

gold. Full coverage, deep chiseled floral scroll engraving on French grey

receiver by Lee Griffiths. Pull: 14 3/4". Weight: 9lbs, 10oz. 99%+blue.

Excellent bore.

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Marcel Thys, Liege Sidelock Ejector Double Rifle .470 Nitro Express $33,950.

26" SxS chopper-lump barrels with ramp front sight, matted quarter rib with

maker's name in gold, 1 standing and 2 folding express sights. 15 1/8"pull

from articulated front trigger to solid red pad. Figured walnut stock with

beaded pancake cheekpiece, classic point-pattern checkering, teardrops,

trapdoor grip cap and lever-release semi-beavertail forend. Holland &

Holland-style bolstered action with back-action sidelocks, intercepting sears,

concealed third fastener, cocking indicators, bushed firing pins, long tang

trigger guard and Holland & Holland-type top tang extended over comb.

Profusely inlaid flush gold scrollwork on blue receiver with raised gold rhino

on left, buffalo on right and elephant on underside in fine detail by Cecile

Flohimont. Fire-blued triggers and pins. Weight: 11lbs, 2oz. Built in 1988.

Nearly new condition with tight action and mirror-bright bores. In Prest oak

& leather trunk case with accessories and maker's label.

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F. Weidel, Ulm Blitz-Action, Dual-Calibre .22 Vierling $3,995

Double Rifle Over  7x65R

24" O/U barrels of Bohler Spezial steel with full-length flat matted rib, raised

at muzzle for front sight, and raised as a quarter rib towards breech, with 1

standing leaf sight. 14 1/8"pull from front single-set trigger to striated horn

buttplate. Lightly figured walnut stock with 3-piece Deeley-release field

forend, black pistol grip cap, classic point-pattern checkering Bavarian

cheekpiece and sling swivels. Scalloped, bolstered, French-grey receiver

engraved with oak leaves and acorns, with double Purdey underbites,

double Kersten locks, bushed bottom firing pin, and manual top tang safety.

Zeiss Diatal-C 6x32mm scope with fine duplex reticle on engraved fixed

mounts fitted directly to quarter-rib dovetails without separate bases. Built

1955. 99% blue.

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Westley Richards Droplock Ejector Double Rifle .470 Nitro Express $44,750

Two Barrel Set and .375 H&H Magnum

28" SxS original .470NE platform-lump barrels with folding-hooded ramp

front sight, folding twilight bead, smooth concave rib and raised matted

quarter rib with four folding gold-lined express sights regulated for 50, 100,

200 & 300 yards. 28" SxS .375 H&H belted magnum chopper-lump barrels

added by the maker in 1986 with matching front sight equipment, smooth

concave rib and engraved quarter rib with three folding express sights

regulated for 100, 200 & 300 yards. 14 5/8" Pull from maker's mechanical single

selective trigger to leather-covered recoil pad. 1 1/2" - 2 1/4" Drop. No cast.

Fully figured dark walnut stock with separate Deeley-release beavertail

Southgate ejector forends for each barrel set, smooth horn capped pistol

grip, classic point-pattern checkering, classic comb and rear swivel stud.

Casehardened, scroll-engraved droplock action with Model C active doll's

head third bite, automatic ejectors, bushed firing pins, hinged floorplate,

extended top and bottom tangs, and with manual top tang bolted safety with

SAFE inlaid in gold. Weight: 11lbs, 14oz as a 470NE; 11lbs, 9oz as an iron-

sighted .375H&H. Leupold M8 2.5x Compact scope with fine duplex reticle

on Lenard Brownell quick-detachable mounts fitted for the .375 barrels. Built

1923. Recently restored by J J Perodeau and with casehardening by

Turnbull. Tight, with fine bores and in excellent mechanical condition. All in

nearly-new Huey-type fitted oak & leather case with turnscrews, cleaning

equipment, snap caps for both calibres, maker's trade label and leather-

trimmed canvas overcase. With targets for both barrel sets, shot with

modern Federal ammunition.

Regulation of Double Rifles - If the two barrels of a double-barrel shotgun shot 3" apart at 25 yards, not many people would notice because the pattern from each barrel, spreading two feet across at that range, would largely overlap. If, on the other hand, the two barrels of a double rifle shot 3" apart at 25 yards, it would probably shoot 6" apart at 50 yards and 12" apart at 100 yards, limiting its utility.

    One cannot build a double rifle, using sophisticated mass-production machinery with barrels perfectly parallel and expect both barrels to shoot to a common point of impact. While the bullet is traveling down the right barrel (of a side-by-side double rifle) the rifle will be pushed up and to the right, throwing the bullet up and to the right when it exits the muzzle. While the bullet is traveling down the left barrel, the rifle will be pushed up and to the left, throwing the bullet up and to the left when it exits the muzzle. To compensate for the movement of a double rifle while bullets are traveling down the barrels, it must be built with the barrels converging towards the muzzle (by a mysterious amount). Because different powder charges, bullet weights, rifle weights, shooter body weights, ambient temperatures, etc., all effect the way a rifle moves under recoil, the only way to balance these factors is by trial and error. This process is called regulation.

    The goal of regulation is to make the rifle shoot both barrels to a common point of impact at a range appropriate for the calibre.

    One can proceed generally in either of two ways: adjusting the relative position of the barrels or adjusting the load. If one has a fixed load in mind, the former method must be used. It involves repetitive unsoldering and resoldering the barrels until the required convergence is achieved, then relaying the ribs and finally refinishing the barrels.

    A simpler method is to vary the load. The longer the time a bullet spends traveling down the barrel, the greater the force is exerted on the rifle to cause it to move while under recoil. If bullets from the left and right barrels strike the target too far apart at the desired range, and have crossed before they reach the target, the velocity is too great. The bullet weight must therefore be increased or the powder charge decreased. If bullets from the left and right barrels strike the target at the desired range too far apart, but have not crossed before they reach the target, the velocity is too slow. The bullet weight must therefore be decreased or the powder charge increased.

    The construction of an effective double rifle is the apogee of the gunmaker's art. If, however, one comes into possession of a double rifle for which the original load is unknown, one can often make it shoot well by adjusting the load to the rifle. 


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