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Owen,

Lovely rifles.

The case end label you show is, I am certain, one of Holland and Holland’s indicating that your rifle was at one time was in store with them.

It might be worth contacting them to see if what remains of the folio number and storage number could identify the then owner.

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Parabola, Wish I could claim the battery above, but alas, no. Thanks for the tip, I will follow up and see if I can glean some further information on the prior custodians of this rifle.


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Drew,

You were right, the book is indeed “The Curse of the Wise Woman”. I have bought a paperback copy.

In it Lord Dunsany, writing about a .250 rook rifle, a hammer rifle with a non-selective ejector recommends disabling the ejector to lose the very audible “click” on opening the rifle and learning to cock the hammer silently.

He recommended shooting with both eyes open, and using hollow point bullets as being more humane and less likely to ricochet .

He does however condemn the “shiny” centre line on the back sight stating that it makes it “impossible to tell” “whether you are taking a fine sight or a coarse sight” and says there should not be anything “shiny” on the back sight .

He clearly did not subscribe to the school of thought that says you should only use “the bead, the whole bead and nothing but the bead” and just aim up or down on the animal to allow for range.

Thanks again for pointing me in the right direction,

Keep Well

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I never could quite get the hang of sighting with a fine bead and the high poi many British rifles have. I often need to re-regulate poi for clients and for my own use. Currently have 3 new sights to make, 2 for clients and one for my own double which was damaged. I do have a few British rifles which appear to have been originally built for sighting with a coarse bead and I shoot those just fine.


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I have competed with, and hunted with, open sighted rifles and pistols for many years. I grew up with a Remington 33 .22, with a front bead sight. I always struggled with accuracy with it. Then I discovered the "squared up" notch and post. My accuracy escalated. IME, the notch and post is the most accurate of all open sight styles. The front sight and the rear need to be black(ened, if possible), but the front is the most important of the two. I black mine, before using, with a splinter of fat lighter pine, alight and smoking. The soot blackens the sights and there will be no light reflection, which will cause inaccuracy. If the prevailing light comes from the side your shots will move towards the light source. It changes the way the front sight appears, and causes aiming inaccuracy. Blackening changes that.

I despise a bead front rifle sight, with it's accompanying U shaped rear notch.


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Originally Posted by Stanton Hillis
I despise a bead front rifle sight, with it's accompanying U shaped rear notch.



I like a bead front sight combined with a wide V for hunting, fast and plenty accurate. I have never carred muc for a U shaped rear notch.


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A seriously practical set of open sights I encountered was on, of all things, a take down .250/3000 Savage 1899. It had come back from East Africa.

The factory back sight had been replaced by a fixed stout single wide and shallow V angled back to the firer to avoid reflections and the foresight was a largish bead.

Matted and no white line -Lord Dunsany would have approved.

Gunbearer and tamper proof, practically unbreakable ( air line baggage handlers excepted) and as I remember it grouped at 100 yards about 2.5 inches above the top of the bead. With that cartridge that would give a 200 yard zero and effective point blank shooting to at least 225 yards.

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