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#552933 - 08/17/19 12:39 AM John Dickson hammer double in 500 BPE
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I recently came to have a hammer double rifle by John Dickson of Edinburgh. Proofed as a 39 bore, so I assume pre-1887 and likely 500 BPE. Haven't cast chambers yet.

Hammers have stalking safeties and firing pins are non-rebounding. Jones underlever. Lockup is very tight. Proofs on watertable appear a little faint, so this must have been used enough to warrant a reblacking, but overall, feels very 'new'

I will try to post pictures using Google for hosting vs Photobucket. Also, in case those don't work, I've also linked to the auction.

Any advice? This is my first double rifle. I'm in no rush to do something stupid and fast to get this shooting.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/xiPCoCfyxjtoRvV3A

The auction listing: https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/john-dickson-son-rifle-double-barrel-1920s-jmd-ccf4a28a1e


Edited by CJF (08/17/19 12:50 AM)

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#552934 - 08/17/19 12:55 AM Re: John Dickson hammer double in 500 BPE [Re: CJF]
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Can you tell me if the google image link works for you?

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#552936 - 08/17/19 06:04 AM Re: John Dickson hammer double in 500 BPE [Re: CJF]
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pics work, nice looking rifle. Start with a chamber cast, slug the bores and then check the rate of twist. Try olde Eynesford powder. Henry rifling? How are the bores? That should be a really fun rifle.
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#552952 - 08/17/19 12:07 PM Re: John Dickson hammer double in 500 BPE [Re: CJF]
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Here are a few pictures (on Photobucket instead of Google):



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#552953 - 08/17/19 12:10 PM Re: John Dickson hammer double in 500 BPE [Re: SKB]
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Thank you for the advice. The rifling is in good shape and the left bore looks very nice. The right is either dirty or has some pitting after the chambers. Both sides are in good shape towards the muzzles.

I haven't weighed it yet. Doesn't feel heavy at all. I'll be curious to see what it actually weighs.

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#552954 - 08/17/19 12:13 PM Re: John Dickson hammer double in 500 BPE [Re: CJF]
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Beautiful!

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#552957 - 08/17/19 12:54 PM Re: John Dickson hammer double in 500 BPE [Re: CJF]
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Splendid condition! Does the rifle have Henry rifling?
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#552958 - 08/17/19 01:00 PM Re: John Dickson hammer double in 500 BPE [Re: CJF]
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Your rifle appears to me to be in completely original condition and to have had little use. The partial stamp on the water table is just poorly struck. From the appearance of the breech face, I'd say it's been shot very little. Any imperfection in the bores is likely the result of poor cleaning. Enjoy.
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#552959 - 08/17/19 01:18 PM Re: John Dickson hammer double in 500 BPE [Re: CJF]
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Nice looking Dickson rifle. According to Dallas' Dickson book, SN 3717 is a .500 rifle with 28" barrels. It was sold on 4 Nov 1882.

Ken

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#552972 - 08/17/19 02:52 PM Re: John Dickson hammer double in 500 BPE [Re: SKB]
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Originally Posted By: SKB
Splendid condition! Does the rifle have Henry rifling?


I don't think it has Henry rifling, Steve. I'm not an expert but it does not appear to have the triangular lands of Henry rifling. Looks more like traditional flat lands and grooves, although it does appear to have seven lands.

I need to get out a few books and refresh on the differences

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