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#567510 - 03/17/20 10:02 AM First Double
dukxdog Offline

Registered: 02/25/10
Posts: 178
Loc: on the fruited plains
Just bought a Westley Richards 450 NE 3 1/4". Was looking for a 450 for awhile and this one came up. Weighs 10.5#. Says "Expressly made for Lyon & Lyon, Calcutta". I thought that was interesting.

With a fine gun on his arm, a man becomes a sporting gentleman, both on the field and off.

#567517 - 03/17/20 01:16 PM Re: First Double [Re: dukxdog]
bushveld Online   content

Registered: 05/25/08
Posts: 452
Congratulations, she looks like a winner. Please take photo of the top lever works and foresight and proof marks for us double rifle lovers. The rifle you have and many others like it were the fail safe work horses of the bush in Africa and India.

Even though the barrels have been re-blacked the engraving is till sharp, are the barrel bores in similar good condition.

The Westley's and Jefferies DR made for Lyon are sought after.

Consider if you should shoot solid projectiles through the barrels, until you are certain that the barrels can tolerate the "stretch"

Kindest Regards;

#567727 - 03/19/20 09:02 PM Re: First Double [Re: dukxdog]
Dutch44 Offline

Registered: 12/05/05
Posts: 16
Loc: St. Charles, Missouri
Congrats on a true working double. I would listen to Bushveld concerning the solid. You may want to try CEB #13's solids as they worked perfect in my .450.

#568049 - 03/24/20 09:02 PM Re: First Double [Re: dukxdog]
old colonel Offline

Registered: 03/05/09
Posts: 1787
Loc: Topeka, Kansas
I found “Shooting the British Double Rifle” by Graeme Wright is a must for understanding loading and shooting double rifles. It contains a good discussion of solids.
Michael Dittamo
Topeka, KS

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