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I have had a Westley Richards double rifle for several years stashed in one of my gun safes. I bought it used from Westley Richards in the US as a 450-400 3". I shot it with the rounds appropriate to it--no problems. Now I have started thinking about taking it to Africa.

The questions start. The barrel markings are, "400/35/400 cartridge." Nowhere does 450/400 appear. The spent cartridges and a chamber cast confirm 450/400. The barrel flats have British proofs and," Cordite 55-400 Max." What do you make of this? I am concerned that if going through customs in some African country, a problem could occur with cartridges not matching gun. Africa would be in 2024 so no great rush. Multiple other guns available.

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The “400/35/400 cartridge “ marking is puzzling. Does it appear to have been applied by Westley Richards or later?

If time is not of the essence a visit to a good engraver might be worth while so Customs officers can be sure that the rifle matches the ammunition,

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I would contact Westly Richards with good quality photos for clarification.

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Originally Posted by Parabola
The “400/35/400 cartridge “ marking is puzzling. Does it appear to have been applied by Westley Richards or later?

If time is not of the essence a visit to a good engraver might be worth while so Customs officers can be sure that the rifle matches the ammunition,

It looks to be similar to the other engraving on the barrel. I think that I am going to need to get examples of how WR marked their 450-400's and contact an engraver familiar with guns. I would hate to be held up/arrested at customs. Thanks!

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Originally Posted by prairie ghost
I would contact Westly Richards with good quality photos for clarification.

I bought it about 20 years ago and all the information from them. A few moves have spread many things around multiple boxes. I will have to give them a call. Thanks!

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I find the "35" to be the most confusing.

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I think the "35" is actually a 55.

400 bore/55 grains of cordite/ 400 grain bullet.


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I agree, SKB, 55 and 60 appear to be common designations on all my 450/400's.


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That would make sense. My 3 1/4 is a 60. An easy restrike;-)

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Does anyone have a 450-400 2 3/8"? If so, does it take 35 grains of Cordite? Just wondering if the rifle had been re-chambered and regulated for the 3" version, bullet diameter differences, if any, not withstanding.
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