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Collection of British Rifles
Mar 12th, 2019 at 12:02am
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I was prompted to post some photos of a few rifles on another forum but think that there would be interest in them here as well.

The pictures were taken with my phone so arenít top quality.

John Dickson 450bpe
James Purdey 450bpe
Alex Henry 500bpe
Alex Henry takedown 450/400bpe
Alex Henry 450/400 2-3/8" bpe
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George Gibbs .256 Dutch
George Gibbs 461 No.2
George Gibbs 303
Westley Richards 1897 450/400 3"
Joseph Lang & Son Webley 1897 400/360
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George Gibbs 461 No.1 Match Rifle
Westley Richards 1881 patent 500/450 No.2 Musket Match Rifle
F.T. Baker Swinburn 500/450 No.1 Express
George Gibbs 303
Robert Hughes & Sons 500/450 No.2 Musket
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Some Rooks
Westley Richards 1878 patent 320
Bailey Bonehill 360 No.5
W.R. Leeson 360 2-1/4
Webley 1902 38spl
Holland and Holland 300
Holland and Holland 360 No.5
Alex Henry 22 Hornet
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Reply #1 - Mar 12th, 2019 at 12:16am
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WOW!!! Thanks for sharing.

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Stand by, I'm still wiping the drool off the screen...
  
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That is the best collection of English single shots I have ever seen. thanks for sharing, I am blown away.
  
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Reply #4 - Mar 12th, 2019 at 9:08am
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Huvius,
I saw your post on another forum - I drooled then and these are causing it to happen again!  To steal a line used before, I must be level headed because drool is coming out of both corners of my mouth...  Thanks for sharing them here.
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Reply #5 - Mar 12th, 2019 at 10:45am
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What can I say that hasn't already been said. Unbelievable collection !!!!   Dale.
  

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Reply #6 - Mar 12th, 2019 at 11:50am
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Amazing collection! Thanks for sharing them!
  

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I'm just gonna agree. Thanks
  

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Thanks for the comments!
Iíve been collecting for about twenty years and have actually thinned a little in the last couple.
My focus is more on pre 1898 and black powder cartridge rifles now.
In fact I think only three of the rifles pictured are post 1898.
  
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Reply #9 - Mar 12th, 2019 at 2:14pm
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That looks like a fairly substantial retirement fund in those photos!  Gorgeous rifles, all of them ...

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Reply #10 - Mar 14th, 2019 at 8:01pm
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Love that Swinburn.  Would you mind posting a closeup of the action engraving and the barrel/action join? 

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Reply #11 - Mar 14th, 2019 at 10:01pm
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Huvius

A most amazing collection!

Thanks for posting.

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Reply #12 - Mar 15th, 2019 at 6:10pm
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Remington40x wrote on Mar 14th, 2019 at 8:01pm:
Love that Swinburn.† Would you mind posting a closeup of the action engraving and the barrel/action join?†

Thanks.


This Swinburn has a much more glossy finish to the action than most British guns.  Totally original though I think.


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Reply #13 - Mar 17th, 2019 at 10:30pm
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Absolutely fantastic.  Thatís a lot of Alex Henrys in one place.  Kudos to you sir.  Not easily gathered even with a large account to work with.
  
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WOW what a fantastic collection those are some fine rifles.
  
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Reply #15 - Apr 29th, 2019 at 8:04pm
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When we talk about big bore single shot rifles, we tend to talk about American Buffalo Rifles and not so much about Nitro Express rifles. It is so nice to see some elegant old nitro express rifles.  I have a 500NE and I am thinking abnout a 9.3x74r. 
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Reply #16 - Apr 29th, 2019 at 9:30pm
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Just awesome. Will you have some at the Colorado Collectors show next month?
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Hi kid:

Thanks for the Swinburn photos. 

I have one out being restored right now. Very similar engraving pattern.

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Flatlander wrote on Apr 29th, 2019 at 9:30pm:
Just awesome. Will you have some at the Colorado Collectors show next month?
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Yes I will.
Got a table or two with Steve Bertram.
I plan on having mostly guns there I want to sell but can bring out any that you have an interest in seeing too.
I really need to build a couple good display racks.  I hate having them just laying on the table.
  
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Nitro wrote on Apr 29th, 2019 at 8:04pm:
When we talk about big bore single shot rifles, we tend to talk about American Buffalo Rifles and not so much about Nitro Express rifles. It is so nice to see some elegant old nitro express rifles.† I have a 500NE and I am thinking abnout a 9.3x74r.†
Thanks for sharing,†


Here's a 500NE that didn't make the lineup.
Army & Navy 500 3"
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And a Holland and Holland 500/450
Such a lovely rifle but I can't bring myself to show the sad part of it...
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Reply #20 - Apr 30th, 2019 at 10:32pm
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Very nice.  I would love to have one good example of a British single shot sporting rifle.  Itís been on my list for awhile without success yet.  I blame Ross Seyfried for many of my bucket list items.
  
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Huvius,
What you show of the H&H is really nice,_ what happened to it?
  
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rglenz wrote on May 1st, 2019 at 8:31am:
Huvius,
What you show of the H&H is really nice,_ what happened to it?



Nothing much, just a little scratch in the stock...

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Oh snap!  Thatís sad.
  
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Anybody know how to resize my photos?  For some reason they are coming up too big.

Yes, a real shame although I think it happened early in the life of the rifle and that is why the metal is in such excellent condition.
It was poorly screwed back together with wood screws and brass plates but I doubt anybody tried to shoot it with that repair.
As it is, it really needs a restock as a repair that will work is doubtful.
  
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Reply #25 - May 1st, 2019 at 12:27pm
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Thanks for the photo's and yes, well worth a new stock.

I was curious because I have one nearly completed in .375 flanged magnum. I started with a rather plain, border engraved 2nd model, so it will never hold a candle to your high-grade takedown.

Sorry, no pictures, the barrel is out for engraving.
  
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Reply #26 - May 1st, 2019 at 2:29pm
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Resized...........That really IS a shame!

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Reply #27 - May 1st, 2019 at 3:49pm
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Huvius,
That is a crying shame!  But the fact the metal is near immaculate shape is definitely a plus!
Sending you a PM with the name of a fella not to far from you that may be worth considering for restocking this.
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Reply #28 - May 1st, 2019 at 4:18pm
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Don't suppose there is a dent on the comb from the lion's skull that he broke the stock over after his gun bearer ran off with the ammo?
  
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Reply #29 - May 1st, 2019 at 4:34pm
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Huvius,
That is the most extrodinary collection of British rifles I have seen since my two week visit to London in 2011.I took two days and visited their National Rifle Association at Bisley and was given a personal tour of grounds as well as seeing the rifles they do not display.It was an experience I will never forget.

  
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Thanks for complementing my collection!
Iíve actually sold a few really nice rifles on the last couple of years - two Frasers, two Jeffery Farquharsons, a couple Gibbs Farqs along with a couple double rifles.
I can say, though, the H&H Woodward is just an incredible rifle well worth restocking but only if done to exacting standards.  If there was any aspect not done properly I donít know if I could stomach it.
  
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Reply #31 - May 1st, 2019 at 7:32pm
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There is a superb craftsman, Dennis Smith, who calls himself and his website The Stock Doctor.  You should consider contacting him for an evaluation as to whether your original H&H stock can be repaired.

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Reply #32 - May 4th, 2019 at 1:08pm
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Huvius,

Thats a very nice group of British single shots. A shame about your H & H.
Years ago there was a gentleman in this neck of the woods named Austin Moorcroft who had an extensive collection of British single shots that first sparked my interest in those rifles. He and his rifles are long gone. Some of his rifles are pictured in reference books on British single shots.

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Reply #33 - May 18th, 2019 at 7:20pm
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I have some English single shots, though nothing near as grand as yours. But I do appreciate them. Very nice collection, I am very impressed and envious.
  
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