Extremely Rare Sir Joseph Whitworth .451 Percussion Double Rifle With Hexagonal Bore, and Case
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Category: Double Rifles - English - Rifles - English Sporting

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First Name: Bradford
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State: Texas
Country: United States
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Description:
Extremely Rare Sir Joseph Whitworth Percussion Double Rifle with Hexagonal .451 Bores with case, and powder flask.  Very few were produced, and it is said that no more than 50 were made in total.  Possibly fewer. Whitworth's single shot rifles were prized by Confederate sharpshooters during the Civil War and were also used extensively in target shooting in the apex of the percussion rifle era. Parker Hale continues to market reproductions as to the Target rifle variants with the correct Hexagonal rifling. (I took a very large bull elk, quite cleanly, with one of these reproductions, before I owned this double!)  Far fewer Sporting rifles were produced by Whitworth, and, again, fewer still of the double rifle variety. These double's barrels were produced from a single piece of bar stock which Whitworth bored. Very unusual method of production, but extremely effective when done right, and Whitworth was one of England's most renowned machinists.  Hex bullets can be used of course, or, more commonly, people use .451 +/- conical bullets that simply bump up to hex shape upon firing.  These are very effective hunting rifles as the bullets have great sectional density when weighing 485-500 grains or so. This provides almost the perfect combination of bullet diameter and penetration.   Bullet molds are quite common in this configuration. Most users recommend a powder charge of approximately 90-95 grains of FF Black powder.  This example shows honest use, but was maintained properly, and is in excellent condition overall, as is it's original case. Mechanically and functionally excellent, and very good as to appearance is the way I would grade this example.  Folding sights in 100 yard increments to 500 yards. Test targets are included showing how well this rifle's barrels are regulated at both 50 and 100 yards, and the powder charge and bullet type used to achieve these tight groups. Bores are excellent, and show little if any frosting whatsoever.  Stock shows numerous handling marks and scratches, but no cracks or splits. Stock has pistol grip cap of steel, and a silver stock oval which is not yet engraved.  Rifle's Bluing is browning on the tang, the locks and receiver, and is quite good on the buttplate. Barrels also quite good as to blue. Some Scattered scratches and handling marks in the barrel bluing. Locks and triggers work perfectly. Ramrod correct for rifle, and there is a period powder flask in the case. Weighs 9 pounds 8 ounces, and balances well.  The pictures tell the story, but feel free to contact me with questions. Try to find another! :) For those with genuine interest, more photos can be supplied. A truly special rifle for the percussion enthusiast. Thanks for looking!

Price: 19,999.00

Antique: Yes
Manufacturer: Whitworth Rifle Company
Caliber: .451 Hexagonal
Bore: .451
Condition: Excellent
Metal Condition: Very good
Wood Condition: very good
Bore Condition: excellent
Barrels: milled from single piece of bar stock
Barrel Type: steel
Action: hammer