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Holland & Holland Royal 12 bore Sidelock Ejector with Original 30” Whitworth Nitro Steel Barrels
*** JUST IN FROM THE UK *** Holland & Holland records show that this gun, no. 12860, was finished in 1891 for ‘Dodd’ and is a very lovely example of Holland & Holland's 'flag ship' gun. The original Whitworth Fluid Pressed Steel barrels have survived the intervening years brilliantly and were specified with cylinder chokes but a little choke has been added over the years in the left barrel. There is considerable original hardening colour on lockplates and parts of the action.The highly figured restock is thought to be quite recent and although we have no indication of just when it was done, the head of the stock is stamped ‘AWR’ which might help in tracking down the stocker and his records. The stocking is the work of a very skilled craftsman and this leads one to assume that the work was done by a stocker with considerable experience of H&H stocks, maybe even an ex-H&H worker. The gun balances almost exactly on the knuckle. With its excellent weight and balance, interceptor sears, fine stock and barrel dimensions, this gun would make a superb target or game gun for the discerning shooter. Presented in a contemporary leather & brass case, relined with ‘Rifle Green’ baize, equipped with some accessories and fitted with the Gunmakers’ labels. *** Recently refurbished in the UK by Toby Barclay of Heritage Guns the action is of combined Holland & Robertson design and features: Rounded action bar; Baraction, 'Dip Edge', 9 pin locks with bolstered tumbler pivots and gold washed tumblers; ‘Block Patent Safety' interceptor sears; Double triggers bolted by an automatic top tang safety slide; Breech face 'Patent Gas Check'; Top lever operating a 'Purdey Bolt' by way of a 'Scott Spindle'; Top rib extension providing a 3rd bite; Holland & Robertson's patent ejector and Anson's push rod forend catch. Gun weight 6lb 11oz. Engraving style Best Bold Foliate Scroll. Under-bar engraved ‘ROYAL EJECTOR PATENT NO. 11623’. Top lever engraved ‘PATENT EJECTOR’. Gold inlaid ‘SAFE’. Beaded fences. Breech face stamped ‘PATENT GAS CHECK No 4267’. Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 ¾ lbs Rear trigger 4 ½ lbs. *** The original Whitworth Fluid Pressed Steel barrels are 30" in length, chambered for 2 ½ " (65mm) cartridges and are of chopperlump construction with soft soldered ribs. Top rib is of smooth, concave game type. Birmingham reproof for 65mm nitro powder cartridges 1968. The right barrel is bored 0.732 with a constriction of 0.000 for Cylinder choke. Minimum wall thickness is 0.026. The left barrel is also bored 0.732 and has a constriction of 0,007 for a light Improved Cylinder choke. Minimum wall thickness is 0.021. Makes for a great handling upland double. *** Replacement Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from highly figured walnut.The stock is lightly cast-off for a right-handed shot, features a vacant white metal oval, well defined drop points and is finished with a 1” leather covered recoil pad. There is a wood inlet to a shake near the oval. The forend is fitted with a finely engraved steel forend tip and diamond. The 24 lines per inch checkering has been freshened to normal sidelock pattern. The stock is finished with a traditional linseed oil based preparation as used on best guns by one of the top English makers. This finish uses no grain fillers to achieve its deep, smooth lustre, only many hours of alternate build and flatting off of the surface. Stock dimensions are 15-3/8” including a 1” leather covered recoil pad by 1-1/2” by 2-3/8”, Cast off for the righthanded shooter. *** Buyer is responsible for all shipping, insurance, and any other related charges. I give a 3-day non-firing inspection period and will only accept returns at buyer’s expense. US Agent for Heritage Guns UK.