A. J. Russell 12 bore Box Lock Ejector with Beautiful 30” Nitro Damascus Barrels Chambered for 2-3/4” Cartridges
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Category: Shotguns - English Double - Hammer Shotguns
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Company: MacNab Fine Firearms
Member Since: 6/30/07
Country: United States
Phone: (704) 796-6364
Seller: FFL Dealer
Return Policy: 3 day inspection and return policy on used guns.
Payment Types Accepted: US Postal Money Order, Cashiers Check
A J Russell was more of a sporting goods retailer than a gunmaker, which makes the unique specification of this gun so fascinating. Grip safeties were a feature of the muzzle loading era and only just made it into the very early breech loading hammerguns so an example on an Anson & Deeley boxlock is extraordinary. Furthermore, this is not a conversion as the gun shows no sign of ever having had a more normal safety catch mechanism. The second unusual feature is the selective ejector. Used in conjunction with a Deeley ejector box, it is a simple slide that locks the ejector tumblers, albeit set in a rather ornate, engraved fitting. Sadly the detent on the catch is not strong enough to remain in 'RETAIN' mode under recoil and invariably returns to 'EJECT' mode.Lastly, the gun is "grouse choked", i.e. the tighter choke is in the RH barrel, more open in the LH. This is rarely seen and suggests its primary purpose was for driven game. This otherwise 'normal' A&D boxlock action is profusely covered with fine border, scroll and foliate detail and this coupled with the interceptor sears, excellent barrel measurements and sensitive restoration makes it a handsome and interesting gun for either game or clays. *** Recently refurbished in the UK by Toby Barclay of Heritage Guns the action, number 29701, was made circa 1890 and is of Anson & Deeley design and features: double triggers bolted by grip safety, interceptor sears, top lever operating a 'Purdey Bolt' by way of a 'Scott Spindle' and a Greener style cross bolt, Selective Deeley ejectors tripped by slides running from the action knuckle to the main springs, Anson forend catch. Gun weighs 6lb 8oz. Engraving style Best border and foliate scroll with 'Fluted' fences. Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 4 lbs Rear trigger 4 1/2lbs. *** The nitro damascus barrels are 30" in length, chambered for 2 ¾" (70mm) cartridges and are of brazed 'dovetail' lump construction with soft soldered ribs. Top rib is a flat, file cut style. London reproof for 70mm nitro powder cartridges in 2012. The gun is “grouse choked” as described above with the right barrel purposely being the more tightly choked. The purpose of this was that in driven game the shooter would shoot the tighter barrel first and this would tend to keep the gun “cheeked” for a quicker follow up shot. Accordingly the right barrel is bored 0.740 and has a constriction of 0.018 for Modified choke. Minimum wall thickness is 0.026. The more open left barrel is bored 0.740 and has a constriction of 0.006 for a light Improved Cylinder choke. Minimum wall thickness is 0.022. *** The 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 and is finished with a horn butt plate secured with engraved screws. The forend is fully checkered with the ejector selector slide mounted centrally. The 22 lines per inch checkering is to the normal boxlock design with well defined drop points. 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 14-1/8” by 1-9/16” by 2-5/8”. Cast off for the right hand shot. *** A handsome gun perfect for game or clays. *** US Agent for Heritage Guns UK. Buyer is responsible for all shipping, insurance and related charges. I give a three-day non-firing inspection and will only accept returns if gun is not as described.