British 12-Gauge Side-Lever Game Gun Mfg. by W. & C. Scott in 1873
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Category: Shotguns - English Double - Hammer Shotguns
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Seller: Doublegun Preservation, LLC
Company: Doublegun Preservation, LLC
Member Since: 3/7/12
First Name: Stephen
Last Name: Wesbrook
Country: United States
Phone: (703) 625-4830
Number of Active Listings: 2
Seller: Private Seller
Return Policy: 3 day inspection and return policy on used guns.
Payment Types Accepted: Certified Check, Postal Money Order, Personal Check
In 1873 British manufactures did not make shotguns designed for sporting clays, skeet, or trap. What they did make were the best 10-gauge waterfowlers and 12-gauge game guns in the world. This game gun was designed to kill birds, which it can still do very effectively. In addition to being a fine example of early British cartridge shotguns, it has a sought-after side-lever release.
The laminated steel barrels are among the finest available at that time. Along with superb engraving, they indicate that this was an expensive gun at the time of manufacture, and it has been well cared for since. The engraving remains sharp, the patina is natural, the bores are bright and have no pitting. The exterior of the barrels is both beautiful and without flaws, as refinished. The gun, which has a 14-1/2” length of pull, was professionally restocked at some point in its history with well-figured walnut. The sidelock actions are sophisticated and are precisely machined. The hammers are rebounding.
The barrels have 2-9/16” chambers and are 26-1/2” long, which is their original length. As was common at the time, neither bore has any choke. However, the gun patterns number 4 bismuth shot with 80% of the pellets within a 30” circle at 25-yards, roughly the same as a modern improved cylinder. It throws 75%-80% of the pellets above the point of aim, which is typical for 19th century British guns. Designed to shoot driven pheasants, partridge, or ducks, this pattern is also ideal for hunting upland game or ducks today as most often birds are rising when one shoots.
The wall thicknesses of the right barrel at nine inches from the muzzle are .029/.027/.028 (top/side/bottom), and at the middle of the barrel are .035/.032/.035. The wall thicknesses for the left barrel are .031/.032/.033 and .038/.037/.039 respectively. The diameters of both bores nine inches from the breech are .731. The gun weighs 7 lbs. 7 oz. The buttplate is steel, again as standard at the time even for the highest quality guns (a carry-over from muzzle loading shotguns). The drop is 1-7/8” at the comb and 3” at the heel. The cast is neutral. The gun locks up tightly and all serial numbers, 18117, match.
The price does not include shipping costs paid by buyer. The inspection period is 7 days from receipt. The shotgun has been fired on the range using low pressure 2-1/2” shells produced for Damascus-barreled shotguns by RST Corporation and in the field using RST bismuth shells. However, as for any antique or vintage shotgun, and especially one over a hundred and forty-five years old, it is recommended that the new owner have it inspected by his or her own gunsmith before firing, and then only use shells that produce pressures for which the gun was designed. The gun carries a 30-day warrantee, during which Doublegun Preservation, LLC will have any mechanical problems documented by a professional gunsmith repaired or accept the return of the gun and refund the price of the gun and the return shipping cost. Please do not hesitate to call with questions Stephen Wesbrook at 703-625-4830.