Tell me more about the shotgun...
It’s an Anson & Deeley boxlock of some description, definitely not a sidelock. Looks like a nice one though. Good bit of timber on it and Purdey barrels mark it out as something potentially quite special.It’s an ejector, assuming sidelock but essentially just unpacked it and lobbed it in the gun room, I will take it out on Saturday and try to get some decent pics!
Sometimes.Did they often offer replacement barrels for other makers?
The chap you suggested for re sleeving the Boss & Co came in at £6k.Sometimes.
There was quite a vibrant “jobbing” (repairs) shop back in the day and they’d do anything. Especially if the customer already had a Purdey.
Even during my tenure we did full rebuilds on stuff from other companies.
For a while there was a roaring trade doing up Indian guns. They have 100% import tax on luxury goods so a new Purdey or H&H will be more than double what it costs over here.
Solution; buy an old gun, send it to us and have every single component, with the exception of the action, replaced with new.
Voila, it’s not a new gun as it still has the original serial number. No tax to pay. These were some of the nicest guns I’ve ever seen. 1920s Holland & Holland’s and Purdeys from the Raj, but entirely done up as new with brand new barrels, locks and wood.
Ouchy.The chap you suggested for re sleeving the Boss & Co came in at £6k.
A Birmingham gun maker quoted £2300.00 but I dont know how good their work is , some Tig the new tubes on and I`ve been warned that the blacking can look a bit purple on the joints.Ouchy.
He’s put his prices up. I think the going rate for a whole set of new barrels was about 8k. Although a bit more of it was to fit to an existing gun which is obviously more work than just making a set from scratch for a gun that doesn’t exist yet.
I suppose we also supplied the forgings and tubes which would save a bit of cost for us. And we’d get mate’s rates for chucking lots of work his way.
Actually 6 grand sounds about the going rate.
To be honest you can always tell with sleeved barrels. It is impossible to disguise completely. Some people can get very close, but after a few years there is always some discolouration and the lines show through.A Birmingham gun maker quoted £2300.00 but I dont know how good their work is , some Tig the new tubes on and I`ve been warned that the blacking can look a bit purple on the joints.
Good grouping.Some time ago I posted this picture -
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Due to circumstances I have only managed to shoot the top rifle, a Walther .22 LR target rifle but the other day I finally got to shoot the bottom one, a Musgrave actioned .308 target rifle. The delay has been due to the need to replace (read manufacture) the cheek piece as the fitted one was too low at its highest setting and the requirement to get a proper shooting coat so that the weight can be properly supported.
The search for a shooting coat (at a cost that didn't make one feel as though one's testicles were in a vice) took rather longer than I anticipated. So the other day was a learning day with a capital L. Both rifles are fitted with aperture sights but, as I found out, they work back to front to each other. The Walther was sighted very much by trial and error. Something that isn't that hard on the wallet when using .22 ammunition. However, .308 is a tad different, especially using factory ammunition.
Suffice to say the day was very humid, totally lacking any wind for much of the time and very frustrating. However, just before my patience quota had expired there were signs that we were getting close until this was achieved -
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The card is 8" square, the range (lasered) was 490 yards and with aperture, or peep sights, against a bush background was only just, and I really do mean just, visible. To say I was pleased was an understatement. I still need more, much more, range time but at least I know the thing works.