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#21
Just picked up my new grouse gun today from our very own @ugly.

It’s an old Westley Richards circa 1880. 28” Nitro proofed Damascus barrels. Box Lock Non-Ejector. Balances perfectly 1/4” forward of the crosspin (as all best guns should). 15” very well figured walnut stock.

It’s an absolute beaut. I’ll probably blue the pins, top lever and trigger bow when I can be arsed which is how it would’ve been when new.

Otherwise perfect.

Top tip: check out Westley Richards’ instagram page for some utterly stunning gun photography.

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Another one here , perhaps not as nice as yours WR
 
#22
I'll be on the lookout for a clay gun in a few months time.

I have had a go with a F16 so far and that was very nice to shoot with. But I'll try a few more before making my first purchase.
..Is that not a little expensive in fuel and 20mm cannon shells?

A tad excessive even for Olympic Trap I would have thought?
 
#23
Anyone any good at proof marks?

Just trying to make heads or tails of the ones on the Westley Richards.

In one corner it’s got LP74. Is this London Proof 1974? I’m a little rusty.

I expect this maybe when it got Nitro Proofed. It’s got the usual saracen’s swords with NP on it.

It’s also got 2 1/2” 3 tons on it. As well as the number 740” which I’m guessing means 740 bar.

Cartridges and pressures aren’t my strong point. I’m just trying to work out what’s safe to chuck down it.

I’m guessing from the proof marks that any 2 1/2” cartridges under 740 bar are OK (so any 2 1/2” CIP cartridges basically).

Just wanna be sure.
740 bar is 4.8 tons than 3 so possibly the 740 has another meaning.

Might be an idea to photograph the proof marks & email London Proof House or call them.
richard.mabbitt@gunmakers.org.uk
0207 481 2695
They do a booklet detailing all the marks.
 

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#24
Glad you like it Ravers, the beer was lovely!
 

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#27
The gun is easily worth what he paid and a bit more, its a bit of a niche, not the sort of general knockabout gun you would take for anything but deserving of a new life where it will be used and cared for.
 

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#28
Ugly. .tsk tsk weapons and alcohol don't mix :p
You've obviously never been to a driven shoot! Some are a drinks party interspersed with shooting
 
#30
You've obviously never been to a driven shoot! Some are a drinks party interspersed with shooting
I was beating in Knutsford as a 14 year old a shotgun pellet went into my welly and bust my ankle. Best part of it I had no idea about it until later
 

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#31
Some better pics of the Westley Richards.

I really really like this gun. Can’t wait for the season.

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#32
I made the mistake of polishing the internal hammers on one of mine .It would not work for me.
I like external hammers. I took it down to the gunsmith in Whitby he knew what I had done. Never again .
 

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#33

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#35

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#36
To be fair Americans pay stupid money for stuff like that. The problem is getting the guns out there.

Reckon your price was a little under for the UK but not much. If you’d stuck it through Holts you probably would’ve got the same after they’d dicked you for commission.
 

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#37
To be fair Americans pay stupid money for stuff like that. The problem is getting the guns out there.

Reckon your price was a little under for the UK but not much. If you’d stuck it through Holts you probably would’ve got the same after they’d dicked you for commission.
And the rest, and glad it's in a good home really
 

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#39

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#40
I made the mistake of polishing the internal hammers on one of mine .It would not work for me.
I like external hammers. I took it down to the gunsmith in Whitby he knew what I had done. Never again .
Eh?

1. Why would you polish the hammers? They’re polished from new in the factory.

2. Even if you did how would it make the gun pack up unless you’d removed loads of metal?

Genuinely intrigued.
 

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