The Making of a Double Rifle

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  1. AfricaHunting.com

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    The Making of a Double Rifle

     
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    wow...love to have a job there ...
     
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    NOW!!! Are there any questions as to why double rifles are so expensive, or about the skill needed to build one, even a field grade double rifle that will hit the target with both barrels?

    Double rifles are apparently priced, wouldn’t you say?
     
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    Hi Mac,

    No doubt the doubles are expensive pieces of ballistic ,wood & metal art ,with lot of specialized skillful efforts put in . Its a great feeling to own & use these immaculate classic dbbl rifles .

    Monish
     
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    The word in my post above was changed by spell check to apparently because I misspelled it in word document, and I didn't notice it till the stupid time limit for edit went int effect!

    I bought a new keyboard and it doesn't spell any better than the old one! 8>)

    Monish you are absolutely right! The double rifle is the only rifle type that started life as a HUNTING rifle! All others started off as war weapons, and were later pressed into service for hunting.

    A well-made double rifle is the only rifle I can think of the can be shot instinctively without even seeing the sights and be on target when it really counts. They are simply an extension of the shooter’s body. However, they require around 600-800 hours of very skilled labor to build properly, and that has nothing to do with decoration, just physical fitting, and regulating!

    It is a very pleasurable thing to own, and hunt with! 30 years ago I only knew on man personally that owned a double rifle other than myself. Today they are fairly common on public firing ranges in my part of the country, but still something that almost always gets the attention of other shooters, with the proliferation of mod 700s, and Aks on every table!
     
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    Every time I look at my Heym 88 I cherish all the hard work that went in to it.
     
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    Right! Quality shows!
    Then take a step back in time before electricity and look at what they did back then. My Alex Henrys and the others are works of art even now that still work quite well 130 years later.
     
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    I have a gunsmithing book on making doubles out of large shotgun receivers and it's so much work it would be easier to start from scratch like this video, It's unbelievable how much hand work skill goes into this. Of course that's why we appreciate them
    so much. Most are works of art.
     
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    If anyone happens to be interested in one of these conversions in a 450 NE.. (Hint Hint) I have a proven shooter that is at least as good as my 450 Searcy.
     
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    Thanks for sharing, Jerome. I do enjoy it very much.
     
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    Thanks for posting Jerome. While in France , I had the privilege to visit the Verney Carron facility in June. A very impressive place run by highly professional people. Attention to detail was obvious. I definitely got to appreciate the fine workmanship that goes into manufacturing one of these bespoke double rifles . To boot , I got to shoot some of their rifles.
     
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    I know I am resurrecting an old thread, but as I am new here I am searching and reading a lot of the older threads so please humour me :)

    Many thanks for posting this it was/is a great video and really shows the work involved in building a DR. Regards SBM
     
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    Most of the old threads are still relevant and resurrecting them is just great!
     
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    Truly enjoyed video. I'm glad it appeared again. I only have time, most days, to glance at the newest of posts. So please keep recycling. :)
     
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    I cringe everytime I see the chambering part at the beginning..................just shoving the tailstock of the lathe with the reamer....... Oh well it must work they all shoot well..............


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    Absolutely amazing! I have yet to be able to handle, let alone shoot a double rifle but the desire for one is unbelievable! These rifles are art in every sense of the word, but more useful then a painting on your wall. Thank you for the original post!
     
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    There are several on you tube by Purdy and Westly Richards that I thought were great.

    Price is high but you own a piece of funting art that can be past down the family. The shill and craftsmanship is astounding.
     
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    Beautiful guns and amazing weapons
     
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    Check these out there are several videos featuring Purdey weapons. They range from a couple minutes to one that is and hour and a half long. Great videos showing very much detail in the making of a Purdey weapon and the different stages it goes through. Astonishing the amount of time and craftsmanship that goes into a Bespoke Weapon.
    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=purdey guns
     
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    Watchmaking precision. Nice rifle.
    Witold
     

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