@Velo Dog I am pretty sure Heym will do an 89b for you in .303 British in their light frame. There you go, a modern but classic looking double. But it will probably be a little above your top figure. I have a Heym 450/400 3" 89b as you know. If I did opt for a second smaller one it would be exactly that .303.Fellow Hunters & Rifle Grumps,
In the past, I had owned 4 double rifles but sold them all to help finance more hunting and fishing.
And, instead of buying guns of any description, over the years, I sold off almost of mine.
The doubles were only a fraction of what I once had owned.
However, I still daydream of owning two double rifles, (classic style SxS type) … One in .303 British and One in .450-400 3” ….
If not in .450-400 then perhaps, .375 H&H (standard belted version so that, finding ammunition would not be impossible).
It is very unlikely that I will ever realize my frequent daydream about such a pair of wonderful rifles.
But if I decided to just “cowboy up” and buy two double rifles, those definitely would be my preference for sure.
Some makers of almost affordable side by side double rifles, already offer handsome looking doubles in smaller bores (Merkel’s Model 140 series in 7x57R and 8x57R for one example).
Therefore it is difficult for me to understand why they do not offer the same models in caliber .303 British, at prices us working class people can actually save up money for a few years and buy one.
If they offered classic looking but plain working doubles, in .303 British, with 25” or 26” barrels, somewhere near the $10,000. - $15,000. US Dollar price range, I believe they would sell quite a few.
As mentioned, I no longer own any double rifles.
And, I have stopped buying firearms, as I’d rather spend that money on hunting and fishing trips.
In fact, by having sold off most of my firearms, I was able to help pay for going 6 times to Africa so far.
I hope to return for #7 as well, some year.
Anyway, a small or medium frame SxS, in .303 British, with the looks of yesteryear’s English double rifles, for a reasonable price might gain a lot of interest from those of us who enjoy such things.
When Ruger offered a limited number of their wonderful single shot rifle in .303 British, they sold very quickly.
And now, when one shows up in the used gun market, the price is high.
I guess that’s all the news that’s fit to print around here.
So, adios for now,
Heresy, heresy I say. An elephant and/or a buffalo should be part of one's annual migrations, always!...I have always dreamed of a toting a big bore over my shoulder in pursuit of DG.....however, I find myself at a much more reasonable place in life and have resolved that if a double is in my near future it will be one that gets used on each of one of my annual migrations and not just a buff or elephant here and there. So for the time being the question will remain unresolved to whether my order/purchase will be a 375 H&H or 450/400?
Nice dilemma to have Safariswestcam! If buff and elephant are on the ticket I would go 450/400. If buff only and plains game I would go 375H&H with scope mounts for a QD.I am so glad this thread was started as ironically it is a question that internally, I am wrestling with now! In fact..... I chewed up a bit of Chris Sells afternoon in Nashville engaged in this very conversation. I have always dreamed of a toting a big bore over my shoulder in pursuit of DG.....however, I find myself at a much more reasonable place in life and have resolved that if a double is in my near future it will be one that gets used on each of one of my annual migrations and not just a buff or elephant here and there. So for the time being the question will remain unresolved to whether my order/purchase will be a 375 H&H or 450/400?
Hi Chashardy, please show us a pic of your Chapuis 375. Is it a 4x?Another great thread Kevin!
Currently I'm packing a 375H&H by Chapuis and a Rigby Big Game in 416 Rigby. (bolt)
When I add another double, it will be a stopping rifle, likely in 470 NE and likely another Chapuis unless I hit the lotto and can get a Rigby Rising Bite.
That there is a dream double, calibre and all!!! I hope you've bought this by now!!!For the moment, I'm being a bit contrarian. A smaller double and larger boltaction.
The double in .375H&H and the bolt action in 416 Rigby.
Now I need to find someone who is willing to purchase my kidney, so I can get this:
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I put four through university, seven degrees later, so I only get to spend the change. But boy, am I going to spend it!That there is a dream double, calibre and all!!! I hope you've bought this by now!!!
I doubt you will ever find a more desirable big bore double and they're not going to get cheaper. The only negative of buying this rifle now is that any future gun purchases are going to be unsatisfactory because you'll never be upgrading on this one. Ha ha!
Seeing this has caused me to consider whether my children really need university educations... I guess I should take comfort from the reality that getting that rifle delivered to SA is virtually impossible.
Very nice Chashardy. Have you ever had any issues with ejection?At Kevin's request, here is a pic of my Chapuis Brousse 375 H&H, fitted with a Trijicon RMR 3.25 MOA red dot sight. Been to Africa 4 times and it's a sweet shooting rifle. It's about 15 years old and I'm the second owner. I've used it on everything from wart hog to cape buffalo.
At Kevin's request, here is a pic of my Chapuis Brousse 375 H&H, fitted with a Trijicon RMR 3.25 MOA red dot sight. Been to Africa 4 times and it's a sweet shooting rifle. It's about 15 years old and I'm the second owner. I've used it on everything from wart hog to cape buffalo.
No Kevin. The rifle has been absolutely amazing. No issues at all. If you read the write-up on Champlinarms.com, I agree with their assessment that Chapuis is the best value for the money in a double rifle today.Very nice Chashardy. Have you ever had any issues with ejection?
Actually, I went to a local gunsmith in Dallas that made the mount because in 2017 when I got the rifle there wern't a lot of available mounts for the Trijicon on a Chapuis. Today there are lots of options.Looks good, did you get the mount from Chapuis? I have a weaver style mount on the way directly from Chapuis for mine.