H&H .577/500 For Sale

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H&H 577/500 Magnum for sale.
24½ barrel
Made in 1889
Doll head ext.
Model: Royal
Backaction, jones underlever.
Price: USD 10.500
Shipping to US is aprox USD 600

General comment:
Tight action, sharp square rifling to the muzzle. Missing frontsight insert(lost during my ownership).
Comes with RCBS dies. This rifle was made for a short person. I think the LOP is 13". The gun regulate with 440grain leadbullet, 72grain on N130.

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That is a beautiful rifle! Good luck with your sale!
 

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Is it a 577/500 Nitro Express or 577/500 Black Powder Express?
 

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440 lead is the standard BP bullet, so likely that? Nice looking rifle from a solid maker..........best of luck with the sale..................FWB
 

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Very nice rifle.
Thanks for sharing as the rifle has 6 Drams.
I made that mistake once...aahh...twice. I once loaded both barrels of my double barrel black powder 10 gauge with a shy 5 Drams. To say the least I now know my recoil limitations; are well below 5 Drams.
 

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Wouldn’t it have to be black powder if made before 1898?

Probably. Cordite was invented in 1889, the same year the rifle was made. I just wanted to double check that it was a BPE weapon.
 

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OK but wasn’t the 450ne in 1898 the first to use cordite. Pls not being arguemenative just looking for info.
 

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OK but wasn’t the 450ne in 1898 the first to use cordite. Pls not being arguemenative just looking for info.
The first british cartridge to use cordite was the .303 in 1890. Later in 1892 the .450/400 ex came with cordite. Several gunpowder makers back then called it by different names.
 

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Beautiful gun, wish I could afford it. Such a history gun too being from the 1800s
 

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Beautiful gun, wish I could afford it. Such a history gun too being from the 1800s
It is. The .577/500 is a problemchild to reload for. The Bertram brass I have used was soft and had to be modified to fit the chambers. Had this gun been a .500 3” or a 3,25” I would have kept it to my hands got cold. I have been on the verge many times to have had a new set of steel barrlels made up in .500 3”. Here I could develop a new regulation load like 440grain/1900ft. The gun has the weight of 10ibs and could absorb the power well.
The quote for a new set of barrels identical to the originals was €11000
 

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I’m not seeing the proof marks or bore measure on the barrel lug. I would expect to see regulation load as well

Sometimes you do, sometimes you don't. It's all depending on what W.C. Scott decided to put on it at the factory or what their retailer decided to specify.
 

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It is. The .577/500 is a problemchild to reload for. The Bertram brass I have used was soft and had to be modified to fit the chambers. Had this gun been a .500 3” or a 3,25” I would have kept it to my hands got cold. I have been on the verge many times to have had a new set of steel barrlels made up in .500 3”. Here I could develop a new regulation load like 440grain/1900ft. The gun has the weight of 10ibs and could absorb the power well.
The quote for a new set of barrels identical to the originals was €11000

Your notion of having more barrels made for it is a particularly good one. The fact that it is a gun of nice lines (not a hammer gun) and it has a Jones rotary underlever ensures it will lock up like a vault. It could certainly handle a lot more pressure. Its a nice gun and its priced very fairly. I had a purdey 12 bore hammergun that was beat to hell, horribly restored, restocked with barn-grade timber, and all the engraving was about polished off. It sold for not much less than your H&H double rifle for an apples to oranges comparison. Someone should buy this gun and go whoop on some cats, large plains game, bear, bison, and all measures of other creatures.
 

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That's a vary pretty rifle, hard to beat the lines on the 1880s/1890s doubles. I had an Alexander Henry hammer double in the same caliber at one point. It had damascus barrels, very nice engraving and gold inlay built for a Indian prince as a tiger gun. Very fun rifle to shoot. Good luck with you sale!
 

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I am amazed not only by the workmanship but also by the thought put into the lockup - Jones lever and dolls head. I am equally amazed that it hasn't been snapped up yet, if I could bring this to Africa I would.
 

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I would bet my bottom dollar it’s BP only. Not an issue for me since I shoot a lot of Non proofed Winchesters and Colts.
 

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If it will help the sale. I have brass, dies, bullets for sale and reloading data. This cartridge is sadly overlooked and never was as popular as it should have been. 6 drams and a 440 grains bullet is an ideal buffalo or lion rifle.
 

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