To all, thanks for the flowers.
In response to popular demand, I took it to the range for some break-in shooting and it did well at 25 and 50 yards, but I could not see the red target bull at 100 yards and just wasted a couple of rounds. For those that say the first shot at game is the one that counts, here is the first 300 grain Hornady from the right barrel with the orange bead just under the red bull:
BTW, 300 grain hand loaded Barnes TSX shoot the same as the Hornady ammo.
I think it is ready for hogs and for woods deer.
I just cleaned the bores and found no copper fouling, so now it is ready for some serious barrel by barrel accuracy testing before shooting r & L for grouping.
Oh, by the way, shooting a double rifle is a hoot!
I agree; matched doubles would be cool. I have a couple of hunting friends nearby that hunt with .45-70 double rifles and we could have an all double rifle hog hunt!
Here is a 140 pounder I took stalking with .405 last year:
My fave is to hunt them with dogs andtake turns shooting the bayed/ treed hog. Much more fun than sitting in a deer blind over a corn feeder and watching the frost melt.
Pix of a past hunt with huntmastyer riding his mule and handling the dogs and a days take - one hog each that day. The staff picks up the hogs in the field, bring to the camp, clean them, quarter them and drop the meat into your cooler; a great show to watch with a drink and a cigar!
I could put you up in my travel trailer (wifi, water, electricity, and hookups, so not roughing it) out behind the farm house so you would have privacy and not have to worry about stepping on the grandkids.
CRS will have to look at the schedule and see if when I can work in a few days and see if we can make this happen
Hunting hogs with dogs would be great, in 2013 on the eastern cape I shot my warthog with bushpig dogs. Spotted a huge old boar in a super thick
area and couldn't get him, my PH asked if I was up to trying something different? Well we went back to the lodge and picked up his dogs and went back out
and the race was on. Shot him with my 450NE double at 5 yards very exciting hunt to say the least.
The tusks are 14 3/8 . After an exciting 1/2-3/4 mile chase was finally able to get a open shot in a small clearing from 5 yards. The PH said Please don't shoot the dogs
The one my wife shot this year was also a monster. It's tusks are 13 1/2 with what look like 2 inches rooted off. She made a great shot standing on her tip toes in the right ear out the left right through the brain housing group.
Those two will be kinda hard to top on future safari's.
Saturday Feb 13 will be the first hunt with .my .405 double at the Boars Nest in OK. A group from the DWWC is going up and I plan to do the trophy boar hunt with the dogs to see how the .405 works on large hogs. Plus it is a blast to hunt them with hog dogs!
With luck, there will be pix posted by mid Feb.
Oh, btw, their camp house is free if you are hunting with us!
Hi Bob, how's things going in Wyong?. Down your way a couple of years back but haven't been in NSW since Ebor for the fishing. just getting over some nasty storms up here in Qld, seeing the sun for the first time in a few days. I'm going to NZ in the spring and hope to clean up a few buns while there and perhaps shake the spiders out of my old .303LE (currently owned by my BIL). Cheers Brian