by Rudyard
Yesterday, 19:05
Forum: Sporting Rifles and Other Old Guns
Topic: Alexander Henry - an inventory of surviving rifles
Replies: 8
Views: 188

Re: Alexander Henry - an inventory of surviving rifles

 I owned Falling block 450  3& a quarter "BP Express  number 1922 made   for Victor Alexander Grosvenor  c 1869  if  recall correctly .  But I sold it to  his dissendent .  I have a copy  of a page from their ledger listing about 30  guns  sent me by the late Geoffery Boothroyde .  But I expect you...
by Rudyard
17 Jan 2018, 20:11
Forum: Sporting Rifles and Other Old Guns
Topic: Alexander Henry - an inventory of surviving rifles
Replies: 8
Views: 188

Re: Alexander Henry - an inventory of surviving rifles

 I owned Falling block 450  3& a quarter "BP Express  number 1922 made   for Victor Alexander Grosvenor  c 1869  if  recall correctly .  But I sold it to  his dissendent .  I have a copy  of a page from their ledger listing about 30  guns  sent me by the late Geoffery Boothroyde .  But I expect you ...
by Rudyard
17 Jan 2018, 19:19
Forum: Sporting Rifles and Other Old Guns
Topic: Wanzl Rifle 1867 (ish)
Replies: 65
Views: 3.9K

Re: Wanzl Rifle 1867 (ish)

 I own and shoot a Wantzl . I don't have any umalat stops and I have enough trouble hitting the ones  I  do have  but the rifle picked up at an Eastern R Vous in PA is quite perfect.  The cases Ive  made up from 50/70 Dixie cases  bouched the central fire hole and  made a  cutter to allow the 22 cri...
by Rudyard
15 Jan 2018, 01:01
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: Another Pritchett journey
Replies: 32
Views: 633

Re: Another Pritchett journey

Dear  Bob   Interesting  I wondered how they would work seems some might as a paper patch    .Ile see if they made it later so might not be as dry if  I steam it a bit ?  .The bullet dimensions are useful .  I have an original mould but it exceeds the 550 more closer to  577  But it has but a simple...
by Rudyard
14 Jan 2018, 23:17
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: Another Pritchett journey
Replies: 32
Views: 633

Re: Another Pritchett journey

 Dear  Gordon  Mid 18th Dr Johnson dedication might  be  bang on .But I don't propose to use the plays  though they are in ruinous condition (So would I be that age !)  rather try the plain flyleaf of one that's loose    .But there could be .likley are  old books  that are so poor or worthless . The...
by Rudyard
14 Jan 2018, 20:33
Forum: British Flint and Percussion Arms
Topic: Another Pritchett journey
Replies: 32
Views: 633

Re: Another Pritchett journey

 On  the trail of suitable papers  Im'e finding  modern papers  need you being in the shop with a vernier and they say its a' cotton rag' .and quite dear to be buying stuff that might not suit anyway .So being the thrifty sort  I  figured that old books  fetch pennys in Op shops . I have an old set ...
by Rudyard
14 Jan 2018, 20:00
Forum: Gunsmithing
Topic: Ramrod Repair
Replies: 15
Views: 1.8K

Re: Ramrod Repair

 These' wedges' are not wedges they are KEYS  .They don't turn but they do in effect lock. But they don't nor should they' wedge' .  Me being pernickety  Rudyard
by Rudyard
13 Jan 2018, 07:55
Forum: Guns From Other Places
Topic: Strange Muzzleloading Long Gun. I've been told it's very old. Is this truly the case?
Replies: 9
Views: 274

Re: Strange Muzzleloading Long Gun. I've been told it's very old. Is this truly the case?

 Dear Pukka Ime guessing India  it follows no regional style just vaigley English   Thiers a lot of India theres a lot of Africa.  Bun nut suggests India or  east of Suez  ( Where the best is like the worst !) regular gun makers  generally take more effort but I doubt this is other than a home made ...
by Rudyard
12 Jan 2018, 20:04
Forum: Guns From Other Places
Topic: Strange Muzzleloading Long Gun. I've been told it's very old. Is this truly the case?
Replies: 9
Views: 274

Re: Strange Muzzleloading Long Gun. I've been told it's very old. Is this truly the case?

Dear Josh  Wow just read  though your epic descriptions .  The barrel  looks old the rest is or appears to be  got up  mid to late 19 even 20th   and as likely India rather than Africa   The  front of the guard  is nice but  I cant ascribe it to any particular region .  Rough as it is its some ones ...
by Rudyard
12 Jan 2018, 08:15
Forum: Guns of the East India Company
Topic: Indian Arsenals
Replies: 11
Views: 985

Re: Indian Arsenals

I gather from Pukka  that Josh has posted some  African  Gun? cant seem to find it  maybe its in Dane guns Ile see   Rudyard
by Rudyard
09 Jan 2018, 22:25
Forum: Snider-Enfield Forum
Topic: New to Snider-Enfield, some questions about my rifle
Replies: 24
Views: 790

Re: New to Snider-Enfield, some questions about my rifle

 Hays   Pattern might  not be Enfield made  .But I say its better to  keep the  longer barrel  option in this case  rather than the  carbines 24" . Its allready manked up  and could be  shortened to carbine later, But in this particular case    the Hays option  is the way Ide go. even if its a whisk...
by Rudyard
09 Jan 2018, 20:13
Forum: Snider-Enfield Forum
Topic: New to Snider-Enfield, some questions about my rifle
Replies: 24
Views: 790

Re: New to Snider-Enfield, some questions about my rifle

Looks like its a 36 'brl if the tiles are 1' square? So it could be made' Hays pattern' they had 36" brls,  Quite a lot in NZ, if not a common pattern.   Rudyard
by Rudyard
08 Jan 2018, 18:39
Forum: Martini-Henry Forum
Topic: early kynock berden cases
Replies: 16
Views: 587

Re: early kynock berden cases

 Why not just use the 126 primers there seems to be lots about    Some old cases need a bit bigger cap but If you squeeze them  a bit  they will fit  ( for some reason my reloading friend  has kittens about the practice but  he,s into nitro powders  (  Not a good invention  dos'nt smell right  dos'n...
by Rudyard
07 Jan 2018, 06:55
Forum: Guns of the East India Company
Topic: IMA Untouched Model F. What should I expect?
Replies: 27
Views: 464

Re: IMA Untouched Model F. What should I expect?

Thanks Rudyard. That helps a lot. It's interesting how the grime of 150 years can accumulate on a gun like that. And even more amazing what is often hidden underneath. This is part of the reason why I'm excited with getting a gun from IMA, since you could get a real gem. Thank you for the info abou...
by Rudyard
06 Jan 2018, 23:45
Forum: Guns of the East India Company
Topic: IMA Untouched Model F. What should I expect?
Replies: 27
Views: 464

Re: IMA Untouched Model F. What should I expect?

 I can only add  that I bought two pattern  F Miners & Sappers / artillery carbines  years ago  before IMF got the main lot. But they  had grotty  gunk all over the stocks  and the  various pins seized  but the bores were like new.  I still have it and  the other one is illustrated in David Harding ...
by Rudyard
06 Jan 2018, 19:02
Forum: British Militaria and History
Topic: Just to say hello
Replies: 11
Views: 464

Re: Just to say hello

 Dear Johnny  Glad you enjoyed the posts .So much is  done covering the Wilder West ,But  scarce any ever consider the paralel down in Southern Africa ,  but there are many parallels  only they faced not Bears & Moose  but Lions  Rhino. Hippos,Elephants and all sorts of bitey creatures in between ,n...
by Rudyard
06 Jan 2018, 07:28
Forum: British Militaria and History
Topic: Just to say hello
Replies: 11
Views: 464

Re: Just to say hello

 Dear Kiltie Just found your posts again  .I trust you re well ,And   wishing you a happy new year .I wrote a piece /post about' Nigerian Dane guns'  mostly for "Old Coaster" Seems times I knew are historical now   but ide never go back to see that  . pestilent coast.  I hav,nt made up the Roer   an...
by Rudyard
04 Jan 2018, 19:47
Forum: Guns From Other Places
Topic: Dane Guns
Replies: 10
Views: 306

Re: Dane Guns

 To those who may not know of  Mary Kingsley,s exploits I should add she was a Victorian lady who travelled alone though  West Africa  in the early days  undaunted by the adverseties   and tribes who filed thier teeth the points to look more fearfull ..One really" Scookum" Lady by any standards.   L...
by Rudyard
02 Jan 2018, 07:03
Forum: Snider-Enfield Forum
Topic: Just bought a Snider...I think.
Replies: 7
Views: 309

Re: Just bought a Snider...I think.

Well the photos didn't go through Ide say try again for the  forum as you will get a fuller  response.  Some Commercial Sniders just say Snider Patent on the Action  the rest  nothing particularly like any government type.  I have such a Carbine   16" barrel smaller pistol lock but  right as ninepen...
by Rudyard
02 Jan 2018, 00:36
Forum: Single Shot Pistols
Topic: Pistol Offered to Me ....Seems Not Quite Right
Replies: 10
Views: 548

Re: Pistol Offered to Me ....Seems Not Quite Right

Dear WRXS  Yes there are all sorts of guns copied in that region  I saw most in Peshawar, its  the last town before the pass  .But  while you do get  Enfields, Martini,s even Jungle carbines being offered . You are MOST unlikley to get such a pistol as is  being  debated(  unless you take one out an...