Army & Navy, London. Extraordinarily rare Best hammerless boxlock double rifle in .600 NE, ca. 1906 - SOLD

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Army & Navy, London. Extraordinarily rare Best hammerless boxlock double rifle in .600 NE, ca. 1906.  Weight: 15 ½ Lbs.  Stock Dimensions: 14 ¼”x 1 1/8”x 2”x 1/8” cast-off.  Superb 26” chopper-lump steel barrels with 100 gr. Cordite, 900 gr. bullet, proofs have mint bores and 100% reblack finish. Full length matt-finish top rib with one standing and 2 folding leaf rear sights and hooded ramp front sight. The massive top-lever Webley action, with double underlugs and 3rd. Fastener, retains most all of the original hardening color even on the breech faces. Border engraving, bushed firing pins, extractors, and double triggers. Nicely figured original stock and forend retain 100% of the original finish which has attained a deep rich luster with age. According to Michael McIntosh in his excellent book, “The Big Bore Rifle”, there were very few .600 double rifles built during the pre-war era with “Jeffrey accounting for a total of 32, Holland and Holland 6, Purdey’s half dozen, Westley Richards 3, and John Wilkes a few”. Those figures shouldn’t be taken as gospel for I have seen others by Army & Navy, and Greener to name a couple, however, by every standard one of the rarest and most powerful sporting firearms ever made, this magnificent example remains in near mint condition throughout. Cased in relined and refurbished period case.  


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