Recent content by HistoricBore

  1. Maker's mark on an Edwardian side-by-side?

    Here is a photograph of the mark, to the lower left of the picture. Any ideas - over to you!
  2. Maker's mark on an Edwardian side-by-side?

    Stalker 1962: I started with a smallbore 64 years ago, followed by lots of Full Bore, and so now I am definitely a Historic Bore... Heym20: It's not important or expensive enough to bother Diggory with it. Glen: I can take a photo tomorrow, and then see if I can upload it... HB
  3. Maker's mark on an Edwardian side-by-side?

    Hello chaps Earlier this year I bought an older side-by-side that was retailed by a gun shop in Somerset before the First World War, I estimate. Along with the usual proof marks on the barrels flats there is a curious mark, which is a circle about half an inch in diameter. Inside the circle is...
  4. 45-70 longer range

    Three years ago I bought a Ruger No. 1 single shot in .45-70 as a project. It was made in 2009 and is like new. It also came with three boxes of Winchester factory ammo with 300 grain bullets. Even though I am over 70 I prefer open sights, so I ordered a rear peep sight that fits into the rear...
  5. Savage 99, anyone have/had one?

    I got a prewar cased takedown in .22 Savage High Power (retailed by Mantons of Calcutta) as part of a complicated swop. The dealer told me that it was an obsolete calibre and so a Firearms Certificate was not required in Britain - WRONG! So I lodged it with my friendly RFD and sorted out the...
  6. My new toy...

    The late Derek Fearn was a brilliant gunsmith. He lived and worked on the Catton Estate by the River Trent, and was an expert rifle shot as well. He was a Guardian of the Birmingham Proof House, and also enjoyed shooting black powder rifles. He died od cancer in February 2011, and several HBSA...
  7. Partridges in Spain??

    Just wondered if any of you had experienced Partridge shooting in Spain in a February? I know Spain somewhat, and I know it can be / will be expensive, but was if worth the trip? HB
  8. .222 REMINGTON

    I use 22.0 grains of N133 which gives 3065 fps with a 50 grain FMJ Sako bullet, for target practice. HB
  9. Shooting white pheasant ??

    Hello chaps I have just joined a mid-sized syndicate and had my first (excellent) day with them today. Their keeper has purchased a small quantity of pure-white pheasants - I saw them being delivered in July. If one of the Guns shoots one of these then he is expected to pay a £50 fine to the...
  10. Quality versus quantity

    I am not a serious user of 'scopes, but I find that my 1952 Bausch & Lomb Balvar 2.5 - 4 variable (with no turrets) and my 1960s Peccar 4 x 30 scopes are very sharp and clear for use on the range. But out on the hill after sunset might be another matter... HB
  11. Classic 7

    I will stick with my 1930s Savage 99 in .22 Savage High Power... HB
  12. 22 rimfire lr or wmr

    In calibre 32-20, I should have said...
  13. 22 rimfire lr or wmr

    I was planning to use my Midland double hammer rifle with subsonic 115 grain reloads....................;) HB
  14. 22 rimfire lr or wmr

    Of course the population of Britain, and England in particular, was maybe half of what it is now... I have been looking for a Rook shoot for the past few years to try out my old rifles. There is a huge rookery 50 yards from my front door, but it is surrounded by houses! Those rooks are not...
  15. Wanted: Magazine for my .222 Tikka 55

    Hello chaps I'm trying to find a spare magazine for my much-loved but old (1973) TIKKA 55 bolt action rifle. The magazine is a three shot, with a filler inside it. They are made of steel with an unusual off-centre base plate. Mine has no markings on it at all, so that is unhelpful. If you had...