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HENRY, ALEXANDER - 450 3 1/4" BPE - AN 1881 CLASSIC REBOUNDING HAMMER UNDERLEVER BACK-ACTION EXPRESS - EXCELLENT PLUS BORES & CHAMBERS - Original O&L Trunk - 40% Original Case Colors - 60% Original Barrel Browning - Very Strong Mechanics - Very Solid Double - Classic Stuff

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Double Rifle 450 3 1/4" BPE $9,800.00

#5142, Alex'r Henry, Edinburgh and London: A 450 3 1/4" Black Powder Express Double Rifle Made in 1881, A Jones Action Underlever Back-Action with Rebounding Hammers, It is with 28" damascus barrels with Henry's Patent A&T (Arthur Adams & Joseph Tate - Barrel makers & riflers) rifling, London proved; Full length rib with 1 standing & 1 folding express sights that are platinum lined, Rebounding locks, Percussion style fences, Swing lever forend release, Horn grip cap, Sling eyes, Shadowline cheekpiece, 14 5/8" LOP over a steel buttplate, A neat weight for a .450 of 8 lbs. 8 oz., Border engraving, This 137 year old Classic has bores that are excellent plus and almost appear as they did in 1881, It retains 60% original barrel browning, It still has 40% original case colors, The receiver flats retain 80% case colors, The inside of the opening lever and forend retain nearly 80% case colors, The stock has the original oil finish and is at 80% which is incredible for a gun of this age, The original checkering remains at 90%, As mentioned the bores remain in superb condition and are bright & shiny as new, The screws are all of 95% correct and sharp. The gun is cased in the original brass cornered oak & leather trunk with some accessories with the original trade label. This very rifle shoots well with a 300 grain Hornady ahead of 51.5 grains of H 4198, Federal 215 and 2 foam wads. The target shows a 4-shot group at 50 yards at 2 1/6" with the proper right & left. This is a good looking and extremely solid rifle in every respect from metal to wood with excellent bores. This classic double is first rate quality, style, grace, workmanship, handling and Alexander Henry romance from a great period at the pinnacle of sporting guns in the last years of the 19th century. This piece embodies classic Alex Henry from a firm that appreciates all things Edinburgh and Scottish.

Alexander Henry was born in 1828 and became the inventor of the gun barrel that revolutionized small arms as it was a new principle in rifling a barrel. In the brief on his patent in 1860 it stated, "The rifled bore is of polygonal cross-section, and is provided, in addition, with curved, square, or angular spiral projections or grooves, so as to increase the bearing points of the projectile." His barrels became the very part of the Martini-Henry rifle; in 1874 the War Office realized how good his invention was and issued it to the British army. Mr. Henry died in Edinburgh on January 27, 1894 at the age of 76.

 
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