Talk to me about double rifles

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    Talk to me about double rifles

    I was going through my magazine rack and found an American Rifleman dated Aug 2009. I kept this particular one because it had some fascinating articles on double rifles.

    The Lure of the Double Rifle

    Doubles have always been a part of romanticized hunting in Africa. I have read several stories about Selby and Ruark, their hunts and rifles.

    I will probably never own one of these rifles, and never go on safari in Africa. So, I read every story that I come across.

    Any of you guys have first hand Africa and/or double rifle stories and experiences? If so, I'm all ears
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    I held the same facination with these stories and the men who carries these rifles.


    I know of two people who have hunted Africa. My boss, who is a Millionaire, and told us of some of his encounters.
    The other is my son's friends dad who works at the facility which used to be the tank arsenal in Warren Mi.
    He works for a company that does a lot of contract work for the government and he has gone over a couple times on budget trips, where he helps out with certain chores, packing for road trips, cooking etc, to keep the cost down.
    His family room has many animals on the wall.
    Greater Kudu, Elands, Gemsboks, warthogs, and more.
    I don't think either one of them used doubles in their excursions.
    I can't tell you a thing about the Double rifles tho, except they are expensive.
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    Long ago, I stayed up till 3 AM to call Holland & Holland in London. I spoke with a Mr Brown, who promised to send me some "literature" on their guns. He did. I still have it. I knew I could never afford a Royal, but was interested in a bolt gun, or "magazine rifle", as the Brits call it. Got a price list with endless options to add to the base price. The larger the caliber, the larger the price tag. I thought I could swing about 15-18 grand or so (this, obviously, was pre-marriage). So I added up what I wanted. Hmmmm. Price is in pounds. Called a friend at the bank and asked him to convert that number to dollars. Well, I don't have a Holland. 38,000 bucks for a bolt action rifle seemed a bit much. But I love them. To me, they redefine the word "classic". Wife knows if we win the big one, first trip is to London, where, my friends, I will drop a heckuva lotta cash. But I will post pics.

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    The double rifles I have seen have been very beautiful with price tags to match, my fascination has always been drillings would love to own a 20ga over a 7MM Mauser, maybe if I hit the lottery.
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    Considering the cost, the closest I'll ever come to owning a Double Rifle is a Side by Side 12 gauge loaded with slugs.
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    At the grand old age of 16, skinny little naive me ended up on a SC deer hunt with a borrowed .458 Mag double. Didn't see any dear, but at the after-hunt gun club session, I was instructed by the owner (well-off guy who made several trips to Africa) to take a shot at the target (5-gal paint can @100 yrds) if I wanted to. So I did . . . and managed to fire both barrels almost simultaneously. It literally knocked me on my arse. First time-last time I delt with the .458 for any reason. I decided that elephants in Africa had a right to live also.
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    A year or so ago there was a FFL dealer at one of our gun shows that converted some 12G side by side into a 45/70(and other cals) double rifles....thought about getting one but decided not to.

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    Found doubles at Cabela's

    Priced less than a new atv: http://www.cabelas.com/gun-library-s...e-rifles.shtml

    It would be fun to take a .45-70 double on a pig hunt. Kind of a poor man's dangerous game hunt.
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