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Waidmannsheil
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A magnificent Sideplated Drop-Lock in 450/400 From WR
      #337199 - 30/01/20 06:05 PM


https://www.theexplora.com/a-westley-richards-450-400-3-modele-de-luxe-side-plated-double-rifle/


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Re: A magnificent Sideplated Drop-Lock in 450/400 From WR [Re: Waidmannsheil]
      #337207 - 31/01/20 02:42 AM

i would be afraid to take it outside


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Re: A magnificent Sideplated Drop-Lock in 450/400 From WR [Re: greenshoots]
      #337213 - 31/01/20 03:50 AM

That's nice!

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Re: A magnificent Sideplated Drop-Lock in 450/400 From WR [Re: Daryl_S]
      #337218 - 31/01/20 04:42 AM

Magnificent is exactly the appropriate term.
I, too, would be afraid to take it out hunting!
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Re: A magnificent Sideplated Drop-Lock in 450/400 From WR [Re: Louis]
      #337222 - 31/01/20 08:19 AM

Wow
So very nice!

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Re: A magnificent Sideplated Drop-Lock in 450/400 From WR [Re: tinker]
      #337234 - 31/01/20 10:36 PM

I'm sorry to say that the twin of this Westley Richards "Ovundo" double rifle in .400/.350 Rigby was once in my possession. I let it go because there was at the time no source for the 300 grain bullets which were the basis of the cartridge's reputation. The pair belonged to an Indian prince and this rifle was converted to 9.3X74R, a caliber I had never heard of at the time (1975). It is in my mind the supreme example of the W/R side plate drop lock action:













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HeymSR20
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Re: A magnificent Sideplated Drop-Lock in 450/400 From WR [Re: xausa]
      #337243 - 01/02/20 04:36 AM

Ok, I appreciate the quality of the engraving and workmanship etc. But am I the only one who does not like side plates - form should follow function. A Westly Richard Drop-lock or a Dickson Round Action is a thing of real beauty, and its elegance is in the shape of its action and locks.

A sidelock is a thing of beauty in its own right - but the locks and plates are there because thats the nature of the lock. Indeed I really like the Dominion back action - because the plate is the shape of the lock.

To my mind side plates are just some thing that is added for no real extra function. If you are going to spend huge amounts of money and want lots of engraving that can only be fitted on a sidelock, then get a sidelock and enjoy it for what it is.

But if you want a drop lock, or a trigger plate lock, then recognise it for what it is.


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93x64mm
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Re: A magnificent Sideplated Drop-Lock in 450/400 From WR [Re: HeymSR20]
      #337264 - 01/02/20 08:38 AM

Yes it might be not everyone 'cup of tea', but I look at it from a mechanical point of view - truly a magnificent piece for ease of cleaning & on the spot repair!
The fitting of the side plates & engraving work alone is true craftsmanship!


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