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Re: A Howdahing Moment! [Re: NitroX]
      #337781 - 10/02/20 10:28 PM

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Re: A Howdahing Moment! [Re: NitroX]
      #337782 - 10/02/20 10:45 PM



While long barrelled, my 1876 10-bore Westley Richards double has as mentioned no standing leaf, so may as described in Marrakai's article, being designed for quick shooting.

I do hope it was once used on a howdah on an elephant's back for Tiger, Leopard, Buffalo, Gaur, Rhino, Sambar or other beasts of prey.

If only some of these firearms could speak.

And before someone asks, loads have not been developed for it yet. I should spend less time creating posts on NE for people to read.



In my opinion any good howdah firearm should have hammers. Especially any pistol or other howdah firearm for emergency defence. As the chambers can be loaded, the hammers down or half cocked and locked. And the handgun or short gun ready for sudden need.

Many of the modern Euro rifles have decocking 'safeties' and so would be suitable. Krieghof is a double rifle with decocking safetis.



A long barrelled rifle like this, would be awkward to move and swing around sitting on a howdah platform.

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Re: A Howdahing Moment! [Re: NitroX]
      #337822 - 11/02/20 11:12 AM

I have previously posted this, but for interest





Bought as a "Howdah Rifle" some years ago It is in .577/500 No.2 Express

It was cut down in the dim and distant past

With 19 inch barrels and 8 1/2 lbs weight it is relatively handleable

Whether ever used in a Howdah is debateable but more likely than almost any of the so-called "Howdah" pistols sold by dealers everywhere at high prices

The only reference to such arms I have read about in any of the many books I have read of that era was a 12 bore loaded with 1 barrel ball and the other LG (00 buck to our transatlantic friends)

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Re: A Howdahing Moment! [Re: NitroX]
      #337847 - 12/02/20 04:57 AM

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While long barrelled, my 1876 10-bore Westley Richards double has as mentioned no standing leaf, so may as described in Marrakai's article, being designed for quick shooting.






John - Forsyth wrote of this type of sighting (all leaves down) for DR's, in that the enlarged breech & rib height, gave ample elevation to the ball for point blank shooting.
This will certainly be fun testing in such a beautiful rifle.

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Re: A Howdahing Moment! [Re: Daryl_S]
      #338095 - 18/02/20 08:57 AM

What they need


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Re: A Howdahing Moment! [Re: 577Rodda]
      #338100 - 18/02/20 11:17 AM





Excellent pistol I am jealous about all the accessories!

I have not seen another like mine, most interesting

What is the calibre? Mine is .500 x 1.5"

With the very early hammers I would estimate 1870 ish, what do you think?

TH44

Edited by TH44 (18/02/20 11:25 AM)


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Re: A Howdahing Moment! [Re: TH44]
      #338112 - 18/02/20 01:27 PM

It was sold by R B Rodda, caliber is .577 x 2" (Snider).
Actual maker is unknown, Birmingham proofs.
I would agree on the date period.


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