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Re: .577 Howdah [Re: tinker]
      #353872 - 30/05/21 06:23 PM

Yes the image posted looks like it. And 70 grs BP also suggests it.

It may have been the revolver .577 Howdah that made me think that. Or soemthing like that.

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Re: .577 Howdah [Re: tinker]
      #353895 - 31/05/21 08:52 AM

The .577 Snider round is a 480 grain bullet ahead of 70 grains BP with 2 inch/ 1 78" case, although Hoyem lists a 1.65" case with the same 70 grain load

All the British Ordnance (military issue)rounds were coiled brass, as was the .577/450

The only .577 alternative for handguns was the .577 revolver round, much shorter and less powerful

Note: the 4 barrelled Lancaster pistol was not offered in .577 IIRC, but the 2 barrelled O/U was in .577 revolver

These Double barrelled hammer pistols are the most interesting IMHO so if you like one go for it!

TH

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Re: .577 Howdah [Re: lancaster]
      #354478 - 21/06/21 04:48 PM

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imho, a textbook howdah in the next Holt's auction

https://auctions.holtsauctioneers.com/as...374&image=3

WILKINSON & SON, LONDON
A .577 (SNIDER) DOUBLE-BARRELLED HOWDAH-PISTOL, serial no. 7990,
circa 1880, with 6 1/2in. rifled barrels, the top rib signed 'WILKINSON & SON, 27 PALL MALL LONDON', bead fore-sight on a shallow ramp, engraved band at breech, rounded side-lever opening action (traces of colour), standing notch rear-sight to front of top-strap, blued serpentine side-lever with chequered thumb-piece, scroll engraved curved back-action locks signed within engraved tri-folded banners 'WILKINSON, PALL MALL, LONDON', plain hammers, chequered walnut pistol-grip butt bearing the stamped serial number in the wood only, moulded butt-cap with central horseshoe-shaped lanyard swivel, full length trigger-guard tang and diminutive captive borderline engraved iron fore-end with traces of colour, overall length 13 1/4in., weight approximately 3 1/4lbs.










thats what it have to be






What did it sell for? Any one know? Bidding is closed. I was considering bidding

Sold for 6,500

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Edited by NitroX (22/06/21 03:19 AM)


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Re: .577 Howdah [Re: NitroX]
      #354575 - 24/06/21 12:29 AM

Sold for 6,500

Anyone buy it here? Or know who bought it? Thanks.

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Re: .577 Howdah [Re: NitroX]
      #356777 - 15/09/21 05:14 PM

I've got a Wilkinson identical to the one in the top post and that TH44 posted. It was one of 3 at the AK double rifle shoot where I had the great pleasure of making TH44's company so it might have even been one of the ones he shot.

With 70 grains of Goex FFG under a piece of foam backer rod and a 480 grain bullet it averages just 710fps, and 604 with the same charge of Fg. As for regulation....uh....mine at least shoots about 2 1/2 feet apart diagonally at 15 yards off of a rest. It's the only one I've ever shot so I have no idea if that is the norm or mine is somehow defective. I haven't measured the triggers but my guess is the front is around 12lb and the rear about 15, which certainly doesn't help. I can only guess that regulation wasn't a concern at powder burn distances and that you really really didn't want an accidental discharge into your elephant.

Recoil isn't bad at all as much of the powder burns outside the barrel. Feels about like a standard velocity 44 or stiff 45acp, if even that. I've got a video of trying to put 10 rounds on a steel target from last spring I'll post when I get a bit of free time.

As an aside, I did take it on a hunt 7-8 years ago. I went on a moose hunt but neglected to apply for a caribou tag, as moose was the focus. Naturally caribou were everywhere, and once while laying prone glassing a group split in two and walked around me at arms length. The next year I went back with a caribou tag and my howdah inside my jacket in addition to my 375. I couldn't get within 500 yard of a caribou without them winding me. Oh well.

Bob



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Re: .577 Howdah [Re: Omnivorous_Bob]
      #356784 - 16/09/21 01:30 AM


This is from a day at the range back in May goofing off trying 10 rounds "rapid" fire (rapid being a very relative term with non-rebounding hammers!). Anyone who finds themselves in south central Montana (between Billings and Yellowstone) is welcome to give it a try, lots of big bore BP shooters here.

howdah video

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Re: .577 Howdah [Re: Omnivorous_Bob]
      #356792 - 16/09/21 07:39 AM

Cool!

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Re: .577 Howdah [Re: Daryl_S]
      #356798 - 16/09/21 08:02 AM

Bob - Great pics and glad to see you are still active!

I will always remember the welcome and excellent time in Alaska with Cal and all of you

Maybe in the future...............

Tony


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Re: .577 Howdah [Re: TH44]
      #356808 - 16/09/21 03:13 PM

Good stuff! I want to visit you! See if you take some side on video one day.

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