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*W. J. JEFFERY SIDELOCK EJECTOR DANGEROUS GAME DOUBLE RIFLE WITH CASE AND AMMO. SN 28638. (ca 1930) Cal. 450-400 3″ Jeffery. (Groove diameter .410) This superb rifle has 24″ chopper lump bbls with quarter rib, mounting one standing, four folding leaf express rear sight marked for 100 through 500 yards. Leaves fold toward rear in typical Jeffery fashion. Silver bead front sight with flip-up night bead, is longitudinally dovetailed into stippled ramp. Tops of bbls are engraved “W. J. Jeffery & Co. Ltd.” and “26 Bury St. St. James’s. London.” Bbl flats are stamped with London nitro proofs for 60 grains cordite and 400 grain bullet. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SNs. Rear of bottom rib is stamped with no. “2494”. A 1″ sling loop is attached to bottom rib. Case hardened action with dolls head and sliding bolt third fastener, is fitted with pinless back action sidelocks, stocked to the fences, and features automatic safety (SAFE gold inlaid), bushed strikers, and double triggers. Fences are deeply serpentine carved. Action is engraved with exceptionally well cut medium shaded scroll outlining naive vignettes of game animals, all suitable quarry for this rifle; with three standing stags and recumbent hind in mountain background on bottom of action, three porcine elephants with mountainous background on left lockplate, with tabby-like tiger throttling sambar doe with another doe and stag escaping on right lockplate. A leopard stalks a gazelle on trigger guard bow. The front of each lockplate is engraved “W. J. Jeffery & Co Ltd.” SN is in banner on trigger guard tang, which extends to engraved steel grip cap. Well marbled and fiddle figured European walnut full capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-5/8″ over Silver type pad, and features drop points, 28 LPI point pattern checkering, and a sling loop and gold oval engraved “R. J. H.” on toe line. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Drop at heel: approx 2-5/8″, drop at comb: approx 1-7/8″. Weight: 10 lbs. 3 oz. LOP: 14-5/8″. Makers canvas case with leather trim and brass corners, is embossed “S. M. Bashir.” on top, which is also marked “400 DBL”. Interior is lined in green cloth with brown leather gold embossed Jeffery label on lid, and contains a 2-pc cleaning rod still wrapped in tissue paper. 100 Rounds of soft nose and 40 rounds of solid Kynoch ammo in unopened boxes, dated 01/08/00 are included. PROVENANCE: Invoice dated 1995 for this rifle with cover letter from H & H in London. Rifle regulated for and test target shot with Kynoch 400 grain soft nosed bullets at 50 yds with each rifle bbl grouping under 1″, each group with 1-1/2″ spread from center to center, right bbl low. CONDITION: Excellent, as partially and professionally refinished, by H & H when the gun was in their possession. Bbls retain nearly all of a best re-black and stocks a fine oil finish, edges slightly rounded, forend checkering correctly re-cut; new pad. Action retains 40 – 50% orig case hardening color, pleasingly silvered on fences and beads, thinning on bottom of action. Lockplates retain nearly all of their muted case hardening color. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout, with just a hint of erosion in throat of right bbl. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time. Case is considerably faded, rubbed and soiled. Straps and handle replaced and are very fine. Interior cloth is soiled, and compressed from contact with gun. A shortening block has been set into bbl channel. Label is fair, with cracks, discoloration and soiling. Ammo is excellent. A beautifully balanced high quality rifle in arguably THE best all around caliber. 4-49189 MGM231 (22,500-32,500)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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