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Chelmsfordthescapegoat

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PostSubject: The Cape Gun.   The Cape Gun. EmptyMon 13 Sep 2010 - 10:44

This sounds rather interesting. Any information on how it worked would be appricated..
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PostSubject: Re: The Cape Gun.   The Cape Gun. EmptyMon 13 Sep 2010 - 11:00

Sometimes called an over and under. .22 on top and a 14 bore below. The wine farmers use them a lot, the .22 for vermin and the 14 bore for Ginea Fowl
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PostSubject: Re: The Cape Gun.   The Cape Gun. EmptyMon 13 Sep 2010 - 12:21

Chelms
The original Cape Gun offered the hunter a choice, Holland and Holland advertised both Shotgun/Large bore rifle or Double barrelled rifle, in both .450/577 or more usually in .470" or .500" Nitro Express.

These were side by sides, put it plainly if you have a Bull Rhino running full pelt toward you, it gave you a second chance.........!.

I had the chance to fire a double .500" by Purdey at our range, I was advised the first round gives you a nosebleed, the second detaches your retina.......... I went for one shot.
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PostSubject: Re: The Cape Gun.   The Cape Gun. EmptyMon 13 Sep 2010 - 12:42

God!! I would hate to think what a 3rd round would do. (Did you get a nose bleed.?)
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PostSubject: Re: The Cape Gun.   The Cape Gun. EmptyMon 13 Sep 2010 - 16:13

A sore shoulder!,
Most of these guns had what was know as express sights, these were small graduated flip up panels, from 300-50 yards, a Lion with an attitude can do 100 yards quickly, so you needed to have the trajectory correct!

Interstingly the gun is advertised in .450/577 government issue, which does point to being aimed as an officers "toy". It was commonplace,In the Sudan in 1884 Col Burnaby of the Blues and Royals armed himself with a shotgun, that didn't stop getting the chop ar Abu Klea.
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