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  1. All depends on what and where you are shooting ,There are only opinions .I knew people who could shoot extremely well with short barrels others who swore that it was impossible to hit a cow at 6 yards without 34" barrels . When I started out in the trade every one wanted 26" & 28" for game old 30" guns were hard to sell . Its trends that come and go .
  2. Enfield , Boxall and Edminson boxlocks were basically Webley Cavaliers they finished ,some barrelled actions and others built up from parts they bought off Hollands .. You have forgotten the the company that is still making Box locks . Westley Richards. .
  3. Guns that originally had 4/5 shot magazines and were restricted had to be checked , stamped and certificated by the Proof House's .Guns imported after the law was changed to 2 shot magazine , it was assumed all those sold would comply with the Law .This was the norm although one or two did slip through the net . Some not being restricted and not checked by police on certificate renewal , and continued to on a shotgun certificate .I had this once were an auto was brought into the shop for repair on a shotgun certificate , on finding it had not been restricted I was unable to return it to its owner as he did not have variation on his firearms licence . The Police instead of admitting error and gating a variation, as they were at fault , insisted he made a fresh application and had to go through the whole grant process . As we all know that it is possible to put 3x 2&1/2" cases into a mag on a 3&1/2" gun making the whole system ridicules .
  4. Browning started using some very odd finish to there stocks and found that I had to basically strip off and re finish all over . I took this up with their UK work shop and they said they had the same problem .
  5. Gunman


    The size of choke you need is decided by the kind of shooting you intend to do .The range you want to shoot at and yes the cartridge you want to use . Back when Britain had a gun manufacturing base , guns would be ordered to throw a set pattern at a set range with a set cartridge .Guns for the self would often have been sent out 3/4 & 1/2 ,allowing the dealer to bore out to customer requirement For general shooting I dont see any one needing more than 1/4 & 1/2 and I've bored a lot of chokes
  6. Gunman


    Thats why you should never buy from an auction without independent vetting .
  7. You have to ask how many guns sent for review never get get a write up .Sources tell me there have been quite a few .
  8. Have you ever read a bad review ? No names but I was sent a gun by an importer directly from a " reviewer " that had been out on test , decent write up but cutting critic that " the stock may have been a little better finished " . Wow . No mention that the second barrel would not fire . I was asked by a magazine ,to do some reviews but I said I'd tell the truth no matter how many double page ads the importer took out .They declined my terms . .
  9. When you say the forend is coming loose and from you description I take it that it's the wood thats moving , not the forend iron itself ? These are two different things . My best advise if it is the wood , a visit to a stocker your best course as he will be able to either fix alter the wood to give abetter fit ,or, fit veneers inside the wood to give a better fit to the barrel .
  10. This was a standard Browning stock .Altering it for no real reason will only devalue the gun . When I worked customising B25's we had quite a few game guns restocked with a roach hands .
  11. If its a Monte Carlo stock then I see no reason why taking some off the top is a problem . I say this without seeing you so can only suggestions based on experience . I also take it you are looking down on the rib as you say the gun shoots high , so lowering the comb should help ,this can be achieved by setting but this will only lower the heel and may not lower the " face " as much as you need , therefore taking wood off the comb is the best solution . Looking at the cast and length the angle of the butt end , the so called pitch , at the same time is advisable ,as ,at risk of offence, your stance and mount . To this I suggest a visit to an experienced stock fitter who after looking at you will be able to make recommendations . NB A stock fitter is not always a shooting instructor .It has been my unfortunate experience that some so called coaches have set opinions as to what they like and think its what you should like not what you need . Not the same thing at all .
  12. Only way to be sure is to try it . Even on production guns there can be slight differences that will stop a stock from fitting correctly . Wood may be above or below the metal ,guards may not seat or pin holes not line up .Stock bolts vary in length. A lot of these are epoxy bedded at the back so may need some work before they fit correctly with the bearing surfaces under correct pressures .
  13. I can not think of why anyone would pay for new barrels on a BSA .Even back in the 50's it wold have cost far more than the gun was worth . Jokingly BSA [bits scraps & all sorts ] may be what you have . Difficult to say without seeing it but I suggest a set of later BSA barrel have been " grafted" on .These were machine made guns and pretty interchangeable . It is also quite possible knowing a little of how the Birmingham Trade operated that there were surplus BSA barrels about that could have been fitted . We will never know . On that point there were barrelled actions kicking about from The Midland Gun and Rodda [fire damaged ] as late as the 80's for instance . It was my understanding that BSA did resume gun manufacture after WW2 but only for a few years , but on this I'm willing to be corrected
  14. Dont want to put a damper on things .BUT . On quite a few of these early imports that were Birmingham proofed there was a problem . Barrels marked up ay .719" esspesially . Basically they measured the barrels with a plug , first would be a .719" if this passed the 9" mark then they would try a .729" plug . If this did not enter to 9's" the barrel would be marked at .7i9". As the Japanese used metric sizes it was the case that the barrels bored to .728" or 18.5 mm would be marked as .719" by the Proof house in accordance with the rules but the barrel had only .001" before going out of proof . When this was realised and intermediate plug , .725"was used and the barrel were marked accordingly so it has been known for a barrel with a bore of .724"/18.4 mm to be marked at .729" .
  15. Look at the proof marks for a date .
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