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Another Interesting Rook Rifle - Marietta Dumoulin Freres - 44 Shotgun w/ Travel Case

.... suggested to bring over to this Forum also ....

Hello All,

This is another very interesting Rook Rifle from my collection. (actually a 44 cal shotgun) It was purchased at a local Wisconsin gun show about 12 years ago. How this interesting Rook made it to Wisconsin is a mystery. It still has its original 1916 Redhead Leather Travel Case. The travel case is dated June 20, 1916. Amazingly, the case still has its original key for the locking strap. (a feature that would not likely stop a thief)

This dainty little gun weighs only a tad over 3-1/2 pounds. It has a very Unique Folding Martini action, making it simple to clean. This may account for why it still has a mirror bright bore from end-to-end.

Here are the specs:

3 lbs 9-1/2 oz - Octagon to Round 22-1/8" Barrel - 13-5/8" LOP

The gun still retains about 75% silvered case color on the receiver, and 90% original blue on the barrel. The previous owner; W.K.SMITH, carved his name into the left side of the stock just behind the receiver. It also has an "optimistic" Hard Rubber Butt Plate showing a pair of Flying Ducks.

As always, comments are welcome.

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............ previous posting have shown that some people can't see my photos ... for those that can't ... here's a direct link .. http://www.buckstix.com/buckpics/rook44-0.jpg
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Very cool. You sure come up with a lot of nice stuff.

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buckstix,
My cousin has a Stevens chambered for that round. He loads ammo using 7x57R cases that I gave him. He shoots birds around the house that are destructive to the songbirds he is trying to attract. There are other cases that can be used, I just had enough 7x57Rs. His gun is a "hoot" and is pretty effective too. Yours is very interesting.
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Single shot rifles were also built for the 44-40 XL shotshell.

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Originally Posted by Der Ami
buckstix,
My cousin has a Stevens chambered for that round. He loads ammo using 7x57R cases that I gave him. He shoots birds around the house that are destructive to the songbirds he is trying to attract. There are other cases that can be used, I just had enough 7x57Rs. His gun is a "hoot" and is pretty effective too. Yours is very interesting.
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Hello Der Ami,
Thanks for the reply.

I use 44-40 cases loaded with a paper shot capsule that I make myself. I take a 1-3/4" square of paper and wrap it around the steel mandrel shown in the cartridge box to make a shot capsule. I then fill them with 200g of #7-1/2 shot.

Very good results!

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http://www.buckstix.com/buckpics/rook44-992.jpg

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http://www.buckstix.com/buckpics/44shot-pattern.jpg
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Nice pattern. If you ever want a longer case they can be made from 444 Marlin to the original length of 1.63 inches. Just run a 444 into a 44-40 die with the decapping stem removed. That's how I make them for my Frank Wesson 2 trigger rifle which is chambered for the 44-40 XL bulleted cartridge.

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buckstix,
Yes, I saw your posting on the other forum(I seldom go over there but did today), it is a very nice gun. By using the longer cases my cousin didn't need to make shot cups. I forgot, I first gave him some shotshells(from my "pile") made with 303 Brit. cases.
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Hello HalfaDouble,
Hello Der Ami,
Thanks for the reply.

I have also used 375-2-1/2 NE cases "as is" loaded with shot ... but I prefer the "look" of the original 44 shot cartridges with a shot pack in the shorter brass case ...

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Fascinating gun! just when you think you must have seen it all something like this turns up.

I was wondering what seem different with the Martini part then realised - no cocking indicator.

As to the case lock being ineffective against thieves, I remember seeing in a sporting book from the Raj a recommendation that cases should be lockable to prevent railway thieves substituting an equivalent weight of stones for the contents to avoid early detection.

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Originally Posted by Parabola
Fascinating gun! just when you think you must have seen it all something like this turns up.

I was wondering what seem different with the Martini part then realised - no cocking indicator.

As to the case lock being ineffective against thieves, I remember seeing in a sporting book from the Raj a recommendation that cases should be lockable to prevent railway thieves substituting an equivalent weight of stones for the contents to avoid early detection.
Hello Parabola,
Thanks for the reply.

I never thought of the "rocks" substitution. The lock will protect against that.


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