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I was lucky yesterday and won this E. M. Reilly .500 3" BPE double rifle. It will be a nice addition to my small collection of BPE double rifles.

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Beautiful rifle, Mike. If you can, share more pictures when you get it.

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Will do. Hopefully I'll have a video of it going bang.

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Question from my ignorance. Does the term bolted hammers refer to what I call stalking safties?

Wonderfully trim looking gun!

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That's is how I understand it AGS.

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Hi Mike, Great rifle. Can't wait to see more pictures and hear how it shoots. Do you know if it has Henry rifling or another pattern? My 450BPE Reilly double has Henry rifling. It has been far and away the easiest of my black powder express doubles to get shooting right.

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No mention of the type of rifling.

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Mike, 20674 would have been serial numbered in late 1876, or very early 1877.

It was sold at Bonham's auction on 27 July 2005,
https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/11775/lot/3/
then at Gavin Gardner on 15 November 2023
http://gavingardiner.com/BidCat/detail.asp?SaleRef=0049&LotRef=63

It has steel barrels which probably means it was re-barreled at some point. Nobody in London at that time I don't believe was using steel barrels even though the Whitworth patent was dated to 1865. The earliest Reilly ad for Whitworth barrels was in January 1882. There is a Reilly pigeon gun dated to December 1881 with the steel barrels. Here is the grain sheaf trademark:
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This said there is a Reilly double rifle .500 BPE with 28" barrels SN 19953 (1875) which sure looks to have steel barrels.
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Check out the Reilly History:
. . -- Chapter XI: Reilly – 1880’s:
. . . .-- sub-para 76. 1882: Reilly and Steel Barrels.
https://www.doublegunshop.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=436538&page=95

I'd be very interested in knowing if there is an address on the rib or barrels and if there are the Whitworth grain sheaves on the barrels. If so then this is going to be a revelation.

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Thanks Argo. Looks as if I got it quite a bit cheaper than it sold at Bonham's.


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