View Full Version : Where do you put a DRILLING?

05-17-2010, 12:45 PM
Well I am about 90% done with a project gun and yesterday we shot the drilling. This is a German made gun from about 1900 and was 16x16 2 1/2 with an 8MM Styer drilling rifle barrel. Well 8MM Styer is no more but the chamber did clean up to 32-40. The barrel was OLD 8MM with 321 grooves so a cast 323 170 grain 8mm bullet works just fine and over a case full of Trail Boss it shoots dead center. Since I load for a Husky 16 I had plenty of 16 Ga 2 1/2" shells and the shotgun patterns full and full well centered with the right ammo. The whole gun weighs in at 7.5 pounds and it has hammers and a barrel selector switch that flips up the rear sight, plus a concealed folding peep in the tang.

I had to re work the locks, triggers and the flip up sight lever and make new firing pins, but it was worth it. The owner will have about $650 in the gun as when he bought it it was not functional. Reapirs were as much as the gun. Boy until you have disassembled a multi lever german set trigger and stoned and polished it you havent lived. Now with the trigger set the pull runs from 1 1/2 pounds to 8 ounces. It will be most interesting to see how the gun handles lighter bullets as we are hoping to get some 32-20 type loads for turkey hunting.

05-17-2010, 02:12 PM
That sounds really neat. I had a friend that had a 12x12 over 8x57 IIRC drilling that had
been thru a fire enough to char the forend and unsolder the barrels. Got it free. We
soldered the barrels back and shot black powder loads in it. JP Sauer brand, all engraved,
a real tragedy to be burned. They are very interesting pieces, extremely finely made
pieces of machinery.

Sounds like you had a good time on that one.

05-17-2010, 05:09 PM
If I remember right, an unmodified one goes for $3-15 grand.
Too bad more research wasn't done.

05-17-2010, 05:29 PM
I just looked at a few this past weekend at the Colorado Gun Collectors show and zuke is right on the money. Even doubles ( either sxs or over/unders are in the 2 to 15 or more range. Even converted shotgun actions are 1200 to 3000.

You will have to watch those light triggers as the gun could double.

On another note I got to play with a four barrel this weekend. 22 hornet top barrel, 16x16 in the middle, and 6.5x55 on the bottom. Weight according to the owner was 7.0 lbs loaded. It was priced at 22K. Way far out of my leage, but it was once nice thing to handle.

05-17-2010, 10:07 PM
Any pictures?

05-18-2010, 09:12 AM
I shudder at the thought of rechambering it, but would also like to see some pics. Sounds cool.

05-18-2010, 12:08 PM
Yes, pictures please