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“Double Deuce” 2-Bore Rifle: A Gunsmithing Spectacle


Hi Guys! Thanks for tuning in to another video on forgottenweapons.com I am Ian McCollum, and I am here today at the Rock Island Auction Company taking a look at… some of the guns that they’re going to be selling in their upcoming December of 2017 firearms auction. Specifically today, we have a two-bore double fifle and its little companion two-bore muzzle-loading pistol. Now, two-bore is a measure of well – obviously bore diameter and it comes from the classic way of measuring… barrel size which is how many… well, how many round balls the size of the bore does it take to make one pound. This is a really kind of strange… measuring technique, but it’s what we still use today. That’s what determines… twelve-gauge A.K.A. twelve-bore, or twenty-bore, or pretty much any standard shotgun size. Well the biggest rifles and shotguns that were ever actually really used in the field were four bore meaning that… one pound of lead would make four round lead balls the size of the barrel diameter. so, a four-bore is basically a… one inch in diameter projectile, and four-bore hunting rifles – or stopping rifles as they’re typically called – are… really, really, huge, humongously-recoiling. Just… incredibly intense firearms. They were not used much, typically they were called stopping rifles because their primary purpose was to… stop a charging very large animal at very close range something… where shooting it with any sort of standard sort of safari rifle would inevitably kill it. But a stopping rifle was there for when you needed… that cape buffalo that’s twenty feet away right there and charging at you to just drop dead right there. Because if you hit it and it runs over you and then dies five feet behind you, that doesn’t really… do you any good. Hence the “Stopping Rifles”. And four-bore was as big as it got. However, there are a few references out there to two-bore rifles and a number of them have been… made. Now two-bores are pretty… much rifles that are made for the spectacle of being a two-bore rifle and this is no exception This [rifle], it’s a double rifle here if I convert two-bore into an inch measurement, it is a 1.32-inch – in diameter – barrel. These things are huge it’s The measurement of two-bore means that it takes two lead balls this size to make a pound, so it’s firing a… 3500 grain – A.K.A a half pound round lead ball that’s about a quarter of a kilogram. It is a black powder rifle so it’s firing those at about… 1,200 feet per second, and that makes for about twelve thousand foot-pounds of muzzle energy. Now, this rifle weighs 44 pounds, so it’s really not practical to carry. It’s really very difficult just to shoulder and fire without a support underneath it, but… it is a legitimately monstrous firearm, and that’s what it was made for. This was custom made to a customer’s specifications by Stolzer and Son’s, like I said out of Kansas. And, um… They did a pretty cool job on it. Let’s take a closer look. Obviously, the first thing one does with a rifle like this is show the ammunition with some kind of standard-sized cartridges so that you can get an idea for what it’s really like. So we’ll start with something small – .50 BMG, and then as a comparison we have this. That is actually not a towe-bore, that is only a four-bore cartridge. To really get the full size, I have to zoom out a bit. And there Is our four-bore cartridge. That’s one point— Basically one-and-a-third inches – about thirty-four millimeters in diameter. It’s ridiculously huge. Now, the rifle itself is an under-lever style which means that we have a lever underneath. Amazing wow that works… And if you rotate the lever, then you unlock the action and you can lift it up… like so. Once open you have something very, very similar to a standard double rifle – just… far, far larger. Note that our .50 BMG cartridge in here… uh… just… really loosely fits in. What this under-lever is actually doing mechanically to lock, is it’s rotating a locking wedge that – when closed… locks into these two recesses and holds the barrel shut against the breech blocks. So, that prevents it from opening when you fire, which would be extraordinarily bad. The sights here are of the ‘Express’ type which would be appropriate and typical for this sort of rifle… You can flip these up for progressively longer distances. They’re basically just rear leaf sights. The Rifle has exposed hammers, so you would manually… cock one – or both – hammers. It has safety [mechanism]… safety latches here, which simply go forward and lock Into the hammer, preventing it from falling if you pull the trigger. So a very simple safety there. And then the front trigger… let’s see the front trigger is the left-hand barrel, and the rear trigger is the right-hand barrel. The wood used here was chosen by the customer – it’s a very… a very light-colored wood. And… If we look closely on the side of the receiver there, you’ll notice that this rifle has been named – appropriately – the “Double Deuce” Naturally – to go along with it – the pistol is the “Little Deuce”. Now, I get the feeling this pistol is just kind of a fun, extra project… It does not fire the same cartridge as the rifle, it is a muzzle-loading pistol. It is rifled and it uses the same projectiles as the rifle, but not loaded into a cartridge and certainly not loaded with the same… 500 grain black powder charge. On the pistol here, there is a typical percussion cap… And this fires, well – this is a percussion pistol. I find it very helpful that the original customer was left-handed, so this has a left-handed stock on it. The cheek Riser here is actually quite thin, because in order to not shatter into a thousand pieces when you fire… the stock Has to be quite thick. So, I figured you kind of have to put something like this Into proper perspective. This thing is… just ridiculously large and… forty-four pounds may not be the world’s heaviest weight, but when a lot of it is hanging out at the end of the barrels… it is quite a job to try and actually shoulder this thing. [grunts] [grunts] And that’s about the best I can do. Well, one of the cool things about this rifle ts that the builder – Stolzer… Actually has A YouTube channel of his own, and has done some really cool documentation – video documentation – of the process of building this rifle and exactly what went Into it – along with its little companion pistol there. So, if you’re interested in finding out more about this – especially from a high-end sporting/gunsmithing perspective… Definitely take a look at the description text, and check out their channel. And, of course, also down there you’ll find a link to Rock Island’s catalog pages for both the rifle and the pistol, they’re being sold separately… And so, if you decide that you would really like to have one of these… and you don’t want to wait around to have a new one custom-built for you… well, you can place a bid on this one right now. It is coming up for sale in December, and that catalog page has Rock Island’s pictures and description, and price estimate and all that sort… of stuff, as well as a button right there where you can place a bid on it if you’re so inclined. Thanks for watching!

100 thoughts on ““Double Deuce” 2-Bore Rifle: A Gunsmithing Spectacle

  1. I wanna see a steel-plated steam wagon with these things mounted on the sides and front and back. Load it with just an absurd amount of standard buckshot, and clear out a jungle. Or, just have it with the straight 2-bore, and use it breach walls.

  2. Something tells me that if you touch off the left barrel and it doesn't stop what is coming towards you being overrun by it might be preferable to touching off the right barrel…..

  3. I've dabbled with notion of making a PCP rifle in 30mm. Thought that it would be too bit too silly. Then I saw this thing…Maybe I should…I mean it would only maybe have 25% of the muzzle energy of this thing, but the recoil would still be "interesting".

  4. 2 bore is 34mm. The british anti tank gun of the 1930s was 40mm which could go through 42mm of armour. Absolutely monstrous rifle

  5. So, uh…when can you shoot one for us?

    Like, I don't care if you have to put it on a tripod somehow, I just wanna see you shoot it.

  6. Gun Jesus–I think I would still prefer the 40mm m79 grenade launcher loaded with buckshot that I used in Nam…25 yards works or with the grenade round 400 meters–lol

  7. I see the idea, and antiqueted purpose of stopping rifles, but nowadays, they are more for African hunger tradition; because quite frankly, there are AR-platform rifles that fire semo-auro, chambered in .338 Win Mag. With a muzzle break, very manageable recoil, and the ability to dump multiple powerful rounds into a charging animal. Far better than having 2 giant rounds, of which you probably will not get the gun back on target after the 1st shot fast enough to hit anything charging.

    If that isn't deemed adequate, then why not something like the Serbu BFG-50A, with the short barrel firing .50bmg armor piercing rounds? Surely that'll kill anything with ease, and again, usable follow-up shots.

  8. should have called it the shoulder separator. or clavicle crusher. i couldnt imagine firing both barrels at the same time and the energy that you would feel coming back at you.

  9. If a buffalo 🐃 comes charging at you just point the gun to the ground drop both hammer💥 and boom 🚀 🌎

  10. 45 pound weight for a two bore stopping Rifle ? When faced with the terror at finding a Datsun 1200 smashed up with my 3 friends inside I lifted the rear up and moved it. I feel a Cape Buffelo would cause that gun to weigh 2 pounds, or less.

  11. I've never needed a shotgun more than I do now, need the pistol too.

    And what else could I say except, Doomguy would be proud, so very very proud.

  12. That has a bigger barrel than the medium range anti aircraft gun the US started the Second World War with, the 1.1 inch Chicago piano

  13. I once pulled both triggers on a 10 gauge double barreled goose gun (30" barrels)…. i swore, never to do that again. seeing this monstrosity fills me with a kind of morbid curiosity. WOULD i do it?…..

  14. 3:39 The size of the rifle as well as those "elephant gun" cartridges make the .50 BMG cartridge look like a little 7.62 mm AK cartridge.
    When you set down the .50 BMG my brain kinda glitched because I thought "little… Okay, 7.62 mm." because of the size comparison, but your fingers didn't match how big a 7.62 round would be. Then you said ".50 BMG" and I was like "oh shit, human brains are unreliable as hell for snap judgements, aren't they?" Lmao. Unreal!

  15. Put it in the American perspective. Each of those bullets is 2 large hamburgers in weight. That's 4 hamburgers in your gun. Amazing.

  16. Any outdoorsman will tell you the most frustrating part of hunting is when a deer simply FALLS DOWN when shot, and doesn't FLY BACKWARD into the forest. Those days are over. Anything this baby hits better PACK A LUNCH, 'cause it is going for a ride!

  17. I heard that two Georgia guys, Billy Bob and his hunting buddy Bubba were successful high bidders at the auction. When they got home they had a couple of six packs of Budweiser to celebrate their newly acquired huntin rifle. They drew straws to decide who got to shoot the rifle a who would hold the target.
    The Fannin County coroner's office expressed thanks to officials in the States of Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia for assistance in recovering Billy Bob's remains.

  18. Never have I seen a .50 bmg so absolutely dwarfed. I legitimately thought it was some standard rifle round like .223 Remington

  19. That rifle although beautiful it's completely impractical and ridiculous in weight. If you need a gun that big it should be mounted on a Turret

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