If you recognise any of these rifles PLEASE drop me a line as I’m looking for any history regarding them.
Some time ago I had been discussing buying a Rook rifle from another collector and somewhere in the to and fro of emails we lost contact. So it was a pleasant surprise to get an email from him totally out of the blue.
We started chatting again and he also mentioned that there was also a parts rifle in rather poor state that was also available.
Again the magpie in me was stirred and a deal was soon struck! I was going to be the proud owner of my first rook rifles
It turned out that there was a martini action in 3oo Rook as well as a break open breach again in 300 rook. The break open was in cosmetically poor condition and the bore was stuffed (any suggested rebuild calibre happy entertained!)
So, why these old rifles you may ask? Well these old girls are not your average rifles and yes both are in a calibre that’s going to require me to get specific dies and moulds, find brass, cast my own lead projectiles, etc. But that’s the appeal! They are oddball calibres and are pretty much obsolete. Sadly many gems like these are often destined for the scrap heap.
Poor old girl, if you look really close you can almost make out on the top of the barrel an area where there is little or no rust. In that is stamped .300.
The rust, whilst extensive, isn’t too bad or too deep. Nothing that would appear to affect the functionality of the rifle, other than the bore being stuffed! The barrel aspect is going to be interesting as I would like to keep her in 300 rook, just its going to be needing to be re-sleeved and then there is finding someone with a chamber reamer in 300 rook.
The right hand side of the receiver, again showing the signs of surface rust. Somewhat to be expected of an older rifle and this was the rifle considered a good parts rifle or the basis of a bigger restore / rebuild. To me a gorgeous old rifle well worthy of the effort.
This picture shows however what a little bit of work can do. The surface rust has been removed to reveal a lovely aged patina underneath.
Again the lovely woodwork and the deep colourings of the wood I wont touch this what so ever as to do so would ruin both the inherent character and its originality.
The images below are of the Martini action, its in great condition and besides a slight tidy up here and there will be left alone. The bore is in wonderful condition again given its apparent age.
The right hand side of the action had a few scratch’s that just seemed to detract a little from her overall condition. Whilst purely cosmetic I thought a small bit of work over the next couple of weeks would help hide this.
The first clean made an immediate difference. I plan over the next week or two a couple of small touch ups, but I expect it will settle in colour and age well. My aim is not to fully restore to its original condition but just to give her back some of her dignity!