8 BORE SHOTGUNS
SN 21971. Cal. 8 ga. 3-1/2″ Chambers. 32″ Twist steel bbls are engraved with makers name and “London” as well as “W. R. A. CO” in script on concave game rib. Breech area of left bbl is stamped “3-1/2”. This engraving and marking is undoubtedly quite old, done after this gun was made, as there is no factory brown in lettering. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with Birmingham black powder proofs for 9 ga. as well as “CHOKE” and SNs. Robust Jones underlever action is fitted with bar rebounding locks with round bodied serpentine hammers. Action and locks are engraved with about 50% coverage well cut scroll and with makers name on each lockplate. Scott castle logos are on water table and top of breech. Trigger guard has SN on tang which extends to horn grip cap. Relatively plain dark European walnut pistol grip buttstock measures 13-3/4″ over steel buttplate. Point pattern checkering with mullered borders is at grip. A vacant silver oval is on toe line. Matching splinter forend has inset horn tip, and attaches to bbls with side nail through engraved steel oval escutcheons. Bore diameter: left -.885, right – .881. Bore restrictions: left – .050 (full), right – .045 (full). Wall thickness: left – .052, right – .052. Drop at heel: 3-1/16″, drop at comb: 1-7/8″. Weight: 12 lbs. 2 oz. LOP: 13-3/4″. PROVENANCE: Consignor states this gun was purchased in 1977 from Richard Morgan, who was the head of experimental at WRA. Cover letter from W. C. F. Publications certifies that this gun is listed in orig Winchester ballistic ledger no. 5 on page 74. A copy of the ledger is attached and reads “Feb 12 / 98, adapting normal powder to 8 ga 3-1/4″ Repeater, velocity to be attained 1030 FS.” “Scott double gun – 32″ BBL 8-3-1/4 leader – reg # 4 PX? 50 GRS Normal powder”. Another W. & C. Scott in 10 ga with similar markings, is known. Page 17 of WINCHESTER SHOTGUNS AND SHOT SHELLS by Ronald W. Stadt, the author states that “a friend possesses a W & C Scott 14 ga with WRA on top rib”. It was used to test factory loaded ammunition. Another friend has a W & C Scott 10 ga that long ago, an appraiser called “Winchester”.” This ten ga has been discussed on the internet. CONDITION: Excellent, with some repairs. Bbls retain approx 80% orig Damascus finish with a number of light marks and rubs, and some pinprick oxidation. Action and locks retain 80 – 90% orig case hardening color and have been re-lacquered. Stocks retain nearly all of their orig finish with raised grain and are quite dark. Stock has broken through at wrist, and been repaired, and presently does not flex. Checkering is somewhat worn and dirty. Horn forend tip is a recent replacement. Bores are good to fine, with scattered pitting. Action is tight. Locks are crisp. A hard to find high condition big bore with an unusual Winchester connection.