Charles Hellis 12 Bore – 3” MAGNUM, LONDON PROOF 1981,  WOW!
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Charles Hellis 12 Bore – 3” MAGNUM, LONDON PROOF 1981, WOW!

$8,950.00
Ex Tax: $8,950.00
Product Code: Charles Hellis & Sons 12ga sn3308

Overview

General Specs: Charles Hellis, Year 1926, 12 Gauge, 7lbs 12oz, Chokes IM/F Serial Number: 3308 The gunmaking firm of Charles Hellis was founded in 1884 by Charles Edward Hellis at 21 Shrewsbury Road, Westbourne Park, London.  In 1897 Char...

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General Specs: Charles Hellis, Year 1926, 12 Gauge, 7lbs 12oz, Chokes IM/F
Serial Number: 3308

The gunmaking firm of Charles Hellis was founded in 1884 by Charles Edward Hellis at 21 Shrewsbury Road, Westbourne Park, London.  In 1897 Charles Hellis moved to a more prestigious address at 119 Edgware Road, Hyde Park, London where this gun was produced.  Edgware Road had been used by a number of gunmakers of note by this time. Mooer & Grey, Boss, and Beesley had occupied business premises there. Hellis guns gained favor with royalty and subsequently “Under Royal Patronage” appeared on their gun case trade labels. The King of Portugal purchased guns from the firm, and in 1926 Harold MacMillan ordered a pair of 12 bore No.1 sidelock ejectors with extra quality engraving plus spare barrels, paying £265 for them.  He used this pair of sidelocks for the remainder of his life.  His grandsons are still using the guns to this day. The Prince of Wales was also a customer.  This particular gun, sn3308 made in 1926, is quite unusual as it would be considered a heavy waterfowler with 3” chambers and proofed in London in 1981 for 4 tons of pressure and 3” MAGNUM loads, remaining in proof today.  Weighing 7 3/4lbs. and balanced perfectly 1/8” ahead of the hinge pin, this 7 pin sidelock gun with 30” IM/F choked barrels is made for the heavy loads used for waterfowling, or for the high volume shooting of live pigeons and competitive clay target shooting.  The use of spreader loads at the sporting clays course would make this a widely versatile gun for any targets presented.  As noted above, Charles Hellis was known for building fine sporting guns and this fine shotgun will not disappoint.  The wood is beautifully figured English walnut with fine checkering and modern shooting dimensions (we can install a fine leather pad if you prefer it rather than the ebony extension).  The gun likely left the gunmaker’s premises with decorative border engraving, and the sideplates were subsequently engraved with waterfowl game scenes by noted master engraver D.V. Hudson in 1987.  The gun is in superb mechanical condition, with mirror bores, 99% London blue, 60% fading case color, perfect screws, tight lock-up, perfect wood-to-metal fit…a stunning London built gun.  British 12 bore sidelocks with 3” chambers are rarely encountered, and this one is priced to sell.  Cased in a period correct English trunk-style case.  Please enjoy the photos and don’t let this one get away!  Thanks for looking.  


Barrels

Barrel Length:  30"
Chokes:  .026/.041  IM/F
Bores:  perfect mirror
Bore Diameter:  .733 both
Wall Thickness:  .032/.026
% Blue:  99%
Chambers:  3" Magnum 
Ribs:  tight
Sights:  single

Action

Action:  tight
Ejectors or Extractors:  ejectors, strong, timed
Case Color:  80% 
Screws:  perfect
Engraving:  fine ducks in flight; gorgeous border
Trigger Type:  double, crisp
Trigger Guard Color:  97%

Stock

Type:  1/2 round/splinter forend; nicely figured English
LOP:  14 5/8"
LOP To End Of Wood:  13 1/2"
DAH:  2 1/8"
DAC:  1 9/16"
Cast:  1/8" off
Checkering Condition:  excellent, 28 lines per inch
Butt Treatment:  ebony extension



Other

There are more photos upon request. There is a 30 day mechanical warranty on this gun. Call us for full details. Please see all of our fine Vintage Firearms on this website. We have many more sxs shotguns for sale and soon to be listed, check back or email us for a preview. Thanks for looking!

Payment and Shipping

Payment Methods: Credit Card, Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer (Advertised price represents the 3% cash discount price. Actual price if paid by credit card is 3% higher cost)
Inspection Period / Return Policy: Three Days from the date the item was received.
Sales Tax: 6% Michigan Only
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $65.00 We ship internationally!
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes

Other

Call to purchase #616-292-6240.  If you have any questions please call or email us, at jay@vfiguns.com or sales@vfiguns.com. Thanks! Vintage Firearms Inc

We employ a full time gunsmith on premises and can perform alterations to suit your needs within a few weeks of purchase. Common requests are: -stock bending to suit your particular requirements -addition of any specified butt pad to increase length of pull -alteration of chokes to suit your shooting preferences -lengthening of chambers and forcing cones -darkening stock color with penetrating stains -restoring any part of the gun including rust blue, charcoal blue, bone and charcoal case color, wood restoration and checkering recuts. If you like one our guns but it needs "tweaked", let us know and we can quote you a time and price. Some enthusiasts like the guns "as found" and others want them "just so". We often list guns as found and let the particular buyer choose how they want their gun to fit or look.