4" Eley Nobel


#1

These were fired from the Howdah by the Indian Maharajah
still in about the 1920
Sherryl


#2

In a pistol (Howdah, or did I get something wrong as so often)? A brave man he must have been (or very desperate)! Is it the reason why he is not anymore?


#3

Alex is correct, this was most likely fired from the ground, it would most likely have knocked the shooter from the elephant.

As an aside it is a 4 bore shell loaded with a lead bullet, and not an original Maharajah of Rewa’s rifle load.

Those have a smooth cannelure and the bullet is not punch-crimped


#4

Now EOD please give me a break you are a very educated man n as such you know
the Howdah was the seat on top of those Elephants
And regarding these 9mm that previous post about those helmet test gave me that idea
because I could never figure out why these rounds had lead bullets
Sherryl


#5

PetedeCoux
Pete please check Hoyem Vol3 page 11 you will find an explanation there
yes some of those things are hard to believe
Sherryl


#6

I think Alex (EOD) intended to subtly point at the difference between calibers 4 inch and 4 bore.


#7

On page 11 George states the “headstamp dates this round to the early 1920’s when the Indian” & etc. Not that this was used by them, but an inference that it could have been used by a Maharajah. As a 4 bore 4" rifle loading it could also have well been used for dangerous game in Africa.

The one illustrated below it was made by H&H for the Maharajah of Rewa.

The example you show doesn’t have the same bullet, the crimp is re-done over the original and the case shows re-loading marks. So different than what is shown. Still in all a nice piece.


#8

Pete
Yes but all of these were reloads or handloads in one form or other
Sherryl


#9

No not all.