Eley .400 Purdy 3" cartridge (drawing)

Happy collecting, Peter

No date on this but another “throwback” calibre. Purdey’s claimed it as a tiger calibre and I doubt that very much.Not by me certainly, i would want a lot more. I wonder if anyone put it to the test and lived to tell the tale…

Much in the velocity range of the .44 Magnum/ .444 Marlin it would have been useful but not up to tigers or dangerous game and not really flat enough shooting for deer except at close range. If other drawings are a guide it would be 1920s( circa) and by then virtually obsolete.Some beautiful rifles were made in this calibre but use was limited

The date on this one was partially cropped on the tracing but it is readable as 18th March 1921.