2 Bore and 4 Bore Rifles
2 Bore Hammer Gun by Charles Osbourne 48" barrel weight 35 lbs
New Anson & Deeley single barrel rifle chambered for 4 Bore Rewa cartridge, case length 4.24" 2000 grain solid lead or copper washed bullet, 26" barrel, weighs 22 lbs.
In regards to the 2 Bore, I read that English Explorer Sir Samuel White Baker (1821-1893) used one to kill elephants in the 1860s. Article also mentioned that he used explosive 2 bore shells. Interesting reading.
true big bores
Those are some huge guns...I had come across a company's website who made 2-bore rifles and it looked scary. I enjoy reading about those old big guns, but would never shoot one, I believe I would have to stop somewhere in the 470NE range. I don't know if they are loaded blackpowder only or if the are loaded with smokeless powders, I don't see who anyone could shoot anything other than BP. Ouch!
I read this sometime ago and enjoyed it, thought maybe you would too.
That "Master Blaster" hanging on the wall isn't a rifle. It's a shotgun, called a "Puntgun" it was used by market hunters to hose flocks of ducks that were sitting down, not in flight.