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Kynoch and Eley 4 Bore, 4 inch, Black Powder Rifle Cartridges.

Two 4 Bore 4" Rifle Cartridges, 1 Kynoch and 1 Eley. The projectile is most likely 1800 grains with a 14 Dram Black Powder Charge. Alongside is a .22 Hornet for comparison.

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The .600 Nitro with 110 Grains of Cordite and a 900 grn. projectile has a muzzle velocity of 1950 F-S and 7,600 ft lb energy. At 100 yds velocity of 1,676 and 5620 ft lbs.

4 Bore Blackpowder 4" inch with a .22

This may seem like a rather dull post to anyone but the ammunition collectors! But if you were actually to go out and try to find to buy these cartridges, you would find it extremely difficult! They are indeed very rare. For me the interest is the sheer scale of the ammunition and the rifles that the first explorers had to carry around for their defence, during the days before the advent of cordite powder.

I think what prompted the post was the fact that in the last James Julia auction, a box of 10 Holland & Holland 4 Bore Nitro Rifle Cartridges estimated to sell at $3-5,000 realised $27,700.00! Naturally I cleared out the cupboard to see if I had any!

4 Bore From African Rifles & CartridgesDrawing from 'African Rifles and Cartridges' Taylor.


  • Peter on May 16, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Mr. Clode

    Thank god for the light recoiling alternative we have today .600 .577 .500 and some other small bores. Obviously they don't make men quite as tough today.

    Best regards

  • Fowad on May 18, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    So how many did you find Simon?


    • Simon Clode on May 18, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      Only 2! The ones in the photo and I bought them!

  • Anthony Fenech on July 4, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    I have more than one hundred different Eley Kynoch cartridges in my cellection.
    For me your product is the number one.

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