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Need info on this British Bulldog

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by Fosterequitiesllc, Sep 9, 2017.

  1. Fosterequitiesllc

    Fosterequitiesllc New Member

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    So I recently purchased a nice old British bulldog and I know nothing about it except that it's not a forehand and Wadsworth. A 38 s&w round fits snug so I'm assuming that's the caliber. It has some odd proof markings (see pics). As far as the serial number goes one side of the grip frame has the number 47 and the other side has 37 on it. Both single and double action work fine. Anyone know who made this, how old it is and a ball park value? Thanks
     

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  2. Grizzley1

    Grizzley1 Well-Known Member

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    The proof marks are Belgian, it predates 1893 as the Liege proof mark is not surmounted by a crown.
     
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  3. armoredman

    armoredman Well-Known Member

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    Be careful - a gunsmith buddy bought a British Bulldog revolver similar to that and while a 38 SW case fit in it, the barrel was actually .34 diameter. He makes ammo by sizing cast .355 bullets through a .341 home made sizing die, calls it .34 LAGS. Fun gun to shoot after he fixed it.
     
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  4. RJay

    RJay Well-Known Member

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    While 38 #&W was very rarely used in these Belgium guns . the English .380 was very popular in Europe. It was based on the .38 Colt Short.
     
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