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J.W. Tolley 16 Bore – 99%, 28”, UNDER 6LBS., ROUND BODY


Call: 1 (616) 292-6240 To Purchase


General Specs: J.W. Tolley, Year c1900, 16 Gauge, 5lbs. 15oz., Chokes Cyl/IM, LOP 14 9/16″, DAH 2 1/4″, DAC 1 9/16″
Serial Number:  85957

J. & W. Tolley was an English gunmaker of some notoriety, mostly noted for large bore waterfowlers. Tolley guns became known for their quality in 1894 with their appointment as gunmakers to the King of Portugal and to the Persian Royal family. These are not casual appointments, and the quality can be seen in their guns from the London and Birmingham addresses after 1894. This amazing find is a J.W. Tolley Boxlock 16 bore, sn85957 built in about 1900, that has been professionally restored to new sometime in the last few years.  The inscription on the top of the barrel indicates a Birmingham made gun. The petite and rounded action retains 99% bone and charcoal case color, well executed English scroll engraving, perfect screws, action tight with barrels tight on hinge and standing breech, auto safety, and crisp trigger pulls.  The 28” fluid steel barrels have mirror bores, tight ribs, 99% rust blue, lettering and engraving sharp and clear, and they remain in proof with their 2 ½” chambers.  We have a healthy inventory of RST 16ga. 2 ½” for hunting and clays, so no worry about where to find ammunition for this one.  RST is back in production as well.  The fit of wood to metal is impeccable, and the checkering shows almost no wear. The gun is nimble when brought to shoulder weighing just 5lbs. 15oz. and balanced to perfection between the hands. The English walnut stock is original to the gun and in excellent condition with great stock dimensions.  See specifications below.  What a great upland gun, like new and ready for another century of pursuing game and clays.  The cost for such an extensive restoration almost equals what we are asking for this gun.  This gun is priced to sell!  The Brits made very few 16-gauge guns and the saying “carries like a twenty and hits like a twelve” is appropriate.  Most 20ga. guns weigh more than this one. There is nothing not to like on this one. Don’t hesitate, as these guns don’t show up every day! Thanks for looking.



Barrel Length:   28″
Chokes:   .002/.024 Cyl/IM
Bores:   excellent
Bore Diameter:   .661/ .659
Wall Thickness:   .030/ .032
% Blue:   99%, re blued
Chambers:   2 1/2″ in proof
Ribs:   tight
Sights:  Front silver bead
Action:  tight, on Center
Receiver Condition:   99% new case color
Screws:   perfect
Engraving:   30% cover, clear
Trigger Type:   Double- crisp
Trigger Guard Color:   99%, re blued
Type:   Straight/ Splinter; straight grain English Walnut
LOP:   14 9/16″
LOP To End Of Wood:  14 9/16″
DAH:   2 1/4″
DAC:   1 9/16″
Cast:   Heel 5/16″off, Toe 3/16″off
Checkering Condition:   excellent
Butt Treatment:   checkered butt
There is a 30 day mechanical warranty on long guns. If it is a “VFI Certified” gun there is a 90 day mechanical warranty. Call or email us for more details or questions. Thanks! Vintage Firearms Inc
Payment and Shipping
Payment Methods: Credit Card, Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer (Advertised price reflects 3% cash discount. Actual price if paid by credit card is 3% higher.)
Inspection Period / Return Policy: Three Days from the date the item was received.
Sales Tax: Collected in CO, FL, MI
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $100.00 within the continental U.S. Additional fees for HI & AK.
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes. We accept C&R licenses for shipping on C&R eligible guns.
Terms of Purchase: Check your local and state laws before purchasing. It is the buyer’s responsibility to confirm his/her right to own the firearm or any item before purchasing.
PLEASE SEE OUR OTHER FINE VINTAGE FIREARMS. View all listings and our full inventory of fine sporting and collectible arms will appear. Thanks for looking! We employ full time gunsmiths on premises and can perform alterations to suit your needs within a few weeks of purchase. Common requests are: -stock bending to suit your particular requirements -addition of any specified butt pad to increase length of pull -alteration of chokes to suit your shooting preferences -lengthening of chambers and forcing cones -darkening stock color with penetrating stains -restoring any part of the gun including rust blue, charcoal blue, bone and charcoal case color, wood restoration and checkering recuts. If you like one our guns but it needs “tweaked”, let us know and we can quote you a time and price. Some enthusiasts like the guns “as found” and others want them “just so”. We often list guns as found and let the particular buyer choose how they want their gun to fit or look.
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