Holland & Holland .360 Miniature Express
In 1883 Holland & Holland won all 10 classes in The Field rifle trials and from this date onwards, it was regarded as the pre-eminent rifle makers in the world. The firm built rifles in every calibre from massive 4 bores to tiny .250 rook rifles and their production was prodigious in the 19th century.
A particularly popular round for double rifles for use both at home and abroad was the .360 miniature express. This description fitted such double rifles exactly as they were identical to the far bigger .577 and .450 big game rifles but they were much smaller, hence the term miniature express.
These double rifles were available in hammer and hammerless form and could fire either of two charges, the express shooting 1½ to 2 drams with a conical ball for deer and the like up to 150 yards and a lighter spherical ball shooting ½ a dram for rooks and rabbits up to 50 yards.
They were also used for light game abroad such as antelope and kangaroo and so on. They were light and easy to carry and today these double miniature express rifles are highly collectible due to their diminutive size and very graceful lines.
At the turn of the century a bestquality example such as the subject of the main article cost 65gns, with a plain quality equivalent costing 30gns to 40gns, still a considerable sum of money at the time.
Holland & Holland also struck gold with its .360 Miniature Express, a double rifle exactly the same as its .577 and .450 big game models, but considerably smaller, available in hammer and hammerless form.