Rifle - Francotte 32-40 Cal. Single shot rifle

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Rifle - Francotte 32-40 Cal. Single shot rifle

Post by Anksthakur » Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:28 am

Dear forum members, I have a single shot rifle Francotte 32-40 , pls share some yours review about it.

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Re: Rifle - Francotte 32-40 Cal. Single shot rifle

Post by eljefe » Fri Apr 03, 2020 2:10 pm

Does it look like the rifle in the link ?

https://collections.museumvictoria.com.au/items/388446

The cartridge info is :
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/.32-40_Ballard

I have seen a few Francotte rifles. Strong actions, can be rebarrelled to modern smokeless ctg like .222,.218, .357 mag etc.
the cartridge is still being made and can be reloaded too.
More info here :

https://www.chuckhawks.com/32-40WCF.htm

As to resale value in India, maybe someone in the know can help?
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Re: Rifle - Francotte 32-40 Cal. Single shot rifle

Post by Anksthakur » Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:25 am

32-40cal
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Re: Rifle - Francotte 32-40 Cal. Single shot rifle

Post by eljefe » Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:57 pm

Any more marks or Identification?
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Re: Rifle - Francotte 32-40 Cal. Single shot rifle

Post by brajesh » Thu Apr 23, 2020 5:54 pm

i dont think it will fetch any good amount. considering only 2 arms allowed to any civilian no one is going to invest in any obsolete caliber and also finiding ammunaion is also very tough task.

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Re: Rifle - Francotte 32-40 Cal. Single shot rifle

Post by Anksthakur » Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:20 pm

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Re: Rifle - Francotte 32-40 Cal. Single shot rifle

Post by Vikram » Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:54 pm

Cool. What is the condition of the barrel?
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Re: Rifle - Francotte 32-40 Cal. Single shot rifle

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Re: Rifle - Francotte 32-40 Cal. Single shot rifle

Post by eljefe » Sun Apr 26, 2020 9:19 pm

Splendid. I’m guessing it’s manufactured in early quarter of 20 century. Absolute use worthy.
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Re: Rifle - Francotte 32-40 Cal. Single shot rifle

Post by dev » Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:45 pm

Martini type of action?
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Re: Rifle - Francotte 32-40 Cal. Single shot rifle

Post by pritamhaobam » Fri Jul 24, 2020 12:38 pm

Anksthakur wrote:
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Pure vintage rifle (y)

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Re: Rifle - Francotte 32-40 Cal. Single shot rifle

Post by timmy » Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:16 am

Anksthakur, that's quite a lovely rifle! I have a very soft spot for Martini actions, and consider them the best of single shot types. Francotte was/is a Belgian company that modified the Martini action, which allowed the lockwork to be removed as a unit. Some Nepalese Martini rifles copied this Francotte feature. It is a real shame that reloading is so restricted, since you could have lots of fun working up loads for this rifle.

Unlike many single shots, the Martini action, along with the Francotte modification, used a striker-fired lock, rather than having a big, heavy hammer, sometimes on the side, to slam into the action on firing. Martinis have quick lock times, as well, for another accuracy-helpful feature.

I have long looked at smaller Martinis, such as the Cadet action, and desired one. That probably won't happen now. The small actions like yours are really lovely weapons. Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Rifle - Francotte 32-40 Cal. Single shot rifle

Post by Anksthakur » Sat Jul 25, 2020 3:09 pm

Thankyou so much .

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Re: Rifle - Francotte 32-40 Cal. Single shot rifle

Post by mundaire » Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:13 pm

Obsolete bore single shot rifles like this typically sell for between 4,000 to 6,000 rupees, if you buy it from a dealer. Of course the dealer would offer much less if he were to buy it from you.

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Re: Rifle - Francotte 32-40 Cal. Single shot rifle

Post by Anksthakur » Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:31 am

This is an inherited quality in us, so we cannot sell it, it is precious to us.

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