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Post by eljefe » Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:38 pm

Gday People.
Timmy asked in another post about the work I had done on the Martini Cadet in 7.62x39.
It is a BSA made Cadet for the Australian Cadets during early part of 1900. Usual caliber is .310.
These are very prolific and an Aussie classic. They’ve been rechambered to many calibers, .357, .222Rimmed etc. I had this .222 Rimmed bench rest rifle laying around , wanting to make a wildcat- 7mm/.222 Rimmed, with grandiose plans to name it 7mm El Jefe.
Following a discussion on castboolits.com about the ability of a cadet action to take the pressures of a short russki, My gunsmith friend and I decided to have a go.
DarwinMauser (Pete) here donated a 2 groove .303 bbl in VGC to the cause.
It came out fantastic, using factory 123gr surplus Chinese FMJ, 150 gr hornady reloads, or Lee 155 gr cast with 11 gr Blue dot.
Because the new stepped bbl profile was too skinny for the BR forend, took me a while to get a smaller schnabel- ish forend done.
What started as a bit of a rub, stain polish and a touch up blue progressed to stripping metal to the ‘white’ and wood down to bare form.
The huge big ‘Trashco’ 3-9 was removed and I surrendered a short profile 1-6x which suited the petite lines better.
Because I had no boiling tank or carding brush, I used oxphoblu cold blu. First time on metal which was taken down to ‘the white’ having only used it in the past for a touch up.
Wood took a few days, from 320 to 600 grit. Followed by a walnut stain - a very diluted and light coat, then danish oil 2 coats at 4 days intervals.
Metal was also scrubbed down with 600 grit and I realised thy my beater / truck rifle was made in 1909 and did have more than a few character marks.Many of which I did not make an effort to take off.
The metal was degreased with degreaser, acetone and oxphoblue applies on hot metal. 2 days between coats
The 30mm rings came in today from Sydney- took all of 13 days because of the lock down.
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Post by eljefe » Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:29 pm

I’m blundering about trying to post a few pics taken during the work. They’ll be up soon
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Post by timmy » Wed Oct 28, 2020 11:38 pm

Asif, I don't know how I missed this bit of loveliness! The oxphoblue looks good -- I will use it on my 2A. How many coats did you put on it? it looks very deep. Incidentally, I love the brass buttplate -- you have to get an occasional comment on that! When it comes to single shots, there's nothing, in my mind, like a Martini Henry. Simple, quick, and with great lines. Your Cadet is a perfect example. Your caliber choice, I like, as well. Easy to get ammunition for, and I'd expect decent accuracy. After all, 6mm BR is based on that same case. Are you casting for it? I've got the Lee 155gr mould for that caliber, and figure on using it in both the SKS and the AK.

I'm sorry that I didn't see this post; this was when I was at my worst as far as being under the weather. I'm glad I caught it, as going through your pics is a real feast for the eyes.
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Post by eljefe » Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:35 pm

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About 3 coats of oxphoblu , Timmy. Wasnt able to get the stock refinishing kit due to covid lockdown. Will do it now.
Its a RFI smle bbl, mikes .313” And gives me clover leaves with the Lee 155 atBHN of 12 and 11.4 gr Blue Dot.
I lucked onto some 150 gr 0.313” SN - vintage local stuff, and have taken it out to 313m on game - on a bloody whim, i must add.
Changed to Leupold Low rings yesterday when GS opened. So it needs another zero after the bore sight.
The brass butt plate? It was a gift from my gunsmith. He is the type who makes guns, knives and his latest is a ‘Gandalf‘ long stemmed pipe.
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Post by timmy » Thu Oct 29, 2020 11:08 pm

It looks like an ideal backpacking rifle, as it is not large and bulky. It's not that I'm complaining about my Martini Henry, as I love it as the attainment of a childhood dream. But the small Cadet action is so nice to look at, and it is said that it's every bit as strong as the large action. I do like the brass butt plate. I wish my 2A had one, but of course I'm not about to change it.

Almost all of the 7.62x39 we get here is the greenish-brown steel-cased shellacked stuff, as in your pic. Some is zinc plated and looks silvery in color. Awhile back, I did find a box of brass cases that I'll used for range work and reloading. I gues it must be Mendeleev or something, but those Russians do have a knack for metallurgy!
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Post by Vikram » Fri Oct 30, 2020 12:45 am

Awesome job, Jefe. I too managed to miss it somehow.
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Post by eljefe » Sat Oct 31, 2020 5:27 pm

Lets not get into Martini rifles, people.
2 days ago when i went to pick up the rings, i nearly came home with a 1908 Long lever Martini Henry and a box of original, wire wound 577-450 cartridges. And i’m already sitting on an offer of another MH in .450-400 ,3” take down model AND have my eye on a 577-500 No.2. A custom job. Lucky me, my spirit may be willing, but my flesh is weak. If i have big boomer, I will shoot it. Often. And my shoulder may pack up for good. But the exhilarating feeling of the recoil of a big caliber...it aint mean no thing, if it aint got no zing! ;)
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Post by timmy » Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:38 pm

It must be great to be confronted by such dilemmas! There is something about these rifles, big and small, from .22 on up to cavernous, that I like very much. Maybe it's the history, or maybe it's the clean, efficient design, or perhaps it's just everything, but Martinis are my favorite single shot rifle. By far!
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Post by dev » Tue Nov 03, 2020 1:50 pm

Very pretty rifle. Please post some groups when you can.
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