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British Martini

#1 Post by nrobertb » Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:48 pm

Can you hear the howls of the charging natives? At 100 yards, volley fire, present...aim...fire!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-lDY02DThk

In the past I've played around with both a Francotte and a Gahendra Martini from the Nepal cache but they left a lot to be desired from a shooting standpoint. So I decided to go all in and get the real thing.

This is a British 1887 Mk. IV.I. Martini. It is in great condition with a really good bore and the original cleaning rod. There are two markings that might be serial numbers. One says PAK (RAR?) 494 and the other is H 226. All the bits and pieces have British markings on them.

There are a couple of rack numbers on the left side of the butt. On the right side is a roundel with the name of the Rawulpindi, India arsenal. Perhaps this came from the Nepal cache too. The buttstock has been converted from a short lever Martini as can be seen by a plugged hole where the cup for the end of the lever used to be. There are also 2 plugged holes near the toe of the butt that were probably once a sling swivel.

I got a nice repro. sling from World War Supply.

I have the ammo. loaded and hope to get to the range next week.

No one warned me but you can seriously pinch your fingers with that long lever. :doh:
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#2 Post by Itmocksme » Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:52 pm

Nice rifle! I also would like to one.

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#3 Post by Tidewater_Kid » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:02 pm

Make sure you get the pokey thing too! Great to get looks at the range!

This is my 1887 I got a few years ago from IMA.
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#4 Post by indy1919a4 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:20 pm

Beautiful rifle nrobertb, you will not be able to shoot that beastie with out shouting lines from Zulu...

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#5 Post by nrobertb » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:23 pm

What size bullet are you using Tidewater? I tried .459 and it was a failure. Some of the videos on Utube recommend .468.

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#6 Post by Cattus Borealis » Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:59 am

RCBS's .468 Mold is a hoot in the Martini MK IV

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#7 Post by spentprimer » Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:19 am

indy1919a4 wrote:
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:20 pm
Beautiful rifle nrobertb, you will not be able to shoot that beastie with out shouting lines from Zulu...
I cannot look at one of these rifles without thinking of Zulu & Michael Caine. I don't have the rifle, but, I have the hat.

Nice rifle!
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#8 Post by Tidewater_Kid » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:21 pm

I'm using some 450 grain paper patched to .470 I purchased years ago. Made by a company called Blue Falcon Bullets. I purchased two hundred and down to my last box. I load these with 65 grains of Goex 2F cotton ball and grease cards.

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#9 Post by nrobertb » Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:37 pm

There is a youtube video by Iraqveteran8888 on loading the Martini. He used .468 lubed bullets from Blue Falcon because he didn't want to fool around with paper patching. I just got a box of these from Gunbroker and loaded them up. I'll be trying them at the range this week, They stretch the necks quite a bit from where they come out of my Lee resizing die and I was worried about neck splitting, but fortunately it didn't happen.

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#10 Post by garra » Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:11 pm

Just loaded 20 rounds for a friends Martini, used a 485 gn bullet which measures at .462 diameter. Used a 45/70 load specs for a trap door for 5744 powder.
I make it a practice to anneal before every loading on this brass, had the misfortune of splitting 5 out of 20 when I fired the rounds when I didn't, an expensive learning experience.

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#11 Post by nrobertb » Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:12 am

I fired 25 of the Blue Falcon .468 bullets and got a good group at 50 yards. Next time I'll try them at 100 yards. I was using Trail Boss powder but will also try black.

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#12 Post by retread12345678 » Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:02 pm

Kick much??

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#13 Post by nrobertb » Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:03 am

No, not much recoil.

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