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    It is certainly an experience firing one which I had the pleasure to do on one occasion at Ballykinler in the Province with the SAC on a course.
    The leather belt worn pouch held a maximum of 25 cartouche's as I remember, so at least you knew where you were on rounds fired or counted, but what heavy rounds they were
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    I'd have the dies and be loading for it...for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigduke6 View Post
    Looks excellent John, I'll get them pics to you tonight of the bayonet, I have a .303 carbine that is rough around the edges, but would make a nice companion !!!


    Cheers Geoff, works having the audacity to get in the way of my Milsurps enjoyment at the moment! All I want to do is head to the workshop to detail strip, inspect and carefully restore the carbine, really frustrating!

    It's hard to get a good .303 Carbine isn't it, most seem to be well and truly shot out ... I had a look at one the other week, I swear the bore was larger than my .577 - 45 and worn oval !

    Side note, I contacted Peter Dyson yesterday afternoon for a butt sling swivel, arrived this morning and fitted to the rifle before heading off to the office, great service or what!

    Has anyone seen the condition of the World Wide Arms original Martini Slings ?? I was thinking of getting one, I'm assuming they are ex Nepalese cache examples??

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    I'd have the dies and be loading for it...for sure.

    That's the plan Jim, but I won't make moves in that direction until the rifles on my FAC and passed Gunsmith inspection..

    She has the * mark on the top barrel flat and the twin (reverse RR) condemn markings, nothing I can see wrong, but I am only a keen amateur not a gunsmith, so hopefully no show stoppers to be discovered. I will know more once I have it stripped down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil Boyd View Post
    It is certainly an experience firing one which I had the pleasure to do on one occasion at Ballykinler in the Province with the SAC on a course.
    The leather belt worn pouch held a maximum of 25 cartouche's as I remember, so at least you knew where you were on rounds fired or counted, but what heavy rounds they were
    They certainly are Gil, I spent a day a few years back now shooting the Britishicon Armys long arms from Brown Bess to L85, while "old Bess" and the P53/6 were just a pleasant progressive push, the Martini rifle had more of a punch, though not unpleasant, the Artillery Carbine though had "significant recoil", very charasmatic, a true classic and it just put a stupid great grin on my face!

    Been looking for just the right one to fit the bill since then (cosmetically​ restorable and good potential shooter).

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    Anyone know is the significance of the Q stamped into the left of the butt?

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    MrClark303, the condemned rifle that you are thinking of shooting, where exactly is the 'twin sisters' back to back R marking? In the metal or the wood?

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    Quote Originally Posted by englishman_ca View Post
    MrClark303, the condemned rifle that you are thinking of shooting, where exactly is the 'twin sisters' back to back R marking? In the metal or the wood?

    Afternoon,

    The condemn marking is stamped twice in the right side of the forend, nothing on the metal work. I still haven't had the chance to detail strip her and check. Rest assured it's going nowhere near a range until its been gunsmith checked and given the go ahead.


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