29 October 2022
John I loved the pictures of your Martini. That stock and butt plate are not damaged in the least. It just reeks of character. With a tight action, good bore, some brass and a couple molds you could easily get a couple, three hundred hours of fun out of it. And probably get by with 50 pieces of brass.
And I always wanted a Martini. About 20 years ago I was pouring over source’s to find one out of Australia. Never could connect. Just like with the Mauser and Mosin’s they were bought up by C&R’s holders in the 80’s, 90’s. I got to share in the buying the European equipment back then but the little Martini hadn’t hit my radar screen until after 2000.
Loophole, I had a #1 back in the 90’s. The fool that I was I converted to the 17 HeBee. With jb’s running >3,700 I burned out the throat in two pd trips. Having that rifle now in .218 or .222 would last a couple of lifetimes of cast shooting. What kind of velocities will you be working with.
Good luck and update this once you get going.
P.S. Of all the firearm that I have ever owned nothing gives me greater satisfaction than levering back a single shot or pulling back the hammer on a SA revolver. Good luck! Bill.
P.P.S And of course a solid lever action.