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Old 02-11-2011, 10:40 AM
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Yankee needs help!

I'm a new subscriberlooking for help with a problem I have on a Martini/Henry I have had customized. Here in the states gunsmiths who know these actions are few and far between. There's lots who say they are but don't live up to the claim.

I bought this one a while ago. It was originally a .303. The barrel was completely shot, totally eaten away by corrosion. I had it rebarrels to .45/70. The smith did a beautiful job. Unfortunately he retired right after doing it and is no longer available to even ask questions of.

My problem is with the height of the falling block when the lever is at its normal dropped position for loading. It is still positioned for the .303 casing. I have to push froward on the lever to allow the block drop low enough to load the .45/70 round.

What do I have to do to lower the breech block so it will accet the .45/70 case and still be high enough to retain the cartridge in the chamber when the action is open?

I really enjoy reading your posts but think I need some info on the cartridges you're using. I've never heard of a lot of them.

Hope you can shed some light on my problem. thanks.

charlie
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Old 02-12-2011, 06:57 AM
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Re: Yankee needs help!

Hi Mate,it's quite a common conversion down here,i myself don't know much about the martini's but you could try Australianhunting.net,you will find some guy's there to point you in the right direction.
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Old 02-12-2011, 09:24 AM
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Re: Yankee needs help!

[QUOTE=hacsar;472435]I'm a new subscriberlooking for help with a problem I have on a Martini/Henry I have had customized. Here in the states gunsmiths who know these actions are few and far between. There's lots who say they are but don't live up to the claim.

I bought this one a while ago. It was originally a .303. The barrel was completely shot, totally eaten away by corrosion. I had it rebarrels to .45/70. The smith did a beautiful job. Unfortunately he retired right after doing it and is no longer available to even ask questions of.

My problem is with the height of the falling block when the lever is at its normal dropped position for loading. It is still positioned for the .303 casing. I have to push froward on the lever to allow the block drop low enough to load the .45/70 round.

What do I have to do to lower the breech block so it will accet the .45/70 case and still be high enough to retain the cartridge in the chamber when the action is open?

I really enjoy reading your posts but think I need some info on the cartridges you're using. I've never heard of a lot of them.

Hope you can shed some light on my problem. thanks.

charlie[/QUOTE

To fix the problem with the 45/70 round you will have to have someone build a new connector
link to open the breach block just enough for the round.

The other simple option would be to open the chamber for the new 450 Marlin. It is a belted
case with a .532 case head (The 303 had a .540 case head) the 450 Marlin is only .005 thousandths
shorter than the 45/70 in length and is larger in the body area and will clean up the 45/70 chamber.

Any gunsmith should be able to re chamber your barrel to the 450 Marlin. It is considered a more
powerful replacement for the 45/70 in leaver guns and with the standard mag case head it
should work very good in your Martini without any work on the action .

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