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    303 vs 308

    Slightly tongue in cheek

    I know the answer already
    And despite spending the entire day in the Workshop restoring a vintage Stevens 44 1/2 38-50
    I was playing with 303 brass to make the 38-50 cases
    So 303 has been on my mind all day
    I really do need a vintage single shot 303 and need to make it happen

    So this post will be like giving drugs to an addict !
    Feed the addiction !!
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    Go on you know you need one.

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    a modern single Russian mistress AKA Bakail break open would be an easy conversion,no its not old n crusty,but sure would be nice unit to own and use.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Henry View Post
    Go on you know you need one.
    I have known that for years and never found what I'm looking for yet
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    I don't know why, but I have a desire to own a nice side by side double in 303.
    Overkill is still dead.

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    It's all fun and games till Darthvader comes along
    I respect your beliefs but don't impose them on me.

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    Martini Enfield with replacement woodwork would be a nice stalking rifle.

    Plenty of sporterised ones floating about, few with decent bores though.
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    "Sixty percent of the time,it works every time"

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    Missing one critical part

    For me a hunting single shot needs an exposed hammer
    I like how it works with one in the chamber and the hammer at half cock
    Very fast and easy to use
    The ultimate safety catch

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    Well clearly everyone is happy with the 303 and no defenders of the 308 onboard

    So this is my short list of proper single shot 303s

    A British proofed 1885 Winchester

    A Remington Sporting #5 Rolling Block

    A Field's Patent falling block

    Any other 303 single shot with exposed hammer can join the list

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    Quote Originally Posted by Micky Duck View Post
    a modern single Russian mistress AKA Bakail break open would be an easy conversion,no its not old n crusty,but sure would be nice unit to own and use.....
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    @akaroa1 have 375 BB dies and mould here if you need to borrow plus a few spare 303 cases you can have if your in the big smoke.
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    @akaroa1 Its your lucky day! There are two .303 no 5 sporting rolling blocks in the ruahine antique arms auction in January if you really want one.
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    put plenty of photos on here as you build it, i enjoy and envy the workmanship of you guys that an build or refinish old rifles. As an aside many years ago there was a 303 marked double at ted rodgers auction in welly that had been rebored to 375 h and h

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    That looks stunning. Always thought they would be quite a cool rifle but that is just wicked.
    Love the 6 leaf express sight
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    Quote Originally Posted by akaroa1 View Post
    Missing one critical part

    For me a hunting single shot needs an exposed hammer
    I like how it works with one in the chamber and the hammer at half cock
    Very fast and easy to use
    The ultimate safety catch
    You can "half cock" a Martini Henry.
    Alas I'm not sure you own enough Tweed for me to tell you however.
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    you can half cock a bakail too...and there is no hammer to catch....

 

 

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