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    Info requested

    Got yarning to a bloke today..had a 303 that he will never use etc... You want it? Bloody oath.

    So now I'm now the proud owner of this beautiful firearm.
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    Looking for info ...
    Can I shoot military ammo through it. Does anyone have a handful to spare ( do you want to shoot her )
    He called it a shovel loader..it's a single shot and does not appear to have a safety.

    Looking at cleaning it up re- bluing etc any history or other info would be great.... Haven't Google searched yet but that's the next step. Cheers
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martini–Enfield
    Looks like a nice old rifle.
    Might be worth having a good look at the barrel condition before trying to put full power loads through it.

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    Its a martini henry mk 1 or 3 converted to 303 in 1895. It is probably marked nz xxxx on the rear by the thunb rest.Betting it probably has a hg stamp somewhere. Close ups of the markings and an overall would be nice. It Was,designed for mk 6 ammo but has probably shot a lot of 7.Looks like it may have a bit of traceable history!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Henry View Post
    Its a martini henry mk 1 or 3 converted to 303 in 1895. It is probably marked nz xxxx on the rear by the thunb rest.Betting it probably has a hg stamp somewhere. Close ups of the markings and an overall would be nice. It Was,designed for mk 6 ammo but has probably shot a lot of 7.Looks like it may have a bit of traceable history!
    Do you think this may have been with NZ Troops in South Africa during the Boer Wars?

    Or brought to NZ after the wars and converted here.

    Cheers
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    From what Ive seen on the web it's being shortened and had a lot of wood removed.
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    you lucky bugger Stingray, no one ever gives me cool stuff like that.............................................. .unless I pay for it first

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    If the barrel looks any good dont put old military ammo threw it..I will load ya up some nice mild 150gr loads and we can go shoot 303s.

    Cool score.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veitnamcam View Post
    If the barrel looks any good dont put old military ammo threw it..I will load ya up some nice mild 150gr loads and we can go shoot 303s.

    Cool score.

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    I have an old 303 to play with too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pengy View Post
    I have an old 303 to play with too.
    I reckon a Tikka T3 reamed to 303 would be cool
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    Quote Originally Posted by 7mmsaum View Post
    I reckon a Tikka T3 reamed to 303 would be cool

    Be like re-inventing the wheel
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    Quote Originally Posted by 7mmsaum View Post
    I reckon a Tikka T3 reamed to 303 would be cool
    If you have a T3 you've already been reamed.

    The ideal would be to keep the reamed 303 hole and get rid of the rubbish around it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pengy View Post
    I have an old 303 to play with too.
    It's not that big Pengy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gadgetman View Post
    If you have a T3 you've already been reamed.

    The ideal would be to keep the reamed 303 hole and get rid of the rubbish around it.
    classic

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadgetman View Post
    If you have a T3 you've already been reamed.

    The ideal would be to keep the reamed 303 hole and get rid of the rubbish around it.
    I have several of those GM. Not a single T3 to be found in my safe.
    It takes 43 muscle's to frown and 17 to smile, but only 3 for proper trigger pull.
    What more do we need? If we are above ground and breathing the rest is up to us!
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    Quote Originally Posted by P38 View Post
    Do you think this may have been with NZ Troops in South Africa during the Boer Wars?

    Or brought to NZ after the wars and converted here.

    Cheers
    Pete
    Probably not boer war one as i think all those are dated 98 and only round 1500 went. Its number suggests it was used here for volunteer and cadet training. The hg .no is 10 or 10d? making it either christchurch or rangiora where it saw service. This is usually stamped into the metal work as,well. the ss mark is the sold out of service mark applied at the end of its life. The original serial
    no on the breech and barrel wont match as it was originally in 577/450 calibre but would have been restamped along with an inspection mark when converted to 303. This would have been done at enfield. Some were re barrelled again and carry more serial nos.
    Sweet gift to get before christmas!
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