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Hi guys,

So I came across a MH in 303 that I'm pretty interested in from the perspective of "Oooo, that looks nice perspective".

After some reading, I see that the actions themselves don't have a reputation for being overly accurate- is this verifiable or was I looking in the wrong spot?

I do like the "different" actions, but I would be using it for hunting. I would sadly butcher it (new barrel, proper sights etc) but would it be a waste from an application perspective?

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Hi guys,

So I came across a MH in 303 that I'm pretty interested in from the perspective of "Oooo, that looks nice perspective".

After some reading, I see that the actions themselves don't have a reputation for being overly accurate- is this verifiable or was I looking in the wrong spot?

I do like the "different" actions, but I would be using it for hunting. I would sadly butcher it (new barrel, proper sights etc) but would it be a waste from an application perspective?

Waste from an application perspective? No. The Martini is actually a decent action and I really like mine.

Accuracy with a Martini is actually more a barrel issue than an action issue. My experience is that a lot of the barrels installed on Martinis were/are just not capable of producing good accuracy no matter the action. My Greener-Martini (chambered for 45-70) has a really good barrel and it is quite accurate.




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In the 1940s and 1950s they were very popular to convert to 219 Zipper and 219 Donaldson Wasp for target and varmint shooting. The 222 pretty much put an end to it.
Still, they were lovely rifles and the cartridges were interesting just for their names! IMO
 

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Yes, I believe the barrel and the way the barrel is fit to the receiver are the keys for an accurate MH. The two I've been around and shot some are not the big ones but the design is the same. Both were very accurate. A gunsmith friend says, for whatever reason, the Brits designed them requiring special tooling and fixtures to properly fit a barrel and it's somewhat of a pain to do it right.
 

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Definately capable of superb accuracy or at least mine were and has been said they were desirable for varmint type use and that requires a very good level of accuracy.
 

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in oz we had a cartridge called the 222 rimmed.
it was the same as the 222 rem, but with a rim, and was chambered in martini rifles for varmint and, wait for it, benchrest rifles.
the martini was also used competitively as a smallbore target rifle in many countries.
so yes, the action ( if in good condition) is capable of better than hunting accuracy.
a good triggeroligist can give them a match grade trigger.
bruce.
 

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