A new life for....

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A new life for....

Postby Aughnanure » Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:22 am

.... a severly "Sporterized" BSA Martini Cadet and to make a useful and handy carbine

It has had the treatment and every bit of it, except the internals has suffered.

The barrel had a sporting ramp foresight electrically welded to it and the barrel had been removed and replaced using a Stilson Pipe Wrench.

The forend is missing but the butt is there and useable after the extended comb was removed.

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With the barrel shortened and a No I foresight block fitted.

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Showing the mods to the body, wrench marks on the barrel and vyce jaw impression on the butt stock.

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Close up of the body, the holes were to mount a scope base and will be utilized to mount an aperture sight.
The action retaining pin hole has been drilled ahd there was a bolt holding things together.

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Rere of the body shewing the off centre and downward slanting hole that was drilled to allow cleaning from the back. :lol:

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Off centre hole that had a leather thong tied through it (sorry the focus is off).

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The stock butt had had a raised comb added.
The butt is useable but will need filling and a butt plate fitted.

The bore, surprisingly is very good but the electric welding had affected accuracy.

I will make a new forend out of a bit of scrap or I might laminate one out of plywood,
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Re: A new life for....

Postby DuncaninFrance » Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:59 pm

A great project Eoin, I look forward to your progress images. As for the arsehole who buggered it up in the first place......needs a good buggering about if you ask me :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: A new life for....

Postby Aughnanure » Fri Feb 07, 2014 11:37 pm

A few pictures of progress, the bottom will be sawn off the blank and a piece of harder timber glued on; this will close the bottom of the hole for the lump.

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halves of forend blank
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Cuts for barrel lump
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Glued and clamped.
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Forend blank
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Left the glue out overnight, open!!
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Rough sketch of proposed sight, utilizing two of the 'convenient' holes.

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the huge countersink on the inner side of the lever.
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Re: A new life for....

Postby joseyclosey » Sat Feb 08, 2014 6:04 am

I will be following this thread with interest Eoin, good project.

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Re: A new life for....

Postby Niner » Sat Feb 08, 2014 11:41 am

I'm watching too. I.m interested in seeing the finished product with some wood in place.
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Re: A new life for....

Postby dhtaxi » Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:13 pm

Interesting keep it coming.
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Re: A new life for....

Postby DuncaninFrance » Sun Feb 09, 2014 4:08 am

I wonder what makes people bugger up a perfectly good gun like this?

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Re: A new life for....

Postby Aughnanure » Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:07 am

Progress,

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Newly adapted armourer's vyce, moving back jaw so that the front face of the job is always constant; adapted from a cheap wood vyce.
The black ply forms the front jaw and the mounting piece, the back jaw was used as a template for drilling.

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Top view, showing the wood on the back jaw and the piece of ply on which the jaw slides.

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The leather soft jaws, wet shaped and in place.

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Armourer's horse, although this one is really a pony as its smaller than the norm (which is governed by the size of the vyce).
The leather bit is, of course, the saddle.

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The Cadet Carbine in the vyce and the barrel resting on the horse. The forend at rere.
The horse swings and depending on the length of the saddle can accommodate most barrels, if needed other holes can be drilled in the bench top for the pivot pin.

The forend has now been bedded, rather roughly but this ain't no target rifle :lol:
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Re: A new life for....

Postby Aughnanure » Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:58 am

Progress has been slow, lots of more pressing things to do around the house but some progress has been made:

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Forend roughly shaped and the wood plugs around the pin are the size that they are and off centre because of an embarrassing tendency of drills to wander in soft wood'

That's my excuse anyway. :bigsmile:
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Re: A new life for....

Postby DuncaninFrance » Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:16 am

Interesting, thanks Eoin. I am envious of your skills :bigsmile:

I have just cleared out my shed ( a whole 750kg traitor of gash to the tip!) and added a saw table which I acquired from a friend moving back to the UK. More tools to come ( Angle Saw, Pillar Drill, various sanders, Chain Saw, Brush Gutter, Hedge trimmer, Compressor ) as the move gets nearer but a least I can swing a cat in there now..
He has also given me a MIG welder with bottles of gas, plenty of wire and a VCR Video on how to do it :shock: . That is going to be a challenge as I have never welded anything in my life!
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Re: A new life for....

Postby Aughnanure » Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:26 am

Duncan,

Thanks for the morale booster!!

Have put in a better photo but from Photobucket as Picassa, for some weird reason is sending original pics even though they've been cropped. :evil:
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Re: A new life for....

Postby Aughnanure » Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:21 am

The finished product except for the action pin and the rere sight.

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Re: A new life for....

Postby Dave 101 » Thu Mar 20, 2014 2:19 pm

Good to something being revived like this .

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Re: A new life for....

Postby Niner » Thu Mar 20, 2014 2:45 pm

Looks good, Eoin. Now....are you going to shoot it and let us know how it does punching holes in paper?
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Re: A new life for....

Postby Aughnanure » Fri Mar 21, 2014 1:10 am

Definitely, I'm working on the sight now.

The rifle was stamped .32/20 on the barrel and I thought that it was one of the many thousands that were re-chambered for that round (mainly the rim grouve was deepened) but it won't accept a .32/20 so was probably so stamped to make it look legal in the times when the .310 was deemed to be a military calibre in NSW.
The trick was to turn the rims on a few .32/20s so that they'd go into the chamber (if it was lose enough) and "Yes, Officer, it's a .32/20, see this .32 Winchester round slips straight in". :)

The .310 is a better and more powerful round anyway in modern re-loadings.
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