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Bsa Martini International Mk2 Vintage Target Rifle

Discussion in 'Gun Gallery' started by DrGunn, Nov 4, 2019.

  1. DrGunn

    DrGunn Engaging Member

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    When I first joined a rifle club the spare gun they had in the back of the cupboard for beginners was an old and battered BSA martini. It really enjoyed shooting it so when I finally got an FAC I had to get one. They are somewhat out of fashion these days so I was able to get a really solid and accurate rifle for a bargain price.

    Mine is a pre 1960 vintage BSA Martini international MK2, complete with original hand stop, Parker Hale PH25B sights fitted with a Parker Hale adjustable iris and filter wheel and a set of foresight elements in the brass container under the grip. The original varnish on the stock was vary yellow and scruffy so the wood has been stripped and re-finished with oil.

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    I wanted to try a bit of bench rest with it but it doesn’t have a modern scope rail. Fortunately I was able to get hold of a 1970s vintage target scope which mounts on the two blocks on the barrel. The scope is a Tasco 705 6-18x40. It is very long compared to modern scopes and doesn’t have internal zero adjustment - instead the whole scope tube is moved. In spite of its age, the optics are very clear and the combination is extremely accurate.

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    A very nice example that, we have loads of the rusty of cricket bat/scaffold looking ones at the club! a chopsaw would work very nicely on them!
     
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    That would be sacrilege!
    I read a story about someone in the US who had a crate load they didn't know what to do with so they used the barrels as rebar in their driveway!

    When I first turned up at the club with mine I got a few funny looks but after having a go everyone wanted one. I thin there now at least 4 members with BSA internationals and probably more again with the lighter models like the 12/15 (I have one of these as well).
    Let me know if your club wants to get rid of their old ones - I know people looking for them.
     
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    Back in the 90's I had one completely re-built as a rabbit gun, barrel chopped to 12.5" stock reshaped and refinished completely, one of the best pieces of walnut I have ever seen, integral moderator made from a section of the barrel, proper scope rail added, they are amazingly quiet and deadly accurate.

    I sold it to Bruce Potts who sold it to Bruce Lindsay, wonder where it is now.
     
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  5. JoeHeugh

    JoeHeugh Beware the Springer

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    That takes me back a bit, I learned to shoot prone with one of those and back then much preferred the lever action to the bolt on an Anschutz. Mind you it was one of the posh guns and if you couldn't score 90+ with a rickety pre war (and that would be Great War) Martini Henry then they wouldn't let you shoot it. I'd love one like yours but I think it would be a pig for hunting, I wonder how much it weighs and whether you have a sling and cuff for it?

    Ironically being a hunter I much prefer the idea of a bolt action Anschutz these days... and may be I'll get one, one day, after all it's only day 100 of my FAC app today :(
     
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    Very nice indeed,

    It’s looking really good, a lovely gun.

    Regards.
    Les.
     
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    I've seen a couple of cut down ones, they look good but I couldn't bring myself to do anything to mine.

    I have a target shooting jacket, glove and sling but don't shoot prone often and am very out of practice.
    I think it weights a bit over 14 lb - not something I would want to carry around a field for any length of time. I have a BSA Martini 12/15 as well and it has been drilled for a scope rail. Its less than 10 lb but is still by no means light. I think one of these cut down to a sensible length and screw cut for a moderator could be a nice hunting gun.
     
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    i really like that and with the vintage scope , superb. Brings back great memories , many years ago i was an armourer with access to all things bangy , big to small and we had a rack full of these used for Air Cadets iirc. often used to take things down to the range to have a play and often used these , very accurate and great fun

    kind rgds
    craig
     
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    Well I'll be diddled...
    I was chatting with a friend and trying to describe this gun just a few nights ago.
    Can't say what I think but I Really didn't get on with the one I shot, totally counter intuitive having to Grip to keep the chamber closed, cramping hand trying to feel the staging, lever going fakking cold to greasy warm.
    Trigger was sublime when I managed to get the ruddy thing to fire and not spit rounds out the chamber.
    Am fair certain I scored my lowest card as an adult with that gun and my highest with an Anny bolt action that night.
    Weird how shooting works eh?
     
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    I think my first introduction to a BSA Martini may have been in the Air Cadets. I think it was a model 12/15 though, the international model would be a bit heavy for a scrawny 14 year old.

    They are a bit different and not everyone likes them. You shouldn’t have to grip to keep the chamber closed though - it’s meant to lock up with an over centre cam. The triggers are superb on these thoughts.
     
  11. Wofty

    Wofty Cleverer than the average bear Booboo!

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    Gorgeous gun.
    And that is the coolest scope I've ever seen!
     
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    rabbitwrecker The Tree Hunter...

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    That is awesome - love the scope too... :up::up::up:
     
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    Still out shoot kit today worth over £1000 with the right trigger puller.

    Magnificent example.
     
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    My thought too.
     
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    Great looking gun and scope DrGunn:thumb:, yes you know how to buy them.
     
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    The first rifle I used back in 1972 at Beccles Rifle Club,had an old canvas sling,but they were so accurate.I know a top prone shooter that can score almost as well with the martini as with a very expensive Anschutz.
     
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    I’ve tried a few Anschutz bolt Action match rifles and they are fantastic guns but somehow this has more character and I find it more fun to shoot. I was very happy when I found that scope to go with it, I’ve seen them fitted with modern scopes but they don’t look right.
     
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    I do have a long-standing love for single shot rifles... :thumb:

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  19. EastmidsHD

    EastmidsHD Keep pullin' that trigger..

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    I shot one of these at my club, bloody accurate for an old bird :thumb:
     
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    That’s lovely, what is it? I like the case hardened finish and tang sight.

    Not not lost much in the last 60 years.
     
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