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Old 05-04-2005, 04:22 AM
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Talking A boy & a .310 Cadet


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When I was a lad I was given a .310 Martini as my First "Big Game " rifle .I spent many a happy day wandering through the Bush .knocking over Rabbits,Foxes ,Feral cats & the occastional goat.As the years pasted .The Martini became something you brought & re barreled to,Hornet ,218 bee 22-303 wasp,25-20 32- 20or recut the chammber & barrel to.357mag.I forgot all about the .310!
When my now second wife came into my life she brought with her 3 kids who had been raised in the City & never been Bush let alone lived in it ( we live on a large farm about 20,000 acres) well the kids were soon on to me about taking them out for a shot .Now as I was (am still to a lesser extsent ) Shooting for a living .Really the last thing on my mind was shooting on my day's off .My young 11yr old stepson noticed a .310 I had sitting in the safe one morning as I was putting my working rifle away .He was fasinated with the .310 & wanted to know all about it I explained that I had it for a project I had in mind.
He harped on me until I agreed to get some ammo & give him a shot ! That was 15 Goats 37 Foxes & I have no Idea how many feral Cats ,& a couple of Roos thrown in for good measure.He keeps his ranges down to about 70yrds max & has claimed the rifle as his own.It's funny how a 100 yr old rifle can beat a 1yr old Play staition hands down
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Old 05-04-2005, 05:43 AM
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I cannot tell you how much I enjoy any discussion of the Martini rifles and the Cadet in particular. My Dad bought a Cadet back when they were about $12.00 from Ye Old Hunter I think. As kids my brothers and I loved to look at the kangaoo stamped on the upper reciever. Back then the .310 cartridge was very difficult for us to load and we tried many different loading "options" to shoot this gun, some of these options were safe! I still have the rifle, it sure brings back memories of a great childhood.
Ross Seyfried has written quite a bit about shooting these rifles. I sure enjoy reading about his little wildcats designed just for this rifle.
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Old 05-04-2005, 06:16 AM
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William.I really know where you'r coming from.I don't think Iveever met anybody that had a bad word for the Cadet. It's one of those actions that you've just got to love .I'm still laughing about my young Bloke he recons it's the greatest thing since canned beer! He refuses point blank to let me re chamber it to something more common.So I'm casting ,a 120 gn RN for plinking & using 123gn jhp for him for hunting.I recon my Dad paid about $9.00 for my first cadet & that came with 100 rnds of ammo
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Old 05-04-2005, 07:19 PM
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Yep ya gotta love the ol .310 we use them for our lever action comps lol when ranges reach out to 150m ya kinda have to wait for the bullet to hit like Bang.....................clang we always have a joke about them but **** ya have to love them. Oh if you need 310 brass and cant find any just make it outta 32-20 brass works a treat!
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Old 05-05-2005, 02:30 AM
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Yep ya gotta love the ol .310 we use them for our lever action comps lol when ranges reach out to 150m ya kinda have to wait for the bullet to hit like Bang.....................clang we always have a joke about them but **** ya have to love them. Oh if you need 310 brass and cant find any just make it outta 32-20 brass works a treat!
Love 'em too and keeping an eye out for a good one. Funny thing, my local gunshop couldn't supply me with 30-30 or 32-20 recently but he had plenty of .310 in stock
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Old 05-05-2005, 03:47 AM
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Tango Keep looking ,My dealer in Pt augusta has several in stock ! But ammo is like hens teeth over here I've got a nastey feeling you Sand gropers have stolen it all & are holding us Crow eaters to ransom! As a matter of intrest with the new Laws have they done away with the high power /low power restrictions over your nek of the woods? If you want my dealers details just pm me & I'll be more than happy to help out in your quest for a Cadet
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Old 05-05-2005, 04:41 AM
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Tango Keep looking ,My dealer in Pt augusta has several in stock ! But ammo is like hens teeth over here I've got a nastey feeling you Sand gropers have stolen it all & are holding us Crow eaters to ransom! As a matter of intrest with the new Laws have they done away with the high power /low power restrictions over your nek of the woods? If you want my dealers details just pm me & I'll be more than happy to help out in your quest for a Cadet

Yeah, we still categorise as low & high power. I'm OK with that because my main interest is in lever guns and the bulk of calibres are classed as low power, including 45-70! Currently, I have a Model 94AE in 30-30, an old Model 92 in 32-20, a Uberti Model 73 in .357 on order and a Greener Martini GP 12g shotgun that just might finish up as a 45-70.
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Old 05-05-2005, 04:55 AM
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Tango .If your going to re chamber the Greener to 45-70 Which I thourghly agree with as it's only a re barreled 450/577,to begin with .I would suggest you get a barrel from Sprinter arms.They can also do the gunsmithing I do not hesitate reconmending them as they have been doing work on my Working rifles for years & converted ,A Martini to 45-70 for me some time back!
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Old 05-05-2005, 05:06 AM
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Tango .If your going to re chamber the Greener to 45-70 Which I thourghly agree with as it's only a re barreled 450/577,to begin with .I would suggest you get a barrel from Sprinter arms.They can also do the gunsmithing I do not hesitate reconmending them as they have been doing work on my Working rifles for years & converted ,A Martini to 45-70 for me some time back!
That's ineresting. I was put on to Sprinter a couple of weeks ago by a bloke here when I was thinking about having a liner put in the 92. He quoted $550. Do you have any idea how much it would be for the barrel only.
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Old 05-05-2005, 06:24 AM
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The last barrel I was quoted on was about $ 350.00.but that was about 12mths ago so say round $400-500 would be in the ball park. The thing being they still "button " rifle the barrel that is 1 cut at a time.I have always got the best barrel life out of a Sprinter .I normaly buy 2or 3 at a time which saves me down time at work (Roo shooter).They can also do twist rates to suit spesific bullet weights.Their fairly quick of the mark as well when it comes to service and provide a good gunsmithing service though I tend to use my own bloke in Pt Augusta when I get him in a good mood & he has'nt got a hate sesson on about Roo shooters (about one day a year)
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Price sounds pretty good. If I went ahead I would have the gunsmithing done here. Don't know if I would find a lot of use for that much gun but it's a nice idea.
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