Originally Posted by Marlin
What a great lookin' piece, Swanny.
Do tell us the story. I, for one, would be very interested and I'm sure others would, too.
Also, great to have you back with us actively. You have been missed.
Thanks marlin, I missed you guys too.
This project kicked off about four years ago when I saw and used a purpose built handgut in 30/30 that could consistantly shoot 1MOA, and thought "I just gotta have me one of those".
The guy with the 30/30 is an expat English gunsmith and a mate named Ken Prately, so we started playing with idea's and came up with what you see. I am a great fan of the Martini action and had a couple, so we had a start.
The barrel is a Lithgow (Australian) match grade, intended for mating to the Omark receiver to create long range rifles. The Barrel was 30" long so we built a carbine in the same calibre to use the rest of it.
It was first chambered in 30/357. That is a 357mag necked down to 30.
It didn't work very well. The thin cases just couldn't handle the pressure.
It got to the stage that I carried a brass rod with me to knock out stuck cases. Not good!!!!
We decided to rechamber to 30 Herret but couldn't get a reamer in Aus, and only by special (expensive) order from the US, so Ken decided to make it himself. A small slip on the grinder and the reamer shoulder was stuffed, (we were grinding down a 30/30 reamer). After several self pitying beers we decided we could just shorten it a little, it was a good decision, even if it was beer fueled.
In the new chambering it worked a treat.
All of this was an off again, on again project that took up the best part of three years and to this day I'm terrified that the lovely Mrs Swanshot might find out what it actually cost
Obviously I have omitted a great deal od detail to avoid turning this into a book, but here a the vital statistics.
Action: Martini cadet. modified to side leaver.
Barrel: 1 in 14 twist 308 cal 9 inches long
Calibre 7.62x 35R (shortened 30/30)
weight 2 Kilo (4.4 pounds)
Muzzle velocity to date 1950 ft/sec with 130grn Hornady.
Trajectory at 220 yrds 14 inches.
Best repeatable grouping to date 1.5 MOA at 220 yds.
Note: the 220 yds is because we are metric, and 200mts is near as damit to 220 yds. Also it is the longest range I have for testing.