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Old 04-07-2014, 06:47 AM   #1
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Ive been putting a rifle together to take to NZ shoot deer and pigs then leave there for the next time.
It had to be a rifle I don't use much, if at all.
This is a Martini Enfield in .35 Whelen Rimmed. I got it as an action only 25 years ago from a fellow gunsmith in Collie. I barreled it (Douglas XX 26") in .35 Win but went to .35 Whelen rimmed recently when bit became obvious I wasn't going to get new cases for it in Australia.
Ive cut down 60 9.3 x 74mm RWS cases to 65mm and sized them in a .35 Whelen die.
They give me a rimmed case as 'near as dammit' as I can get to the .35 W.
It has a black walnut stock that I made 20 years ago and is still needing fine tuning. Weighs just 7.5lbs. That means a 225gn leaving the muzzle at 2600fps results in 'a bit of recoil'. But it packs a punch down range.
The scope is a 1980s Zeiss Jena ZF 6x42 with the rails cut off and a strip of stainless protecting the underside from ejected cases and covering the small access holes they used during manufacture. The Jena No 4 reticle is a better choice than the Carl Zeiss version as it has a taller sharper point to the centre post.
It is the scope that, until I bought a new Zeiss 6-20 x 50 last year; was used to measure all others for clarity and field of view. It still out shines most Leupold, Bushnell, and Vortex scopes except the true high enders like the V4s and Razor etc. Mounted in Tasco 30mm windage adjustable rings ( just to be difficult the scope is 28mm) on a side mount from ????. I cant remember where it came from or what it was originally for.
Not fastest gun to reload but with a swap barrel 6.5x54mm rimmed (based on the 7.62x54mm Russian Case) it should cover most of my shooting needs in NZ.



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Oooops, having trouble uploading the pics.
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That is a really neat looking rifle. It's very unusual.

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Mighty big punch for the critters. Nice looking shooter--would not want to leave it lying around.

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Ill leave it with my brother in law over in Whakatane. He's a trustworthy bloke and I know he wont abuse it.

I should add that Im going to scrape the checkering off the forestock. I was learning and practicing on my own stocks for a while and this was a very early attempt that obviously aint straight. I eventually did a few stocks in wrapround handcut before sanity prevailed and I gave the stockmaking away.



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