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OK , ive looked at this thread a couple times and am beside myself about the bottom left hand corner of that ad , i want a webley mkIII for that price , but im really concerned about the 45acp versions they sold , the mkIII was a transitional black to smokeless powder revolver , adopted in 1897 , for perspective the mkIV is considered "the boer war model" 

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Nice revolver. 
I've longed to own a Webley .455 but never had the opportunity. 
I don't shoot pistol comps any more so the chance of getting one is now pretty remote.
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ive actually got the set of no1 revolvers  , mkI - mkVI in webley and an enfield mkVI as well , but my mkIII is the one with the worst finish of all of my webleys 


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Ive been putting a Martini 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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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.Wink 
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I just acquired a Cadet action, and I'm trying to decide what to do with it, if anything.
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Get a good barrel in .224 or 6mm and make something interesting.
It depends a lot on what you shoot at but I can recommend the 221 Rem fireball using 357 magnum or if you want to increase case capacity, 357 Max cases.
The reamers dies and cases are easy  to get and it is a very accurate little caliber,;ideal for rabbits and foxes out to 200m.
Even a straight 357 mag or maximum will work well. The action will take a hot load and you can keep the barrel short (18-20") and still get good velocities. 
The 357 with a short barrel and a Manlicher stock is a good hiking rifle. Light short but powerful enough to deck a small deer or pig.
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Here is a .22 RF with 17" short barrel and a .223 R (for rimmed. Based on the cut down 5.56 x 50 RWS case). Shilen barrel and Zeiss scope.
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Just to skite, I did the floor too. It's Blackbutt Jarrah and Marri. Took 3 weeks to do 2 rooms.


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nice , and nice , you do nice work 
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I was thinking .256 win mag. Brass is easy to make.
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Yes Ive used a box of them. They are easier to size down to .224 too.
256 Win is an odd caliber and has little if any practical use in Australia as it is too short ranged for fox, too powerful for rabbits ( hit with a 75gn soft point they explode) and not quite enough for goat, deer, pigs and roos.
I had played with the idea of a .357 Max sized to .25 and loaded with bigger projectiles but it was too much trouble and may have needed custom dies if a neck sizing die didnt work.
You could try a 'whisper' .25. Loaded with a really long heavy, frangible projectile through a fast twist barrel and a fat suppressor.
You get a small, silent, heavy hitter.

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I've also considered .218 mashburn bee with a 1:9 twist barrel. That way I can make use of all the cheap 55 grain fmjs on the market and possibly the 62 grain hunting bullets.

I've seen a few in .223 remington, but I'm told the case is really too long and causes loading and ejection problems. .219 zipper looks good, but you have to keep it at moderate velocities due to the dia. of the cartridge in relation to the barrel shank diameter.

On the big end, I considered .357 herret and .41 magnum.
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Originally posted by Long branch Long branch wrote:

I've also considered .218 mashburn bee with a 1:9 twist barrel. That way I can make use of all the cheap 55 grain fmjs on the market and possibly the 62 grain hunting bullets.

I've seen a few in .223 remington, but I'm told the case is really too long and causes loading and ejection problems. .219 zipper looks good, but you have to keep it at moderate velocities due to the dia. of the cartridge in relation to the barrel shank diameter.

On the big end, I considered .357 herret and .41 magnum.

Ive not shot a 218 mashburn but Im told they are a good little cartridge, very efficient.
Id like a 41 mag. Good accuracy and plenty of hitting power.
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