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    I have a Greener Martini action and have ordered a rifled 12 bore barrel. Anyone know of a gunsmith in Alaska who is familiar with Martini actions and would be able to do the barreling? Thanks.

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    I only know gunsmiths who drink Martini's.
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    Wish I had bought a bunch of those actions when they were just about giving them away 30 years ago, along with Weblys.

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    I (hic) have been known (hiccup) to do a little (hic) smungithing (hic) after a martini or two.

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    Great responses. Thanks for the help.

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    I would PM Andy/ADfields here on this Forum, (He is in AZ now.) He should be able to advise you if a Specialist is needed, and I bet he could do the job. He knows about them Beeg Bores like they use in Africa.

    Beyond that, Stan Jackson in Anchorage is a Great Machinist.

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    Thanks Smitty. I've had Andy do some work for me. I'll get in touch with him.

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    Got the Zulu on the fight did ya?

    Yea I'm acquainted with the martini firearm, never tried the drink so no help there. I'm not in Alaska anymore which is why I didn't fess up before.

    So 12 bore you say? What do you have now, smooth 12 bore take down? If so any good smith with a lathe should be able to help. Like I say I'm not in Alaska but am game for most anything if your willing to ship.
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    Didn't they have a weird one, that was a 14 bore necked down from a 12 bore?
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    I have a couple of the Greener Martinis and have been considering the same thing for some years. A 12 ga rifles with sabots should be the trick in the shotgun only areas or a real thumper for bears.

    Mine are the later guns made in 50s that shoot the odd ball necked down cartridges with a ring around the base to clear the firing pin protrusions. Bore is marked .719- useable for a 12 ga. but very tight.

    I have one of the shells, I'll mike the base and rim to see if the extractor will work as is. Looks like the firing pin will have to be modified to remove the protrusions and perhaps the holes in breech block face welded up.

    Friend of mine built a .577 Nitro Express on his action. A beast to shoot as it is much too light for the caliber.




    Quote Originally Posted by mart View Post
    I have a Greener Martini action and have ordered a rifled 12 bore barrel. Anyone know of a gunsmith in Alaska who is familiar with Martini actions and would be able to do the barreling? Thanks.

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    Andy,

    I just have the action, in fact two of them and neither have a barrel. I have a rifled 12 bore, tapered octagon ordered. You did the sights and the rust bluing on my 400 Whelen not too long before you left Alaska. Very nice work by the way. If you wouldn't mind shoot me a PM with an estimate for fitting the barrel, chambering, sweating on some sight bases and bluing. Thanks.

    Louis,

    Yes they did make that odd 14/12 bore. One of these actions is from one of those guns. They did the neck down so that the enemy couldn't use the guns against them if they got a hold of them. They also had an action with a three prong firing pin whose prongs fit into a recess in the brass base of the shell so only the rounds for that gun could be fired by that gun. A standard 12 gauge couldn't be fired. The system was easily defeated by breaking or grinding the prongs off and then firing standard rounds.

    tvfinak,

    I've checked my extractors against standard 12 gauge shells and it's a perfect fit. I'll be using brass 2 1/2 shells and either round balls or an 850 grain conical with this rifle. One of my buddies has a Greener Martini with a rifled 12 bore barrel and he uses an 1100 grain H&H style cast bullet with his. He says it rolls pigs with authority. I'll try some of his but think I'll stick to the round balls and the 850 grain bullet. It'll be a thumper either way.

    Thanks for the relies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mart View Post
    Andy,

    I just have the action, in fact two of them and neither have a barrel. I have a rifled 12 bore, tapered octagon ordered. You did the sights and the rust bluing on my 400 Whelen not too long before you left Alaska. Very nice work by the way. If you wouldn't mind shoot me a PM with an estimate for fitting the barrel, chambering, sweating on some sight bases and bluing. Thanks.
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    Andy,

    No problem. I just ordered the barrel and it's a couple of months out so there is no hurry.

    Mart

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