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GrabYourGat

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Martini cadet 357
« on: June 06, 2019, 06:52:09 am »
Hey guys,

Excuse me if this is better suited to a different forum, I figured by now the martini cadet rifles should be C&R...

I held a martini cadet rifle the other day and I'm hooked. I love how small it is and that action is so fun.

Through further research I found out that a lot of them were rebored to take 357 mag back in the 60's, but I can't find one for sale at all. The only ones I can find for sale are the 32-20's, and I don't want to go and get one of those just to have to put a bunch of extra money and time into it...

Does anybody know where I could find one that's already been done?

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    rjinaz86323

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    Re: Martini cadet 357
    « Reply #1 on: June 06, 2019, 07:06:07 am »

    coelacanth

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    Re: Martini cadet 357
    « Reply #2 on: June 06, 2019, 08:18:24 am »
    Those .32 caliber rifles were/are superbly accurate.  Probably worth the trouble to keep them fed, IMO.   :coffee
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    Re: Martini cadet 357
    « Reply #3 on: June 06, 2019, 02:21:33 pm »
    I have one in the original .310 Cadet chambering so it did not have a 32-20 reamer ran into it like many did. I was glad to get the original chambering as it makes it "mo better."  It took a lot of effort to get it up and shooting but dang does it shoot, amazing.

    Not that I have this one I sure would like more, especially a .357 Mag but you just don't see them out there that much.

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    Re: Martini cadet 357
    « Reply #4 on: June 06, 2019, 02:34:40 pm »
    I have one in the original .310 Cadet chambering so it did not have a 32-20 reamer ran into it like many did. I was glad to get the original chambering as it makes it "mo better."  It took a lot of effort to get it up and shooting but dang does it shoot, amazing.

    Not that I have this one I sure would like more, especially a .357 Mag but you just don't see them out there that much.

    I've been wanting to get one in the original chambering. Glad to see at least one hasn't been reamed. They are tough to find original and yours is a looker. That being said I don't think I've ever heard of them being converted to 357. I'm sure it's feasible but 32-20 is all I've ever seen.

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    Re: Martini cadet 357
    « Reply #5 on: June 06, 2019, 07:54:35 pm »
    I have one in the original .310 Cadet chambering so it did not have a 32-20 reamer ran into it like many did. I was glad to get the original chambering as it makes it "mo better."  It took a lot of effort to get it up and shooting but dang does it shoot, amazing.

    Not that I have this one I sure would like more, especially a .357 Mag but you just don't see them out there that much.

    Absolutely gorgeous, thank you for sharing that picture there too.

    Anybody have one they'd be willing to part with for cash or a trade lol? I know that's a long shot there
    « Last Edit: June 06, 2019, 08:00:18 pm by GrabYourGat »

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    Re: Martini cadet 357
    « Reply #6 on: June 07, 2019, 07:44:41 am »
    I've been wanting to get one in the original chambering. Glad to see at least one hasn't been reamed. They are tough to find original and yours is a looker. That being said I don't think I've ever heard of them being converted to 357. I'm sure it's feasible but 32-20 is all I've ever seen.

    .357 is quite common from what I have found, I have also seen mention of .357 Max.  Another common one I have heard is taking the original barrel and reaming to .32 Win Special or rebarreling to 30-30?  Those seem too big for me but I have seen mention of it.   

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    Re: Martini cadet 357
    « Reply #7 on: June 07, 2019, 11:39:11 am »
    .32-20 is pretty potent on small game out of a rifle length barrel.  No need to hot rod on of those beautiful little Martinis with a big rifle round IMO. 
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    Re: Martini cadet 357
    « Reply #8 on: June 07, 2019, 08:30:11 pm »
    I dont know if the twist would be correct but could one be chambered for 327 federal?

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    Re: Martini cadet 357
    « Reply #9 on: June 07, 2019, 08:45:31 pm »
    I don't see why not.   :hmm
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    Re: Martini cadet 357
    « Reply #10 on: June 08, 2019, 07:13:29 am »
    They also rebarreled l to smaller . I have one in 218 bee.
    Kinda stalled out on this one , anyone interested in a whole package (With dies and brass) fell free to PM me.
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    Re: Martini cadet 357
    « Reply #11 on: June 09, 2019, 08:19:22 pm »
    Pm sent

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    Re: Martini cadet 357
    « Reply #12 on: June 09, 2019, 10:37:03 pm »
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    Re: Martini cadet 357
    « Reply #13 on: September 06, 2019, 04:06:08 pm »
    I dont know if the twist would be correct but could one be chambered for 327 federal?

    It would have the same problem as the 32-20, a .312 projectile and a .316+ bore.

    The .310 Cadet uses a heeled externally lubed .322/.316 bullet. If you used the correct bullet the 32-20 or the 327 mag would work, but with the availability of PPU 7.62x38 Nagant brass and the RCBS dies and mold the 310 Cadet can be reloaded relative easily and cheaply.

     I have had very good results using powder coat in the place of external lube on unsized cast bullets.

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    Re: Martini cadet 357
    « Reply #14 on: September 07, 2019, 08:30:55 am »

     I have had very good results using powder coat in the place of external lube on unsized cast bullets.

    I tried HiTek on my RCBS mould bullets and had crappy results. I will have to try PC to see if mine likes it.  So far tumbling them in Lee Alox has given my best results and it is what I use for my standard loads. 

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