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  1. Tim, I haven't come across that method , but, yes, I expect that it would work, though perhaps at the expense of the complete originality of the barrel. As you say earlier, the only really sound method is to fabricate a one-piece stock. My attempt to connect the fore arm and butt of my Mk 5 works in the sense of rigidity and practicality, but it includes a flat aluminium spar running from the one to the other on the port side of the rifle, which is one of the ugliest things that I have ever seen, so I won't go into details, let alone offer to provide photos. Roger
  2. Hmm, sounds as if batch testing might be difficult. Can you locate the main .22 ammunition retail suppliers to ask them about such a facility? In the UK, RWS and Lapua offer it only once or twice a year at Bisley (possibly more often at club level for RWS), whilst Eley offer it all the time, I believe, but obviously subject to booking. The problem of inserting a hanger for a fore end into a Mk 2 or Mk 5 receiver is that there simply isn't the room, which is why BSA lengthened the receiver quite appreciably to make the free floating barrel for the Mk 3. But their hanger had to be made out of aluminium to save weight, and that led to other problems.
  3. Luke, You will, I think, find several examples of home conversions to a free floating barrel, with photos, if you research the subject on www.targettalk.com. (you need to join first). However, BSAs are not usually a hot topic on this website, though you may find plenty else to interest you there. I have attempted a conversion with a Mk 5. It is not easy. And in the 1950s and 1960s excellent results were obtained with the Mk 2s - in the right hands. A free floating barrel will probably need batch-tested ammunition to get the best out of it, if my two Anschutz 1800 barrels are anything to go by: they have produced batch-tested results varying from 13 mm to 24 mm at 50 metres even with the most expensive RWS and Lapua ammo. BSA barrels are said to be of such quality that they are not too fussy about ammunition, provided it is match grade to start with, and I can readily believe this. Can you access batch testing in Australia? Don't let me put you off your project, however! I hope you are having success with Jim Hallam. Do you lack any particular parts, excepting the butt? A few are still available from John Knibbs at www.airgunspares.com, though frustratingly he also lists many desirable items that are now 'out of stock'.
  4. Welcome, Luke. Your best bet by far - perhaps your only one - is Jim Hallam, near Bisley itself. He has many of these BSAs in various states and models. I was in touch with him earlier this year. He is a good chap, but his contact details are no longer available by Googling his name as they used to be. (I hope this is not ominous.) Therefore I will give you his e-mail, which of course should not normally be done. It is: jim@jimhallam.me.uk Have you looked at the BSA section in https://www.rifleman.org.uk ? If not, you will find a great deal of information there. You might also like to join rimfirecentral.com, which has quite a flourishing 'Martini' forum, though I don't recall any fellow Australians as contributors. It is mostly US based. Roger
  5. That's good. The better two stage trigger is a definite plus, I would say.
  6. Match 54 covers quite a wide range. It looks like the later version with the better trigger - an 1800 series perhaps? It might help your cause to be specific. Good luck.
  7. I may be able to offer you a Mk 5. I will send you a p.m.
  8. Yes, I too have had a message from Mike112 re. Carter. Sounded odd but I thanked him politely, perhaps too politely as things now appear, but I did not pursue the 'lead'.
  9. Should have added that I am right handed. However, it looks like Jim Hallam at Bisley, whom I also asked, will be able to help with the wood. The complete action is a matter for a variation to one's certificate because of the breech block counting as a pressure part, as I suspected, but I deduce that you could dismantle the action and sell off the parts, leaving the breech block behind - or have I got it wrong?
  10. As per title, I would like to buy a BSA Martini International Mk 2 or Mk 3 butt (no need of a fore end). Condition not too important provided it is sound. The reason: I wish to shoot my Mk 3 competitively but the butt is too long and the cheek piece does not suit me and I don't wish to cut the original butt, which, like the rest of the rifle, is in excellent/perfect condition. Perhaps your club has an old BSA languishing that it cannot sell as a complete rifle and which it would be prepared to break up? If so, your club could sell the sights for a decent sum (just see what they go for on ebay) and sell the butt to me. I would also be interested in parts from the action as spares, if a way could be found to transfer them without my having to obtain a new slot on my FAC; nearly all the parts removable from the action are or have been freely sold as individual bits and pieces (see the John Knibbs web site), even though the complete, detachable action would probably count as a pressure part, like a conventional bolt, and therefore require a slot, even without the barrel - unless someone knows different, in which case I would buy the complete action. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
  11. Cumbrian

    Eagle eye

    Only just seen your reply. Am sending you a p.m. Roger
  12. Cumbrian

    Eagle eye

    I may be able to help. I have a spare Centra 0.3 x 22mm eagle eye. Would that fit your foresight?
  13. I'll take the trigger gauge, please. (I'm assuming that it works just fine, though obviously in used condition.) PM will be sent as well. Roger
  14. In default of a modern bolt action rifle, may I suggest that she at least consider a BSA Martini International? They will shoot very accurately and offer a short loading port if she is not all that tall - ladies in our club have often preferred the martini action for that reason. There are several left-handed examples on Guntrader at the moment at reasonable prices, and one in particular looks to be in very good order and with handsome walnut, too. The one proviso is that the non-adjustable cheek piece must suit her (though it can be sculpted a bit). The butt can always be shortened and a wooden butt hook can be fashioned by any competent wood worker. The Mark 4 BSAs also have a lighter barrel that might be appropriate, as well as adjustable and, in my opinion,.delightful triggers. Do not, however, buy one without the correct sights as they are very expensive separately.
  15. I hope it may be allowable - if not, Neil, please delete this - to mention a small, mostly air rifle oriented shop that I accidentally chanced upon through Google. It is called Protek Supplies, in Bognor Regis. Its website has a page of target shooting accessories, very miscellaneous and not a vast number, but with, for example, several unusual butt hooks and precision rear sights for Enfield no. 4s. I found some one inch elements for my Tucker foresight and they also have them for a Taylor tube and the tubes themselves (never heard of them). I suspect the shop may be a bit chaotic but the owners are helpful. It's the sort of place that usually is well below the radar. Might be worth a quick browse if you have time on your hands.
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