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BSA martini model 12/15 needs a new barrel (Read 2201 times)
britt
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BSA martini model 12/15 needs a new barrel
Dec 26th, 2011 at 8:19pm
 
The original barrel on my martini is worn out.  Should I buy an original barrel from a someone like Adams Guns,  should I have it sleeved, or buy a new custom barrel?  In want to keep the rifle as original looking as possible, but I want it to shoot as well as it always did. 
I'd appreciate any advice .
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Re: BSA martini model 12/15 needs a new barrel
Reply #1 - Dec 26th, 2011 at 8:55pm
 
Not knowing what caliber you are talking about  but if it happens to be rimfire then Mac Tilton at MT Guns would certainly be worth talking to.

http://www.mtguns.com/

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Re: BSA martini model 12/15 needs a new barrel
Reply #2 - Dec 26th, 2011 at 10:27pm
 
It is a 22.
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Re: BSA martini model 12/15 needs a new barrel
Reply #3 - Dec 26th, 2011 at 10:42pm
 
Many older BSA Martini match rifles were relined with Parker liners and performed as well as the unlined rifles.

Would be something to consider and be in keeping with past practice.  All that is needed is a quality liner and a well done installation and chamber - and keeps everything else original.

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Re: BSA martini model 12/15 needs a new barrel
Reply #4 - Dec 26th, 2011 at 11:01pm
 
Britt here is a nice little article about some of Mac's 22 Rimfire accuracy work that I thought you might enjoy. He also has the most extensive inventory of Martini Rifles for sale that I know of as well as parts, sights etc.

http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/2010/07/anschutz-and-bsa-martini-benchrest-r...

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Re: BSA martini model 12/15 needs a new barrel
Reply #5 - Dec 26th, 2011 at 11:10pm
 
For some of you looking for a BSA Target Rifle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlC_shWVLuc

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Re: BSA martini model 12/15 needs a new barrel
Reply #6 - Dec 27th, 2011 at 10:31am
 
Is removing and replacing a barrel something I can do myself or should I leave it up to a gunsmith?  I'm leaning toward an original relined parker barrel. 
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Re: BSA martini model 12/15 needs a new barrel
Reply #7 - Dec 27th, 2011 at 12:30pm
 
britt wrote on Dec 27th, 2011 at 10:31am:
Is removing and replacing a barrel something I can do myself or should I leave it up to a gunsmith?  I'm leaning toward an original relined parker barrel. 
Britt

Britt, I've worked on a fair number of small action Martini rifles over the years.  To answer your question...maybe!  I've had some barrels come off with just over hand pressure, and some that were so tight that they needed to be cut just forward of the receiver to the bottom depth of the threads to relieve the pressure on the shoulder.  I've had some used barrels screw right on and headspace and index perfectly, and some that needed to be set back and re-machined/re-chambered.  I've also relined a couple of BSA Martini barrels.  One was a breeze, the other a nightmare...due to the hardness/toughness of the steel. 

The other thing to think about is the new/used barrel that you propose to put on.  If it zips on and indexes and headspaces correctly, great.  If it needs machining to fit properly, you may be into the project almost as much as the labor costs for fitting a brand new barrel from Douglas or Shilen. 

Personally, if it were my rifle, I would look at putting a quality liner into the barrel. 

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Re: BSA martini model 12/15 needs a new barrel
Reply #8 - Dec 27th, 2011 at 1:42pm
 
Thank you David, that's what I needed to hear.
Now, I need to find a gunsmith here in Texas willing and able to do the relining.
Anyone know of a gunsmith in or near San Antonio?
Thanks all.
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Re: BSA martini model 12/15 needs a new barrel
Reply #9 - Dec 27th, 2011 at 2:53pm
 
John Taylor is pretty much the go-to guy for this service:  Taylor Machine, 14119 Military Rd. E, Puyallup, WA 98374, (253) 445-4073

An individual can ship to a dealer/gunsmith without having to go through a dealer on your end for either part of the transaction.  I would find a hard gun case with it's original box and ship your rifle in the case.  Wrap the box with good ol' brown wrapping paper to make it less identifiable as a firearm.  Your name and address and John's inside.  Personally, I like the USPS for this, shipped insured and with tracking. 

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