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Re: Here's an interesting "8mm"
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Old 02-19-2015, 11:59 AM
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Default Re: Here's an interesting "8mm"

If you read the description, the seller explains about the rechambering and it's 'appropriateness'. Since the auction has closed, I copied it below:

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Here's a nice Martini Cadet re-chambered back in the 60s to 32 Winchester Special. I have probably run well over 3,000 rounds through this rifle in the years I've had it. While there's a literal mountain of bunk online about this caliber in this little rifle, I can personally testify that only one part of it is true. Namely, shooting factory 170 grain jacketed bullets from the Cadet IS NOT recommended. Even if you're used to heavy sharp recoil, it WILL HURT. However, on the other hand, with the right bullet and load this is one very sweet-shooting little gun and is very accurate. I do not generally use either cast or jacketed in weights over about 160 grains, not because of bullet weight, but because of bullet length. The 1:16" rifling with a .320" groove diameter on this rifle will stabilize such bullets out to about 75 yards, but then it gets a bit uncertain and grouping opens-up. Some 32-cal (.321") 170 grain bullets do 'ok', such as those from Oregon Trail or Missouri Bullets ... they do fine, but a lighter/short bullet is better. In a pinch, under 75 yards, you can rely on this rifle to do for any small/medium game, but that's not really the main use for the Cadet. For casual shooting and good accuracy, I use any jacketed, solid or cast bullet under 160 grains, this has included pulled 150 grain 8mm bullets ex-Turkish and Ecuadorean ammo in years gone by. Those all shot very well indeed. Included with this rifle in this sale is a new/unused 3x 160gr gas check bullet mold from Accurate Molds (was about $115, delivered) which will produce the optimal 160 grain bullet weight/type for this rifle's bore. This was my 'spare' mold and hasn't been used. My best results with 'store-bought' jacketed bullets have come with using available .323" 125 grain jacketed SP bullets. The very best of all were the 8mm Kurtz 125 grain turned brass bullets sold by Buffalo Arms (seemingly, they're out now). I have a sizable inventory of all these bullets which I'll be selling in due course. The wood shows the typical wear and tear you'll find on a 100+ year old Cadet that spend decades in the hands of Aussie teenagers. I never got around to refinishing the wood, but that would also be well worth doing. Main thing to know is that this is a good, solid accurate rifle in the hands of someone who is willing to make the effort to 'feed' it the correct diet.
The pictures weren't great, and I thought I could see some rough spots on the sided of the receiver. That coupled with some comments about needing rebluing (I redacted those as they weren't about the chambering), and I wasn't interested at anything more than about $250.

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