by TH
05 Jan 2018, 12:58
Forum: British Militaria and History
Topic: 68pr Common Shell
Replies: 2
Views: 129

Re: 68pr Common Shell

Adrian - Very Interesting, Most of the large ammunition I see come from underwater and iron degrades a lot! If you do not have "British Artillery Ammunition" by David Ibbetson here are a couple of pics for your (and others') interest IMG_1651.jpg IMG_1653.jpg With thanks to David Ibbetson Tony
by TH
27 Dec 2017, 19:30
Forum: Westley Richards Improved Martinis and Gahendras
Topic: 1869 Wesley Richards
Replies: 18
Views: 620

Re: 1869 Wesley Richards

RDT You do not necessarily need dies to reload for No. 2 Musket Pommy B here does excellent Brass (X ring services) which should not require resizing as they will all be used in the one rifle and fireform after the first shot Decap with a punch, CAREFULLY tap in the primer. Load (with BP!) - grease ...
by TH
24 Dec 2017, 23:01
Forum: Sporting Rifles and Other Old Guns
Topic: Help please on marks.
Replies: 6
Views: 231

Re: Help please on marks.

Plus one for that, and a Happy Christmas to Bill and everyone here

Tony
by TH
23 Dec 2017, 23:30
Forum: Guns From Other Places
Topic: A Balkan miquelet pistol
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Re: A Balkan miquelet pistol

Not my sphere of knowledge but agree it is an asset to any collection, the white and the action give it a completely different look

I bought a Miquelet lock for that reason some years ago

Very attractive

TH
by TH
21 Dec 2017, 23:59
Forum: Westley Richards Improved Martinis and Gahendras
Topic: 1869 Wesley Richards
Replies: 18
Views: 620

Re: 1869 Wesley Richards

Thanks for the pics, the pitting is all part of its interesting life, I have several rifles with similar and would not worry about it With the proliferation of sights it was likely originally built for the South African market If you choose to shoot it the No.2 Musket is straightforward to load for ...
by TH
20 Dec 2017, 19:51
Forum: Westley Richards Improved Martinis and Gahendras
Topic: 1869 Wesley Richards
Replies: 18
Views: 620

Re: 1869 Wesley Richards

Well spotted, Huvius, I completely missed that 

RDT - for interest that serial number 2177  is not listed in Wal Winfer's book but the ones either side  of it were made in 1881
Do you intend buying it?
If so we would all like to see some more pics
Good luck if you do

TH
by TH
19 Dec 2017, 01:48
Forum: Westley Richards Improved Martinis and Gahendras
Topic: 1869 Wesley Richards
Replies: 18
Views: 620

Re: 1869 Wesley Richards

There is a possibility that it is a No. 2 Musket as WR developed the No. 1 & No. 2 Musket cartridges at that time and used them in the 1869 rifles, the No.2 case having the shoulder further forward and probably not fit the No. 1 chamber I notice your example has "rifle" on the barrel instead of "exp...
by TH
19 Dec 2017, 00:59
Forum: Westley Richards Improved Martinis and Gahendras
Topic: 1869 Wesley Richards
Replies: 18
Views: 620

Re: 1869 Wesley Richards

Hello, new to the forum. I was looking at a 1869 rifle on gb. The barrel was marked Rifle no.2 case. Is that the same as #2 musket? Sorry for my spelling, I should pay more attention. Hi RDT and welcome to the Forum It will be the 577/500 No. 2 Express IMG_1463.jpg This is mine, posted here somewhe...
by TH
10 Dec 2017, 01:15
Forum: Gunsmithing
Topic: The journey begins.
Replies: 42
Views: 1.7K

Re: The journey begins.

I and most others here would certainly say that to re blue the barrel would be a retrograde step
IMHO it never looks right 
Good luck whichever you choose, others will probably give you more relevant advice
TH
by TH
07 Dec 2017, 23:34
Forum: Sporting Rifles and Other Old Guns
Topic: Alexander Henry Rifle Maker - book by Donald Dallas out in November
Replies: 6
Views: 199

Re: Alexander Henry Rifle Maker - book by Donald Dallas out in November

I have started to read it in depth, lots of new info, unfortunately calling into question some points about my own A H rifles but necessary to get to the base points about these interesting rifles 
TH
by TH
04 Dec 2017, 01:37
Forum: Swords, Bayonets, and Edged Weapons
Topic: Canadian Pattern 1893 Sword Bayonet.
Replies: 2
Views: 142

Re: Canadian Pattern 1893 Sword Bayonet.

Rob - Interesting pick up. I checked it as quite unusual in the attachment of the hilt, different to the usual pattern 1888/etc models for the Metford/Enfields but similar to the 1887 sword bayonets for the Martini Metfords for which, as you say, this was issued The attachment style appears to have ...
by TH
04 Dec 2017, 00:25
Forum: Cartridges and Reloading
Topic: smokeless powder
Replies: 16
Views: 412

Re: smokeless powder

After several problems with using NFB equivalent loads and not been happy with Pyrodex (UK BP substitute) I now use BP exclusively in all of my (originally) BP rifles The necessity?? of using magnum primers and excessive airspace in NFB loads is potentially a problem (I had unburnt powder and bullet...
by TH
30 Nov 2017, 23:28
Forum: Sporting Rifles and Other Old Guns
Topic: Alexander Henry Rifle Maker - book by Donald Dallas out in November
Replies: 6
Views: 199

Re: Alexander Henry Rifle Maker - book by Donald Dallas out in November

My copy came today but I have not had time to do anything but quickly flick through it although it looks very good

Looking forward to digesting it in depth

TH
by TH
27 Nov 2017, 22:58
Forum: Guns of the East India Company
Topic: Another EIG? pistol
Replies: 3
Views: 169

Re: Another EIG? pistol

Barrel maker, John Clive, (1814-1832. & son 1832-1869) 279 Newtown row, Birmingham) Cain - many thanks, now I can see it clearly! Vincent - thank you also for your usual in depth knowledge of these pistols My original interest was that these were still being made/issued years after revolvers and ev...
by TH
26 Nov 2017, 23:32
Forum: Single Shot Pistols
Topic: Please help. Tower pistol
Replies: 18
Views: 337

Re: Please help. Tower pistol

If this is with a dealer in the UK almost all of them push up the prices to what they think the market (us!) will stand plus a bit extra. Some really take the p...... Meet the dealers at an Arms Fair (Birmingham etc.) and offer cash most will drop10-15% These are not my speciality but the advice her...
by TH
26 Nov 2017, 15:15
Forum: Guns of the East India Company
Topic: Another EIG? pistol
Replies: 3
Views: 169

Another EIG? pistol

Seeing the previous post on the EIG pistol I thought to post this about how not to do it! I got this some years ago for little money and to get out of a bad deal with a MH carbine (discussed here somewhere) Very overcleaned, it would appear to be a classic Indian fake but several things confuse me (...
by TH
14 Oct 2017, 22:02
Forum: Snider-Enfield Forum
Topic: Dehumidifier
Replies: 9
Views: 253

Re: Dehumidifier

Anything outside the main house will need a dehumidifier, I get a lot of water from mine (in block outhouse attached to house)

 Dry air rarely exists in the UK!!

TH
by TH
14 Oct 2017, 21:53
Forum: Martini-Henry Forum
Topic: New members, old members, long lost friends--check in!
Replies: 716
Views: 79.3K

Re: New members, old members, long lost friends--check in!

Hi, I am CrocHunter from the Czech republic. I aquired a M-H Mk.II carbine mash-up recently and I am looking forward to put it back into shape and to share time with fellow british militaria enthusiasts. Hi CrocHunter and welcome to the forum We would all like to see pics of your M-H and the "exper...
by TH
12 Oct 2017, 22:34
Forum: Snider-Enfield Forum
Topic: Snider Carbine 1871 maybe a Khyber Pass Copy
Replies: 10
Views: 472

Re: Snider Carbine 1871 maybe a Khyber Pass Copy

You are correct...Khyber copy Everything depends on the price Here in the UK Commercial Snider carbines are the best value for money around and a genuine one would be the better buy You will have to decide whether the gun is worth the money, it looks reasonable Good luck whichever you decide TH
by TH
09 Oct 2017, 21:25
Forum: Sporting Rifles and Other Old Guns
Topic: Beaumont Rifle
Replies: 30
Views: 814

Re: Beaumont Rifle

Refinished or not it is very nice

TH