Martini Cadet (personal gun) .32-20 (late 1980's)
I purchased this Martini Cadet rifle from my daughter-in-law's father sometime, as I recall, in the late 1980's. I paid $135 for it. It was a little rusty and still wore it's original military butt stock. The forearm had been cut down, the rear sight had been removed and a Redfield receiver sight had been installed on the side of the action. The bore wasn't bad, so I thought that I'd spend the time and the money to rebuild it more to my liking.

A friend gave me an old Remington pump shotgun butt stock that I modified and Bondo'ed up to fit the Cadet action with the amount of drop at heel that I wanted, and I added a 'Bondo' cheek piece. This was used as a pattern stock to machine a Calfornia English blank I had been saving. This work was done by Michael Greene in Golden, CO. The forearm was easy to rough out of a small rectangular blank that was left after band sawing out the butt stock.

I inletted the action into the butt stock, did the final shaping of the comb and cheek piece, inletted the barrel to fit the forearm blank and added an Ebony forend tip. Then I glass bedded the rear of the action and the entire barrel channel. I used my Benzomatic torch to heat the opening lever and bent it to fit a template I had made of the grip profile. I wanted the lever imbedded about half way into the grip face. I attached and then notched a steel grip cap to fit the lever.

I had a nicely engraved steel trap-door butt plate that my dad had given me when I was still just a kid. I inletted that to the butt stock and drilled two holes for brass tube liners that hold cartridges. The upper one holds three rounds, while the lower one holds two. I had a 'thing' about raw wood against the cartridges and decided the holes had to be brass 'lined'. I opened up the front sight dovetail and fitted it with Redfield front sight that took interchangeable inserts.

Once all the metal prep had been done, I took the barreled action to a metal finisher in Longmont, CO that worked mostly on AR-styled rifles, and who applied a plated Teflon coating. It looks OK and certainly is extremely corrosion proof, but if I were doing it all over again, I'd opt for tradtional bluing.

I sanded and finished the stocks using BC Tru-Oil and cut 20 LPI checkering in a pattern of my own design. I did not keep track of long long the work took. I didn't really care, it was a labor of love!

Does it shoot, you ask? Yes it does!
These .310 Cadet to .32-20 rechambering conversions are not expected to be accurate, but for some reason this rifle shoots jacketed bullets much better than is generally perceived.
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