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Old 10-26-2011, 08:16 PM
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My BSA Martini arrived today. I'm totally confused as to what model I have The part that is confusing me is the barrel, it's 25" long, 1" dia. at the breech and 3/4" dia. at the muzzle. I'm wondering if it's a mixed bag model 12 and 13. I need to spend more time researching.
I gave it a quick clean and took it to the range this afternoon just to check the operation and I find it won't eject a spent casing, I have to pick it out with my fingernail. I sure would appreciate any ideas on what to check to remedy this problem.
I tried a few types of ammo at 50 yards, CCI Standard Velocity, Federal 711B, SK Standard Plus, SK Rifle Match, RWS R50, Lapua Center X and Eley Match. They all went bang but wouldn't eject. I just fired 10 /15 rounds of each type with no cleaning between brands. The Eley and Lapua were of course the best. Pics aren't the best.



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Old 10-26-2011, 11:04 PM
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Looks like a model 12, Stock and barrel diameters are right. Mine is 29" so perhaps it has been cut. Will the case extract when you really pull down on the lever? They are not ejectors, just an extractor. Normally with a slow pull they have to be picked out.
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Old 10-27-2011, 03:06 PM
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I think you'll find that it is a Model 13. I have one that is pretty much identical. The Model 13 options included a heavier barrel (1.0" breech and .75" muzzle), as mine is. The standard barrel was 15/16" x 9/16" x 25"L. To confirm that it is a Model 13, weigh it (it should be ~6lbs, 8oz with that barrel). The length overall should be 40", and the barrel 25" (as yours is). Yours appears to have the BSA Model 19 front sight and Model 8 rear sight, which are also right for a Model 13.
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Old 10-27-2011, 03:46 PM
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i used to have the same problem with my vickers...first...clean all parts really good and light oil.....if that dont do it....look really close with a magnifying glass at the chamber and make sure it isnt peened or burred from whatever its seen in its lifetime....if nothing found and as a last resort which is what i did....VERY CAREFULLY polish the front portion of the chamber....being careful not to go too deep and mess up the lead/rifling area of the chamber......with a short quick snap of the lever mine now ejects the spent brass clear out of rifle....good luck
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Old 10-27-2011, 06:15 PM
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Yep 13

Congrats, very rare, mdl 13, also looks like it's in very good shape.
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Old 10-28-2011, 08:53 PM
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That is a very nice rifle! Several years ago I picked up a CAnadian trainer in the same configuration. Mine had target scope blocks installed, and I happened upon a Parker-Hale scope for it. This rifle is one of the best in my collection.

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Old 10-28-2011, 11:01 PM
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edbu,
My BSA, what I think is a model 12 looks just like your rifle, same beaver forearm stock, checkering, sights etc. Mine however has a 29" barrel. Will have to measure it to be sure I guess. How does one know the differance?
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