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Old December 10, 2019, 00:16   #1
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BSA Martini Henry

Recently I won on a auction a BSA Martini Henry rifle. Don't have rifle yet. Rifle was listed as 22lr. but on the picture of the barrel it was marked 220lr. Can anyone tell me the difference is between 22lr. and 220lr. is. Thanks Lee709
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Old December 10, 2019, 04:41   #2
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Just guessing here,,but maybe tight bore at .220" ?
Most 22lr bores spec in at .221-.222" groove diameter with match barrels usually being on the tighter side....
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No expert here, but do believe "220lr" is indeed what we call .22 Long Rifle. I would check the chamber for length, but it should be OK.

The boys at rimfirecentral.com should have some info for you. Those fellows take their 22's seriously.
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Old December 11, 2019, 15:30   #4
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common English normanclature

The English used to gauge bores by distance between the lands, we base it on distance between the grooves

it's a standard .22LR bore on the Martini .22s
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BSA Martini Henry

Thanks Guys for the reply. Learned something today and remember the old saying if you learned one thing ever day you will die a smart man. Leed709
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Thanks Guys for the reply. Learned something today and remember the old saying if you learned one thing ever day you will die a smart man. Leed709
yeah it gets a bit confusing

same deal with how rounds were loaded
Euro pressures were higher than here in America
SAMMI is meaningless

we downloaded some rounds for decades
9mm Parabellum was one thus our 9mm bearly ran a P08 which required a rather more energetic loading.

this was due to the 9mm Glisenti

English bore diameters should be gauged by measurement however .22RF has always been the same in my experience with US guns. Some Parker Hale .22 blanks were ever so slightly tighter than our own
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we downloaded some rounds for decades
9mm Parabellum was one thus our 9mm bearly ran a P08 which required a rather more energetic loading.
The good thing about American 8mm Mauser is that it is so wimpy it is safe in the 1888 Commission rifles.
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