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    Nepalese Gahendra Martini-Henry Rifle (577/450)

    Last weekend I was cruising the show looking for parts and stopped by a friends table. He'd just bought this Gahendra and was looking to flip it. I thought it would make a nice single shot conversion to something like .45 long colt or maybe 45-70. All I knew about these guns was what I'd read when the last crop of these got dumped on the market with rotten stocks and internals rusted together. After some more research it looks like this one is just too nice to mess with. I ran a patch down the bore to knock out the cob webs and was surprised to fine a near perfect bore.














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    So now I have to figure out what I'm going to do with this one and start looking for one of the "parts guns" for playing with.

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    I would clean it up and keep it like it is. Good bores on those old rifles are hard to find. You can still find ammo for them too. There are plenty of junkers around to play with.
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    If you plan on firing it do check the head space, You can make brass from 24 (thx Lavis) gauge Brass magtech shells. And slug the barrel to get the proper size projo.
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    Not 20ga, but 24ga. And yes they do make it.
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    A very nice find. I marvel at the old ones when I get to see them.
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    A guy on Gunbroker named BlueFalcon makes some great paper patched 450 grn lead projos.
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    I looked at a video on reloading the cartridge last night and a fellow on another forum is selling 10 original cartridges (with smokeless powder?) for $30 plus shipping. The smokless powder cartridges are probably for the British version. I might look into what it takes to make the brass for it just because it sounds challenging.

    I still need to remove the wood and see if the barrel looks as good underneath.

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    Looks just like mine. I got it from The Sportsman Guide for $125. I cleaned it up and found the barrel was much like yours. If your metal looks like mine, you will be very happy. Just give the wood a little love and stain, coat with your finish of choice(I used Trueoil)

    To make the brass from a shot shell is drawn out. Need a .500 mag die reamed out, thena .500 Mag sizing die, then the .577-450 dies
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    Wow that is a great bore.
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