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Where can I find a .303 martini rifle cleaning rod?
 

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Don't believe they were ever issued, DD want to step in here?
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Your .303 made in 1901 never had a cleaning rod. Cleaning rods were with drawn from service many years before.

Would by any chance your .303 made in 1901 also say VR? If so it very likely is a counterfeit.
 

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Your .303 made in 1901 never had a cleaning rod. Cleaning rods were with drawn from service many years before.

Would by any chance your .303 made in 1901 also say VR? If so it very likely is a counterfeit.
Says "VR Enfield 1872" on right side, "VR B.E. Co 1900" on left side. Rods were withdrawn from service? So it is correct without a rod?
 

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Yes that is correct it never had a clearing rod as a .303.

You Action is very interesting and would make an interesting novelty to a collector. 1st year of production on one side and and last year of production in Victoria range on the other.
 

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The early MER mk. I rifles, first issued in the mid-1890s, were issued with rods, which were the same as the rods on the contemporary long Lee-Enfield rifles. These rods were later removed in 1899.

As for the MER mk. IIs, first issued in serious numbers in 1900, the interesting thing is that the foreends continued to be made with a channel for the rod, but the rod nut was not fitted, making it impossible to install the rod (it just falls out w/o a nut to screw into).

Just an interesting FYI.

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I have a MER MkI 1895 (not KP). If I have remembered correctly, these rifles were issue with half a cleaning rod, and had to buddy up to screw together a rod. Is the pattern the same as the MLE cleaning rod? If so, does anyone know who makes repro ones?
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Yes that is correct it never had a clearing rod as a .303.

You Action is very interesting and would make an interesting novelty to a collector. 1st year of production on one side and and last year of production in Victoria range on the other.
It has Australian property marks also. Really nice one. Victoria State. Stock has never been sanded.
 

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That's right, Rob, it's a half-length rod. The MLM mk. II and the MLE rods are the same. Last year at a gun show, I bought a couple of repro ones from John Denner, the Canadian dealer. He said he had no more, but I don't know if he meant with him at the show or ever in eternity. Why not drop him an e-mail? He's at http://www.denner.ca.

All the best,

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That's right, Rob, it's a half-length rod. The MLM mk. II and the MLE rods are the same. Last year at a gun show, I bought a couple of repro ones from John Denner, the Canadian dealer. He said he had no more, but I don't know if he meant with him at the show or ever in eternity. Why not drop him an e-mail? He's at http://www.denner.ca.

All the best,

Coggansfield
I wonder if Denner was getting them from Gary Baron in Montreal. He stopped making them and decided to keep the money of the people with orders pending, including me. Burned me for $60.00.
 

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I was sent these pics of the MER cleaning rod, which may be helpful.
 

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Rather odd about Gary Baron burning someone. I bought several clearing rods from him and he made a new forend and handguard for a NZ pattern carbine for me.
I have heard he had some serious medical problems and went out of the repo business.
Possibly he is no longer around?
 
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