Cartridge Solid Drawn .402" Experimental

Cartridge Solid Drawn .402" Experimental

Weapon Specification
Weight Charge 80 Grains RFG2 Bullet 420 Grains 12:1 lead tin alloy
Weapon Overview

In 1881, the War Office began to trial a new calibre of Martini Rifle in .402". The case was manufactured in a solid drawn form, and contained 80 grains of RFG2 powder & a 420 grain bullet. The intial trials were held in MkIII Martini rifles, specifically chambered to suit the calibre.

In 1882 the embryonic Enfield Martini was trialled, purpose designed to accept the new form of cartridge.

By 1887, the .402" Cartridge was shelved in favour of .303" bore, and by 1890 all ammuntion had been broken up.