At last! The world has been waiting to learn…

Can Ian blow up a Ross MkIII just by firing it?

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4 Responses to At last! The world has been waiting to learn…

  1. Buck. says:

    As much as I love a good destructive video, I had to cringe hard seeing that nice old rifle take that much damage even if it was all bubba’d to begin with. All in the name of truth and science but still most unfortunate. That said I now know a hell of a lot more about what to look for while buying a Ross. There is one on my one of these days list somewhere between a Berthier carbine and a Lee Navy M1895. It’ll be nice to not blow my eyes out if I ever get one.

  2. Ian says:

    I had a twinge too after I shot it – it was a really nice shooting rifle and it’s a shame to damage it. But this is for SCIENCE!

    If it makes you feel better, I think a new bolt would restore it to operational shape. I’m going to hang onto it in case I ever have the opportunity to build it into a Huot replica (a semiauto conversion of the Ross).

  3. Buck. says:


  4. Keith says:


    I’ve not done the calcs to be sure on this, but the Ross bolt head certainly has the look of being way over designed for .303

    check out the remaining bearing area and the shear area of the lugs you have left on there, and compare it to some of the oldies Ottesson measured. Check with the blue you’d use for scraping (or checking the fit of engine valves) to see that the remaining lugs do indeed seat.

    If it comes out ok on the measurements and the blue, have a play with a magnet and dye, to see if there are any cracks or inclusions causing magnetic flux leakage…

    which is a long way of saying – I don’t know, but it might still be ok.

    ps, did you see the Lindsey reprint of the Machinery Magazine articles on the tooling and inspection of the Ross?

    Seems Lindsey has retired from publishing.

To the stake with the heretic!