Martini Henry

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Last updated 24/04/2024


Ganhendra type rifle

If shooting a Ganhendra type rifle the size of the bore does vary due to the hand made nature of its manufacture, some have a true Martini Henry size bore but many of them are either slightly smaller or larger. Slightly smaller being the norm. Many Ganhendra owners will patch .457 bullet up to .462 ish, rather than use the Martini Henrys .468/470 bullet.


For Martini Henry and Snider cartridge specifications click here

For Martini Henry paper patch template click here


Also see "Black powder" for other black powder products


Custom Martini Henry Neck sizing  and Decapping Die in stock






This Martini Henry Neck sizing and decapping die is fully adjustable to allow the whole neck to be resized or just some of it. The die comprises of a lee 480 ruger die that resizes the neck to .50" on the outside and about .468/.470 on the inside depending on the thickness of the brass. this is ideal size for the Martini Henry rifle. By screwing the lee 480 ruger in and out of the main body the length of neck resized can be altered. The main body is custom made from Pet-G Polymer and is threaded to fit 1.1/4" presses (the same as the Lee Martini Henry dies). The final piece is a custom made extra long decapping pin. Due to the construction of this die no lubrication is needed during the resizing process 90.00  

Please be aware neck tension with a  .468 bullets is likely to be light with reformed Magtec brass, If you want a tight fit order the Ganhendra die which gives a slightly smaller neck.

These can also be supplied to neck size for the Ganhendra Rifle. Unless you tell me otherwise it will be supplied for the Martini Henry.

 Ganhendra Dies made to order.





Lee 577/450 MH 3 Die set


Lee 577/450 MH Large Series 1 1/4x12 thread 2-die set for 577/450 Martini Henry. Includes Full Length Sizing Die, Bullet Seating Die, Factory Crimp Die, shell holder. The full length resizer the neck to .462.  120.00 





Martini Henry Cases,

These are made from reformed Magtec 24 Gauge shotgun shells, I shoot these myself without any problems, I have also been trying a longevity test on 25 of these, so far I have shot them 24 times without losing one. Cases are neck sized only using a ruger 480 sizing die on the neck and have been annealed every 5 reloads. They come neck sized sized at 462, but can be made larger or smaller on request. I usually keep a stock of 100 or so.  5.00 each    

Special offer A box of 25 is 130.00 Including  insured postage (Zone 1 only, discount of 5.00 on Zone 2).


If shooting a Ganhendra type rifle, a paper patched .457 bullet is often used, rather than the Martini Henrys .468 bullet.


Annealing cup

An annealing cup suitable for annealing Martini Henry and Snider cases that have been reformed from Magtec 24 Gauge shotgun shells. If you want one for Bertram cases which have a slightly larger base let me know and i can enlarge to fit.

This annealing cup is used in conjunction with a butane blowlamp and a cordless electric drill. The cup is put in the cordless drill and  the case is put in side the cup, the case is then rotated and the blowlamp flame is applied to the neck of the case. As soon as any colour change is noticed the flame is removed,  the case is tipped out  and allowed to cool. this is repeated for each case. Do not allow the case to become red hot as it will ruin the case. Martini Henry Case not included. 20.00 Each 





Paper for Paper patching

90 GSM Paper, This A4 size paper  is  all cotton  and suitable for paper patching bullets to shoot from the Martini Henry or Snider, I use this in fire formed cases as new cases are to tight to get the bullets in.  4 thou thick. Two wraps will increase the diameter of the paper patch bullet about 12  thou, depending on method of wrapping. A .457 bullet becomes .469/470 approximately. Each sheet makes patches for 28 bullets. 3.00 for 10 sheets

10 Pound Onion Skin Paper for  Paper Patch Bullets. This paper patch bullet paper is imported from America and measures 8 1/2"x11" .002" thick. Two wraps will increase the diameter of the paper patch bullet about  6 Thou depending on method of wrapping. A 457 bullet becomes .463 approximately. Each sheet makes patches for 26 bullets.  3.00 for 10 sheets



457 Bullets.

GM 100 X.45 RN, FP Hardcast Lead Bullets 405 grn these can be paper patched up to 468 for Martini Henry or 462 for Ganhendra type rifles. 








.468 Martini Henry (No Paper patching required)

100 x 480 GRN 45/577 MARTINI HENRY soft lead, the bullets come pre lubed.

Picture shows bullet before lube has been added.

See Under  Reloading - Bullets






Lee 2-Cavity Bullet Mold 457-500-F 45-70 Government (457 Diameter) 450 Grain   - 90375

This mould casts a 457 bullet that would need to be paper patched up to the size of your Martini, usually .468/.470

Lee  Bullet Moulds are a great choice for reloaders looking for a quality mould at an affordable price. Lee machines their mould blocks from aluminium making them rust resistant. Aluminium moulds heat up and cool down faster than iron or steel moulds and good bullets can usually be produced only after a few casts. In addition, aluminium blocks are one-third the weight of iron or steel mould blocks offering the bullet caster less fatigue during extended casting sessions. To ensure the best possible bullets, mould block halves are clamped together then lathe-bored for unmatched roundness and size control. Weights given are Lee's weights with suggested alloy; actual weight may vary due to the alloy mixture used. see under bullet casting





X-Ring Services  Bullet Moulds (Single Cavity Aluminum Blocks)


The mould is designed for the 577-450MH without the need to paper patch

This is a single cavity mould produces a  .577/.450 M-H .470 diameter grease groove bullet. Nominal weight of 475gns (1:20 alloy). Bullets can be loaded as-cast, or resized if desired.  116.00  


(Needs a set of mould Handles)




Lee Commercial Mould Handles


Lee Commercial Mould Handles fits Lee 6-Cavity Moulds, also most other brands of single and double cavity mould. 26.00






470 sizer Die for Lyman or RCBS sizer lubers



These are custom made resizers, made in the USA to the same standard as RCBS or Lyman dies. These dies will resize and lube bullets to .470 as cast by the CBE and X-Ring Services moulds. Out of Stock





Top punches for the Lyman or RCBS sizer lubers

These are made in Australia by CBE from the same cutter they use to make their moulds so a perfect fit is guaranteed 20.00


Ammunition Boxes.


Suitable for storing Martini Henry Ammunition. These cases will store 25 rounds of loaded MH ammunition in the bullet up position. The standard length of MH rounds is 3.12 inches (79mm) these boxes will take up to 3.19inches (81mm). The colour of the box is  Forest Green.  8.00




Reloading Tray



These reloading trays hold 50 rounds of Martini Henry or Snider cases. 10.00




577/450 Wad stack pusher with depth stop


When putting the wad stack (Fibre wad x 3 plus a lube wad) in the case neck it is important to keep the stack inside the case neck, this small tool allows you to set the depth you push the stack into the neck. This is particularly important if you are finger seating your bullets or using extremely light neck tension.

Fully adjustable from 10mm to well past the end of the neck See under Black powder


Just set the tool to push the stack to the depth you want the bullet to go in the case, check to see the whole of the stack is still within the neck of the case and you can be sure each stack will be in the same place. This tool will also allow inspection of the top of the stack to ensure you have no lube leakage that could result in the top wads sticking to the back of the bullet.





All our wads are for the Martini Henry  so are a larger diameter than the standard 45 calibre wads as sold on other sites

Walters Wads 45 Calibre (Martini Henry)  0.030 Thickness Bag of 1000 

the 2001 Blackpowder Cartridge National Championships held at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico. Made from vegetable fiber gasket type material and pre-cut for most popular calibers. Tough, fire and water resistant, biodegradable, NRA acceptable for Blackpowder Cartridge Nationals, smooth cut sides, leave no barrel residue, absolutely consistent and ready to use.  These are a larger diameter than the ones sold for Long Colt so fit much more snugly in Martini Henry cases,   30  thou thick. See under Black powder




Martini Henry Felt wads Lubricated ,


100 Felt wads .470 diameter for Martini Henry cases. These are soaked in wonderlube 1000 and are used in the place of the more  traditional hard grease cookie . See under Black powder





Large Pistol/Large Rifle  Magnum primers.


See under reloading.



Black Powder.  


See under Black Powder





Hogdon Triple 7





1lb Triple 7 FFFG black powder substitute  See under Black Powder  
1lb Triple 7 FFG black powder substitute  See under Black Powder BP Pan Bullet Lube






This is a black powder bullet lubricant/fouling softener is similar in consistency to Cheddar cheese and is made to our own formula. The Lube is intended to be melted and put in to a shallow tray or pan that has the bullets stood in and filled up to the top of the grease groves. When cool the bullets can be removed by pulling them out with needle nosed pliers, you can also remove the solid lube from the tray and push them out. The lube can also be used to make grease cookies for black powder cartridge guns.  It is based on beeswax and olive oil and smells of wintergreen. we recommend melting this lube either by heating the lube in a container sitting in a water bath such as a saucepan on a stove or in a microwave. Extreme care should be taken not to overheat this product as it will catch fire if heated above its flash point of approximately 200 c, It melts at less than the boiling point of water (100c) hence the use of a water bath.  12 oz block measuring 138 mm x 62 mm x49 mm (all measurements are approximate)  See under Black powder


Container for Pan Lubing Bullets

This container measures approximately  270mm x130mm x 65mm  and is made of non stick silicone rubber, this means that the lube can be removed from the mould when cool by simply flexing the container or you can stick the whole thing in the microwave to re-melt the lube after you have removed the bullets or grease cookies. If you draw a line on the inside with a permanent marker you can use it to ensure you always make the same thickness of grease cookies. See under Black powder



 BP Bullet Lube

This is a black powder bullet lubricant/fouling softener is similar in consistency to butter and is made to our own formula. The Lube can be used to lube and keep the fouling soft in muzzle loading revolvers/pistols, and muzzle loading rifles, it  can also be used to lubricate patches. It is based on beeswax and olive oil and smells of wintergreen and is similar to Wonder lube 1000 plus and other bullet lubes.  75 grams pot   (2.64 oz), 6oz pot ,  12 oz Pot    See under Black powder





OX Yoke Wonder Lube 1000

This is a black powder bullet lubricant/fouling softener which can also be used to lubricate patches. Made of natural products, protects against corrosion. Allows consecutive shots without cleaning. Has a natural scent that does not alert game. Made in the USA. This is a paste with the consistency of butter.   12 ounce pot  See under Black powder





OX Yoke Liquid Wonder Lube 8oz bottle


This is a black powder bullet lubricant/fouling softener which can also be used to lubricate patches and wads. Made of natural products, protects against corrosion. Allows consecutive shots without cleaning. Has a natural scent that does not alert game. Made in the USA. This is a liquid version of the above See under Black Powder




Kapok fibre is light weight: the hollow core makes kapok very light.  It is extremely waterproof and resists clumping, it  bouncing back to the original shape.  Kapok is also environmentally friendly and is a natural biodegradable fibre. Due to its  wispy nature  fibre are flammable and most will burn up during the combustion process. This makes it ideal for filling the space over black powder in Martini Henry or Snider rounds.  

Tin of beans next to the 50 gram bag for a size reference only.

Kapok should be fluffed up and and  the minimum amount should placed over the black powder to hold it in place, this will be 2 or 3 grains. 50 grams (approx) (770 Grains) 3.00. 100 grams (approx) (1540) 6.00







Puff-Lon is a lubricating ballistic filler that eliminates the air space inside an ammunition  cartridge and smoothes the barrel with its all-natural dry lubricants. Puff-Lon has been in development for over 9 years and in the consumer market since January 2002. During all these years reports have been positive with no unpredicted mishaps. One container is the equivalent of 22,700 grains (by volume) of powder. For information there are 7000 grains to the pound. Out of stock, American factory is relocating, new stock coming when that is complete, possibly 6 months, possibly never (11/02/2024) 50.00




The testing of Puff-Lon has shown:
bullet An increase in the accuracy of any flat base bullets with smokeless or black powder
bullet An increase in the longevity of a firearm
bullet A decrease of the total maintenance of a firearm
bullet Very large increases in accuracy on cartridges with large air spaces such as B. P. C.  With smokeless powder and sub-sonic rifle cartridges
bullet Greatly slow down throat erosion
bullet Can replace wads and gas checks
bullet Isolates grease wads