100 year old rifle (+/-)

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  1. velocette

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    And a long story.

    When I retired, some 15 years ago, I recreated a rifle that I built in my last year in service to our country. 1967, in Minot NoDak.
    It was a 1917 Eddystone Enfield. U.S. Rifle of 1917. It was built / sporterized over the winter using shop facilities on the air base. (Things were different then.)
    Then I got out after my 4 years, went to school on the GI bill and part time work. Broke and hungry too, so the ’17 Enfield went to buy dinner and not many of them either.
    OK, Retired some 40 years later. My first project was to re-create that rifle that I allowed to escape.
    I found a basic rifle that had been aggressively Bubba’d.
    It would never be an original US rifle again. But that is not what I wanted.
    Over two years with NO power tools, just files, hacksaws, sandpaper, wood rasps, more sandpaper, and a “drop in” (NO NO not even close”) high quality stock from a west coast company and more sandpaper, I had a nice rifle. Innumerable coats of Minwax Antique Oil finish & many packs of 000 steel wool. Then I sent the stock off to a wonderful woman in Oregon to do the checkering and was rewarded with nice clean and proper checkering.
    Okay, now I have a nice pretty rifle with its GI barrel with its flaming bomb on it and it shoots fairly well. About 2 inches at 100 or a little less if I do my job. Finished it 8 year ago.
    SO! My shootin buddy laid down a challenge to me. We normally, once a month shoot at Manatee’s 600 yard range. He sez, “Take that old warbird out and hit the steel gongs at 600.
    (But that thing kicks this 76 YO man like a mule.) No mercy, Never any mercy. So now I am working up loads with Sierra 175 TMKs or 168 SMKs to bang the gong. I insist upon using the shoulder protector (P- - -y pad he calls it) Theoretically, it should be fairly simple. We shall see.

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  2. NRAJOE

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    Beautiful!!!!!
     
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  3. glockgod

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    That is a work of art! My Garand is 80 and sure doesn't look that pretty. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder. When I see a vintage firearm I wish it could talk!
     
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  4. Howland937

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    Great work!
    If I had time, money, skills, patience, etc. I'd be inclined to attempt something like that. Heck, if I had even 2 of the 4, maybe....
     
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  5. d2wing

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    A real beauty. Nice work.
     
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  6. Steve Milbocker

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    Outstanding sir!
     
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  7. Dave DeLaurant

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    Nice stock work!

    Those white line spacers plus the lighter contrasting wood on the grip cap and forend tip all scream mid-century styling. Not really my cuppa anymore, but absolutely required for your retro build.

    Just the right amounts of rake and swoop in all the right places -- without going full Winslow Arms!
     
  8. Jim Watson

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    Very nice. Had Bubba already removed the ears, straightened the bottom metal, partly straightened the bolt handle? Looks like a commercial trigger.
     
  9. Riomouse911

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    You saved that rifle from a fate worse than the smelter by rescuing it from Bubba’s evil handiwork! That is one amazing piece of art, nicely done :thumbup:.

    As for recoil pads; I love them. I’m not the worlds biggest fan of recoil, I’ll freely admit that. Shooting should be a fun, challenging and rewarding use of our relaxation time. If I want to feel punished, bruised and sore after an experience that I’m paying for, I’ll go to the dentist and tell him to skip the Novocain this time :what:.

    Again, that’s a real beauty. Thanks for your service and congrats on retirement (I almost went to NDSU-Bottenau so I’m a little bit familiar with Minot Air Base).

    Let us know how you shoot when you get back out there. :thumbup:

    Stay safe.
     
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  10. czhen

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    Gorgeous.
     
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  11. velocette

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    Jim Watson;
    Bubba did none of that. He buggered the front sight cut up the original stock and buggered the rear sight.
    I cut off the ears & re-shaped where they were to fit Rem model 30 mounts.straightened (& shortened slightly, the bottom metal & re-shaped the bolt handle. Reinstalled the original bolt handle ball after drilling & tapping its inside, also cut correct threads on the re-shaped bolt handle which effectively shortened it about 3/8" Barrel shows its Ordinance bomb and the High Standard mark. It was cut to remove the damaged crown and front sight dovetail.



    It has a Dayton Traister trigger and cock on opening conversion. Enfield done 007 copy.jpg
     
  12. NIGHTLORD40K

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    Beautiful gun!

    I didnt quite qualify for 600 at the MGC...came really close, then my bipod broke. Had to settle for ringing steel at 300. Do they have plates on the 600yd range?
     
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  13. velocette

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    Nightlord;
    Yes they do. Large small and swinging dueling tree.
    Good people there at Manatee.
     
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  14. mavracer

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    Beautiful. My 1917 was sporterized but not bad enough I couldn't return it. The great thing was the barrel was well cared for and it shoots great. P2080090.jpg
     
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    My buddy Parker at 300 last time we were there. He was sighting in his M700 SPR .270, started in the upper left quadrant and got closer to the center with each group. He actually did qualify for 600, but storms were moving in and we were running low on ammo.

    I just may have to take my all-original Eddystone next time I head out there and see if I can hit anything with the stock peeps. :)
     
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    Thats a beautiful sporter!
     
  17. e rex

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    Your wood is a lot nicer than the Bishop stock I put on our Eddystone. Had my barrel cut to 22" and recrowned and it shoots very nice with the GI barrel.
     
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    As a collector, I normally cringe whenever I see a milsurp that has been "sporterized." But you have done such a beautiful job with your re-creation all I can do is drool on my keyboard.
     
  19. 7mmsavage

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    I couldn’t agree more with tark. I like em original, bumps and all too, but that is an incredible rifle. I’d be all to happy to have it in my collection. Well done sir.
     
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  20. ontarget

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    I have an all original 1917 with a 1918 barrel stamp. It shoots very well. I would love to have a sporter of that quality to display next to mine. Kind of a before and after display.
     
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    I am well impressed. You have done a fantastic job of building a replica, in my opinion, of the Weatherby inspired milsurp custom rifles of the mid-Sixties. It’s extremely well done, and the stick work was well worth it: great wood. Well done on a great creation!
     
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  22. 792mauser

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    Like said above. Not my style. But I can appreciate a good looking and well executed bit of rifle.
    Gotta admit though. That stock is a looker.
     
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  23. Slamfire

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    Beautiful piece of wood.

    Those war time barrels were produced with the objective of getting them out the door. There was no expectation of fine target shooting when the Army needs thundersticks, because they have run out of broom sticks. You can look, the very earliest volunteers are playing with wooden guns and cannons.

    This troop is carrying Krag's, and I have seen pictures of the unit arriving in France with their Krags. I don't know if they were ever used in combat, but there was a real shortage of rifles at the time.

    But, if you want a real accurate barrel, instead of the GI barrel, CMP has these Criterion barrels, https://estore.thecmp.org/Catalog/Item/065CRI/1917. I installed a Criterion barrel on a M1903A3 stripped receiver, and that barrel is better than any GI barrel to come out of an Army Arsenal. These are not drop in, and I would send the receiver to a gunsmith who knows how to separate the barrel from the receiver without cracking the receiver.
     
  24. e rex

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    Velocette, does yours have a short throat? Mine has the shortest throat I've seen on a military rifle, shorter yet than my commercial rifles.
    I also changed triggers, I went with a Timney.
     
  25. shootstraight57

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    My father had a 1917 Eddystone years ago when I was very young. He bought it out of a lot in a barrel at a LGS. He needed a hunting rifle so he sporterized it. Cut 2" off the barrel and crowned, sent it to a gunsmith who milled the ears off the rear sight and mounted a scope on top. He did the woodworking on the stock and it came out great! Shot good at 100 yards also. He still has it and it has made it's way thru the family for a hunting rifle. Still heavy though.
     
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