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Eddystone P17 barrel

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Hutch, Apr 30, 2004.

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  1. Hutch

    Hutch Member

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    I had this in the Rifle forum, but thought it might get more response here.

    I picked up a P17 Eddystone that looks pretty good externally, but the bore is pitted. I knew that when I bought it, but I hoped it might shoot acceptably well. Wrong-o. I've tried USGI M2 ball, and several handloads, all this after giving the barrel a complete scrubbing w/ several different products, including JB bore paste and Sweet's 7.62. No joy. Won't hold any better'n about 4-5 inches at 25 (!) yards. I've got no leads on repl barrels for it. I'm at a loss, and I'm not willing to double my "investment" in the gun to get a decent (~2-3 MOA) shooter. The only thing that occurs to me to do is to sell it to someone I don't like. Any other suggestions?

    Note added here. I understand this rifle is all original as issued, but is missing some sling swivels, easily replaced. Would it be more intrinsically valuable as-is, or with a replacement barrel that one could actually hit a bard with, at reasonable ranges?
     
  2. critter

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    A 'looking good' M17 is quite sale-able even if it won't shoot if it is origianal or can be made 'origian' by putting back a few parts.

    Just a thought. Have you tried really heavy (therefore long) bullets? Some old and worn and even pitted barrels respond to long bullets with long bearing surfaces.
     
  3. Hutch

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    I'll try the long bullets. I have some factory 180gr round-nose, and they'll have about as long bearing surface as I'm likely to find. Thanks for the tip.
     
  4. ken grant

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    All 1917's had oversized barrels for 30/06 as did the Remington sporters made from the same actions and barrels.
    They ran from .311 to as much as .314-----{SLUG YOUR BORE}!!!!!!

    When they changed from .303 P14's to 30/06 P17's, they used the same barrels.
     
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