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CA357 09-17-2009 12:27 AM

I Bought an Eddystone 1917 Today
 
I was at the gunshop where I used to work earlier today and as usual, I was browsing the wares. :D

I found a sporterized 1917 Eddystone for $199. So guess what I did? (like the thread title didn't give it away)

It has an old Redfield scope on it right now, and it's pretty fogged out, so I'll replace it.

It's a heavy SOB, the stock weighs a ton. So my plan is to shorten the stock so it fits me better and to re-sculpt the stock to lighter and slimmer proportions. It's a Monte Carlo with a rather large pistol grip, so it should reshape nicely. It's walnut and has nice figuring. It also has the old style inset Pachmayr sling swivels and I really like those, so they stay. When it's done, I'll do an oil finish on it.

The barrel is immaculate and the rifling is superb. It needs a good cleaning and lubrication, and it should make an excellent shooter.

I am down to two rifles, my Garand and my 10/22 and I want a hunting rifle. I am a huge fan of .30-06, so this also helps me keep my ammunition requirements to as few calibers as possible.

I figure the Eddystone is an extremely stout action, so I can use modern hunting loads in it as well as the Greek Surplus that I shoot in the M1.

The only negative is that the barrel has some blueing loss and pitting on the outside for about four inches down from the muzzle. I may or may not bother with cold blueing it. I may just opt for keeping it clean and oiled.
I really don't care, I didn't buy it for looks, but to have a longer range thumper that I can reach out and touch stuff with.

I'm good with the Garand, but having a scoped rifle is a nice option to have.

I'll pick it up in ten freaking days. (thank you Kalifornia) I'll post pics of the rifle and then the finished product.

ScottG 09-17-2009 04:43 PM

Too bad you aren't going to restore it to it's full military glory. Good buy though.

CA357 09-17-2009 05:34 PM

It's beyond restoration. It'd been drilled and tapped and the sights were removed.

I couldn't have found a stock/correct one for the price and money is incredibly tight right now. But it will do what I want it to do.

When money gets a bit looser, I would like a correct 1903 Springfield.

ScottG 09-17-2009 11:29 PM

Too bad about the damage, but it's still a useful tool for you.

Are you looking for period correct, or all one manufacturer? I haven't seen any WWI stocks anywhere, but I haven't been looking for a while either. No money here, no guns or parts for me too....

CA357 09-17-2009 11:36 PM

I will just be looking for an '03 shooter. I have a 1943 Springfield Garand and it's a mixmaster with a Winchester bolt and a Buffalo barrel, but is mostly Springfield. That's all I want in the '03, the right components. Although it will likely have to be a mixmaster because of price. An '03A3 would be fine too.

RL357Mag 09-17-2009 11:45 PM

Sporterized or not you stole that gun for $199!

CA357 09-18-2009 12:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RL357Mag (Post 161380)
Sporterized or not you stole that gun for $199!

Do you really think so RL? The price was actually $229. but I got the good guy price. ;)

...and I should correct myself, I stated that I wanted a correct 1903. I meant one that hadn't been Bubba'd.

M14sRock 09-18-2009 03:36 AM

I have 3 sporterized 1917's. Can't help myself. You got a great deal on yours. Is the stock marked anywhere? It is probably either a Fajen, or Bishop. Each would bring well over $100 on their own.

My gunsmith, Jim Hoag, told me that it would cost $200 just to have the rear sight protectors milled off due to the hardness of the steel.

Also, you can send the old Redfield in and either have it cleaned and serviced, or if they are still running the promotion you might be able to trade it in and get 50% off on the new one of your choice. Go online and check it out.

So, I'd say you did great on your buy. But it would be nice to see some pics?

CA357 09-18-2009 03:47 AM

I'm in Kalifornia, so it has to stay in gun jail for ten days before I can pick it up. :mad:

But pictures will come eventually.

dukech1 09-18-2009 10:18 AM

Nice buy, I had one several years ago, could hit a five gallon bucket almost every time at 600+ yds. That was with open sites. You can probably do much better with a scope.


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