I was at the gunshop where I used to work earlier today and as usual, I was browsing the wares.
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.