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Old 01-09-2011, 05:22 AM   #1
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I got a 1917 from a neighbor that has been sporterized. The bluing is shot and the stock looks like it was used to pound in nails. I want to rebuild it but I had some questions about it.

I understand that it's a good gun, but I want to know if this gun is just destined to be a field gun or do they have potential above and beyond that?

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photos please kind sire.

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Ok, but I just took it apart

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Damn that stock is rough for sure. Thats a hell of a rifle though. Hell just paint it all tactical with some coyote tan or something and dont forget the flashlight and bayonet.

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The front sight is gone and the rear sight mount has been removed, likely ground off. So it would be pretty tough to restore it to a military configured rifle and not worth the money or the agitation.

They're excellent rifles and pretty accurate. The receiver is probably the strongest receiver you can find with maybe the exception of the Arisaka. It will shoot sporting rounds of any flavor.

I have an Eddystone and I love it, probably too much.

If I can help in any way, let me know.

Here's two links to mine. The first link is a simple clean up and a new recoil pad. The second was just recently completed and included a Huber match trigger. If you want to improve the rifle, that trigger makes all the difference in the world.

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f35/1917-eddystone-project-18556/

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f33/1917-eddystone-sporter-revamp-32977/

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I misspoke I didn't mean restore, I meant to say clean up. Sand the stock and either paint it or reblue.

I'm gonna check you links right now.

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The stock does not look to be that bad. For dings, you can try the steam method. Place a damp cloth over the effected area, place a dry choth over that and use a moderatly hot iron. It will lift/ swell some of the wood back into place. Also just wiping it down w/ BLO (boiled linseed oil) will bring it back.
Here are some before and after pics of a Mauser, it is hard to really see how much better the stock looks, but it is so much better.



Yours is a hunting rifle, so dings and scratches are part of the history. It happens!!

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DARIN, you arent serious are you? Refinish? Paint? Oh my god I dont tnink it even has a dent or ding. Paint? You cant be serious. People that paint a wooden stocked rifle are the same type people that puts bull horns on a Rolls Royce. The rifle has been too sporterized to have any collectors intrest. They are great guns and this seems to be an excellent rebuild. These types of sporterized military guns are so heads and shoulders above most modern sporting rifle for durability there isnt even a comparison. These guns are brute tough. My vote put it back togeather and use it, it dont need pampering. My user guns have many dents and dings from years of use and I am papa proud of every inperfection. My guns have been there, done that, and has the scars to prove it. This guns deserves no less.

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Darin, DO NOT PAINT THE WOOD! Damn, there is some nice grain there - sand it and give it a hand-rubbed oil finish.

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