I picked up the 1917 Eddystone today. The plan is to reshape and shorten the stock. It's a nice chunk of walnut, but it's too much of a chunk. I want to lighten it as much as possible and I have to take about 1.5" off the butt to get the right eye relief for the scope.
It had an old 2x7 Redfield scope on it, but it was fogged out. So it's now wearing a new Bushnell Elite 3200 2x7 scope. I figure 2x7 was on it before, so it will probably be fine. If not, well, money's tight and a more powerful scope will just have to wait. This one was a gift from a shooting buddy, so the price was right.
As you can see in one of the pictures, the first 4 inches or so of the barrel are rusted. I'll clean it up as best I can and probably just keep it oiled.
This is the first 1917 I've ever owned, so I figure it will be a learning experience to redo it.
First on the agenda will be to remove it from the stock and disassemble the bolt, clean the trigger group, clean the barrel & chamber and then reassemble and lube all the parts.
I'll strip the finish off the stock and then shorten the stock on my buddy's table saw. I'll go slow and use a fine blade to avoid any chipping. The forearm is very square and I figure to create a much slimmer and more rounded profile.
Then my belt sander gets clamped in a bench vise and I'll sand the heck out of it to get the shape I want.
I was talking to Brian at No Kick yesterday and I'll trace the outline of the butt and send it to him. Then he'll send me a grind to fit Kickeez pad. I plan on using a 15/16 flat contour pad.
Sorbothane is tricky to grind, but I'll give it a go because I really like its cushioning effects and it's only a .30-06 anyway.
I'll take more pics tomorrow after I get it all apart. My buddy wants to see it together first.
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