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    Default M1917 Eddystone

    I picked up a M1917 Eddystone , my first 1917. I dont know a whole lot about these aside from what I've researched. Seems to be of original finish and original barrel ( dated 11-18 of all dates ) It has a painted numbers on the stock. Thought id let the experts weigh in....


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    How would one tell if the bolt is matching and original?
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    Re-barreled. 695K SN is earlier: July 1918. Also appears refinished with a dark park (original receiver finish when made was blued). May be lighting. My guess is immediate post WWI rebuild (does not have WWII era gray park).

    Numbers look arabic... is there an import mark on barrel in front of front band? NICE LOOKING EDDYSTONE!

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    Nice looking piece. I just recently picked up an Eddystone with a Winchester barrel that shoots wonderfully ! Hope yours performs well for you...
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    I love my 1917 Eddystone and you will too. They shoot good if the bore is nice.
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    Get a copy of "United States Rifle, Model of 1917" by C. S. Ferris. Available on Amazon. It's well worth $25.00.IMHO Detmer

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    Finally got a little time to do a detail cleaning and take a few better photographs. I was worried about the bore. It was dusty and looked like it might have some pitting, but you never know. Sure enough when I gave it a decent scrubbing I was pleased to uncover a mirror bright bore with some very crisp rifling and no pitting. Looks like this one will be a very good shooter. It has the small CIA importmark at the front sight. It primarily consists of E marked parts save for the R barrel. It has the light parkerization so it seems like the typical postwar refurbishing. The stock is well handled and I still cant figure out the numbers painted on the stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlipFlop View Post
    I love my 1917 Eddystone and you will too. They shoot good if the bore is nice.
    They can shoot well even if the bore is bad. Mine has a bore from the depths of hell, but it shoots very, very well (with my handloads) poorly so w/ commercial fodder. It's a heavy gun so the recoil isn't half bad.

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